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Healthy UNH Survey Coming Soon; Will Gauge Interest in On-Campus Primary Care

By Erika Mantz, Media Relations
January 26, 2011

The goal of Healthy UNH is to make our campus the healthiest in the United States by 2020 by improving the overall health of the entire campus community – faculty, staff and students -- while at the same time working to slow down or even decrease spiraling healthcare costs. Health care spending has doubled during the last 10 years and has moved ahead of retirement benefits as the single largest benefit program at UNH.

There are many initiatives underway (visit www.unh.edu/healthyunh to learn more) including a subcommittee that has started to look at the possibility of providing primary care on campus for faculty and staff, a service that is currently available for students. This possibility is still very much in the exploratory stage but input is crucial as Healthy UNH works to put programs and services in place that help the university reach its goal of being the healthiest.

“The subcommittee wants to know if faculty and staff, and perhaps their families, would want to receive regular primary and other outpatient care on campus if it were available,” said Kevin Charles, head of the subcommittee and executive director of University Health Services. “We want to know if faculty and staff already know what Health Services offers and what additional services they would use if available.”

Faculty and staff will soon receive a short survey via e-mail that takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, but feedback is crucial. Dick Cannon, co-chair of Healthy UNH and vice president for finance and administration, stressed that this survey is not related to recent university system surveys and is designed only to gauge interest in this potential additional service.


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