McGill Health and Wellness Report (March - August 2017)
The Health and Wellness Advisory Committee and the Health and Wellness Working Group included over 80 students, faculty, and staff from across McGill. The Committee developed a framework with six strategic areas of focus that contribute to a healthy learning and working environment. The areas of focus are:
- Awareness and Prevention
- Skill Development and Capacity Building
- Access and Inclusivity
- Healthy Spaces
- Healthy Policies and Practices
- Recognition of Best Practices and Future Directions
These six components contributed to the development of the Rossy Student Wellness Hub.
The Hub: Student Visioning Sessions (November 2017 - February 2018)
On November 13, 2017, the first student visioning session for the new Student Wellness Center took place. The meeting was led by Martine Gauthier, Executive Director of Services for Students to review health models across peer institutions in Canada and discuss what a student wellness center would look like at McGill. At the meeting, students were asked to describe their ideal wellness center using only one word.
Four key themes emerged:
- Access and Inclusivity
- Customer Service and Patient Care
- Awareness, Prevention and Capacity Building
- Healthy Physical Spaces
The second interactive visioning meeting for the new Student Wellness Center took place on November 20, 2017, led by Martine Gauthier. The focus was to develop and finalize ideas for the new space, based on key themes from the first session.
Some ideas expressed included:
- Information hub including: the Shag Shop, Healthy McGill and Peer Support, EmpowerMe, TAO etc
- Warm and welcoming spaces, use of natural light, therapy lamps
- Semi-private Zen-like / MORSL-like waiting areas and study areas for students (example the Arts building)
- Less traditional look / feel of reception area
- Clear signage and way finding for the new space
On January 16, 2018, Facilities Management presented layout options for the new Wellness hub. The layouts incorporated the ideas from the previous visioning meetings as well as the functional requirements of the clinic.
The focus is on creating a 'Green Path' to reflect the exterior natural surroundings and use natural materials, furniture and colors to create a warm and inviting environment.
A 4th student consultation meeting was held on February 27th, 2018 to finalize the proposed plan for the New Student Wellness Center. Due to the space limitations in the Health Center, the scope was revised in order to ensure that all essential items for clinical functions were incorporated. The Wellness Center will offer 6 exam rooms and 2 Wellness Advisor offices. Peer Support, Shag Shop and Healthy McGill will be located on the 3rd floor, east Upper E wing of the Brown Building.
The East Wing corridor outside the current Health Services is in scope and will providing additional seating and work space for students waiting for appointments.
The design team will be finalizing the design elements, based on feedback received during the meeting.
Student Wellness Action Plan (January - May 2018)
The Student Wellness Action Plan (SWAP) is Student Services’ plan to improve holistic student wellness with a hub-and-spoke model of care. After consultations that identified student “pain points” and gaps in our services, we responded by beginning the integration our physical and virtual health infrastructure (the Rossy Student Wellness Hub). SWAP sets out the concrete objectives connecting all of Student Services into the hub-and-spoke model, with a common focus on the holistic wellness of our students.