On Thursday, April 6, 2017, I will be presenting “Using Data to Build a Healthier Academic Community” at the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC) 2017 Summit. I am looking forward to attending this conference and I hope to see you there. Below is my abstract:
Background/Significance: Higher levels of health have been associated with enriched performance in multiple work and education settings. Improving health through increased engagement of health promoting behaviors in the physical, social, mental and emotional areas of life has improved performance and decreased problems.
Aim(s): To create a successful health promoting academic community with social integration that has higher graduation rates, improved academic performance, enhanced productivity, and better health status.
Methods: Assess the relationship of student, faculty, and staff engagement in campus supported health promoting behaviors with academic outcomes (GPA), professional performance, and health status.
Findings: Students, faculty and staff more engaged in health promoting actions were related to higher performance levels, heightened levels of life satisfaction, improved health status, and lower levels of depression and relationship problems.
Implications for Real World Academic Communities: Understanding factors associated with higher levels of engagement with health behaviors and greater involvement in campus activities facilitates more efficient use of resources though improved program planning. Collected data then provides evidence to support a program emphasis on factors most strongly related to improved health and performance. Research documents these factors also effectively prevent undesirable outcomes. Specific recommendations about how student affairs, human resources, campus promotion campaigns, and community outreach programs should use these findings will be outlined.
In this presentation I will talk about my published study, “What Helps Students Thrive? An Investigation of Student Engagement and Performance” and how a healthy academic community is the necessary precursor to creating successful and useful university that helps everyone and everything benefit.
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