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What We Need? Staff Health Coaches

A new team of three “health coaches” for the staff?

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However nobody is talking about restoring the cuts to administrative support in academic departments, or about staffing Dick’s House so that students can get assistance when they need it — both are areas that were trimmed as part of Kim’s budget effort. Why not? The answer is easy: in the long-existing hierarchy of priorities at Dartmouth College, the staff always comes before the faculty and students. Somehow, even in these straitened times, there is money in the budget for new health coaches and even cash incentives to encourage the staff to work with them:

Annual financial incentives of up to $200 will also be available as part of the Dartmouth Wellness Initiative. Employees who participate in the health screenings will receive $50. Those who meet with a health coach at least twice will receive $50 and there will be a $100 incentive available for taking an online health assessment on the Cigna website (available in January). These financial incentives are available to all benefits-eligible active employees, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the Dartmouth health plan.

This kind of thing would be funny, if it weren’t so costly.

Of course, the above initiative relates only to employee wellness; the mental health of the staff at Dartmouth has been taken care of for some time now. The below notice appears regularly to encourage staffers to enjoy the eight annual therapy sessions that are their contractual right. Come discuss, umm, “whatever challenges your world.”

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A little background on the Faculty/ Employee Assistance Program (F/EAP)

The Faculty/Employee Assistance Program (F/EAP) is a free, confidential, professional counseling service for members of the Dartmouth College faculty and staff and their families. Up to eight counseling sessions are provided annually, and usually these can be scheduled at a time convenient for the employee/family member. Additional sessions can be scheduled for new problems that may arise. The F/EAP reflects a commitment on the part of the College to assist employees seeking help in resolving any problem, whether personal or vocational, that ultimately may affect job performance. The program is staffed by 2 licensed counselors and a program assistant. The office is located on the second floor of the Nugget Arcade, suite 204. Visits, however, are not office bound. Counselors can meet in settings that may be more comfortable or convenient than the office. Also, there are satellite offices located at the Tuck School, HOP, Centerra, DHMC, and Baker-Berry Library. [Emphasis added]

One would think that employees could deal with personal and emotional issues during their five to eight weeks of annual vacation (depending on length of service).

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