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Open Source Wellness

Elizabeth Markle, Ph.D. & Benjamin Emmert-Aronson, Ph.D., Co-Founders

Move. Nourish. Connect. Be. We’re living through a challenging time, our wellness and wellbeing are so important right now (and always!). Open Source Wellness is a new model for improving personal and community health. 

How many times have you gone to the doctor and they said, you need to eat better or you need to exercise or you need to reduce stress — but then they say goodbye and provide no way to actually make these things happen? “See you in 6 months,” they say. As Co-Founder of Open Source Wellness, Elizabeth Markle, Ph.D. says:

How ridiculous would it be if a doctor said, ‘you’re going to need antibiotics, good luck finding them! I’ll see you in 6 months.’”

Open Source Wellness is the behavioral pharmacy, the delivery system for health behavior change. Co-Founders, Markle and Benjamin Emmert-Aronson, Ph.D., designed it to be affordable, accessible, culturally flexible, and fun. Because health and wellbeing shouldn’t be a luxury item and it shouldn’t be a lonely chore.

Join us to learn about this new model for behavioral healthcare delivery. We’ll connect, move, and learn how to design our own wellness experiences.

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Elizabeth Markle, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, speaker, writer, researcher, and Chair of Community Mental Health at California Institute of Integral Studies. Dedicated to multi-theoretical and multi-level approaches to individual and community health and healing, Elizabeth’s current area of study and innovation is around combining clinical expertise with social entrepreneurship to create sustainable, thriving cultures of health and wellness.

Benjamin Emmert-Aronson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, researcher, and advocate. He earned his M.S. in Statistics from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston University. He is now equally likely to be found behind the microphone, analyzing data, or doing the cupid shuffle, all in the name of better health for our most vulnerable neighbors.

Together they co-founded Open Source Wellness, a nonprofit initiative offering experiential behavioral health and wellness via a “behavioral pharmacy” approach in collaboration with healthcare providers and insurers.

May 26 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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Elizabeth Markle, Ph.D.
Open Source Wellness

Benjamin Emmert-Aronson, Ph.D.
Open Source Wellness

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