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Comparative Effectiveness Research: Campus Wellness Programs

Clark, Ashley G.
Comparative effectiveness research is used in healthcare fields to provide information on the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options. In this study, a comparative effectiveness approach was used to learn about and compare a variety of campus wellness programs, the services they offer, and their successes with their student communities. The purpose of this study was to learn about the successes of five various campus wellness programs in efforts to evaluate and improve the University of Wyoming's Wellness Center and programs. The University of Wyoming Wellness Center opened in November 2015 and provides health education programming and services that promote holistic health and wellness. I have been an intern at the Wellness Center since its opening and have been a part of its growth. I wanted to do this research to learn ways that other universities cater to what their students want/need from a wellness program and learn how they market their programs and services to students successfully. Directors from five colleges and universities were contacted to learn about their wellness programs. The small sample of campus wellness programs includes universities and a community college in different regions, of different sizes, and with both new and well developed wellness programs. This study showed many differences in services and programs across the sample as well as various strategies to improve success at the University of Wyoming's Wellness Center. This study will hopefully be incorporated for future intern use and continued research and evaluation.
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