Enhancing wellness at the University of Pennsylvania

After careful review, 14 ideas have been identified as finalists. Students, staff and faculty members will pitch their ideas for the chance to secure funding and support for implementation on Thursday, April 25, from 4:30-6:00 pm in Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall. Learn more about the event, and register here.


The Wellness at Penn initiative led by Chief Wellness Officer, Benoit Dube and the Office of the Provost, affirms wellness as a core priority and necessary driver of life on campus.  A key aim of the initiative is to provide avenues of dialogue and collaboration for the wide range of partners advancing wellness on campus.  

In support of this goal, we are partnering with the University Faculty Senate to launch a Your Big Idea challenge to crowdsource ideas to enhance wellness for faculty, staff, and students at the University of Pennsylvania.

We want you to think big.  We’re looking for creative ideas for services, programs, amenities, and resources to strengthen Penn wellness.  Proposals that cross departments and schools are strongly encouraged.  Submissions from teams that include students, faculty and/or staff are also a plus.

Everyone who participates in the challenge will be entered into a lottery for three chances to win an Apple Watch.  Semifinalists will receive support from staff at the Center for Health Care Innovation to develop a pitch for the challenge committee.  Winning ideas will be funded and implemented at Penn and the school with the highest participation rate will win a prize.

We believe that together, we can create a campus-wide culture of wellness, strengthening ourselves as individuals and our community by opening ourselves up to our vulnerabilities and to what makes us human.  

Challenge committee

Benoit Dubé, Chief Wellness Officer, University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Pinto-Martin, Chair, University Faculty Senate, University of Pennsylvania
David Asch, Executive Director, Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation
Giang Nguyen, Executive Director, University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service
Jack Heuer, Vice President, Division of Human Resources, University of Pennsylvania
Chris Hyson, Senior Health and Wellness Specialist, University of Pennsylvania
Ashlee Halbritter, Director, Campus Health, University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Canose, Associate Director for Education, University of Pennsylvania
Dominic Sisti, Director, Scattergood Program, University of Pennsylvania
John Hollway, Executive Director, Quattrone Center,  University of Pennsylvania Law School
James Pawelski, Professor of Practice, Director of Education, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania
Erin Cross, Director, LGBT Center, University of Pennsylvania
Simon Miller, Undergraduate Assembly member, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Yasmina Al Ghadban, co-chair of Penn Wellness, University of Pennsylvania