Webinar Series

Our National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities webinar series focuses on faculty/staff, student and academic medical center health and wellness. Presenters are experts from across the nation, who will be featured in this monthly learning series that brings the best and latest evidence in improving health and wellness outcomes. 

Take a look at our upcoming webinars and register now.

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September 2, 2020, 1pm

**Stress-Busters: Evidence-based brief techniques to combat anxiety and boost mood during the COVID storm - Bern Melnyk, Ohio State University

October 21, 2020

The How of Happiness - Cara Sidman, Arizona State University and Laura Morris, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

November 12, 2020

**Coronavirus and the Opioid Crisis - Clay Marsh, West Virginia University

December 9, 2020


January 20, 2021


February 17, 2021


March 17, 2021


April 21, 2021


May 19, 2021



**Sponsored by BHAC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hours.


Listen to a Selection of Webinars

Stress Busters: Evidence-based Techniques to Combat Anxiety and Boost Mood During the COVID Storm. Bern Melnyk, BHAC president and chief wellness officer at The Ohio State University shares evidence-based strategies and brief tactics for dealing with stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms, including cognitive-behavioral skills. She also describes the current state of mental health issues in the U.S. along with protective factors in this can't-miss webinar.


Building and Sustaining a Culture and Environment of Wellbeing: Key Strategies for Success

Megan Amaya, Julie Edwards, Nikki Brauer, and Christy Gipson, health promotion leaders from four different universities, join together for this panel discussion. Hear their key strategies for leveraging best practices in institutions of higher learning to achieve a healthy campus culture, amidst the challenges of a global pandemic.


> Vaping: The New Look of Nicotine Addiction - A University of Iowa Case Study 

Join Megan Hammes, senior director, University Wellness and a team of wellness professionals from the University of Iowa. They'll present share how stakeholders at UI collaborated to deliver three community knowledge-sharing forums on vaping in Academic Year 2019-2020.


> College Undergrad Success

Melissa Kovich from Purdue discusses the Well-being Theory (Seligman, 2011), a multidimensional approach for measuring and increasing well-being of individuals and communities. Learn how secondary data can be used to explore well-being and academic success.


> Texting as a Health Promotion Method

Lisa Barlage and Pat Brinkman from The Ohio State University share how members of the Live Healthy Live Well (LHLW) Team organized a text messaging service for adults to opt-in to tips and motivation to live a healthier lifestyle. Learn how this method can easily be implemented to educate audiences about wellness topics.


> Creating a Healthier Campus for All- Transforming the Way Students Engage in Their Health - Better DATA = Better DECISIONS = Better STRATEGIES

HORAN is an innovator healthcare with a focus on finding new and creative ways to create engagement and improve health.  We are building solutions for today’s healthcare decision makers as well as developing the education and behavioral changes for future healthcare decision makers. Learn how universities are evaluating their risk and rewards through data driven metrics to improve health across their entire campus.  Engage students through gamification to proactively manage their physical, mental and behavioral health through a customized plan to improve health literacy and wellbeing.  We will present case studies that illustrate how universities have leveraged funding opportunities that have eased administration burden and enhanced efficiencies, while creating a healthier campus for all.


> COVID-19 Updates and Considerations for Campus 

Listen as our Executive Director, Kat Marriott, and partners from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) answer questions about the coronavirus outbreak and what universities, specifically housing (residence life) should know. Our panelists will touch upon this and a variety of topics related to COVID-19, including: an overview of the current state of COVID-19, practical considerations for your campus, a virology history, campus preparedness, and general Q&A.


> Enhancing Community Well-being 

Elizabeth Click and Janetta Hammock from Case Western Reserve University  - Enhancing community well-being through dialogue and relationship-building, while recognizing, embracing and learning from our differences, is a powerful strategy to maximize organizational functioning. This collaborative initiative between the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the University Wellness program will be described through the lens of participants.  Learn more about Sustained Dialogue™ methodology and the health benefits gained through in-depth engagement and connection. Positive outcomes, such as promoting relationships across boundaries and facilitating organizational advocacy efforts for members, make this an important effort to consider for implementation within other organizations.


> Building Campus Wellness Champions

Lauren Battista, Ohio State University Buskeye Wellness Program Manager discusses strategies for building an institutional wellness champion program. These programs are an essential component to enhancing faculty and staff participation in wellness programs, promoting a wellness culture within institutions, and positively impacting the healthy lifestyle behaviors of faculty and staff. Learn how to leverage the energy, skills, experiences of wellness champions to expand the reach and implementation of your wellness program.


Building Resilience: Your Evidence-Based Toolkit for Facing Life’s Challenges

Maureen Connolly, editor-in-chief of Everyday Health and Dr. Amit Sood, one of the nation’s top resilience experts lead this must-watch webinar. Building resilience may be the single most important thing you can do for your health and the wellness of your campus in 2020. Access Everyday Health’s Resilience Resource Center for more on this topic.


> Key Tips for Disseminating Research and Evidence-based Practice Projects through Publications and the Media

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN,  chief wellness officer, The Ohio State University; president, National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities AND Meredith Wallace Kazer, PhD, APRN, FAAN, dean and professor, Fairfield Univerisity; editor-in-chief, Building Healthy Academic Communities Journal share key publishing tips and strategies for working with the media.


> GoUSF: University of San Francisco's Holistic Wellness Program and USF Go Move Challenge

Suzy Kisylia, Wellness Program Manager at the University of San Francisco shares applicable strategies from her institution's award-winning employee health and wellness program.


BHAC Basics: The Benefits of Our Community

Kat Marriott, PhD, National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities Executive Director shares information about the organization, our mission and goals, and the ongoing projects and initiatives underway. Watch and learn about the many benefits we offer to institutional and individual members. Access the slides only here.


30-Day Happiness Habit Challenge 

Petra Kolber, international fitness expert and wellness leader motivates us to be our best selves with her energy and wellbeing strategies.


Wolfpack Wellness: Building a Thriving Community through Wellness Programs and Initiatives

Shannon DuPree, DHSc, Director of Wellness at North Carolina State University shares a structure for building health and wellness that delivers results on campus.