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It is important for us to use the most effective strategies when promoting health and wellness. We strive to do this by using current research and data to inform our practices. It is also important for us to continually assess and evaluate our programs and services, and make adjustments as necessary.
The Wellness Center uses Healthy Campus 2020 as a framework for planning and improving the health of our campus. We are guided by the Healthy Campus 2020 national health objectives for students, faculty, and staff, which help us determine health priorities, set health goals, and measure success. We follow the Healthy Campus 2020 action model that uses a socio-ecological approach to promoting health. This model is called MAP-IT (Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, and Track).
As part of the MAP-IT process, the Wellness Center relies heavily on data from the National College Health Assessment (NCHA), a survey that we conduct at UW every two years. This is a nationally recognized research survey that provides us with information on student health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. We use the results of this survey to help generate incidence rates for a variety of health issues, plan programs, prioritize student needs, allocate resources, design programs or strategies for intervention, identify protective and risk factors to academic performance, and measure progress on the national health objectives from Healthy Campus 2020. If you would like more information on UW's administration of the NCHA, or would like access to some of the data, please contact Jennifer Knerr, Assistant Director for Wellness.