Wellness Connection Strategy
Wellness Connection Strategy

Wellness Champion Newsletter | April 2022

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Wellness Connection Strategy

The path to employee wellness

Building on a foundation started at the School of Medicine, employee wellness programming has been evolving over the last 7 years. Today, we have set our strategy to focus on both individual needs supported through evidence-based programs, as well as fostering a culture that prioritizes health and well-being as integral to our mission. It is our vision to create an environment where the healthier choice is the easiest choice and we are all empowered to choose well. To do this, we have partnered with WashU experts and external vendors to provide valuable, safe, and positive experiences, like our annual health screenings, wellness challenges, mindfulness programs, financial well-being, and wellness consultations. Equally important is our partnership with our Wellness Champions! You are experts in your unique work environment and the needs of your co-workers. You help us set priorities and continue to evolve our programs and communications.

Here are some of our goals for the next 3-5 years:
  • Re-establish engagement in our annual health screening program; register 2,400 benefits-eligible employees in 2022.
  • Increase engagement from diverse groups of employees; expand the visibility of Wellness Champions across all campuses.
  • Build on what we've learned from the EMPOWER surveys:
    • Engage more supervisors and other University leaders in our mission; provide training and tools for supporting employee well-being.
    • Focus on how to help employees and dependents navigate to mental health resources.
With gratitude,
Emily Page, MS
Sr. Manager, Wellness and Benefits Projects
Human Resources

emily.page@wustl.edu 

CALL TO ACTION

  1. Register for the April (Q2) Workshop. 
  2. Share the Action for Happiness monthly calendar.
  3. Share resources to support emotional wellness.
  4. Request a wellness program for your workgroup.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

Know Your Numbers

Register now for your annual biometric screening and earn a $50 prepaid VISA gift card. Champions, view the toolkit for details and communication templates.

New Sleep Resources

For credible, on-demand information to help you learn how to effectively improve your sleep, WashU Sleep Medicine experts recommend the patient resources from the American Academy of Sleep Science. Check out several tools, including a bedtime calculator, sleep diary, videos, and more.

LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

Quarterly Workshop

April 27, 2022 from 11:30-1:00 PM
Connect with your Champion network and learn about the tools & resources available to help you personalize a culture of wellness.

CHAMPION SPOTLIGHT

Team Captains

Take a moment to think about everyone who joined the challenge because of you. These people are now thinking about their movement and activity levels every day for eight weeks (or longer!). You are making an impact on the health and lives of your workgroups.

UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

Family Care Support

Knowing that family members are safe and well-cared for is the cornerstone of a healthy work-life balance. WashU HR provides the support you need to navigate the systems that provide care. Contact Child & Family Care Facilitator Lisa Eberle-Mayse for additional support, and share the family care support flyer.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Emily Page, MS

Sr. Manager, Wellness and Benefits Projects
As part of a new segment, each month we will highlight a Wellness Connection team member. To kick us off, we'll spotlight Emily Page, MS, our fearless leader and the Sr. Manager for Wellness & Benefits Projects.
Wellness Connection is an employee health initiative that, in partnership with Washington University experts, offers opportunities for employees to improve their physical and emotional well-being. This initiative focuses on developing evidence-based programs and making personal connections to provide employees with valuable and fun experiences that improve their health. We aim to foster a culture that prioritizes employee health and well-being as integral to the mission of teaching, research, and patient care, and create an environment where the healthier choice is the easiest choice; where employees are empowered to choose wellness.
Wellness Connection Champions help us understand the needs within different work environments, promote the importance of personal health, and encourage their coworkers to engage in wellness program offerings. 
Questions / Comments?
Email nikki.hafner@wustl.edu
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