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Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing: the Core of Life

This is an archived article is from December, 2010. For current information about the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing, please check the Institute's website.


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Dianne Philibosian, Director
CSUN Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing

The Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing serves as a central location for a variety of community services that relate to health and wellbeing while educating students and strengthening collaboration across campus.

Dianne Philibosian, Interim Director of the Institute, says she is excited about the collaborative nature of the Institute, “Health and wellbeing are at the very core of our quality of life, and so much affects our health: lifestyle choices, the economy, our environment, even public policy."

A relatively new force on the CSUN landscape, the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing serves the community as it educates students and strengthens collaboration among faculty. Because of the Institute, the community has direct access to the variety of health care disciplines the campus provides. Whether a client is seeking physical therapy, counseling, nutrition resources, speech and hearing evaluation, or therapeutic exercise and fitness, the Institute can help.

Dianne Philibosian, Interim Director of the Institute, says she is excited about the collaborative nature of the Institute, “Health and wellbeing are at the very core of our quality of life, and so much affects our health: lifestyle choices, the economy, our environment, even public policy. With the Institute, we’re in a position to educate our students while and offering pre-emptive and preventative options to the community.”

Although Cal State Northridge is not a medical provider, the university has decades of experience helping improve the lives of thousands of community members, many of whom would otherwise not have had resources to meet their needs. In the process, the university has also educated and prepared practice-ready graduates.

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"It's not all about theory.  Application is also an essential component of a complete educational experience. We cannot educate our students in isolation from the real world and our primary goal is to provide well rounded experiences for our students," Philibosian says. " By joining hands with the greater community beyond the campus, we provide an interdisciplinary holistic approach to healthy living while creating that real world laboratory for our students."  

The unique power of the Institute lies in serving as a focus for creative connections - these are connections which result in working with communities in response to their expressed needs.  By creating a web of resources to promote faculty, student, and community collaboration alliances are formed to identify, coordinate, and expand  accessible preventative health and wellbeing services. “We hope our collaborative effort strengthens individuals by promoting improved quality of life which in turn benefits whole communities."  Says Philibosian. “Because of the diverse cultures reflected  in the CSUN service area, our students benefit from a true valuing and understanding of working with a variety of people as they become professionals for a global society."

CSUN’s Institute for Health and Wellbeing Fosters Healthy Living on Campus and in the Community. Let's take a look back at a few of the success stories from the past year.

Visit the website for the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing.

- Find services provided through the Institute.

- In 2006, Cal State Northridge student Gerardo Garay suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was ejected from a vehicle in a car crash. Read the full story.

- Cal State Northridge Receives $500,000 Grant to Tackle Childhood Obesity

- CSUN Provides Health and Wellbeing Fair

Dr. Dianne Philibosian has been an administrator and faculty member at California State University, Northridge for over 35 years. She has served as associate dean of the College, Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Program in Child Development, and has served as a faculty in the Departments of Elementary Education, Communication Studies, Child Development, and currently in Recreation and Tourism Management.

- Dianne Philibosian and Jean O'Sullivan
December, 2010