Health Promoting Campus | Springfield College

Health Promoting Campus

We are a health promoting campus.

Our Commitment 

The Humanics mission of Springfield College is to educate all students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Directly aligned with this mission is to prioritize the College’s commitment to health and well-being. This commitment extends beyond the programs and services provided to students, faculty, and staff, and intentionally addresses the entire campus community through addressing the systems and settings that can make Springfield College a healthier place for all. In adopting the Okanagan Charter, and continually working towards a healthier campus community in people, place, and planet, Springfield College maintains its position of leadership by reinforcing our commitment to health and well-being, strengthens alignment with the College’s mission, and enhances our distinctiveness. A healthy campus for all will improve the lives of those who live, study, and work here.

In becoming a health promoting college, Springfield College acknowledges these aspirations and calls to action, and commits to creating a healthier community for all.

What is Health Promotion?

According to the World Health Organization, health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior toward a wide range of social and environmental interventions.

As a core function of public health, health promotion supports institutions, communities, and individuals in coping with and addressing health challenges. This is accomplished by building healthy policies, creating supportive environments, and strengthening community action and personal skills. The goals and principles of health promotion were solidified at the WHO’s first international conference on health promotion and are documented in the Ottawa Charter (1986).

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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Springfield College stands on the traditional homelands of the Indigenous Algonkian people known as “Agawam.” The Agawam were closely related and diplomatically connected to the Quaboag to the East; the Podunk to the South; the Woronoco to the West; and the Nonotuck, Pocumtuck, and Sokoki to the North. We acknowledge the memory of these Indigenous nations who, after having inhabited this land for more than 10,000 years, were displaced in the 1600s to 1700s by English colonial settlers who exploited Native generosity and provoked warfare.  We acknowledge the surviving Native nations of what is now called “New England”: the Nipmuc and the Wampanoag to the East; the Mohegan and Pequot and Schaghticoke to the South; the Mohican to the West; and the Abenaki to the North. We affirm, honor, and respect the sovereignty of these and hundreds of other Native American nations across North America that survive today.