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Health and Wellness Committee

Rachel Paul, Committee Chairperson

No one is immune to the benefits of a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management. Even though these concepts are tried and true, it is not uncommon to push them aside. However, creating easy means to take time to focus on health has the ability to benefit every participating student.

The Graduate Student Senate Health & Wellness Committee has been working hard to improve your health care and health insurance benefits over the last year. Our goals this year are to facilitate more effective communication with students about the health benefits offered to them; to assess Case's competitiveness in comparison with other institutions regarding the health care it offers its students; and to encourage and improve student participation in preventive health related activities.

How can I learn about the healthcare provided for graduate students at Case Western Reserve University?

  • To learn more about the Student Medical Plan, please visit the official Case Western Reserve University Health Service webpage.

  • For questions regarding what the GSS is doing to improve healthcare for graduate students, or to get involved yourself, contact the committee chair at gss-hcc@case.edu.

  • For specific questions regarding medical advice, billing, and specific, personal, or confidential health concerns, you should contact University Health Service either by e-mail or by calling (216)368-3050.  

  • For emergencies, you should call the emergency hotline at 216-368-2450.  The GSS Healthcare Committee cannot provide professional medical advice for students.  Please contact a physician for such inquiries.

Health and Wellness Committee Charge:
The duties, powers, and responsibilities of the Health & Wellness Committee shall be to:
1) Use available survey and financial data and other information to prioritize areas to be targeted for improvement in the areas of health and wellness.
2) Represent graduate student interests as decisions are made regarding health and wellness benefits for graduate students and their dependents.
3) Communicate information regarding health and wellness benefits on campus, including (but not limited to):
   a) Maintaining the GSS Health & Wellness Committee's webpage, in conjunction with the GSS Information Officer, as appropriate.
   b) Taking a proactive role on health and wellness issues and benefits by working closely with health/wellness-care offices on campus, including (but not limited to) University Health Services, University Counseling Services, Institutional Research and the health insurance carrier covering graduate students and their dependents.
   c) Working with other GSS Committees to plan events that promote health and wellness on campus.

About the Chair, Rachel Paul:
I am studying to be a Registered Dietitian, finishing my second (and last) year in the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition program. I ’ve been active throughout both my undergrad and graduate time at Case first as the President of the Undergraduate Student Dietetic Association and later co-organizing the GSS Health & Wellness Fair this past April. Outside of GSS, I work for Bon App├ętit, the foodservice company at CWRU as well as research ways to increase healthy food
access at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. In my free time I enjoy cooking, eating watermelon and brownies (but not together) and, of course, shopping!

Statement of Intent: No one is immune to the benefits of a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management. Even though these concepts are tried and true, it is not uncommon to push them aside. However, creating easy means to take time to focus on health has the ability to benefit every participating student. As the Health & Wellness Chair, I’d like to expand our current efforts by connecting with wellness-related organizations on and off-campus to enhance camaraderie that is both socially and clinically beneficial. Some specific ideas I have are holding monthly nutrition & cooking demo-sessions and forming teams to participate in city-wide walks/runs. I also plan to increase the social-media aspects started this spring such as Facebook, to welcome any wellness ideas and interests from the student body.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Chair of the Health Care Committee is responsible for representing student interests as decisions are made regarding health benefits for students and their dependents. This year, that includes addressing the need for increased choice among dental care providers, gathering information that will allow students to use health care in a more cost-effective way, and taking a comprehensive look at how health benefits and other financial aid and compensation relate to each other for graduate and professional students at Case.

2012-2013 Initiatives

  • Veale Referendum Action, Free Fittness Classes
    Leaders: Charlie, Meghan

  • Health & Wellness Events for Students: Team Run/Obstacle
    Leader: Alaa

  • Health & Wellness Events for Students: Collaborative Event on Campus
    Leaders: Janelle, Michelle

  • Student Wellness Website
    Leader: Louisa

  • 2013-2014 Student Health Services Brochure
    Leader: Hadley
  • Health & Wellness Committee Roster:

    Committee Member E-Mail  
    Rachel Paul rcp12@case.edu
    Sneha Brandi sneha.bandi@case.edu
    Janelle Derella Janelle.Derella@case.edu
    Hadley Hickner hadley.hickner@case.edu
    Michelle Kinsler michelle.kinsler@case.edu
    Alaa Labadibi alaa.labidibi@case.edu
    Meghan Rasey meghan.rasey@case.edu
    Louisa Shu louisa.shu@case.edu
    Charley Willison charley.willison@case.edu
    Brigid Titgemeier bridid.titgemier@case.edu

    Please join us! Email rcp12@case.edu or rcj33@case.edu for more information.

    Health & Wellness Committee Meeting Minutes / Agendas:

    Meeting Date/Time Agenda Minutes