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Empowering Individuals, Communities, and the Nation to Thrive

The Institute  for Salutogenesis is  dedicated to the study of  the creation, facilitation  and maintenance of optimal health and well being in each individual, community and nationally.  We are  transforming healthcare by integrating the salutogenic paradigm, a paradigm that views health as a spectrum from well-being to illness,  across personal, social, and political dimensions.

We embrace the  Salutogenic Paradigm to provide a roadmap  to present a groundbreaking approach to health, moving beyond the traditional focus on disease management to emphasize flourishing and well-being.


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The Institute for Salutogenesis presents a groundbreaking approach to health, moving beyond the traditional focus on disease management to emphasize flourishing and well-being. Rooted in the salutogenic model—a paradigm that views health as a spectrum from well-being to illness—the Institute is dedicated to pioneering practices that promote  individuals and communities well being.

Vision & Mission

Our vision is a world where people don't just survive, they thrive. Our mission is to champion the salutogenic approach, spotlighting the positive aspects that contribute to mental, physical, and social well-being. Through education, research, and advocacy, we aim to replace the prevailing pathogenic focus on disease with a holistic strategy that empowers individuals to achieve optimal health.

Our Focus

At the Institute for Salutogenesis, we are dedicated to a holistic, multidisciplinary approach that champions health and well-being at every level – personal, social, and political. Our mission, encapsulated in our four pivotal focus areas, reflects our commitment to empowering individuals and communities, ensuring equitable opportunities, and revolutionizing healthcare systems.

  1. Health Empowerment through Salutogenesis: We are passionate about guiding individuals to actively steer their health journeys. By embracing and applying the salutogenic model, we enable people to take control of their health, thereby unlocking their inherent potential for a vibrant, fulfilling life.

  2. Democracy of Opportunity for All: Our institute stands firmly for equality in accessing the opportunities that democracy affords. We are dedicated to dismantling systemic barriers, ensuring that every citizen, irrespective of their background, can fully participate and thrive. This commitment lays the groundwork for holistic health and well-being in our society.

  3. Community Empowerment and Civic Engagement: Recognizing the critical role of social determinants in health, we focus on strengthening community resilience. Our initiatives are geared towards enhancing environmental, educational, and workplace wellness. Furthermore, we advocate for robust civic engagement, considering it an essential element of comprehensive health.

  4. Healthcare System Transformation: We champion a paradigm shift in healthcare – from a system primarily focused on disease management to one that proactively nurtures health and well-being. This transformative approach ensures that the healthcare system is not just a means to treat illness, but a supportive structure enabling individuals to achieve and maintain their optimal health.

In weaving these focus areas into the fabric of our operations, the Institute for Salutogenesis strives to be a beacon of hope and transformation, leading the way towards a healthier, more empowered, and equitable world.

Our Projects 

  • The First 1000 Days of Life Initiative is guided by the question of what we owe the new generation of newborns. It aims to provide an opportunity for all Americans to live healthy, flourishing, and thriving live. The project starts  by focusing on the crucial period from preconception to 24 months of age. 

  • The Whole Person Salutogenic Assistant is an innovative AI-powered digital assistant specifically designed to enhance health and well-being during the critical first 1000 days of life. Built on the salutogenic model, which emphasizes enabling health and wellness, The Salutogenic Assistant offers personalized, evidence-based health assessments and actionable insights.

  • The Salutogenic Community builds on facilitating  citizen community empowerment and democratic engagement that leverages social determinants to build resilient communities, focusing on environmental wellness, educational contexts, and workplace settings. The effort will focus initially on Montgomery County in Pennsylvania.

  • The transformation to a  salutogenic health care system  focuses on  bringing  about a fair, sustainable healthcare system that provides excellent services that are affordable and accessible to all Americans.



The Citizen Brief is The Institutes' transformative media project that aims to empower citizens and revolutionize our engagement with democracy.

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