Campus & Community
When health is absent,
wisdom cannot reveal itself,
art cannot become manifest,
strength cannot fight,
wealth becomes useless,
and intelligence cannot be applied.
Herophilus, physician to Alexander the Great
Promoting a healthy campus community
Gannett is proud to have been entrusted as a steward for the advancement of health in the Cornell learning environment and for the diverse community of students, staff, and faculty who study, live, and work here.
College health has been defined as “the caring intersection between health and education. It is a community with a shared vision and common cause. College health cannot be separated from the physical, social, emotional, political or cultural influences, nor from fostering a sense of belonging and value." *
Gannett is united, by vision and common cause, with a variety of partners (representing student, campus, community, state, and national constituencies) in a number of broad initiatives designed to support the academic mission of the university by:
- protecting and promoting the health of Cornellians and the Cornell community
- removing health-related barriers to learning and full participation in the opportunities Cornell offers
- addressing the most pressing prevention and intervention needs of the campus community (and the communities that comprise it) and, as our needs intersect, the broader local community
- fostering the engagement of students, faculty, staff, and our Ithaca neighbors in creating environments that support the mental and physical health of Cornell students and employees
- building a caring community that that recognizes and affirms the importance of interdependence, along with individual responsibility, in supporting health
- participating in the recognition, development and implementation of "best practices" and policies that can serve as a model for other universities
The programs described here are important, innovative campus health initiatives, and we will be pleased to provide more information about them.
It's important to realize, however, that they are by no means the only ones. Many Cornellians are involved in innovative and effective projects that contribute to individual well-being and community health: student organizations, the many people living and working with students in undergraduate and graduate housing, the Office of Human Resources, all kinds of student services and academic advising departments, individual faculty members, Cornell Cooperative Extension, etc.
We want to learn about the collaborative college health initiatives in which others are engaged and hope to hear from students and colleagues at Cornell and on other campuses.
If you, as an individual (student, faculty or staff member, parent, alumnus/a, neighbor, or friend) or group (organization, department, or network) want to get involved, there's an important role for you. If you do not yet recognize where you fit in as an essential partner, please contact us. This "vision and common cause" includes all of us—and we are eager to help you identify your unique contributions.
* Boyer E. Keynote Address. College: The Quality of Life. American College Health Association Annual Meeting. Chicago: May 27, 1987
"How College Health Center Help Students Succeed" (Forbes, 9/23/13) Cornell's president, David Skorton, and vice president for university relations, Glen Altschuler, discuss the growing role of university health centers and note, "these innovations pay off in healthier and more successful students and, in the long term, a healthier adult population."