Wellness Advocate Network

About the Wellness Advocate Network

The Wellness Office has established a Wellness Advocate Network at Michigan Medicine. This network is a collaborative group of faculty, staff, and learners designated by their leaders to be liaisons to our office. They actively promote workplace well-being in their respective departments, disciplines, and offices.

Goals for Wellness Advocates, in partnership with the Wellness Office:

  • Ensure well-being is considered when decisions are being made by their respective leadership

  • Share best practices that improve workplace well-being for faculty, staff, and/or learners across all areas of our tripartite mission

  • Measure well-being and identify high impact areas for improvement

  • For academic departments: develop and update the “Departmental Wellness Plan” with the assistance of the Wellness Office as needed, for approval by the Department Chair and the Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Departments, disciplines, and offices throughout Michigan Medicine are encouraged to:

  • Select Wellness Advocates who can coordinate and lead workplace well-being initiatives and liaison with the Wellness Office

  • Allocate dedicated time and effort to their Wellness Advocates consistent with the size of the department, discipline, or office, and the scope of its planned wellness activities

  • Assign a formal title for appointed advocates

To learn more, please contact: wellness-office@med.umich.edu, or contact one of our Wellness Advocates directly via the e-mail provided under the 'Membership' tab.

Nichols Arboretum Peony Gardens: Peonies symbolize wellness - a happy life, happy relationships, good health and prosperity.

The Wellness Advocate Network provided a lifeline to us during one of the most difficult times in our personal and professional careers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having a weekly meeting with the other advocates gave us a safe place to help and support each other personally along with sharing best practices to help us better care for the people in our departments. This is an incredible network of people who are passionate and devoted to improving the lives of all the care takers here at Michigan Medicine.

- Kim Garver, MD
Wellness Advocate in Radiology