Q. Why is this center needed?

A. We need innovation – in Oregon and in the United States. We may be the wealthiest country in the world, but we are not the healthiest. We also need:

  • A public health approach
  1. Ninety percent of health outcomes are related to lifestyle, social circumstances, environment and genetics, yet our investments are largely in medical care. 
  2. Chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease —largely related to health behaviors – are the biggest killers and cost drivers in this country.
  3. While we try to make individuals responsible for healthier lifestyle choices, these approaches are costly and largely ineffective. That is more pronounced when people live in communities that promote sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits, and in communities that experience great disparities in health information and opportunities.
  • Community-based capacity
  1. We all experience health in very personal ways, and medical care is delivered at the individual level; however, health and well-being are most effectively promoted at the community and population levels.
  2. We know that health is influenced more by your zipcode than your genetic code. Where you live should not be more important to your health than the genes you were born with.


    Q. I’m interested in being a partner. What are the benefits to my organization?

    A. The center invites partners to engage in high-level thinking to identify Oregon’s most pressing health and wellness issues, to discover innovative solutions, and to build the capacity of current and future health professionals. We encourage you to call and discuss the ways in which we might partner. In the meantime, consider that the center can help you:

    • Establish leadership in cutting-edge preventive health innovations
    • Elevate your presence to communities throughout Oregon through OSU’s established reach and reputation
    • Raise your profile as an employer of choice with OSU students and alumni
    • Facilitate research and implementation of preventive health interventions that lead to healthier populations
    • Enhance name and brand recognition
    • Take advantage of one-stop shopping to leverage OSU’s faculty expertise and access students across campus on innovative health initiatives
    • Access faculty to conduct health care related and community relevant research to impact community and population health and evidence-based practice
    • Access professional continuing education for workforce development
    • Get priority registration to education programs offered by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, such as the Health Policy Institute; Food, Nutrition and Health Update; and Oregon Parenting Educators Conference.


      Q. You say that America is the wealthiest country in the world, but not the healthiest. Is that really true? 

      A. Unfortunately, it is.
      See U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health (pdf)

      We spend more money on health care than any other country but die sooner and experience more illness than those living in other countries. For example:

      • We live shorter lives. For example, American men live 3.7 fewer years than Swiss men; American women live 5.2 fewer years than Japanese women.
      • We experience the highest infant mortality of high-income countries.
      • Among high-income countries, our adolescents have the highest rate of pregnancies and are more likely to acquire sexually transmitted infections.
      • We experience injuries and homicides at much higher rates. In fact, they are a leading cause of death in children, adolescents and young adults.
      • Among 17 high-income countries, we have the second highest prevalence of HIV infection and the highest incidence of AIDS.


        Q. Does the center benefit faculty and students?

        A. It does! Because of the center, you will be able to:

        • Ensure the relevance and immediate application of scientific work
        • Increase your understanding and perspective of the challenges faced by organizations, industries, policy-makers and others
        • Bring scientific procedures and values to address current problems, contributing to peer-reviewed publications in scientific and trade journals
        • Engage with leaders in considering today’s most pressing health concerns
        • Be prepared for the changing landscape of health and public health
        • Expand your networks and elevate your presence in practice communities
        • Develop partnerships that provide access to new datasets and systems
        • Develop opportunities for support and fellowships