We will be posting virtual well-being workshops during distance education. Continue to check back for new topic additions each week. Check out our facebook for short videos about well-being too!
Continuity of Services Update 4/2/2020:
By now, you have received multiple communications from President Montgomery and our Provost, Dr. Jennifer Bott, regarding the university’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. WMU remains open with education being offered at a distance for the remainder of spring semester and the summer I session. Some services are being offered at a distance as well.
In alignment with courses being offered through distance education, several Health Promotion and Education programs and services will be offered from a distance as our staff works remotely during this time. You will be able to receive support or engage with FIRE Place Resource and Support Center, Wellness Workshops, Western H.E.R.O.E.S., Gentlemen United, and “We Choose to End Sexual Violence” at a distance via email, phone, video, social media, or distance education platforms.
To request assistance, you may e-mail us, call our general number (269) 387-3263 or contact our staff directly. During this time, e-mail or phone is the most effective way for us to connect with you, and supporting you is our utmost priority. Please note that we will respond to your emails and phone calls as soon as possible. Direct contact information for staff members can be found below:
Sarah Bowlby, Administrative Assistant II
Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org (269) 387-3263
Alecia Chenault, Assistant Director, Health Promotion and Education
Alecia.email@example.com (269) 387-3257
Cari Robertson, Director, Health Promotion and Education
Cari.firstname.lastname@example.org (269) 387-3529
Your success is our top priority and we will do our best to serve your needs. Thank you for your patience and be well!
The mission of the Office of Health Promotion and Education is to create a culture of wellbeing and social justice to enhance the success of all members of the campus community.
Peer education/STUDENT LEADERSHIP programs
- FIRE! sexual assault peer education
- Gentlemen United
- Resources for Alcohol and other Drugs peer education
- Sexual health peer education
- Western H.E.R.O.E.S.
Health promotion core programs, services and initiatives
- Alcohol and other drugs risk reduction
- FIRE Place Resource and Support Center
- Healthy Campus 2020
- Wellness workshops
Principles of health promotion
The principles that guide us as we work to achieve our mission are:
- Health and safety are essential for optimal intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development and to the academic mission of Western Michigan University.
- Health behaviors need to be addressed from both an individual and community context.
- Best practice standards of health promotion involve theory-based, data-driven needs assessment, program development and evaluation.
- The creation of healthy communities requires interdisciplinary partnerships involving health professionals, educators, artists, community leaders and community members working together to prevent or address critical health concerns.
- Creating healthy communities involves an integration of advocacy, education, service, community building and research.
- To be successful, community health initiatives must focus on key risks to health and involve a critical mass of community members whose engagement stimulates communication, trust, personal responsibility and shared interdependence.
Call (269) 387-3263 for information about any of our programs.