Creation of Health & Well-Being

Creation of (formerly) the Center for Community Health and Well-Being

Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the establishment of a campus-wide wellness initiative that will both optimize the utilization of resources and allow us to better serve the entire campus community.

The initiative is an effort to explore alignment opportunities for wellness, mental health, alcohol and drug education, and sexual violence prevention. The Mental Health Task Force and the Sexual Violence Task Force presented thoughtful and detailed analysis of the existing programs, services and resources currently devoted to these areas along with a series of individual recommendations. Their analysis and recommendations served as the foundation for a comprehensive internal review of how to best serve the campus community.

As a result of this effort, we are taking a concerted Institute-wide approach to creating a safer and healthier campus, one focused on the overall health and wellbeing of our entire campus community.

The first step in this initative is to bring together select resources to create a Center for Community Health and Well-Being under the leadership of a newly created director’s position. Following a national search, this new director will be charged with leading stakeholders throughout the campus to maximize the impact and effectiveness of this initiative.

The director will have responsibility for the Campus Recreation Center, Health Promotion and Stamps Health Services.

Health Promotion is expected to include four focus areas: Prevention Communications, Prevention Information and Policy, Prevention Training and Development and Strategic Programs.

Strategic Programs will include sexual violence prevention, alcohol and drug prevention, and mental health, as well as other focus areas to address Institute-wide priority issues.

The Community Health and Well-Being director will report directly to Paul Strouts, vice president for Campus Services. The director will help define the new organization, aligning people, programs and funding.

I would like to thank the members of both the Mental Health and Sexual Violence task forces for their work. Their comprehensive and thoughtful review provided a solid basis upon which we can more effectively foster a safer and healthier environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. While we already have many strong and effective programs throughout the campus that currently serve as valuable resources, these changes and this new initiative will allow us to maximize the resources to provide more comprehensive programs that will facilitate the wellbeing of the entire campus community.

I greatly appreciate the continued support and partnership of the many individuals who have already helped and will continue to help develop this path forward.

G.P. “Bud” Peterson
President