HealthEU is a broad-based effort to connect students, faculty and staff with the resources needed to support their health and well-being.
With a new academic year, Elon University has begun Health EUa comprehensive effort to support the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff.
HealthEU provides access to resources, educational tools and support for all members of the university community, while cultivating personal values of well-being that can be relied upon long 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.
“Personal and community health and wellness are increasingly important to all members of the university community, and Elon can be a leader in ensuring that people have what they need to be safe, healthy and fulfilled, ” said Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley. . “HealthEU is designed to connect students, faculty and staff to the wide range of resources that Elon has now and will continue to build on in the coming years. It’s a comprehensive effort that will foster education, relationships and engagement.”
HealthEU has its roots in Elon’s Boldy Elon’s 10-year strategic planwhich was launched in spring 2020. Including inside “Trive” plan theme.the HealthEU initiative was developed with the goal of Elon serving as a national model for programs, research, and dialogue that promote resilience, belonging, and all aspects of personal well-being across the lifespan.
The initial work that would lead to the launch of HealthEU precedes the launch of Boldly Elon. Elon initiated a renewed focus on health and wellness beginning with the Presidential Task Force on Social Climate and Engagement Outside the Classroom and continuing with the Student Wellness and Wellbeing Task Force and the JED Campus project.
These efforts are reflected in the six dimensions of HealthEU that address the well-being of the whole person. The six dimensions are:
- Community Welfare
- Emotional Wellbeing
- Financial Wellbeing
- Physical well-being
- Purpose Well-being
- Social Welfare
HealthEU advances “Act-Belong-Commit” framework. that promotes positive physical and mental health and which university approved in 2019. The ABC model encourages people to be active, seek a sense of belonging and commit to a cause in order 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 utilize its resources. At the center of this identity is a lotus flower, which in many cultures is a symbol of permanence. The roots of the lotus are underwater, with its stem rising through the mud to bloom just above the surface of the water.
The new HealthEU website is a convenient means of connecting to the variety of offers that fall under the HealthEU umbrella. Each dimension has its own searchable database of various educational initiatives, events, and resources that can assist students, faculty, and staff in advancing their health and wellness in that area.
New this year is the expansion and expansion of the university’s partnership with Timely care, a service for students that offers support from anywhere in the United States, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Students provided overwhelmingly positive feedback for a TimelyCare pilot offering during the 2021-22 academic year, with more than 1,000 Elon students accessing services.
New services offered this year are scheduled counseling, health coaching, group sessions and access to psychiatric services. These services are offered in addition to existing in-person services provided without user fees through the university’s Counseling Services and Student Health Services. 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 outlined in Boldly Elon’s Thrive theme. The university is moving forward with planning for an expanded community wellness, recreation and health center at the heart of campus that will likely include construction of a new facility.
Supporting the HeathEU effort are the members of the Health and Wellbeing Council:
- Ginette Archinalmedical director of student health services and university physician
- Ann Bullockdean of the School of Education dr. Jo Watts Williams, professor of education and director of teacher education
- Stacie Dooleyassistant dean of career and student development, Elon Law
- Marcus Elliottdirector of the Odyssey Program
- Jenny Gonzalezinterior designer
- Anita Hodnettdirector of consulting services
- Kathy Harrisonfaculty/staff health and wellness clinic manager
- Renee Jacksonassociate director of career services for graduate school programs and director of the PACE program
- Caroline Ketchamprofessor of exercise science
- Susan Kirklandassociate vice president for finance and administration
- Danielle’s Lakedirector of design thinking and associate professor
- Larry Mellingerdirector of campus recreation and wellness
- Paul Millerassociate professor of academic excellence and operations and professor of exercise science
- Sylvia Muñozassistant dean of students and director of the Center for Education in Race, Ethnicity and Diversity
- Melissa Murphyassociate professor, research coordinator, and director of curriculum and instruction for the physician assistant degree program, director of educational strategies for the School of Health Sciences
- Roselee Papandrea Taylorassociate director of university communications for admissions communications
- Jana Lynn Pattersonassociate vice president for student life, dean of students and assistant professor
- Provost of brandydirector of Elon 1010 and assistant director of academic advising
- Kelly Shumanassociate vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer
- Jeff Steinvice president for strategic initiatives and assistant professor of English
- Amanda Taplersenior lecturer in public health studies
- Joshua Tillotsoncaptain, Campus Security and Police
- Paul Tongsridirector of student care and outreach
- Charlotte Williamsassociate director of campus recreation and wellness for student welfare
- This is Zigainterim director of academic advising