Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association/Wisconsin Health Science Library Association annual (2010)
Marquette University has undertaken a vital and varied wellness initiative that may provide useful examples for other institutions. In May 2009 the Wellness Implementation Committee, consisting of twenty-six faculty, staff and administrators, was created to plan and implement wellness programming for Marquette employees. Guided by the Creating Well Workplaces program of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), we set the goal of being designated a Well Workplace and contributing to Milwaukee’s efforts to be designated a Well City. As committee representative for Raynor Memorial Libraries, I have had the opportunity to build new relationships on campus, promote library resources and services, and support health literacy. I have researched best practices, worked with other committee members and units on campus to plan campus-wide programs and activities, and developed LibGuides for the University Wellness Web site that bring together library resources with consumer-level information. The guides are posted in coordination with committee programming, and are also available on the Libraries’ Web site for use by health sciences students as they provide patient care. In January 2010, Marquette received a Gold Well Workplace Award from WELCOA. On March 18, 2010, Milwaukee was designated a Well City USA. In this session I will discuss the development of Marquette’s wellness program, how other institutions can work towards a Well Workplace designation, how librarians can contribute to the process, and our continuing health promotion efforts.