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. 

If you are interested in becoming a member, email worklife@brown.edu.

HPC Members
Kimberly Almeida Senior Manager, Finance and Work Life Programs - University Human Resources
Christina Bernier Administrative Coordinator - University Human Resources
Doreen Burgers Director of University Disbursements - Controller's Office
Lynn Dupont Assistant Director - Health Services
Corrine Giordani Mph Program Administrative Assistant - School of Public Health
Edward Goll Administrative Assistant - Dean of the Faculty
Audrey Kydd Associate Director of Administration - Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research
Meaghan Linnell Fitness & Wellness Coordinator - Athletics & Physical Education
Kathleen Magiera Administrative Manager - School of Professional Studies
Linda McCormick Administrative Manager - Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research
Jennifer McKay Work/Life Program Specialist (Chair) - University Human Resources
Drew Murphy Director of Benefits - University Human Resources
Sheila O'Connor-Santos Senior Field Account Manager - United Healthcare
Alfred Tente Electronics Technician - Chemistry
Michele Wise Senior Benefits Special Programs Coordinator - University Human Resources

Health Promotion Mission Statement

The health and wellness mission of Brown University, through its Health Promotion Committee (HPC) and wellness programs is to promote healthy lifestyles by educating, enhancing awareness and encouraging positive behavioral changes for all Brown University employees in the areas of health education, exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation and stress management.  The objectives of this mission are to encourage employees to reduce their health risks and to improve their health and well-being both at home and on the job.

Wellness Plan

Annually, the University’s Health Promotion Committee (HPC) reviews program results from the previous year and evaluates the wellness program proposal/initiatives for the upcoming year.  The wellness program developed for the Brown Community is a collaborative endeavor with blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, United Healthcare of New England, 3rd party Wellness vendors, partnering departments and Brown faculty.  Additionally, the HPC meets quarterly to ensure that program initiatives are on target with follow up discussion as to the success of each program and how to better serve the Brown Community.  Employee participation and feedback, as well as program results are reviewed, evaluated, and benchmarked against the health risks that were assessed the year before.

Program recommendations for the upcoming year are traditionally based on evaluative data such as overall program participation and data that has been aggregated from the health risk assessments.  The approved program proposal becomes the written wellness plan for the year although the committee reserves the right to amend the plan throughout the year if indicated.  A variety of programs designed to generate positive behavioral changes among employees that strive to increase fitness levels, and awareness of healthy lifestyle choices include programs on: Nutrition, Weight Loss, Stress Management, Exercise/Physical Activity, Self-Care, Back Care, Flu Clinics and Health Screenings. 

As a result, Brown continues to initiate, implement and expand programs for all employees designed to promote health awareness and encourage positive health behaviors.  As employees take charge of their health and adopt healthier lifestyles, the goal of the university is to realize a reduction in health care costs which will translate into lower health insurance premiums.

 

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