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!      

Substance Use and Wellbeing

Mental Wellbeing

Social Wellbeing


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.d.bowlby@wmich.edu (269) 387-3263

Alecia Chenault, Assistant Director, Health Promotion and Education

Alecia.chenault@wmich.edu  (269) 387-3257

Cari Robertson, Director, Health Promotion and Education

Cari.robertson@wmich.edu (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

Health promotion core programs, services and initiatives

Principles of health promotion

The principles that guide us as we work to achieve our mission are:

  1. Health and safety are essential for optimal intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development and to the academic mission of Western Michigan University.
  2. Health behaviors need to be addressed from both an individual and community context.
  3. Best practice standards of health promotion involve theory-based, data-driven needs assessment, program development and evaluation.
  4. 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.
  5. Creating healthy communities involves an integration of advocacy, education, service, community building and research.
  6. 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.

Contact us

Call (269) 387-3263 for information about any of our programs.