Active Minds is proud to announce that the University of Minnesota is a winner of the 2015 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, which recognizes the University as one of the healthiest campuses in the nation.
The University of Minnesota (UMN) was recognized for its cohesive, innovative public health approach to student health and wellness. Active Minds and a national panel of expert reviewers conducted a comprehensive, multi-stage application process for evaluation.
“The attention and dedication to addressing health on campus has been creative, collaborative, far reaching, and involved exceptional student work and input,” said, UMN Student Body President, Joelle Strangler.
Active Minds will be sharing best practices from UMN with higher education institutions nationwide to inspire locally-driven change across the country. Some of UMN’s innovative efforts include:
- The Provost’s Committee on Mental Health, which facilitates campus-wide collaboration on the university’s most pressing public health issue facing the student body and has succeeded in creating a mental health statement for all syllabi and a 24-hour crisis line for campus.
- UMN’s support of peer education through Active Minds at UMN and the Student Health Advocate program trains students to serve as health resources for residents in 44 on-campus residence halls and 33 fraternity and sorority houses.
- Efforts to expand access to clinical services through texting, pet therapy, and online therapy.
- Ongoing work for inclusivity, such as gender neutral bathrooms and housing throughout campus and adding sex reassignment surgery to medical coverage, which brings health within reach for traditionally underserved students on campus.
The Active Minds Healthy Campus Award is a new annual recognition, made possible through support from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.
Learn more about the Healthy Campus Award and the other 2015 winners.