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Task Force on Health & Well-Being


The Princeton University Task Force on Health & Well-Being will be composed of undergraduate and graduate students and members of the faculty and staff. It will be co-chaired by Janet Dickerson, vice president for campus life, and Robert Durkee, vice president and secretary of the University. The task force will formally begin its work in the fall of 2003 and is expected to complete its report during the spring semester of 2004.

The charge to the task force is to recommend answers to the following three questions:

  • How should Princeton meet the needs of its students for medical and mental health care, and to what extent should it also meet health care needs of members of its faculty and staff?
  • What programs, services and facilities should the University provide to promote the health and well being of its students, faculty and staff, including programs of preventive health, health maintenance, nutrition, recreation, stress management, etc.?
  • How can the University improve the balance between family and work, for example, by offering additional day care and other family support services to members of the University community?

Each of these is an important question in its own right, but each needs to be answered in the context of a comprehensive plan for enhancing the health and well being of all who study and work at the University and of achieving appropriate standards of excellence.

While the task force will necessarily have to make a careful assessment of existing programs, needs and facilities, its focus should be on developing recommendations to meet needs currently not being met and needs likely to emerge in the years ahead.

It is expected that the task force will examine leading health and wellness programs at other universities; that it will consult closely with other medical service providers in the local community; and that it will coordinate its work with other campus task forces and offices including the University Health Services, the Four Year Residential College Task Force, the Office of Human Resources, and others.


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