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Thriving in Montco PA:
A Salutogenic Approach



Thriving in Montco PA, is our dedicated effort to foster a community where democracy flourishes, ensuring every individual, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential.


Our vision is grounded in the belief that a vibrant, healthy democracy is built on the foundation of empowered citizens leading flourishing lives.We are dedicated to  a community where democracy thrives in Montco PA by providing every individual, regardless of their background, with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

Welcome to the Thriving in Montco PA Project



The Thriving in Montco PA Project, driven by the Institute for Salutogenesis, is a pioneering effort aimed at redefining health and well-being in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Anchored in our Democracy of Opportunity moonshot, this initiative seeks to transform the conventional approach to health by promoting resilience, empowerment, and community well-being.


Key Principles

  1. Salutogenic Paradigm: We adopt the innovative Salutogenic Paradigm, which shifts the focus from merely treating diseases to enhancing factors that contribute to robust health and resilience.

  2. Community Empowerment: Central to our mission is empowering the community to play an active role in shaping their health outcomes, ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

  3. Democracy of Opportunity: Guided by our moonshot principle, we strive to create a system where every member of the community has an equal chance to lead a healthy, flourishing life.



  • Holistic Health Promotion: We aim to establish a comprehensive framework that supports not just physical health but also mental and social well-being.

  • Inclusive Community Engagement: Our project encourages the active participation of all community members in health decision-making and policy development, fostering a truly democratic approach to public health.



  • The Montco First 1000 Days: A focus on early development from perinatal care to early childhood, setting a solid foundation for lifelong health.

  • Whole Person Salutogenic Assistant: An AI-driven platform providing tailored health guidance for Montco PA, enhancing individualized care during critical developmental stages.

  • Montco 360: A digital resource center offering tools and information to support personal and community health journeys.

  • Model Healthcare System: We are building a healthcare model that emphasizes quality, affordability, and accessibility, leveraging local resources to provide comprehensive care for all.

Media and Technology Integration

  • Moonshot Press: A dynamic media outlet that plays a crucial role in educating and engaging the public on health and democratic participation.

  • The Citizen Brief Template: This initiative offers well-researched, public-facing content that addresses societal challenges and promotes well-being.


Join Our Mission

Get involved with the Thriving in Montco PA Project to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of our community. We invite you to connect with us for more information and to participate in this transformative journey.

Together, we can forge a healthier, more vibrant future for Montgomery County and set a precedent for communities nationwide, embodying the true spirit of the Democracy of Opportunity.

Our Agenda



Introduction  to The Institute for Salutogenesis 

The Democracy of Opportunity Moonshot

Complex System Change: The Salutogenic and Citizenism  Paradigms 

Launch: Moonshot Press: Montco PA 

Deliberative Formats & Citizen Tool Box​

Biological Factors



The Salutogenic Individual

Focus: Core capacities for a flourishing life 

The theoretical aspects of  the first 1000 days  of life

Dialogue and Deliberation: What Do We Owe the New Generation?          

Dialogue and Deliberation: What are the core capabilities for a flourishing life? 

Vision of Optimal Health for Flourishing Individuals

Psychological Factors



The Salutogenic  Community

The Salutogenic Individual in their  Community

The Health of the Region 

Social Factors



The Whole Person Salutogenic Assistant

The Salutogenic Assistant's Knowledge Base: Evidence based and guidelines:

Political Factors



The Whole Person Salutogenic Assistant

The Salutogenic Community : The local  platform 

My Healthy Montco PA 

The Ecosystem and  Stakeholders

 Health of the Region 



 The Salutogenic Health Care System

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