New Online Platform & Invitation to Help Design It!

exciting news!


Dear Community of Practice Members,

We are excited to announce that we will be developing a custom-built online platform for the whole Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses Community of Practice to further support knowledge exchange and innovation. As a vibrant and growing Community of Practice of students, staff, faculty, administrators, government and community partners who share the common goal of promoting campus mental health and healthier relationships with substances, this is a key step forward. 

We have been talking a lot lately about designing -- from campus policies, to services and supports, to course outlines, to residence initiatives, to physical spaces and how to shift campus culture -- and now we are inviting your input into the design of a new online space to help you take (and sustain) action on your campus, in your community, provincially and beyond. 

What is an Online Social Learning Platform?

It will be a secure, online community space exclusive to Community of Practice members where you can:
  • Connect directly with other members with similar interests, working on similar things
  • Share examples, ideas, resources, news and events*
  • Access and discuss content posted by other members
  • Ask questions to learn from the experiences of others
  • Generate ideas and collaborate on emerging issues or opportunities important to you
This online space will enhance connections between people, ideas and research. It will be a place to continue conversations had at in-person and online learning events and a place to start new conversations.
Invitation to Design Consultation

We are organizing a design consultation to gather your ideas and input on key features of the platform.

This consultation will be a 1.5 hour in-person/virtual meeting on April 7th or 8th (to be confirmed based on interest and availability). 

Click here to RSVP by noon Monday, March 31st

Participants will receive an honourarium (or a donation on their behalf) for contributing their time, ideas and feedback.
We are committed to making the platform as functional and responsive as possible for all members. RSVP via the link above to join the design consultation.  

New Website to Complement the Online Platform

In conjunction with the new online platform, we will also be redeveloping 

Our current website will remain live and will continue to be updated between now and July, 2014. This includes materials from the 5th Annual Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses Summit From Vision to Action: Implementing a Systemic Approach that took place January 23-25 in Vancouver, BC.
Top Website Resources:

Designing Healthy Campus Communities 3-Minute Video

Designing Healthy Campus Communities: Enhancing Student Well-being and Academic Success Webinar

Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach 

Frog in the Pond - Various Resources Related to Substance Use and a Health Promotion Perspective

Summit 2012 Keynote by Dr Jennifer White - Promoting Campus Wellness in the Midst of Plurality, Complexity and Contested Knowledge: Is There a Toolkit for That?

Summit 2012 Keynote by Dr Richard Keeling - Higher Learning on Healthy Campuses: A Radical Re-design of Post-secondary Education

Upcoming Event of Potential Interest


This is notice to HOLD THE DATE for the 2014 BC University-College Health Services Forum to be held at UBC on May 22 (6-8pm) /May 23 (9-4pm).

The focus of the Forum this year will be sexual health, substance use, and harm reduction.

Please hold the date in your calendar; the detailed program will be sent out in late March.
Also, to increase participation this year, please share this hold the date with others who may be interested in attending. For newbie’s, please let Judy Burgess know by email of your interest to receive further communications and program.

We are looking forward to another exciting event of engagement and learning.
Sent on behalf of
Judy Burgess (UVic), Patricia Mirwaldt (UBC), Martin Mroz (SFU)

Judith Burgess, RN, PhD
Director, Health Services
Student Services, Division of Student Affairs
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC,  Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2
T:250-721-8820      F:250-721-6224


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