Health and Well-Being Services has played a central role in the everyday lives of faculty and staff. The teams at MHealthy, Mental Health Counseling and Consultation Services, Occupational Health Services and the Benefits Office are proud that our commitment to fostering an environment that helps our community members be their best made a meaningful and significant impact in 2022.
- U-M launched the Well-being Collective, a collaborative effort focused on making U-M a better place to live, work and learn for faculty, staff and students. Guided by the Okanagan Charter and building on the ongoing work of MHealthy, Wolverine Wellness, the Michigan Medicine Wellness Office and others, the collective will address university policies and systems that affect well-being.
- MHealthy’s contributions to the national workplace well-being conversation included four manuscripts published in the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP) and the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. One article addressing social determinants of health in a large employer was named one of AJHP’s papers of the year.
- The Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office and the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience supported more than 16,000 interactions with faculty and staff for mental and emotional health services. We saw an increase from the prior year by 2,000 interactions.
- A new role of chief behavioral health strategist was created to work with our partners to help strategically guide the university’s holistic approach to mental and emotional well-being.
- With support from university leadership, MHealthy’s commitment to confronting the social determinants of health (such as food insecurity and economic instability) of U-M’s employees remained strong. Referrals by the Resource Coach Program nearly doubled from the previous year. Additionally, the Emergency Hardship and Resource Coach Mini-Grant Programs awarded $140,000 in grants - twice as much as the previous year.
- Thousands enrolled in health and well-being activities, which included winter and fall’s Active U programs (more than 5,600 participants combined), nutrition programs like cooking classes and Nourish Your Whole Self and alcohol management and tobacco cessation programs. And after a two-year hiatus, we welcomed the return of in-person physical activity classes and the annual Be Well in the Big House faculty and staff event.
- More than 9,700 unique users accessed the MHealthy Portal, participating in challenges, setting health goals, completing the health questionnaire and exploring courses and resources.
- Occupational Health Services (OHS) remained the central point of contact for employee vaccinations, including more than 33,000 flu immunizations. OHS also managed thousands of health assessments, COVID-19 vaccinations, medical surveillance visits, fit tests and clinic visits.
- Project Healthy Schools has now been implemented in 140 middle schools. A subset of MHealthy, this school-based program has benefited more than 88,500 students since its launch in 2004 and has demonstrated significant and lasting improvements in health behavior and cardiovascular risk factors.
- MHealthy programs continue to achieve high marks in customer satisfaction, rating between 4 and 5 on a point satisfaction scale.
To our staff, faculty, university leaders and partners, thank you for your ongoing commitment and support. We look forward to continuing to work with you and contributing to the excellence of the university.