the Institute of
Contextual Health

To explore and embrace the complexity of human health

Our Mission

To explore and embrace the complexity of human health.

At the Institute of Contextual Health (IOCH), our mission is to understand and embrace the biological, psychological, and social history of each individual within their unique context. Recognizing the complex interplay of factors that contribute to health, we strive to foster well-being and optimize performance in various aspects of human life. Guided by the scientific philosophy of functional contextualism, we’re committed to transforming healthcare through the development of innovative technologies, education, and rigorous research. Our approach goes beyond conventional paradigms, resonating with the intricacies of human existence to create a new era of individualized care and understanding. Join us in our endeavor to align healthcare with the multifaceted nature of human life, forging meaningful connections and crafting practical solutions. 

Advancing Science and Technology

The IOCH is pioneering a transformative approach to human health, advancing the boundaries of scientific understanding. We shift the traditional paradigm by embracing a functional contextual perspective, exploring the interplay of historical and biopsychosocial factors, and processes of behavior change influencing well-being. Our research contributes to groundbreaking improvements in healthcare case management and care delivery, fostering a more responsive and individualized approach to health outcomes. Discover more about our innovative path on our Science page.

Educating Professionals and INdividuals

We are dedicated to the translation and dissemination of knowledge to the broader community, providing a liberating perspective grounded in functional contextualism. As a working proof of concept, the IOCH has developed the Human Rehabilitation Framework (HRF) as a first-generation vehicle for professional and individual education. We believe in empowering professionals with the knowledge and tools to embrace human complexity and contextual factors impacting human health through rigorous and comprehensive educational programming delivered through our partnership with Dynamic Principles. We also deliver personal development and health education programming to individuals through our collaboration with DMR University. This platform provides invaluable education and insights that help individuals understand and take ownership of their health conditions, fostering a more informed and health-conscious society.

Exploring Human Performance

At the IOCH, we recognize that human performance is a multifaceted process. Our studies delve into the myriad of factors that can optimize or inhibit human potential in professional, personal, athletic, and academic domains. Using the principles of functional contextualism, we identify key processes that lead to success and create interventions tailored to individual needs. This personalized approach empowers individuals to unlock their full potential and excel in their pursuits, reflecting our commitment to a more nuanced and compassionate understanding of human capability. 

Serving Society

As a nonprofit organization, we are driven by the desire to serve society’s best interests. Our research and educational initiatives are designed to enhance our collective understanding of contextual human health, wellness, and performance. By disseminating knowledge and insights, we seek to make a positive impact on individuals, communities, and global well-being.

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Join Us

We invite researchers, professionals, students, and advocates who share our passion for advancing contextual human health to join us in our endeavors. By collaborating and working together, we can build a future where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and lead a fulfilling life.