A group of Sullivan University System administrators have been invited to The White House to celebrate the university’s designation as a White House Healthy Campus and to hear remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama.
Sullivan University and Spencerian College are among 350 schools nationwide participating in the White House Healthy Campus Challenge and among those invited to the Jan. 13 White House event.
“It is a tremendous honor to be part of this effort and to be invited to The White House,” said Spencerian College Executive Director Jan Gordon.”Our participation in the White House Healthy Campus Challenge shows that Sullivan University and Spencerian College are not just leaders in healthcare education but also in promoting healthy lifestyles among our students, faculty and staff.”
The White House Healthy Campus Challenge was launched as an effort to enroll more students and young people in the federal Health Insurance Marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act. Both Sullivan University and Spencerian College will receive certificates of recognition signed by President Obama.
“Promoting higher education and making it more affordable … has been a central focus of the Obama Administration and our economic agenda,” White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough wrote in a post on the White House blog. “Having good, affordable coverage while getting an education can help provide Americans peace of mind and make sure that education doesn’t get unnecessarily sidetracked by a health problem.”
Like all schools participating in the challenge, Sullivan and Spencerian submitted an application to participate in the Challenge and committed to fulfilling a specific set of open enrollment outreach actions that included:
- Hosting in-person enrollment activities on campus
- Sending email reminders of approaching enrollment deadlines to students, staff, faculty, alumni and community neighbors
- Using social media platforms to highlight the open enrollment period
Sullivan University was pleased to partner with federal officials and other colleges and universities across the United States to help students, faculty and staff understand how to acquire health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Sullivan University Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jay Marr. “Maintaining a healthy mind and body is essential to being focused on one’s collegiate studies, and having good, affordable healthcare coverage is paramount to achieving this goal.”