Creating a Healthier Community

UW-Stout is seeking to establish a Center for the Study and Promotion of Health and Wellbeing.
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Mission

The mission of the Center will be to establish partnerships that increase opportunities for students to engage in applied learning and research. It will serve to develop relationships that promote the accessibility and visibility of UW-Stout programs of study to community constituents and potential partners. It seeks to advocate for public health through research, capacity building, communication and education all while promoting the UW-Stout polytechnic vision.

Values

  • Building relationships that foster personal and community health goals
  • The capacity to access accurate health information
  • Collaboration & advocacy
  • Servant leadership
  • Speaking with passion and conviction
  • Listening with empathy, care and concern (Listen carefully, respond responsibly)
  • Eliminating redundancies in efforts
  • Research to support knowledge, attitude, behavior, and skill development
Professional Development

To provide programs to professionals (practitioners and researchers) in health and wellness fields to have discussions, workshops, conferences, webinars, and presentations regarding cutting-edge issues.

Serving the Public

To facilitate assessing the current state of health and wellbeing and resources in west central Wisconsin in collaboration with public health partners. Students will engage in applied research learning experiences to help solve public health problems. The Center will provide programs for the general public that specifically address health concerns identified in a recent community needs assessments with the goal of addressing health disparities and the social determinants of health, while increasing communication as well as avoiding the replication of efforts related to health promotion. The Center will help the public develop a robust and accurate functional health knowledge base, as well as the following skills:

  • Access valid health information, products and services to enhance health
  • Analyze the influences that impact health choices
  • Communicate health needs effectively
  • Make health-enhancing decisions

 

Research Services

To provide research services related to health and wellbeing for businesses, civic organizations, coalitions, community agencies, non-profits, communities, school districts, hospitals and health clinics, etc. Current projects in development include:

  • Generation of a health-coalition with community partners with the focus of hosting a health capacity-building conference. This conference will serve as the initial impetus for building a robust health coalition within Western Wisconsin.
  • Identification of Eat Well Dunn County’s community capacity characteristics that help mobilize and address social and public health problems related to eating healthy.
Future projects
  • Grant funding for the further development of the study of health resiliency and capacity building.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for health resources by generating a website that lists local health resources for use by students, faculty, staff and community members and that represents the emergent health needs of the people of Western Wisconsin.
  • Host programs (conferences, speakers, webinars) for the general public as well as professionals (practitioners and researchers).

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