EBP Grant Winners Announced
BHAC is pleased to announce the recipients of our Evidence-based Practice grants, awarded to exceptional programs at three schools. The grants program was created to promote efforts that employ innovative, trans-disciplinary research to improve health and wellness in institutions of higher learning.

Georgia Tech is using its grant to execute SleepWell@Tech, a campaign that seeks to combat insufficient sleep and the health issues it causes. The campaign aims to improve campus culture around sleep via positive behavior change. SleepWell@Tech will use education and awareness and cultural/environmental influences to affect change for better sleep.

The College of New Jersey grant will be used for its Opioid Use Disorder Collaborative Education Project, which provides health promotion and education for faculty, staff, students, alumni and the surrounding community, while shining a light on treatment services available through on-campus and local behavioral health organizations and treatment facilities. Organizers hope to empower participants to make decisions about their own health and the health of their families and loved ones.

Binghamton University grant is for Using Employee Health Assessments to Impact Intent-to-quit Tobacco, a pilot study that will examine the impact of campus tobacco use through employee health assessments. Investigators will collect behavioral, health history, and biometric data from tobacco and non-tobacco users, compare health assessment data between the groups, and assess the associations among BP, nicotine, stress and intent-to-quit tobacco use.

Grant awardees will have an opportunity to present at the 2021 National BHAC Summit and present a BHAC webinar and submit the study results for the BHAC Journal. 
2019 National Summit Approaching
The National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities is gearing up for its 2019 National Summit, Building Cultures of Well-Being , April 30–May 1 at The Ohio State University. Join leaders in health and wellness in a robust agenda as we share successes and strategies and learn more about innovative health and wellness practices.

The summit features dynamic speakers, including:
  • Ron Goetzel, PhD, senior scientist and director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Kristen Hadeed, the young leader of Student Maid, a successful cleaning company that hires students

  • Petra Kolber, an internationally renowned fitness expert and wellness leader
  • Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University
  • Ja’Net Adams, an international speaker, author, and the CEO of EMACK Consulting.

Read more about these speakers here.

We also invite you to submit a poster abstract. Send a 300 word or less abstract of your research or health-related program as it relates to the interests of BHAC members, mission and goals, and the theme of the conference — Building Cultures of Well-Being. Poster abstracts are due by  March 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Submit your abstract in the online form  here.

We hope to see in Columbus! Register today.

Questions? Contact Kat Marriott.
2019 BHAC Webinar Series Kicks Off
The popular BHAC webinar series begins its 2019 program Wednesday, February 27 at 2 p.m. EST.
Wolfpack Wellness: Building a Thriving Academic Community Through Wellness Programs and Interventions features speakers Shannon DuPree, DHSc, CHES, CWP, director of Wellness, NC State University; Angie Harris, MA, assistant director of Wellness, NC State University; Alexis Steptoe, MPH, CHES, Wellness coordinator, NC State University; and Katie Belusa, MPH, CHES, Wellness coordinator, NC State University
Participants in the webinar will learn about NC State's university-wide wellness strategy and learn evidence-based practices for campus wellness initiatives. 
Participants will also learn strategies for establishing a holistic wellness program on their campuses.

Please join us! Register today and we hope to see you in Columbus! 

Questions? Contact Kat Marriott.
Healthy Campus Contest
Help us build healthy campuses across the country by showing what health and wellness look like on your campus!

Share a picture on social media exemplifying what health and/or wellness look like for your faculty, staff and students. Use the hashtag #hearthealthycampus during the month of February and be entered to win one of two, $25 Amazon gift cards. A drawing will take place on March 1, 2019 and a winner announced on our social channels.
From Our Director
Winter greetings!

I’ve heard it said that individually we are one drop, but together, we are an ocean. For those of us working in academic health programming, we can feel like mere ‘drops’ sometimes. We’re frequently charting unknown courses, and are unsure if what we do brings meaningful change. Yet we love trying.

BHAC was launched in 2013 to connect academic health professionals across the U.S. by sharing ideas, resources and friendship. Yet, we’ve managed to do so much more. BHAC allows us to join forces through evidence-based practices and benchmarking data; opportunities to participate in nationwide research and project evaluations; and networking and collaborations with leaders from across the country. Our ever-growing roster includes institutions large and small, giving our consortium the strength to set national standards for academic wellness.

From our bi-annual health summits to our academic research, webinars and member profiles, we are collectively improving wellness among students, faculty and staff everywhere. And we have fun doing it, with hands-on activities and challenges at our conferences. We’ve done yoga, nature walks and meditation. We’ve even blended smoothies with the power of bike pedaling. And of course, we take time to form personal and professional alliances.

I like to think of BHAC as our own ‘ocean.’ We have opportunity to affect the lives of 33 million students, faculty and staff on campuses across the US. When we can collaborate on this scale, our capacity for change grows even further. As BHAC executive director, I am so gratified to lead us toward healthier institutions. I hope you take part and see what our ocean can do.

In good health, 
BHAC Journal Call for Manuscripts
The National Consortium for Building Health Academic Communities Journal is seeking manuscript submissions. We're looking for submissions consistent with our mission to promote comprehensive, evidence-based practices on faculty and staff wellness, student wellness, academic medical centers, and wellness innovations.

Submissions should be consistent with BHAC's mission to promote comprehensive, evidence-based practices on faculty and staff wellness, student wellness, academic medical centers, and wellness innovations. Submissions focused on best health and wellness practices in campus communities will be prioritized.
Once published, the BHAC Journal will provide immediate open access through The Ohio State University Library Publishing and Repository Service. Ohio State journals do not charge submission or any other form of author fees.
Brigitte T. Lossing
Director of Recreational Sports
UC Berkeley
Brigitte Lossing
UC Berkeley
Brigitte T. Lossing is director of Recreational Sports at University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). We recently spoke to her to learn more about the school’s health and wellness initiatives.

UC Berkeley is a public research university, which serves as the flagship institution of the ten research universities affiliated with the University of California system. Berkeley has approximately 42,000 students in approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs covering numerous disciplines. The university does not have an academic medical center.

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