CHSE Health & Wellness Initiative
Born from a concern for the overall safety, health, and well-being of all members of the college community, Dean Roland Mitchell assembled a team of colleagues from across the college to create and implement a comprehensive health and wellness program. The CHSE Health & Wellness Initiative is directly aligned with the college’s mission to enhance quality of life across the lifespan. Utilizing the World Health Organization’s (2020) definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (p. 1) and wellness as “the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health” (Global Wellness Institute, n.d.), this innovative program seeks to add to existing support mechanisms across the campus and promote well-being for the college.
Goal: Build & Sustain a Culture of Well-Being
The central goal of the program is to help build and sustain a culture of well-being, which encompasses health and wellness (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018), across the college. To do so, the CHSE Health & Wellness Initiative leverages talent and other resources across and beyond the university to effectively support health and wellness across eight (8) dimensions: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational, financial, and environmental (SAMHSA, 2016).
Strategy #1: Create & Maintain a Well-Being Resources Repository
The first strategy of the initiative is to provide a repository of resources (organized by the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, SAMHSA, 2016) that are dedicated to supporting a healthy lifestyle and promoting well-being. This will include a series of interactive activities, links to university and free national resources, videos, and other engaging materials.
Strategy #2: Community Building Experiences
The second strategy is to develop community building experiences including cohort-based programs, activities, and other initiatives that are driven by the CHSE constituents’ needs identified in the 2020 CHSE Personal and Professional Development Needs Analysis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2018). Well-being concepts. https://www.cdc.gov/hrqol/wellbeing.htm#three
Global Wellness Institute. (n.d.). What is wellness? https://globalwellnessinstitute.org/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (2016, April). Promoting wellness: A guide to community action.
World Health Organization. (2020). Basic documents: Forty-ninth edition (including amendments adopted up to 31 May 2019). World Health Organization.[A2]