The UCI Samueli Office of Wellbeing offers system-wide, evidence-supported programs to enhance the resilience and wellbeing of faculty and staff in the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences and UCI Health. Operating under the leadership of Anju Hurria, MD, MPH, the Samueli Wellness Officer, the team works to reduce burnout and to foster a culture focused on wellness. In 2022, the UCI Samueli Office of Wellbeing and UCI Health were honored by the American Medical Association’s Joy in Medicine recognition.
As part of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, the office has access to innovative clinical programs that have been shown to improve wellbeing.
The Samueli Institute developed the Wellbeing Initiative at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to offer free support and resources to the employees of UCI, utilizing group sessions in mindfulness and yoga and free 1:1 virtual sessions and education on many topics that focus on wellbeing at work.
In order to maximize the value of the resources available to faculty and staff across the enterprise, the Samueli Office of Wellbeing teamed with UCI Health Human Resources to establish a Wellness Council. This council meets quarterly to share ideas and explore opportunities to combine resources.
The Samueli Office of Wellbeing trains department wellness officers in the UCI School of Medicine to advocate for the needs of the faculty within their departments and to work on projects that will improve workflow efficiency and reduce burnout.
A seven-month Clinician Health and Wellbeing fellowship, presented as a joint program of the Samueli Office of Wellbeing and UC Davis, is training clinicians from all disciplines to advocate for wellness among their colleagues.
Faculty and Staff Mental Health Support Services is also part of the Office of Wellbeing. This serves as a primary crisis intervention resource for all faculty and staff enterprise wide. The goals are to provide time-limited case management for individual employees, coordinate appropriate resources and develop instructional trainings to assist in the promotion of mental well-being. The coordinator also serves as a support person for faculty and staff who have brought or may desire to bring forth complaints of alleged conduct that violates the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (“Complainant”).
The Interactive Screening Program is an online system created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which offers anonymous screenings for stress, depression and other mental health conditions, as well as personalized resources and support. (Download PDF here)
Mindfulness Courses are offered twice a year for free to faculty. The fall course is Mindful Self Compassion and the spring course is Mindfulness for Healthcare Communities. They are both six weeks long. These courses are led by a Samueli Institute mindfulness instructor Amy Noelle. Faculty are welcome to enroll as many times as they would like. Please check the event dates for more information.
For general questions, please email FacultyWellness@hs.uci.edu.
To learn more please contact Dr. Hurria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anju Hurria MD, MPH
UCI School of Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor
Director of Medical Student & Faculty Wellness Program
Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Samueli Wellness Officer