2018 NASPA Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference

January 18 – January 20, 2018
Portland, OR

The 2018 NASPA Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference will provide student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively address college student health and well-being through a variety of integrative approaches. This conference is part of the NASPA Strategies Conferences, which include the 2018 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference, the 2018 NASPA Mental Health Conference, and the 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference.

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Student affairs professionals strive to help students’ be well in every aspect possible, and create and sustain communities that value and support well-being. Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and improve, their health. The field moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. The NASPA Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference will build attendees’ knowledge and capacity around creating a culture of health and well-being, and inform future planning at institutions of higher education.

Learning Objectives

Attend this conference to:

  • Articulate how Well-being is vital in achieving the academic mission of institutions
  • Define emerging trends in Health Promotion that can enhance well-being for all  members of a thriving campus community
  • Identify foundational Health Promotion Actions on your campus and map in your current prevention or risk reduction measures
  • Apply available tools to evaluate the process of Health Promotion and your progress towards Well-being outcomes on your campus
  • Discuss how a Campus Master Plan can create a built environment that supports healthy behaviors and an inclusive town gown community
  • Conceptualize strategic plans that will expand the current practice of using a Services Model, which is individually focused and grounded in Student Development Theory, to an Environmental Model, which is systems focused and grounded in Health Promotion

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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC)

NASPA is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES)

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National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886679822-0) for 17.5 social work continuing education hours.

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Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AUCCCD maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

All forms and information will be provided at the conference.

Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.

If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected].


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Call for Programs

The conference planning committee encourages program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses. The outline/description should be lengthy enough to give the reviewers an understanding of your program session. It should also address the following points:

  • Goals of presentation.
  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Navigating Systems of Health Promotion in Higher Education

    • Sessions that demonstrate how to integrate relationships up, down, and across systems to achieve student and employee health and well-being.
    • Sessions that explore ways to expand and synergize unique inter-professional “lenses”, looking for similarities and complementary strengths, as we lead and nudge campus well-being system and social change.
    • Sessions that explore effective team and coalition building as we strategically expand our campus partners, and collectively strive for a community where we all can flourish and be fulfilled.

  • Foundational Components of Health Promotion in Higher Education

    • Sessions that introduce foundational principles, concepts, rubrics, strategies, standards, guidelines, theories, processes and/or skills for effective health promotion practice and leadership in higher education as a public health setting.
    • Sessions that share the evolution of health promotion practice in higher education leading to a clear understanding of current industry standards.
    • Sessions that discuss core HPHE knowledge and/or skills and examine relevant case studies of quality health promotion practice for the field.

  • Current and Emerging Trends

    • Sessions that integrate new guidance in the field and implications for practice (e.g., Okanagan Charter, cross-functional CAS standards of practice, multi-functional CAS standards of practice, Gallup-Healthways)
    • Sessions that discuss new positions that are intersecting with the work of well-being and health promotion – how they are marketed, who is being recruited, who is being hired, and how we can address these new positions, recruitment/hiring processes, and implications for the field on our campus (e.g., AVP and VP for Health and Wellness, Collegiate Recovery Community positions)
    • Sessions that discuss changing student demographics at the high school (pre-matriculation) and young adult (post-matriculation) levels that can inform our work and can provide additional evaluation of our work
    • Sessions that explore the use of language to explain and delineate the work that we do (e.g., wellness, well-being, flourishing, thriving, prevention, health promotion) – differentiating between ‘buzz’ words and the language of the field

  • Using Data to Tell the Story

    • Sessions that explore the challenges or demonstrate how the complexity of data can tell the story of communities and individuals.
    • Sessions that discuss best practices in how quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods data is gathered, contextualized, and utilized by campus community members. 
    • Sessions that discuss how campuses build a culture of evidence and exploration that is curious and open to unexpected findings.    

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

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Submission Timeline
  • April 28, 2017
    Call for Programs Opens
  • September 10, 2017
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • October 6, 2017
    Presenter Notifications
  • October 13, 2017
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration.  Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration
07/01/2017 to 11/01/2017
Regular Registration
11/02/2017 to 12/15/2017
Late Registration
after 12/15/2017
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NASPA Student Member


Hilton Portland

Hilton Portland
Portland, OR

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Portland.

The Hilton Portland has arranged for special room rates for conference attendees starting at $189/night (not including 13.3% state and local taxes). Reservations must be made by Thursday, December 28, 2017. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as hotel blocks tend to sell out for NASPA events. 


For hotel questions, please contact:
Greg Morris
[email protected] | 202-265-7500 x1189

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Portland
921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
$189 - Single/Double
$209 - Triple/Quad
  • Travel

    Portland is serviced by Portland International Airport (PDX). The Hilton Portland is approximately 10 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information about taxi service, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website. The estimated taxi fare is $35 one way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information about rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website..

    Light Rail
    The MAX Light Rail runs every 15 minutes or better most of the day, every day. The fare is $2.50 for a 2 ½ hour ticket. Simply take the red line at the airport toward City Center & Beaverton and get off at Pioneer Square. The Hilton Portland is about a 2 minute walk from Pioneer Square. For more information regarding the MAX Light Rail, please visit the MAX Red Line page of the MAX Light Rail website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Portland in January are in the high-40s F during the day and mid-30s F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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