There is a need and opportunity to transform our original 1.0 medical system focused on rescue care, and our current 2.0 health care system focused on preventing and treating chronic diseases into a 3.0 health system focused on optimizing lifelong health. This opportunity can be most efficiently realized by an organized, and purposefully transformative effort: All Children Thrive. ACT strategies and approaches will provide a bridge from the old and current system to a new and high performing health optimizing system, one that responds to new challenges (e.g. globalization & changing work and family life) and new opportunities (e.g. digitalization and hyper-connectivity), and designed to respond to changing needs of human development.
Optimizing the Health Development of All Children
Health systems are in the midst of a transition from the 1.0 version that was focused on prolonging life through acute care, injuries, and infectious diseases, to the currently evolving 2.0 system that is focused primarily on avoiding disability through chronic disease treatment and management, to the 3.0 system that will optimize the health of all through a broad approach that recognizes the social and environmental influences on the development of health and disease.
ACT On-Ramp Process
Building up momentum to achieve ACT outcomes will require 4 main steps, which can be repeated in cycles with improvements in each iteration. The on-ramp process is informed by design strategies that include a focus on achieving transformation to a 3.0 health system, using human-centered design, utilizing multi-level and multi-sector engagement, and optimizing lifelong health development.
"When you have so much innovation in many spots all across the country, in order to develop a movement, we really have to connect, and that’s what ACT is trying to do. To build a national movement by connecting all the efforts that are going on in our own communities."
-Ying-Ying Goh, Health Officer, City of Pasadena Public Health Department