Community health and wellness influences extend far beyond the realms of healthcare settings. Factors as diverse as early childhood development, employment opportunities, educational attainment, food availability, housing, public safety, transportation, recreation and the environment, all influence health and well-being of children, families, and adults. This broad concept of well-being calls for true collaboration across professions and disciplines.
The CMU Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health & Wellness is a five-college partnership that links with community health priorities to stimulate collaborations, research and education about health and wellness for disease prevention, health promotion, health communication, quality of life improvement and related economic benefits for Michigan and beyond.
The Center provides:
- Network Development: Connecting CMU faculty experts, students and resources to community networks engaged in solution-building toward improving health outcomes.
- Professional Development: Enhancing quality and practice of public health, medical, human service, education, and community sectors focused on population health and well-being.
- Consulting and Program Partnerships: Interdisciplinary and evaluation research, program monitoring, data analytics, and content experts.
- Community Coalition Building and Support: Facilitation, implementation support and technical assistance for regional public health improvement plans and major community initiatives.
CMU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health & Wellness actively engages with communities regionally and statewide in partnership with the
Michigan ACEs Initiative. Center leaders provide technical assistance for coalition building, professional development (with six Michigan ACE Master Trainers) and public awareness education to address the significant health impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs. To learn more view, newly released Michigan ACE Initiative Video where CMU Center Director and Michigan ACEs Master Trainer, Dr. Alison Arnold, talks about
Building Resilience: Healing Communities.
Colleges Working in Partnership
The proposed mission for the Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health & Wellness at Central Michigan University will be to stimulate and promote basic and applied research and education about health and wellness for disease prevention, health promotion, health communication, quality of life improvement and related economic benefits for Michigan and beyond.
- Establish and sustain CMU as a model for health and wellness education.
- Promote scholarship, interdisciplinary research, service, and applied practice in wellness-related academic disciplines through external partnerships and collaborations.
- Engage students in the community to improve health outcomes and promote inter-professional learning networks.
- Collaborate with the community to benefit the health and well-being of all citizens of CMU's region, Michigan and the nation.