As a leading public institution with a long history of advancing education, research, patient care, and public service, the University of Michigan is uniquely positioned to be a premier health-promoting campus, fostering holistic well-being on both individual and community levels.
We strive to put well-being at the forefront of policies, facilities, and programs. We believe that when health and wellness are truly embedded throughout our community, we foster the best possible learning, work, and discovery.
U-M has launched a number of high-level health-promoting efforts:
- Joined the U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network and adopted the Okanagan Charter in 2021
- Founded the Well-being Collective in 2021, a system-wide approach to supporting holistic, comprehensive, and equity-focused well-being across the university, using a Collective Impact framework
- Expanded mental health services for students, including easy access to free virtual care, wellness coaching programs, and a new addiction medicine clinic
- Solidified long-term public health and infection prevention response efforts to last beyond COVID-19
- Mobilized recommendations from student mental health work teams, including extending the break between fall and winter terms by an additional week to better support student and faculty well-being and public-health safety
- Began construction of a new 200,000-square-foot Central Campus Recreation Building to open in fall 2025
- Created new leadership positions, including chief mental health officer in Student Life, associate vice president for health and wellness in Student Life, and chief behavioral strategist in University Human Resources
- Maintained and strengthened our award-winning MHealthy program, promoting employee health and well-being