January Event and Co-hosting the 2015 International Conference

Exciting Upcoming Events

Dear Community of Practice Members,

We are excited to announce that in January we are launching our brand new Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses website and online social learning community.  The new website captures what our community of practice is all about: highlighting institutions and organizations that are part of our community, showcasing our projects, sharing key resources and bringing to life the conceptual framework from the Post-Secondary 
Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach. 


In connection with the new website, we are also launching an online social learning community, which is a secure community space designed for the whole Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses Community of Practice to further support knowledge exchange and innovation. This site will help you take and sustain action on your campus, in your community, in your province and beyond. 

You're Invited!

We hope you can join us Friday, January 23rd, to connect with other community members from across the province.

Who? Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses is inviting all members of our Community of Practice

What?  A social learning event for community members, designed by community members 

When? Jan. 23rd, 2014  Early afternoon- Evening

Where? Venue TBC in Vancouver 

Why? Be part of a unique opportunity to connect with other members, set the learning agenda and explore the new online social learning community 

How? Let us know below if you hope to attend and further registration details will be sent out soon
To kick off the start of a new year, we are inviting all Community of Practice members to come together for an afternoon to connect face-to-face, share across campuses, prioritize the learning agenda for the upcoming year and kick off the launch of our brand new website and online community.

We are committed to having all interested community members at the event and will have a travel pool of funds to help support attendance from across BC.
Please let us know if you are hoping to attend the January event! Click below:
Yes       Yes with travel support        Maybe       No  

Co-Hosting the 2015 International Conference on
Health Promoting Universities and Colleges

We are very excited to announce that in 2015 Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses will be  
co-hosting a unique conference with the University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus.  

Lots of discussion went into the name of the event. A critical deciding factor to go with the name (including “conference” versus “summit”) was linking it to the previous international conferences that have taken place. The first international conference on health promoting universities was held in 1996 in the UK. A handful of conferences at different intervals and locations have taken place since, including one in Edmonton in 2005. Recently, the conferences have primarily carried on in the southern hemisphere. We are looking forward to connecting people working in this area from around the world together in 2015!

Embedding a focus on mental health within the International Conference with Healthy Minds / Healthy Campuses as co-host offers an opportunity to continue to support an integrated, whole campus approach within healthy campus initiatives/policy/research.

We are excited to help co-design an interactive, meaningful and action-oriented conference.

If you are interested in actively participating on a conference planning working group or sub-committee, please email

There is a lot of greatl work happening in BC and beyond! 

Do you have an idea for a presentation, panel, poster or roundtable discussion topic? Consider submitting an abstract and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to chat about ideas or the timeline for submissions. Learn more - check out the call for abstracts here >>



The 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges will create a dynamic meeting place for practitioners, administrators, students, researchers and policy-makers from around the world to explore pressing issues and identify promising paths for healthy and sustainable campus development.
The conference is intended to mobilize the power and highlight the responsibilities and opportunities for institutions of higher education to :
  • develop vibrant campus communities where everyone thrives
  • provide exceptional learning opportunities
  • advance knowledge and practices that contribute to other campuses and communities locally and globally
The interactive conference design will support knowledge exchange among a diversity of people interested in the intersections of: human and environmental health and wellbeing, ecosystem sustainability, economic development, and learning and productivity on campuses and beyond. The conference will include plenaries, panels, concurrent sessions, talking circles, networking, and consensus building.
A renewal process for the 2005 Edmonton Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Institutions of Higher Education will enable an update on regional and global network activity, relationship building, and the design of a new Charter that will inspire and inform future action.

Campuses as Health Promoting Settings and as Communities
(whole organization/system and program/service approaches)
Health and Place
(wellbeing of people and environments)
Population Health, Community Health and Sustainability
(pressing issues and determinants: students, non-students)
Campuses as Educational Institutions, Societal Models and Businesses
(transformative academics, university/college/community collaborations, competing interests)
Development of Knowledge, Policy, Practice and Evaluation
(traditional, innovative, indigenous, creative and critical methods)
Communication Technologies, Networking and Education
(opportunities and impacts)
A note about timing: There are only so many weeks between end of semester and when summer holidays really take hold. We are deeply aware this unfortunately makes May/June a very busy conference season.

If you have any questions about registering for the International Conference, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Stay tuned for potential awards/bursaries.  
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