To ensure that the well-being of our students is paramount in everything we do, CWU took the step of elevating campus health and wellness programs. This reorganization within Student Success and under the Dean of Student Success resulted in a Health & Wellness unit consisting of the CWU Student Medical Clinic, Counseling Services, the Wellness Center, Disability Support Services, Case Management, and University Recreation that reports to Kelly Hogan, Associate Dean for Health and Wellness.
Making health and wellness a higher priority for the institution not only establishes a foundation of student excellence, but also recognizes the increasingly important role health and wellness play in our students’ lives. By reorganizing health and wellness programs and services into a single unit with greater visibility, CWU places new and greater emphasis on these areas and makes our health and wellness programs more accessible to our students.
The goals of Health & Wellness include:
- Recognizing that wellness is one of the foundations for excellence: Consolidating our health and wellness programs into a single unit creates more opportunities for cooperation, which can only benefit students.
- Elevating the role health and wellness play in fostering student excellence: We know that students who are able to address their mental and physical health needs function at a higher level.
- Better educating our students: Students will learn that being active, engaged consumers of health and wellness resources will improve their lives.
- Transitioning from simply treating illnesses to establishing an integrated wellness model that is multi-dimensional, holistic, and self-directed: This process includes educating students about healthy habits that will benefit them not only during their college careers, but also as they move into the work force and beyond.
Learning to live a healthy lifestyle is among the most important lessons we can impart to our students. Our primary goal in implementing these changes is to nurture and nourish healthy students who leave Central better for their experiences.