Array of doctor's tools and medical equipment on blue background.

There is no denying that modern health systems deliver lots of treatment with extraordinary outcomes...but well-known mediocre outcomes as well.

Perhaps the lifelong process of health is today subjugated to profit-motivated institutions whose achievements in care and well-being lack access and equity for all. Science and technology have facilitated magnificent results in the world of medicine but a new paradigm is needed for the future of well-being based on preventative health. Organizing a folk and indigenous anthology on health and well-being is a wise e sensato a priori example of how societies and tribes have sustained a resilient and radiant healthy life, with seriously limited resources, over millennia. Erroneous relationships to modern health exist and we ought to explore the needed paradigm shifts. 

Terms such as "community health" and "wellness" are common in the current professionalization and medicalization of health systems. Radical devolution and decentralization of information and services are overdue by government and health care providers so the individual can have a hyper-local door-to-door, block-by-block neighborhood access to services and well-being. Health care systems have failed in cultivating and offering all people the right environment for thriving with whole health. The Western colonization and imperialism on worldwide health have created an institutionalization of medicine. As a humanity we lack the vision of a well-being utopia. A good example for our species would be to preserve and conserve folk and indigenous approaches to health and well-being as these are based on time-tested evidence of a local and decentralized relationship to health.

Health is an important and expensive topic in all societies today.

But have we looked at the healing and medicines of folk and indigenous wisdom with the same respect that one million people do in the Amazon of South America? Of course not.

What can we learn and adopt from other ways of seeing? Creating the right connection to health matters and environment for treatment and prevention. And hence, verifiable and reliable folk and indigenous practices, if anthologized, ought to become as standard to community health and well-being as modern Western medicine.     

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

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