Events

HCA 2024 Wellness Summit

  •  June 13, 2024 - June 14, 2024
     8:00 am - 9:00 am

The Wellness Summit serves as an annual gathering for the HCA Community of Practice, providing an opportunity to come together, learn, share, and celebrate efforts across the province to strengthen post-secondary mental health and wellness. We are excited to meet in-person to explore this year’s theme:

Introspection: Looking Back to Look Forward

View the High-Level Agenda for the Summit.

 


 

Context

The HCA Wellness Summit has been a groundbreaking event for students, staff and other stakeholders in post-secondary institutions in Alberta. It has served as a safe space for inclusive and community integrated collaboration to discuss and generate innovative approaches to mental health and wellness on campuses. Through this year’s summit, HCA aims to address some fundamental as well as some emerging concerns in the current post secondary mental health landscape in Alberta.

 

Why We Do What We Do?

Healthy Campus Alberta emerged from a collective aspiration to cultivate safe environments within post-secondary campuses, uniting students, staff, administrators, community members, and government representatives to foster education, collaboration and advocacy for wellness transformation across Alberta. The HCA Wellness summit has served as a pivotal platform for addressing mental health challenges within the post-secondary sphere. A key focus within this sub-theme centers on exploring the purpose and meaning behind HCA’s mission and vision to ensure the alignment between actions and core principles of the Community of Practice.

 
Navigating Change in an Evolving Community

The Community of Practice is an ever-evolving entity and post-secondary institutions are symbols of change. In a community where change is constant, it is important to study and explore how change affects individuals and the community itself. How has the post-secondary mental health landscape changed throughout the years? What are some pressing issues that have emerged at post-secondary institutions? How can we support the wellness of students and staff in an ever-changing campus community? These are some important questions that we ought to discuss to nurture a culture of wellness on campuses in Alberta.

 

Finding Balance Through Self Regulation

Achieving holistic balance within the realm of post-secondary education involves navigating various factors impacting emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being. Focusing on self-regulation, balance and the social determinants of health emerge to be pivotal in nurturing holistic wellness on campus. The interconnectedness of these elements significantly shapes the campus wellness culture. This sub-theme places significant emphasis on discussions centered around balancing priorities and well-being.

 

Supporting Wellness Through Meaningful Relationships

Meaningful relationships are foundational to one’s overall well-being. Introspection enables individuals to understand their roles, communication styles, and boundaries within relationships. How can we foster healthy connections and supportive networks within the campus community? By exploring methods and insights for establishing meaningful and enduring relationships, this sub-theme aims to bridge the discussions from earlier topics to facilitate collaboration and connectedness among the summit attendees.

 


 

Learning objectives

Through the Summit, attendees will:

  • Identify and build diverse relationships across Alberta that strengthen collective action to promote mental wellness.
  • Identify the values and beliefs that have influenced the Community of Practice and evaluate their alignment with the COP’s mission and goals.
  • Recognize the impact of change on mental health within a dynamic community and develop adaptive short-term and long-term strategies to cope with challenges that occur due to transitions and changes.
  • Develop and apply emotional regulation strategies and evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies.
  • Examine the impact of meaningful relationships on mental health and well-being and develop communication and empathy skills to foster meaningful connections.

 

Registration for the 2024 HCA Wellness Summit will open in April!


 

2024 HCA Wellness Summit: Invitation to Present

We are delighted to extend a warm invitation to the Healthy Campus Alberta Community of Practice to present at the 2024 Wellness Summit, spotlighting the theme, “Introspection: Looking Back to Look Forward.” The HCA Wellness Summit serves as an annual nexus for HCA, fostering connections, resource-sharing, and celebrating the remarkable strides made in nurturing inclusive and supportive campus communities across the province. We value your experiences and perspectives to be pivotal in shaping a wellness-centered campus community.

Context

Inspired by the ever-changing nature of the Community of Practice, this year’s theme, “Introspection: Looking Back to Look Forward,” aims to provide a platform for the community and its members to reflect on thoughts, emotions, values, and behaviours, aiming to cultivate a supportive and wellness centred campus culture. This emphasis on introspection encourages the Community of Practice to reflect on past discussions and actions while gaining a deeper understanding of the current mental health landscape in Alberta. The summit’s focus empowers individuals and the community to achieve self-understanding, make informed choices about wellness, and contribute to the development of a campus culture prioritizing mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being—a holistic approach in line with HCA’s mission.

Submissions to the Invitation to Present are due on March 5, 2024.

Dates and location

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Thursday, June 13, 2024 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Friday, June 14, 2024 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Venue:  

Address:
8900 114 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2J7