Healthy Campus Network

The Healthy Campus Network aims to make UC Davis the healthiest community in the nation


The Healthy Campus Network (HCN) is a UC-wide initiative aimed at making UC the healthiest place to work, learn and live. At UC Davis, partners responsible for programs impacting the health and well-being of our community are providing support, information, resources and tools capable of helping staff, faculty and students engage in healthy behaviors. This initiative serves all of UC Davis.

Strategic Goals

The UC Davis Healthy Campus Network is focused on five strategic goals, the first of which is creating comprehensive, integrative, and collaborative leading practice programs. Seed funding from the UC Office of the President will allow the group to tackle a number of first-year priorities and projects. 

Focus Areas

The UC Davis Healthy Campus Network consists of a steering committee and four subcommittees focused on improving outcomes in each of the following focus areas. Specifically, the groups will develop an Expansion Project (i.e., expand an existing program related to their focus area) and a Signature Project (i.e., initiate something new related to their focus area).

Focus Areas

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Physical Activity and Movement

This subcommittee aims to foster a campus environment and culture that promote physical activity and decreases sedentary behaviors. 


Shantille Connolly, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Student Health and Counseling Services

David Hawkins, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior 

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Photo by Jason Spyres, UC Davis

Food & Nutrition

This subcommittee aims to make nutritional health part of the UC Davis culture. By providing information, tools, opportunity and support, we can create an environment that makes the healthy choice the easy choice.


Linda Adams, R.D.
Occupational Health Services

Jacqueline Bergman, Ph.D.
Department of Nutrition 

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Photo by Karin Higgins, UC Davis

Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being

This subcommittee aims to address barriers in the implementation of mental health and emotional well-being programs at UC Davis, and will work towards creating and sustaining programs that allow community members to leverage their personal strengths and build resilience when managing life stressors.


Satinder Gill, Psy.D.
Academic & Staff Assistance Program

Carolyn Dewa, M.P.H., Ph.D.
School of Medicine 

Photo: Karin Higgins, UC Davis

Photo by Karin Higgins, UC Davis

Smoke & Tobacco Free

The University of California is committed to improving the health of the campus community by providing a safe and clean environment. This group aims to continue to support the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy that was established in 2014. Initiatives will focus on communication and outreach and encouraging an environment of cooperation related to the policy.


Keavagh Clift
Occupational Health Services

Elisa K. Tong, M.D., M.A.
Internal Medicine 

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Funding proposals are due! Each of the HCN subcommittees will be funding signature and expansion projects.

The HCN Sub-committees are soliciting funding proposals!

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What Guides the UC Davis HCN?


UC Davis is the healthiest community in the nation.


Champion a thriving culture of health and well-being throughout the UC Davis community. We will accomplish this by:

  • Creating comprehensive, integrative and collaborative leading practice initiatives
  • Providing UC Davis community members with support, opportunity, information and tools to engage in healthy behaviors
  • Advocating for policies, institutional practices and a built environment that promotes health and well-being
  • Continuously examining, implementing and evaluating practices that improve the well-being of our community
  • Aligning and leveraging communication resources and messaging to ensure coordinated outreach efforts.

Health and well-being can be learned and practiced to enhance quality of life.

Individual health and well-being includes awareness, commitment and open-mindedness.

Community health and well-being includes collaboration, integrity and inclusion.