Why is this Center needed?

We need innovation – in our state, in our nation, and around the world! 

We may be the wealthiest country, but we are not the healthiest.

  • 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.


We need a public health approach

  • Ninety percent of health outcomes are related to lifestyle, social circumstances, environment and genetics, yet our investments are largely in medical care. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We need community-based capacity
  • 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.
  • 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.


What does this Center do?

We serve as a responsive portal for bidirectional connections between external organizations and OSU faculty to…

  • engage in the discovery of innovative solutions to pressing health and wellness issues, and
  • build capacity of the current and future workforce in public health and human sciences.


How can this Center benefit industry, government, community and academia?

We can help…

  • shape strategic thinking on identifying and seeking solutions to emerging health issues
  • facilitate research and implementation of preventive health interventions that are practical and cost-sustainable
  • provide one-stop access to OSU faculty expertise and students to innovate for health improvement; academic partnership to develop evidence-base for practice 
  • offer input into curriculum development for current and future workforce education
  • further establish partners as leaders in cutting-edge preventive health practices
  • raise company profiles as an employer of choice with OSU students and alumni
  • access to professional continuing education for workforce development


How does this Center benefit faculty and students?

We can help…

  • ensure the relevance and application of OSU’s scientific work
  • engage with leaders in considering today’s most pressing health concerns
  • expand access to new issues, datasets and systems
  • develop opportunities for faculty support and student fellowships
  • increase research funding opportunities through joint grant applications
  • contribute peer-reviewed publications in scientific and trade journals
  • provide partnership experiences and networks to enrich teaching


How to partner with us?

We encourage you to call and discuss the ways in which we might partner.