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September 19, 2023

Call for Programs Deadline

October 31, 2023

Early Bird Registration Deadline

December 5, 2023

Regular Registration Deadline

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

Division/Group Events Health, Safety, and Well-being Wellness and Health Promotion

Welcome Colleagues!

We hope you choose to join us for the NASPA Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference in January. This conference is strategically designed to engage you in thoughtful dialogue, engaging learning opportunities, and meaningful collegial relationships that will strengthen your capacity for leadership in creating healthier campus settings.

Presented By

 Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives

Each session is specifically selected to explore how to engage the process of health promotion to support the outcome of well-being. We hope the conference experience will prove to:

  • Stimulate your curious mind, leading to more questions and a deeper purpose
  • Honor inclusive excellence and collaboration, while advancing scholarly health promotion practice
  • Engage theoretical and evidence-informed approaches, through an intentional lens of social justice and equity, and a commitment to earth justice as essential to communal well-being
  • Build capacity to influence health and well-being through the connectedness between individuals, communities and environments
  • Strengthen your commitment to providing effective leadership to move beyond a bio-behavioral to a settings approach to well-being

The purpose of this conference is to build capacity for strategic and effective leadership in the process of health promotion. Health issues, educational program designs, policy development and specifics of built environments are discussed solely to illustrate effective pathways to creating well-being in the campus setting and among those who live, learn and work on campus. The conference focus is on infrastructure and systems that contribute to the process of health promotion and a culture of well-being. Expect to be challenged, strengthened, and to grow in your ability to provide leadership for a healthier campus. 

The work of health promotion in higher education is work that cannot be done as direct service delivery, in a silo or a vacuum. While issue/content expertise and best practice prevention strategies are essential, health promotion infrastructure and practice is critical as we move toward our shared outcome of wellbeing.

Learn more about the 2024 NASPA Strategies Conferences, including exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities. 

2023 Conference Themes and Learning Outcomes

Foundations and Essential References for Health Promotion- Centering Well-being
  • Discuss the ways in which power differentials operate, are experienced, and are reinforced in the health promotion process at individual, group, community, institutional, and global levels
  • Apply foundational frameworks and principles for effective health promotion in higher education as a public health setting
  • Describe the evolution of health promotion in higher education leading to a clear understanding of current industry standards
  • Discuss core knowledge and relevant case studies of quality health promotion practice
Research and Data that Informs Health Promotion Work
  • Discuss implications for health promotion with historically underrepresented populations
  • Discover how data is gathered, disaggregated, contextualized, shared and utilized by campus community members for health promotion
  • Combating and addressing misinformation
  • Using data and research to support grant writing efforts and aid in funding opportunities
  • Describe the complexity of data and its use in building the narrative of well-being on campus
  • Compare and contrast key terminology and the impact of the language we use
Partnerships and Collaborations to Advance Well-being
  • Discuss through a health equity lens how social, political, and historical movements that have shaped and created systems of power, privilege, and oppression
  • Discover ways to synergize environmental factors using settings approaches
  • Describe how to lead coalition building to collectively strive for a flourishing campus community
  • Foster a sustainable infrastructure to impact system change and create a culture of well-being 
  • Articulate how to develop and maintain meaningful external and internal partnerships
Leadership Development for Health & Well-being
  • Develop leadership and supervision skills that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Compare and contrast leadership models and their impact on well-being

  • Describe the characteristics of leadership styles that are effective for non-linear, communal outcomes

  • Develop communication strategies to effectively lead health and well-being initiatives

  • Build sustainable infrastructure and evolving systems to create a culture of well-being

  • Discuss the role of restorative practice in change management


Promising Practices, Creative Strategies, Innovations, and Emerging Trends
  • Discuss innovative practices that are addressing the social determinants of health including, but not limited to, health equity and environmental justice 

  • Discuss the practices that campuses have utilized, integrating new guidance, to create healthy and well communities

  • Identify promising practices that are theoretically grounded, evidence-informed and/or interdisciplinary to improve campus well-being

  • Discover policy changes that are showing promise in their proposal or implementation stage

  • Describe future trends in systemic well-being on university campuses

  • Apply learning from the pandemic response to the future of the field


2023 NASPA Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership Strategies Conference Committee