The Okanagan Charter: A systems approach of health promotion on campuses to support mental health
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

The urgency of addressing mental health on campuses was brought to the forefront during the pandemic and campuses struggled to respond to this crisis. The traditional approach of working in silos to address this issue was inadequate given the complexity of the problem. In this session, we will describe our research study examining the implementation of the Okanagan Charter on 10 Canadian signatory campuses. The Charter provides a promising framework for guiding campuses in health promotion work. One key finding of our research was the necessity for a systems approach to leadership that engaged the entire campus in health promotion work. We will explore the model of collaborative leadership and then describe how this model was illustrated by the leadership of one stellar example of a whole systems health promotion approach.

Learning Objective 1:
Identify how the Okanagan Charter can provide a helpful framework for guiding health promotion work across campuses
Learning Objective 2:
Illustrate how the application of collaborative leadership principles can facilitate whole systems change such as health promotion
Learning Objective 3:
Describe challenges and possible approaches to mitigate issues when implementing the collaborative leadership model and working across silos
Health Promotion (national standard, healthy campus)
Session Type
Virtual Session Link