President Huddleston's Healthy UNH Charge

The charge to the Healthy UNH Action Committee will be to address the following questions:

  • How can we educate ourselves about health and related factors with a particular focus on the interplay between personal health practices, the work environment, and employee interaction with the medical care system?
  • How can we encourage the best individual health practices among faculty, dependents, students, and staff?
  • UNH spends approximately $40 million on medical care each year [employee and employer contribution]. What is the highest and best use for this investment? For example: do we know enough about the details of how we spend that money? Are we buying care at the best prices? Would we benefit by self-insuring? Should we consider providing some care on campus rather than purchasing it? How can we use information technology to enhance health care efficiency and effectiveness?
  • What are the best practices and benchmarks among all USNH campuses, other universities, and other employers that we should try to emulate?
  • How should we best prepare students as partners in their health and as educated purchasers of medical care?
  • And most importantly, how will we measure our success as the effort moves forward?