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There are multiple reasons Oakland University is poised to be the Healthiest Campus for Michigan. According to the US World and News Report on the Healthiest Communities Rankings for 2022, Oakland County is ranked 166 out of the top 500 counties in the nation when comparing 84 health and wellness metrics. Oakland County scored 73 points/100 in the state. This compares to the state average of 50.

The metrics included population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food and nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality and infrastructure.

Having supportive leadership of health and well-being is the first step in providing a healthy campus. Oakland University has established both private and public donors who want to and have invested in current initiatives.

Oakland also:

  • Provides a robust health insurance structure for employees
  • Is a smoke free campus
  • Provides recreation center access to benefits-eligible employees and students with one paid credit hour each semester
  • Has achieved a safest campus distinction
  • Is LGBTQIA friendly
  • Operates energy efficient facilities and provides access to campus sidewalks

Becky Lewis, Associate Director, University Recreation and Well-Being

Kevin Ball Ph.D., Dean, School of Health Sciences

Ann Rayford, Graham Health Center Director, Graham Health Center

Flora Dallo, Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences

Caitlyn Gregor, Employee Wellness Coordinator, University Recreation and Well-Being

Amy Cebelak, Assistant Director of Residence Life, University Housing

Noah Pollock, Director of Curriculum Data Management, William Beaumont School of Medicine

Rebekah Farrugia, Professor, Communications, Communication and Journalism

Eric Herppich, AVP Labor/ Employee Relations, Human Resources

To be the Healthiest Campus for Michigan

To support a culture of well-being and individual pursuits of health through programs, services, learning, teaching and work.

Goal 1: Improve prevention and outreach in mental health programming and interventions to consistently engage faculty, staff, and students in healthy behaviors.


  1. Increase the number of and percent of individuals who participate in mental and emotional well-being programming. 
  2. Promote optimal well-being and healthy behaviors in faculty, staff and students through current mental and emotional evidence-based well-being practice. 
  3. Expand access to mental health services and promotion for faculty, staff and students. 
  4. Collaborate with one campus department, college, or school to focus on research, data collection, and evaluation that addresses improvement for campus community mental and emotional well-being. 
  5. Ensure accessible, safe and secure campus facilities that are welcoming and inclusive. 
Goal 2: Empower leaders and managers with wellness resources, strategies, and evidence to strengthen the wellness culture and environment at Oakland University.


  1. Provide innovative and engaging marketing campaigns to identify and promote open dialogue, safe spaces, and resources for the campus community. 
  2. Provide Oakland University administration with annual data related to well-being successes, gaps, and opportunities. 
  3. Maintain a repository of campus-wide wellness support initiatives collected from University faculty, staff, and students to identify gaps in well-being initiatives and services. 
  4. Create and distribute well-being intervention tools and strategies for faculty and staff use with students and colleagues. 
Goal 3: Engage the campus community in developing more environmentally friendly spaces and efforts to increase faculty, staff and student well-being.


  1. Increase the number of campus physical/green spaces that support well-being.
  2. Continue to educate the campus community on campus-wide recycling initiatives. 
  3. Provide access to outdoor physical activity spaces that offer opportunities for social cohesion and integration.
  4. Remove physical obstacles that prevent work, study and social engagement. 
Goal 4: Position Oakland University as a leader in the state of Michigan by sharing best practices and innovation.


  1. Recognize leaders and managers who incorporate wellness and drive a positive well-being campus culture. 
  2. Compare Oakland University with other Michigan institutions in benchmarking well-being initiatives and services. 
  3. Identify sources to track and report best practice efforts with campus colleagues. 
  4. Apply for a minimum of two national awards and recognition opportunities for well-being efforts. 
  5. Share on-going successes and outcomes related to well-being on campus and with the community in an open format (website, social media, print publications, presentations, etc.).
  6. Demonstrate active involvement in local, regional, and national associations related to well-being through conference attendance, committee involvement, and professional presentations.

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