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Core Values

The fields of community and urban public health have a set of core values that guide the Center’s professional practice and inform our core values. In addition, our core values are influenced by the policy statements of various national and international health organizations. Our core values are:

Well-being: Health is the presence of physical, mental, emotional and social well-being, not just the absence of illness.

Social Justice: Individuals, families and communities have the right to health and well-being.

Integration: Individual health exists in a matrix of social, community and political structures. Therefore, the health of one affects the health of all.

Empowerment: Individuals, families and communities have the ability to change in ways that improve their health and well-being.

Community Partnerships: Solutions to public health problems are best achieved by tapping into the collective wisdom of our professions, our clients and their communities through collaborations and partnerships. In so doing, we learn as much from our communities as they learn from us.

Service: In order to most effectively serve our clients, their communities and our professions, our activities should be guided by the highest scientific and programmatic standards of theory- and evidenced-based practices, in concert with the highest scientific ethical principles.

Ethics: Our work is guided by the internationally-recognized ethical principles of beneficence, respect, and justice.* We evaluate our work in terms of the benefits we provide to the communities we serve.

Education and Dissemination: We have an obligation to share our findings and our products as widely and wisely as possible in order to influence health policy, scholarship and practice, and to promote the well-being of the general public.

Staff Development: Supporting the personal and professional growth of our staff advances our mission.

*For a full explanation of these terms, please see the Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1979).


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