Sep 29, 2017
When students arrive at Humboldt State, they may not realize the resources that are available to help them stay healthy and well. They may not even know that they can now easily seek help on a variety of topics, from financial wellness to making friends.
In an effort to promote the health and sense of belonging in HSU students, the University’s Student Health and Wellbeing Services Team has developed the Interactive Wellbeing Map, an online tool to guide students toward healthy habits and campus support services.
While it isn’t designed to list all of the student support services on campus, modules focus on frequently identified health concerns, such as a sense of belonging, sexual health, friendships and romantic relationships, nutrition and food, trouble relaxing, financial wellness ,and much more.
Students who select one of these categories are directed to related SkillShops, upcoming events, ways to get involved, and key wellbeing resources, such as Medical Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and our range of health education programs including the Oh SNAP! Student Food Programs and Oh SURE! for assistance arranging or transferring insurance services.
The map also includes an introductory “Buzzfeed-style” quiz to help students discover what areas of health they might be interested in.
Dr. Brian Mistler, Executive Director of Student Health and Wellbeing Services at Humboldt State University says, “We intentionally designed the content domains to target the top intervention-amenable concerns that the National College Health Assessment research, The National AUCCCD Counseling Center Directors Survey, and other such reliable data tells us students are facing as primary health- and wellbeing-related obstacles to academic achievement and student success.”
The short educational sessions are available on Canvas, the University’s course management system that all students use. This gives them free access at any time, and allows faculty to easily add it to their own courses.
The rollout of the interactive map coincides with a series of “Skillshops,” courses created by students, for students, on topics requested by students in surveys. Topics include health and identity, sexual health and consent, alcohol and other drugs, motivation, stress management, relationships, food and housing, and more. The Skillshops will take place throughout the semester.
“I am grateful to Provost Alexander Enyedi for his strong support of this program as part of the Graduation Initiative 2025,” says Dr. Mistler. “And the real credit goes to Ravin Craig, our Health Educator and Coordinator of the Peer Health Education program who has put so much incredible work into helping make this a success, from refining the vision for this program to working with our amazing student Peer Health Education team to build the program content and deliver it in a way that is student-centered.”
More information and access to the wellbeing map is available at the Wellbeing Services website.