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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's 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

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Meet the Happy and Well Team

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

Erin McClure

Happiness and Wellness Director

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

Happiness and Wellness Program Administrative Specialist

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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Bonnie Miranda

Happiness and Wellness Project Manager 

Bonnie currently manages all aspects of the Happiness and Wellness Initiative. She is a professional administrator and cat herder formerly of the Office of Faculty Affairs, where she was responsible for administration and oversight of the University's Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure ("APT") processes, workshops, and Committees. Prior to her decade here at UMD, Bonnie was a horse trainer, business manager, and equine nutrition consultant.

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Daniella Hanau

Happiness and Wellness Project Intern

Daniella Hanau has a passion for public health and working on a team to support awareness of health issues, specifically mental health and wellbeing. Daniella embraces leadership opportunities and brings a diligent work ethic to collaboration with her peers. She is a true people’s person who loves to socialize and connect. Daniella is a senior majoring in Behavioral and Community Health and minoring in Human Development/College of Education with an expected graduation in Spring 2023. She is excited and eager to begin her public health journey and career.

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Olivia Horowitz

Happiness and Wellness Project Intern

Olivia Horowitz holds a passion for wellness and mental health and has a professional interest in promoting wellness through community outreach, especially via social media. Olivia strives for success through teamwork and effective communication. Her mission is to promote healthy habits and wellness techniques to reach student peers and the larger community. Olivia is a senior in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health working towards earning her bachelor's degree in Spring 2023. She is excited to begin her journey in the public health profession by completing her capstone internship with the UMD SPH Happiness and Wellness Initiative!

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Corinne Yelsits

Happiness and Wellness Project Intern

Corinne Yelsits is from Long Island, New York and possesses a passion for wellness. Corinne's main interests in the field include nutrition, mental health, and physical activity. She is excited to work in public health, where she can practice what she loves. Corinne has a collaborative spirit and strives to have a positive impact on everyone she meets. She is a Behavioral and Community Health undergraduate in her final semester at the University of Maryland. Corinne is looking forward to working on this campus-wide initiative and is excited to promote the benefits this programming brings to the health of the UMD community, as well as how this work will shape her future endeavors. 

SPH Happiness and Wellness Initiative Campus Partners

UMD Student Affairs

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UMD- Health Center

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UMD Counseling Center

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UMD Resident Life

Resident Life

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