Samueli Institute Pledges to Help Millions Create Healthier Communities at Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Conference

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Samueli Institute will apply its evidence-based expertise in health and wellness to building a self-care model for creating an optimal healing environment in the home.

Samueli Institute, a research non-profit dedicated to exploring the science of healing, pledged to assist millions of individuals across the country as they create healthier communities through the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, a new program of the William J. Clinton Foundation. As a result of the pledge made yesterday at the second annual Clinton Health Matters Conference, Samueli Institute will apply its evidence-based expertise in health and wellness to building a self-care model for creating an optimal healing environment in the home.

“The solution to lowering health care costs and improving outcomes can be realized by tapping into our natural ability to heal ourselves and take personal responsibility for the state of our health,” said Samueli Institute President and CEO Wayne B. Jonas, MD. “Our collaboration with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative has the potential to create lasting changes in behavior and a cultural shift in our health care system away from a disease management model to a focus on wellness.”

Healthy behavior changes have been shown to prevent disease, improve well-being indicators and reduce health care costs. Samueli Institute’s pledge will provide tools at the heart of that transformation for the public to utilize at home.

As a research and knowledge leader in the areas of health promotion, healing practices, and whole-person approaches to health and wellness, Samueli Institute is uniquely positioned to develop and disseminate an evidenced-based self-care model designed to prevent disease, promote health, and maintain well-being. To help achieve the highest impact possible as a result of this collaboration with the Clinton Foundation, Samueli Institute will tailor its Optimal Healing framework for use by individuals, community leaders and health providers, and create and distribute digital and printed versions of the self-care model for use by the general public both inside and outside of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative network.

Since 2001, Samueli Institute has developed research tools and services that provide rigorously developed and pragmatically delivered information about the many factors that affect wellness. This work has resulted in hundreds of research projects, publications and presentations and more than 45 scientific conferences. The Institute’s research has been utilized by the U.S. military and Veterans Health Administration, adopted by health care organizations and corporations.

Today, Samueli Institute is expanding its research base with a new emphasis on facilitating the integration and translation of research and experience into education, worksites, communities and health care practices. The Institute’s focus is on whole-person and whole-systems concepts and reflects the widespread awareness that evidence-based healing and health promotion practices present viable, less-costly and more effective wellness options.

More information is available online at http://www.SamueliInstitute.org.

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About the William J. Clinton Foundation
Building on a lifetime of public service, President Bill Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Since 2001, President Clinton’s vision and leadership have resulted in nearly 5 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment; more than 15,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning environments; more than 33,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities; and more than 2 million tons of CO2 being reduced in cities around the world. And President Clinton has redefined the way we think about giving and philanthropy through his Clinton Global Initiative, whose members have made more than 2,300 commitments that are improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit clintonfoundation.org, read our blog at clintonfoundation.org/upclose, and follow us on Twitter @ClintonTweet and Facebook at Facebook.com/BillClinton.

About the Clinton Health Matters Initiative
The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) works to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States by activating individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. CHMI works to implement evidence-based systems, environmental and investment strategies, with the goals of ultimately reducing the prevalence of preventable diseases, reducing health care costs associated with preventable diseases, and improving the quality of life for people across America. CHMI works to activate individuals to lead healthier lives by providing a platform to access local, scalable solutions for healthy change agents; advance community health by closing gaps in health disparities and focusing efforts in underserved areas; and, engage the private sector through pledges to improve the health and well-being of the nation. These successes are showcased each January at the Health Matters conference, where national thought leaders convene to discuss ways in which individuals, communities, and corporations can contribute to the health of others.

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