Wellness At Brown

Brown is committed to providing all Brown employees with opportunities to enhance, maintain and promote personal health through a variety of programs offered as a member of the Brown Community. As individuals seek a healthy balance both professionally and personally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can make work and life more productive and satisfying.

Wellness At Brown! offers a selection of wellness programs focused on the prevention and intervention of health risk factors. Programs are offered through on-site classes, online management tools, self-directed programs and individualized consultations with an emphasis on encouraging employees to lead a healthy lifestyle while at work and at home.

These programs also assist in the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff and complement the current academic enrichment initiatives that are committed to excellence and to maintaining Brown's leadership role in higher education.

Worksite Wellness Plan

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Brown Among RI's Healthiest Employers

Brown University has been recognized as having a strong, effective Health and Wellness program and has been named one of Rhode Island’s 26 healthiest employers by the Providence Business News. PBN’s second annual rankings were based on a 75-question assessment that evaluated applicants on six wellness categories: culture and leadership commitment, foundation components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analysis.

Health Promotions Committee (HPC)

As part of the health promotion/wellness program, the University recruited a committee of volunteers to monitor ongoing activities. Committee members represent the diverse constituencies of employees and meet quarterly to evaluate current programs and assess and promote new initiatives. The HPC is comprised of the following members:


Title and Department

Kimberly Almeida

Benefits Financial Manager - Human Resources/Benefits Office

Christina Bernier

Administrative Coordinator - Human Resources/Benefits Office

Doreen Burgers

Director of University Disbursements - Controller's Office

Lynn Dupont

Assistant Director - Health Services

Edward Goll

Administrative Assistant - Dean of the Faculty

Kathleen Magiera

Administrative Manager - School of Professional Studies

Jennifer McKay

Work/Life Program Specialist - Human Resources/Benefits Office

Drew Murphy

Director of Benefits - Human Resources/Benefits Office

Sheila O'Connor-Santos

Sr. Field Account Manager - UnitiedHealthcare

Matthew Tsimikas

Assistant Director - Athletics & Physical Education

Michele Wise

Sr. Benefits Special Programs Coordinator (Chair) - Human Resources/Benefits Office

Benefits/Wellness Fair

The University sponsors an annual Benefits/Wellness Fair as part of the Open Enrollment activities each fall. All of the University's benefit vendors participate in this event and employees who attend are able to have individual questions answered about plan and benefit programs.

The Fair is sponsored jointly by the President's Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Benefits Office. Benefits staff will be available at the Fair to assist employees with the benefits enrollment decisions.

A flu shot and wellness clinic are also part of this annual event. Appointments are not necessary to take advantage of meeting with representatives of the University's benefit vendors and Benefits Office staff or getting a preventive flu shot.

Blood Drives

Each day Rhode Islanders use almost 300 units of life-saving blood. The Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) depends on volunteer donors to give blood year-round and depends on the blood donations from the faculty and staff of Brown University at several blood drives that take place throughout the year.

Donating blood is safe and simple; the entire process takes about 55 minutes, and all information is confidential. For questions and more information, please call 401-453-8360 or email Danielle Dunn, RIBC's Account Manager, Donor Resources.

To make an appointment to donate at any RIBC fixed location call 1-800-283-8385. Walk-ins always welcome.

Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Screenings

FREE blood pressure checks and cholesterol screenings are available to all employees from the University Health Services.

These preventative screenings are available Mon-Fri between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm during the academic year and 9:00 - 4:00 pm during summer hours at Andrews House, 13 Brown Street. Appointments required. Call x3-3953.

Based on the results of an individuals blood pressure check and/or cholesterol screening, Health Services staff may advise follow up with a health care provider.

BCBSRI Members Can Enroll in American Well Online Care

There’s a new way to see a licensed physician via PC or mobile device using American Well.  This new telehealth program offers:

  • 24-hour access, 7-days a week via mobile or web
  • Private and secure, HIPAA-compliant
  • Cost is covered through BCBSRI

Click here for information on how to register.

Questions? View the American Well Frequently Asked Questions or watch this recorded webinar.