The Philadelphia Center for Salutogenesis 

The Philadelphia Center for  Salutogenesis envisions healthy, flourishing individuals living in healthy communities supported by a responsive social- political ecosystem that is motivated by and strives to facilitate optimal well being for all citizens.  

Launching  January 2022 

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Salutogenesis

Derived from the Latin salūt-, salūs "safety, well-being, health" + -genesis origin, salutogenesis  is  “a newer way of thinking about health...a manner of monitoring health by promoting well-being rather than measuring disease.”

The Merriam-Webster dictionary

Our Mission 

The Philadelphia Center for Salutogenesis ’s  mission is to popularize the salutogenic paradigm;  to contribute to the knowledge base, and to increase the impact it has in multiple spheres. We will study, promote, develop educational and clinical tools, and disseminate the ideas and best practices associated with the salutogenic paradigm, a framework to create, enhance, and improve physical, mental and social well-being. .

The question at the core of the Salutogenic Paradigm

What are  the factors that contribute to the creation and maintenance of optimal well being? 

What conditions allow citizens to thrive and flourish? 

How do we monitor the wellbeing of individuals and communities? 

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A half-century ago medical researcher and sociologist Aaron Antonovsky introduced a novel framework for viewing day-to-day health as a point on a continuum ranging from major illness and misery on through to engaged and energized thriving.  Antonovsky applied the term “Salutogenesis” to the focus on movement toward higher levels of health in contrast to traditional emphasis in the medical model on harm and loss of function (movement downward from baseline health, or pathogenesis).

Salutogenesis in  Health Care System 
Education 

The promotion of the Salutogenic Paradigm  in the Medical and public settings.

Clinical Care 

Translational  clinical practice & dissemination of best practice

Research 

Translational  clinical practice & dissemination of best practice

Advocacy 

Translational  clinical practice & dissemination of best practice

Personal Salutogenesis 
My Optimal Health 

The promotion of the Salutogenic Paradigm  in the Medical and public settings.

Health Promotion 

Translational  clinical practice & dissemination of best practice

Community 

What constitutes a salutogenic community? How do we measure it? 

Nation 

Translational  clinical practice & dissemination of best practice

Salutogenesis in Settings 
Work 

Salutogenesis in working life  explores the  challenging and fast-changing context for health.

Schools 

How can salutogenic factors impact eduction? What are strategies to create a salutogenic educational experience?

Military 

Salutogenic informed understanding and approaching military challenges experienced by soldiers and their families.

Other 

General use of salutogenic understanding to address various challenges.

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