Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Aug. 31, 2018
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MacEwan University
PA-13: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Karen Boros
Director, Client Services
Human Resources
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Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all staff?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all faculty?:

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s), including information to support each affirmative response above :

Our multidisciplinary team in Wellness and Psychological Services includes counsellors, psychologists and social workers, and we offer free, on-campus, confidential support and assistance to any student currently enrolled in one or more credit courses through MacEwan University. (professional counselling services, personalized support plans and strategy development, health and wellness programs, workshops, consultations and referrals). As of September 1, 2018, all part-time and full-time students paying Students’ Association fees have Health & Dental coverage, unless they have already opted out.

MacEwan's Medical Clinic provides primary health care health care, prevention focused services as well as learning experiences to develop health knowledge and skills for students and employees. Moreover, MacEwan offers athletic therapy to students (coverage through student benefits plan) and employees (coverage through health spending account and Access to Learning Fund) likewise.

The Inquiring Mind provides practical knowledge and skills to address mental health and mental illness on post-secondary campuses. During workshop sessions students learn about the signs of declining and poor mental health; the effects of mental illness on campus; the stigma of mental illness and the barriers to treatment; the Mental Health Continuum Model; and tools and skills to support their own mental health and that of others. Workshops are offered all year at different times. https://www.macewan.ca/wcm/CampusLife/ChangingMinds/index.htm

Moreover, MacEwan's resources entail peer tutors in the Writing Centre and soon-to-be Student Health Champions (peer to peer support). These diverse students offer help to peers in a structured and supported way. A University 101 and 102 program is offered to support students who have failed to make criteria to stay in their program or university. These students are referred by their associate deans and a disproportionate number are international or newcomer or first gen students. They gain real skills to become successful learners.

MacEwan introduced a new benefits plan for emplyees as of January 1, 2018. The plan offers a full range of health, dental, and insurance options with the flexibility to customize benefits to fit each employee’s needs, preferences and lifestyle.
The flexible benefits plan includes five main areas of coverage:

1. Health care coverage (prescription drugs, medical services and supplies, vision and paramedical services,
2. Dental care coverage (basic services, major services, orthodontic care)
3. Insurance coverage (life insurance,disability insurance, critical illness insurance, travel insurance)
4. Health Spending Account (HSA) and Wellness Spending Account
5. Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

MacEwan works with different insurers and service providers: Morneau Shepell is an employee and family assistance program, offering a full range of services for employees in all areas of their lives. SSQ is an insurer that offers basic and optional accidental death and dismemberment insurance. The employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) (provided by Great West Life and administered by Shepell) provides employees with confidential and professional assistance to help employees and their families to resolve a variety of lifestyle problems or challenges. Furthermore, Great-West Life provides Health and dental coverage, basic and optional life insurance, travel insurance and shortand long-term disability insurance. For more information, please see the following attachments: MacEwan University Flexible Benefits Plan, Employee/Employer Benefit Premium Costs, EFAP.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

For further information regarding benefits for members of the MacEwan Staff and Faculty associations, please see the collective agreements respectively:
Faculty (pg. 58): https://www.macewan.ca/contribute/groups/public/documents/document/ywdy/zwvt/~edisp/hr_fa_collectiveagreement.pdf
Staff (pg. 54): https://www.macewan.ca/contribute/groups/public/documents/document/msa_collectiveagreement_17_19.pdf

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