Our mission is to preserve and restore health at the community level. Our mechanism is a lightweight project to develop open-source models for communities to use and share. It will comprise both data and models around healthy living and effective health care, and business models for how to make and recoup investments in these initiatives.
Currently we are assembling examples of such projects. We believe that they will be (more) successful when applied together in a community – for example, employer health programs along with healthy food and nutrition curricula in schools, bike-sharing in the community, healthy options in groceries and restaurants, health-maintenance programs for people at risk. We believe that good health can be contagious, and our goal is to foster such contagion.
HICCup will create models as a shared resource. Most of the activity will happen in communities that align their interests and work together to make the models a reality.