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Health Agency

Our healthcare systems focus primarily on disease treatment, with prevention and healthy living put in second place.  

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we brought together leading health social entrepreneurs in Europe to draw a collective picture of our healthcare systems and identify the root causes of one of the most pressing issues in the field: the healthcare system is dominated by medical interventions in cases where social and other types of care could be more applicable.  

How can we focus on prevention and healthy living? What dynamics must change in health systems to priorities social health and wellness, and prevent more serious health issues?

Reimagining Community Health with Johnson & Johnson

Ashoka and The Johnson & Johnson Foundation have joined forces to surface pioneering practices and grow the field of Community Health innovation in Europe! 

With this partnership, we are determined to build a system that values wellbeing and prevention as much as it values treatment.   

By making people within communities healthier, the innovations we support will inevitably improve those communities in other ways, making them more livable, equitable, and cohesive.  

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Making More Health Initiative

Over the past 12 years, Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelheim have built a collective global vision: increase access to healthcare for people, animals and their communities. 

In 2021, we implemented 6 facilitated online workshops to analyse the health system, create shared intentions and goals, and co-create specific actions and solutions.  

Five social entrepreneurs developed a collective advocacy strategy to influence policymakers in Europe to implement policies that equip patients and communities to be active agents in their healthcare journeys. 


Deep dive and how to join

Our healthcare systems focus primarily on disease treatment, with prevention and healthy living put in second place. 

Non-communicable diseases are responsible for 87% of the disease burden in the European Member States and improved health promotion and disease prevention can reduce their prevalence by as much as 70%. 

We are gathering our key learnings, key insights from social entrepreneurs and their organizations as well as the communities they represent to advocate for and enable holistic and social healthcare in Europe. ​We produce knowledge products together, bringing forward the key causes of dominance and reliance of medical standard interventions. We exemplify the causality of social inequality, information asymmetry, lack of holistic care vision in training and education, power imbalances between patients and health practitioners- among others.