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Learn about our work to advance the health of people, animals, and the planet through education, research, and advocacy.

Our Work

Phoenix Zones Initiative works at the nexus of the health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet.

We use our medical and public health expertise to help dismantle outdated policies and practices that exploit the most vulnerable and that contribute to global problems that touch us all—from emerging infectious diseases and the growing epidemic of chronic diseases to violence and worsening environmental threats.

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Our goal is to create a world of Phoenix Zones to enable everyone to rise and thrive.

As global problems accelerate, how can we advance the interdependent health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet?

This broad and critical question fuels our vision, mission, and work to change lives for the better.

This is how we do it.

Education and Outreach

Phoenix Zones Initiative educates leaders and the public on how to make meaningful change to solve global challenges, including the climate emergency, air and water pollution, communicable and non-communicable diseases, poverty and hunger, and other health threats that affect people, animals, and the planet.

Our Policy Agenda

We provide free educational materials and resources for leaders, practitioners, and the public.


We partner across sectors to advance improvements in social, economic, and environmental policy.

We offer training, internships, and mentorship to professionals and advocates.

7 continents reached through our educational programs and activities—even Antarctica one year!

An average of 1000 professionals, students, and advocates attending annual events

Over 50 million people reached in one year through our publications and reports

Research and Innovation

Phoenix Zones Initiative’s research and innovation informs public, governmental, and corporate policies and practices to transform cultural values on a global, interconnected scale.

We lead in-depth research that analyzes complex, interconnected problems and offers meaningful solutions.

We offer innovative solutions to advance ethical social, economic, and environmental policies and practices to benefit people, animals, and the planet.

We track various metrics of success to assess and monitor our impact to improve our programs and interventions.

21 international articles, editorials, and reports published

43 research projects led

Over 150 organizations received technical consultation annually

Leadership and Advocacy

From Washington, DC, to the United Nations, Phoenix Zones Initiative works to transform policies such as food policy, public health and research priorities, and local and international development.

We lead efforts to advance global and local policies that protect the rights, health, and wellbeing of the most vulnerable.


We advocate for global and local policy changes that safeguard individuals and communities against exploitation.

We work to ensure the right to a healthy and safe home and environment for people and animals around the globe.

Over 150 organizations brought together in alliance or coalition

50 US states impacted by enacted federal legislation

193 nations directly affected by global agreements

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