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Anthony Biglan: Evolving a society that nurtures the wellbeing of every member

Evolving a society that nurtures the wellbeing of every member

Anthony Biglan, Ph.D.
Oregon Research Institute

ABSTRACT:
Viewed broadly, the ultimate goal of prevention science is to assist societies in ensuring the social, psychological, and physical wellbeing of every member of society.  To fully realize the aspirations of prevention scientists, we need a broad strategy for translating knowledge about human wellbeing into population-wide improvements. Far-reaching changes must occur in the delivery of programs, the making of policies, and values and cultural practices that affect the quality of family, school, workplace, and community environments. In this talk, I will describe a broad cultural movement, not unlike the tobacco control movement, that can make nurturing environments a fundamental priority of public policy and daily life, thereby enhancing human wellbeing far beyond anything achieved thus far.

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