Initiative for the Creation of the Center for the Study and Promotion of Health and Wellbeing

Creating a healthier community one person at a time.
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UW-Stout is seeking to establish a Center for the Study and Promotion of Health and Wellbeing. The mission of the Center will be to establish partnerships that increase opportunities for students to engage in applied learning and research. It will serve to develop relationships that promote the accessibility and visibility of UW-Stout programs of study to community constituents and potential partners. It seeks to advocate for public health through research, capacity building, communication and education all while promoting the UW-Stout polytechnic vision.

Professional Development

To provide programs to professionals (practitioners and researchers) in health and wellness fields to have discussions, workshops, conferences, webinars, and presentations regarding cutting-edge issues.

  • Medicine
  • Mental health counseling
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATODA)
  • Disability and rehabilitation services
  • Violence education
  • Nutrition and diet
  • Exercise
  • Fitness
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Wellness research
  • The health effects of poverty
  • Gender
  • Racism
  • Human sexuality
  • Aging
  • Healthy families
  • Health and wellness resources and access in rural communities
  • Healthy communities


Serving the Public

To facilitate assessing the current state of health and wellbeing and resources in west central Wisconsin in collaboration with public health partners. Students will engage in applied research learning experiences to help solve public health problems. The Center will provide programs for the general public that specifically address health concerns identified in a recent community needs assessments with the goal of addressing health disparities and the social determinants of health, while increasing communication as well as avoiding the replication of efforts related to health promotion. The Center will help the public develop a robust and accurate functional health knowledge base, as well as the following skills:

  • Access valid health information, products and services to enhance health
  • Analyze the influences that impact health choices
  • Communicate health needs effectively
  • Make health-enhancing decisions
  • Set health goals
  • Effectively self-manage
  • Advocate for the health of self and other


Research Services

To provide research services related to health and wellbeing for businesses, civic organizations, coalitions, community agencies, non-profits, communities, school districts, hospitals and health clinics, etc. Current projects in development include:

  • Generation of a health-coalition with community partners with the focus of hosting a health capacity-building conference. This conference will serve as the initial impetus for building a robust health coalition within Western Wisconsin.
  • Identification of Eat Well Dunn County’s community capacity characteristics that help mobilize and address social and public health problems related to eating healthy.

Future projects

  • Grant funding for the further development of the study of health resiliency and capacity building.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for health resources by generating a website that lists local health resources for use by students, faculty, staff and community members and that represents the emergent health needs of the people of Western Wisconsin.
  • Host programs (conferences, speakers, webinars) for the general public as well as professionals (practitioners and researchers).