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Communitas Video


So far, Communitas has served patients and their families living with cancer, autoimmune illness, neuromuscular conditions, lung disease, diabetes and more, at all stages of illness. In the future, we hope to expand to serve those living with mental health conditions as well.


A quantitative analysis of a 10-session Communitas pilot program demonstrated statistically-significant improvements in physical and mental wellbeing, resilience, stress, anger, anxiety, and some measures of coping, using validated survey instruments, including those disseminated by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

We also hope to demonstrate that our model keeps kids out of the hospital, reduces hospitalizations, unplanned visits to medical providers, overall healthcare costs and above all, helps people live longer, healthier, happier lives.


Communitas is currently free of charge for patients and their families. To give a sense of the cost-effectiveness of the program, the overhead for our 10-session program breaks down to about $50/person for a 2-hour session —which less than the cost of most 10-minute primary care visits.

Insurers and hospitals are catching on to this cost-saving paradigm shift in medicine that focuses on prevention, self-care, and lifestyle change. As an example, Dr. Dean Ornish’s holistic program for adult cardiac patients that focuses on stress management, nutrition, fitness, and community is now reimbursed by Medicare after it was proven to reverse heart disease.

We believe our services offer an affordable full-spectrum support and self-care program that helps patients take control of their health, prevent health issues before the point of care in the hospital or clinic, and advocate for their needs. We hope to demonstrate that our program can save the healthcare system money, in addition to improving the quality of life and health of our patients and their families.


“Communitas raises us up, lifts our spirits, and transports our minds, bodies, spirits.”

From a Patient’s mother

The principles of integrative medicine

  • Creating a partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process
  • Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response
  • Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body
  • A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically
  • Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms
  • Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible
  • Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease
  • Training of practitioners to be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development


Studies on adults report the positive health effects of a variety of mind-body therapeutic groups, including improvements in quality of life, mood, pain, stress-related symptoms, coping skills, disease progression, and mortality. Communitas is hoping to contribute to the pediatric research in this area.
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