Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.09
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of New Hampshire
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kathleen Grace-Bishop
Director of Education and Promotion
Health and Wellness
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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 academic staff?:

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

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s):

Students have access to health and wellness resources through UNH Health & Wellness: www.unh.edu/health

Health & Wellness provides whole person-centered care and services, illness prevention and health promotion, co-curricular learning opportunities, and public health leadership and expertise. All are tailored to support our students’ health, well-being, and personal development, the health of the campus community and the mission of our University.

Health & Wellness – Wellness Philosophy:
Health & Wellness works from a wellness approach that supports the well-being of the entire community. Health & Wellness views students and other members of the UNH community as whole and dynamic individuals. We are sensitive to how the components of our lives impact our health and well-being. We encourage personal responsibility for achieving and maintaining wellness. Our approach not only assists in the process of healing, but also provides information and care to maintain and enhance well-being according to individual needs and desires.

Health & Wellness realizes the environments in which we live and work also impact well-being. This means our efforts to support wellness for the individual must include working to create a healthy community that supports the well-being of its members.

Our goal is to optimize wellness, now and for the future.
Health & Wellness provides medical care provided by board certified physician including psychiatrist, nurse practitioners, nurse and ancillary support services (accessible 24/7), mental health services, integrative mind-body services, and health promotion, wellness education and counseling/coaching addressing various aspects of the wellness and working collaborative with other offices on campus to meet the needs of students.

Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS) provide mental health crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, online and self-guide resources, access to after-hours care and referrals for students. PACS is composed of psychologists, social workers and psychology trainees who are highly skilled at addressing the unique needs of college students, and are committed to enhancing students’ ability to benefit from the university experience. https://www.unh.edu/pacs/

Faculty and Staff
For faculty and staff employees, the USNH Health & Wellness programs and services are dedicated to educating, motivating, and empowering individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices. The UNH Human Resources page offers a host of resources to assist employees in striving to live healthy and active lifestyles.

UNH believes that a flexible work environment yields beneficial work and health–related outcomes for both the employer and employee. The University is therefore committed to workplace policies and programs that promote workplace flexibility, physical and mental health and supports the diverse needs of our workforce. https://www.unh.edu/hr/worklife-flexibility
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also available to all employees. Being healthy goes beyond physical exercise and eating right. Emotional wellness, strong personal relationships, and positive attitudes are critical building blocks of health. The resources of the EAP can help meet life’s challenges and enhance your well-being and is available to all employees https://www.unh.edu/hr/employee-assistance-program .

The "Healthy UNH Initiative", established in 2008 by the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice Healthy, enhances the mission of the University by supporting the lifelong health and wellness of the UNH community. In collaboration with other departments, Healthy UNH provides education, awareness, and connections to support resources for the campus community in four focus areas impacting overall health and healthcare costs: nutrition, physical fitness, emotional wellness and healthcare consumerism.

To learn more about Healthy UNH, please visit: https://www.unh.edu/healthyunh/
Health & Wellness provides limited medical care (acute needs) and health promotion/wellness education to faculty and staff.

Does the institution prohibit smoking within all occupied buildings owned or leased by the institution?:

Does the institution restrict outdoor smoking?:

Does the institution prohibit smoking and tobacco use across the entire campus?:

A copy of the institution's smoke-free policy:
The institution’s smoke-free policy:

In order to protect the health, safety and comfort of University students, faculty and other academic appointees, staff, and visitors, and consistent with state law (RSA 155:64-77), the University of New Hampshire is committed to a policy of prohibiting the use of tobacco products, including, but not limited to: cigarettes (clove cigarettes, bidis, kreteks), electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS, vaping), cigars and cigarillos, hookah-smoked products or any lighted or heated tobacco and nicotine products, and non-combustible tobacco products (dip, chew, tobacco substitutes) in facilities and on grounds owned and occupied or leased and occupied by the University (including UNH Manchester & UNH Law). In addition, UNH supports education programs to provide prevention and cessation initiatives to our students, faculty and other academic appointees and staff. This policy supersedes all other TSN policies at UNH.

Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The updated TSN-Free policy stated above was adopted by the President's UNH Executive Council on August 13, 2021. An implementation task force has since been formed by the Provost, charged to work with campus stakeholders in an ongoing way to address implementation and compliance with the updated Tobacco, Smoke, and Nicotine-Free policy. The Task Force is designing, recommending, and monitoring the phased implementation of the policy. It will operate through educational communication and the cultivating of public health norms within a community-inclusive framework, with the primary goal of voluntary compliance. Implementation will focus on communication, education, and cessation as the community adapts to the policy over time.

Kathleen Grace-Bishop
Director of Education and Promotion
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
V: 603.862.3823| F: 603.862.4259
University of New Hampshire
Health & Wellness
4 Pettee Brook Lane
Durham, NH 03824

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