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HealthEU is a large-scale effort to connect students, faculty and staff to the resources needed to support their well-being and wellness.
With a new academic year, Elon University has launched HealthEU, a global effort to support the health and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff.
HealthEU provides access to resources, educational tools and support to all members of the university community while cultivating personal wellness values they can rely on even after leaving university. The effort includes a robust website at www.elon.edu/healtheu that will continue to be updated with new resources and help connect students, faculty, and staff with health and wellness opportunities. welfare.
“Personal and community health and well-being are increasingly important to all members of the University community, and Elon can be a leader in ensuring people have what they need to be safe, healthy and thriving,” said Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley. . “HealthEU is designed to connect students, faculty and staff with the wide range of resources that Elon currently has and will continue to develop in the years to come. It’s a holistic effort that will foster education, relationships and engagement.
HealthEU is rooted in Elon’s Boldy Elon 10-year strategic plan, which launched in spring 2020. Included in the Thrive theme of the plan, the HealthEU initiative was developed with the aim of Elon serving as a national model for programs , research and dialogues promoting resilience , belonging and all aspects of personal well-being throughout life.
The initial work that would lead to the launch of HealthEU predates the launch of Boldly Elon. Elon initiated a renewed interest in health and wellness starting with the Presidential Task Force on Social Climate and Out-of-Class Engagement and continuing with the Task Force on Wellness and Wellbeing -being students and the JED Campus project.
These efforts are reflected in HealthEU’s six dimensions that address the well-being of the whole person. The six dimensions are:
- Community well-being
- emotional well-being
- Financial well-being
- physical well-being
- Well-being objective
- Social well-being
HealthEU is advancing the ‘Act-Belong-Commit’ framework that promotes positive physical and mental health and which the university adopted in 2019. The ABC model urges people to be active, seek a sense of belonging, and to s commit to a cause to promote happiness and good mental health.
A model that is “For you, for us, for our community”, HealthEU includes a visual identity to help students, faculty and staff recognize ways to harness its resources. At the center of this identity is a lotus flower, which in many cultures is a symbol of resilience. The roots of the lotus are underwater, its stem rising through the mud to bloom just above the surface of the water.
The new HealthEU website is a convenient tool for connecting to the variety of offerings that fall under the HealthEU umbrella. Each dimension has its own searchable database of various initiatives, events, and educational resources that can help students, faculty, and staff advance their health and well-being in this area.
The website also includes the latest news and updates on health and wellbeing at the university, as well as a list of upcoming HealthEU events.
Also new this year is the extension and expansion of the university’s partnership with TimelyCare, a service for students that provides support from anywhere in the United States, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Students have offered overwhelmingly positive feedback on a pilot offering from TimelyCare in the 2021-22 academic year, with more than 1,000 Elon students accessing services.
New services offered this year are scheduled counselling, health coaching, group sessions and access to psychiatric services. These services are offered in addition to the existing in-person services offered free of charge by Counseling Services and Student Health Services at the university. Students can learn more about TimelyCare and create a free account here.
The HealthEU initiative will continue to grow in the coming years as Elon achieves more of the goals set out in Boldly Elon’s Thrive theme. The university is moving forward with planning for an expanded community wellness, recreation and health center in the heart of campus, which will likely include the construction of a new facility.
Members of the Council on Wellness and Well-Being support HeathEU’s effort:
- Ginette ArchinalMedical Director of Student Health Services and University Physician
- Anne BullockDean of the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education, Professor of Education and Director of Teacher Education
- Stacie DooleyVice Dean of Career and Student Development, Elon Law
- Marcus ElliottOdyssey program director
- Jenny Gonzálezinterior decorator
- Anita Hodnetdirector of consulting services
- Kathy HarrisonDirector of Faculty/Staff Health and Wellness Clinic
- Rene JacksonAssociate Director of Career Services for Graduate Programs and Director of the PACE Program
- Caroline Ketchamexercise science teacher
- Susan KirklandAssociate Vice President Finance and Administration
- Lake DanielleDirector of Design Thinking and Associate Professor
- larry mellingerDirector of Campus Recreation and Wellness
- Paul MillerAssociate Rector for Academic Excellence and Operations and Professor of Exercise Science
- Sylvia MunozAssociate Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education
- Melissa MurfinAssociate Professor, Research Coordinator and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Physician Assistant Curriculum, Director of Education Strategies School of Health Sciences
- Roselee Papandrea Taylorassistant director of university communication for admissions communication
- Jana Lynn PattersonAssociate Vice-Rector for Student Life, Dean of Students and Assistant Professor
- Propst CognacDirector of Elon 1010 and Deputy Director of Academic Council
- Kelli ShumanAssociate Vice President of Human Resources and Director of Human Resources
- Jeff SteinVice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Professor of English
- Amanda Taperlecturer in public health studies
- Joshua Tillotsoncaptain, campus security and police
- Paul Tongridirector of student care and outreach
- Charlotte WilliamsAssociate Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness for student welfare
- Kathy Zigaacting director of the educational council