Caring for the health commons: What is it and who’s responsible for it

This research paper explores Elinor Ostrom’s core concepts of the commons and their application to the idea of a health commons, stewardship, and common property. Examples from the case of Grand Junction, Colorado, are used to illustrate the relevance of these principles to shared stewardship of a regional health commons. The paper concludes with a set of questions that can help assess a community’s ability to more effectively manage their own system of healthcare delivery.