Wellness Collaborative Structure:
Chris Read, Associate Provost, Students and Marilyn Thompson, Associate Provost, Human Resources are the senior administrative executive sponsors of the Wellness Collaborative. The Advisory Committee of the Wellness Collaborative will report to these positions.
The Function of the Advisory Committee of the Wellness Collaborative is to:
- Develop and implement a plan for moving health and wellness priorities forward using the Okanagan Charter action framework and Healthy Workplace Statement, by:
- Reviewing the best available evidence abut the wellness needs of University of Waterloo community
- Identifying pririties for action
- Identifying and engaging necessary stakehlders and resources to establish action groups
- Prviding advice to action groups (e.g., recommending evidence, best practices, or activities)
- Develping an accountability framework to monitor performance indicators (e.g., process and outcomes) of the action groups
- Create a mechanism to review new or revised policies and procedures of the University through a health and wellness lens. Consult and/or make recommendations to the appropriate committee or department.
- Report to the Associate Provost of Students and the Associate Provost of Human Resources to:
- Ensure alignment with larger University initiatives
- Advocacy and communication to ensure support from senior leadership
- Obtain funds or resources necessary to carry out priorities
Based on these functions, the Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from a diverse cross-section of campus stakeholders, including students, staff and faculty. Each stakeholder group was invited by the executives sponsors to identify a representative to serve on the advisory committee for a minimum of a 1-year term.
The expectation of Advisory Committee members is to:
- Bring diverse perspective of students and employees
- Serve as influencers/linkages to senior administration in respective area
- Engage in strategic planning and thinking
- Provide expertise in research, evaluation, and/or evidence-based practice for health promotion and wellness
- Engage in systems-thinking and design
- Be spokespersons for the Collaborative
For the remainder of 2019, the Advisory Committee will be working through an evidence-informed priority setting exercise, which will identify wellness priorities for our campus community. These priorities will provide the foundation for future Action Groups.
The affiliated groups of the Wellness Collaborative, recognizes that there are already existing health and wellness related committees and assets of our campus community. Examples of these groups include:
- Healthy Workplace Committee
- Committee on Student Mental Health
- Thrive Planning Committee
- Sexual Violence Prevention Working Group
- Peer Health Educators
- Student Societies
- FEDS Wellness
- Provost's Advisory Committee on Equity (PACE)
- Faculty wellness committees
- Department wellness committees
- And more…if you are apart of an existing group/committee on campus, where the primary focus of your work is focused on holistic health and wellness, please let us know about you!
The Wellness Collaborative serves as a mechanism with these existing groups to ensure collaboration, communication, coordination and leveraging of each other’s strengths and expertise.
The Community of Practice (CoP) is one way of participating in the Wellness Collaborative. The CoP brings together relevant partners across job descriptions, disciplines, department/units, and affiliated colleges to increase awareness of health and wellness-related work across campus. This is done by:
- Networking – facilitated activities that focus on increasing participant’s understanding of each other’s roles, expertise and professional networks.
- Professional development & capacity building – presentations or workshops that increase knowledge and skills of participants. Examples of this could include a presentation about the results of resilience literature review, or workshops on effective strategies for student engagement or program evaluation.
- Consultation – opportunities to provide input or consultation on various health and wellness-related activities and initiatives across campus.
- Collaboration – identify opportunities for coordinating and leveraging of each other’s health promotion and wellness work outside of the CoP to minimize duplication.
Involvement in the Community of Practice is open to all University of Waterloo members. Please contact the CoP Coordinator, Melissa Potwarka, to be added to the meeting invitations and mailing list.