Guiding Philosophy

Our work is guided by the following principles:

  1. We identify and build upon community strengths.
  2. We identify geographies of inequality in order to inform policies aimed at reducing disparities.
  3. Our research employs a sociospatial approach, considering the health of individuals within biological, familial, social, geographic, economic and policy contexts.
  4. We promote evidence-based policy and planning, based on research that focuses on issues of concern and interest to rural communities.
  5. We use and promote a research approach using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods.
  6. We operate as a learning organization, committed to high quality work, open communication and continual improvement. We value and promote learning at all levels, individually and collectively, from students, colleagues in research and the community.