The Campus Health Project

With members of our campus community, we explore factors that influence campus wellbeing identifying issues and strengths using community-engaged participatory action research methods via the VOICE research project. Our research involves data collection and analysis and engaging students, staff and faculty in workshops, action groups and health promotion activities. We support collective action in using VOICE findings to improve our campus so it is healthier for all. Connect with us to find out how to get involved!

Campus Health works with students, staff, faculty, and other community members to improve the wellbeing of our campus community.

Campus Health is co-located with Health and Wellness and complements the clinic and counselling services offered on our campus.
Campus Health is funded by the Ministry of Health with oversight from Interior Health.

VOICE Campus Health
Annual Report


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Highlights of 2018-2019

Campus Health was involved in consultations related to this UBC policy. Policy #131 – Sexual Assault and other Sexual Misconduct was approved by the Board of Governors on April 13, 2017 and took effect on May 18, 2017.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, several campus partners noted an increase in risky behaviours at parties held at UBCO, which fostered a culture of overconsumption, rape culture, and toxic masculinity. Campus Health supported a team of students to investigate this issue and understand from key stakeholders how we may improve the culture of partying at UBCO.

A significant development this year was the legalization of recreational cannabis (October 17, 2018). As part of the consultation process, the Campus Health team submitted feedback on proposed amendments to UBC Policy #15 (released October 4, 2018) related to cannabis use on campus.

Campus Health partnered with Students for Healthy Alternative and Risk Prevention (SHARP), a student club on campus, and nursing students to provide opioid awareness and naloxone training. Campus Health also had the opportunity to train the Emergency First Response Team on campus. Over the 2018-2019 academic year, over 1000 students, staff, and faculty were trained on understanding opioids, how to recognize an overdose and how to administer naloxone. In addition, 352 kits were given out.

For more – download the report.

VOICE Campus Health
Annual Report


Highlights of 2017-2018

Campus Health hosts an annual health and research fair. VOICE student co-researchers and other campus community members were invited to host a booth and share information about their work. This year, over 80 students participated in the organization and implementation of the fair and they presented on various topics.

More Highlights of 2017-2018

Campus Health presented the VOICE 4 results about how our campus environment impacts student mental wellbeing to several key groups on campus.

The 2nd annual Golden Apple Award was held this year. Students nominated 65 professors and instructors and 14 were presented with an award. These awards have begun to influence the value that faculty place on their role in fostering wellbeing-supporting classroom environments at UBCO.

Sexual health is always an important topic with students. A group of four nursing students partnered with us in the fall to create a guidebook for resident advisors to use when talking with students about sexual health topics.

Efforts this year focused on opioid overdose awareness and the legalization of recreational cannabis. Groups of nursing students partnered with Campus Health to engage with the campus community to seek opinions, attitudes, values and concerns related to both cannabis and opioids.

For more – download the report.

VOICE Campus Health
Annual Report


Highlights of 2016-2017

Campus Health hosts an annual health and research fair. This year’s theme was based on “grit” or resilience. VOICE co-researchers and other campus community members were invited to host a booth and share information about their work. This year, over 40 students participated in the organization and implementation of Gritfest. Over 100 other students visited the fair. At this event, we hosted our first Golden Apple Awards

More Highlights of 2016-2017

The Golden Apple Awards was a student led initiative to acknowledge and honour professors and instructors for their efforts to promote and increase wellbeing in the classroom setting. 54 professors and instructors were nominated and presented an award.

Our substance use interventions usually focus on reducing alcohol risk and promoting low risk marijuana use. This year the priority became the fentanyl explosion and the declaration of a public health emergency related to overdoses. Campus Health organized social media blitz, poster campaign and at booths to educate the students about fentanyl.

Food insecurity was also a major topic of interest for students this year. Two student cookbooks were produced in addition to a resource to assist students with budgeting with a meal plan card. Campus Health also collaborated with the Nutrition Education Centre during Nutrition Month to communicate healthy eating tips to students.

For more – download the report.

VOICE Campus Health
Annual Report


Highlights of 2015-2016

This year, Campus Health was able to secure an additional $4000 from the UBC Wellbeing Initiative Fund to be utilized in the 2016-2017 academic year towards reducing sedentary behaviour.

More Highlights of 2015-2016

The Campus Health team developed a formalized volunteer program beginning January 2016. With the assistance of the three student staff, six training modules were developed (population health/community development, food, mental health, sexual health, substance use, and sustainability) and used to train 25 students.

Thrive Week (promoting positive mental health for all) continues to expand and grow. This year six nursing students joined in our efforts with Thrive week. This term more than 40 faculty members engaged with us, with a student reach of over 2000.

Initiatives related to smoking this year included participation in National Non-Smoking Week. This included activating a large social media initiative and hosting booths around campus (and providing information and quit kits).

For more – download the report.