Welcome to the Michigan Medicine

Wellness Office

Welcome to the Wellness Office!

The Michigan Medicine Wellness Office is solely dedicated to improving workplace well-being, reducing professional burnout, and creating a caring, safe environment where all faculty, staff and learners at Michigan Medicine can thrive.

Our focus is to help make workplace well-being part of your experience while providing excellent patient care, work, education and research across Michigan Medicine.

What will you find on the Wellness Office website?

  • This site provides information to learn more about workplace well-being, including workplace well-being toolkits (coming soon!), which are evidence-based interventions for leaders, faculty, staff, and learners to address several factors impacting workplace well-being.

  • You will also find detailed information about the Wellness Advocate Network, comprised of clinical, operational and research leaders across Michigan Medicine actively engaged in furthering workplace well-being.

  • The Well-Being Help Center connects you with key resources to support individual and team needs, coordinated with many caring partners providing emotional health and well-being services.

  • Information and resources continually updated from the Family Care Task Force.

We hope you find the website helpful. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact us at wellness-office@umich.edu. Stay well and Go Blue!

Message from Chief Wellness Officer,
Kirk J. Brower, MD is below.

A message from the Chief Wellness Officer, Kirk J. Brower, MD

Posted December 7, 2020

We have been through a lot this year as individuals and teams, and at home and work.

When Michigan Medicine developed its new mission statement in late 2019 and early 2020 – To advance health to serve Michigan and the world – we did not know that we and the rest of the world would be facing a global pandemic. Nevertheless, we understood that what we do here has a purpose and can have a positive effect everywhere. We know that we are all connected. That’s who we are.

Many winter holiday traditions include festivals of light. When the days are short and we are immersed in the winter darkness, we look toward the light. With increasing knowledge and experience about how to treat COVID-19 as well as the near delivery of effective vaccines, many of us can see the light at the end of a much too long tunnel.

In the meantime, we reach deep within for continued courage, perseverance, hope, and compassion for ourselves and others. And we seek comfort with loved ones, personal friends and work friends, and knowing that we are making a difference in people’s lives.

We also want our leaders to listen, respond, and support our well-being. The Wellness Office has provided a brief 1-page Well-Being Check-In Guide that leaders of all levels can use to check in with faculty, staff, and learners about their well-being, in-person or remotely.

As this year ends, let us accept and reflect on where we’ve been and what we’ve endured, as well as on the positive impact we make in our patients’ lives and each other’s lives every day. Finally, let’s look forward to the promise of a lighter and brighter New Year.

Michigan Medicine unequivocally recognizes racism as a public health issue, and we should be standing out as leaders against inequality. We are committed to creating fundamental change that leads to a culture of anti-racism, and a medical school and health system that are leaders in equity, justice and inclusiveness for people of all colors.