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The SPH Happiness and Wellness Initiative

The Happiness and Wellness Initiative aligns with the University of Maryland School of Public Health mission: “to promote and protect the health and well-being” of our diverse communities throughout Maryland, the nation, and the world.

Vision: To promote happiness and well-being for all, aligning with the University of Maryland School of Public Health Vision of “physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all people throughout our local and global communities.”

Mission: To proactively strengthen health and wellness, while prioritizing resiliency, through strength-based communications, training, curriculum, research, and assessment. 

Happy and Well e-Newsletter

A weekly e-newsletter featuring tips on "spreading a little happiness," The Well Terp, Some Good News stories and upcoming events.

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The Well Terp

Science-based wellness tips, techniques and strategies to improve your own well-being from certified health and wellness experts in the field!

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Some Good News

Our Happiness and Wellness Initiative shares "some good news" from the SPH and our extended community. Submit your own good news by email to happyandwell@umd.edu.

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Meet the Happy and Well Team

Brielle Merchant, staff member of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland.

Brielle Merchant, MHA, CHES, RYT

With a Masters in Health Administration, Brielle Merchant (she/her/hers) has over six years of experience creating health and wellness programs. Brielle has her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) certification, an Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification and is a Registered Yoga Teacher ( RYT®).

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Erin McClure, staff member of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland.

Erin McClure

As part of the School of Public Health senior leadership team, Erin McClure oversees operations and partnerships, building on strengths, implementing best practices and supporting the school and campus in enacting their equity and inclusion values and mission.

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Caitlin Waite, staff member of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland.

Caitlin Waite

Caitlin Waite is a Program Administrative Specialist in the Office of the Dean. Her duties include providing administrative and travel support for the Dean and Associate/Assistant Deans, overseeing the Dean's Office front desk and serving as college-level coordinator for the APT and PTK processes for SPH Faculty.

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Amanda Grimes, staff member of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland.

Amanda Grimes

Amanda Grimes serves as the College Budget Officer for the School of Public Health. Her teams and areas of responsibility include strategic financial planning, oversight of budgeting and financial controls, research administration, facilities projects and administration, information technology and human resources.

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