Creating Comprehensive Communities of Care

Topics: Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What are the structures and funding sources for comprehensive support programs in place at other universities?
  • What are the programmatic components of support programs?
  • How do administrators engage the community and incorporate feedback to improve community support programs?


Comprehensive communities of care serve students, faculty, staff, and community members across a range of issues such as sexual assault, substance abuse, and suicide. This brief analyzes four community support programs in place at other universities and describes the organizational structure, funding, and programmatic components of community programs, as well as strategies to engage community members in prevention and constructive responses to destructive behavior.