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The University Of Windsor And Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Announce Strategic Partnership

Wednesday August 24th, 2022, 10:53am


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Residence Hall West on the UWindsor Campus

A strategic partnership between the University of Windsor and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will see the university retrofit Residence Hall West, an older residence building built in 1967 that has not been in use in recent years, to space for the Health Unit.

The partnership will also look at joint programming, and future collaboration in the areas of research, teaching, community service and experiential learning.

“We are thrilled to partner with such an important organization and are excited about the opportunity this brings to our campus and region,” said Dr. Robert Gordon, University of Windsor President and Vice-Chancellor. “This partnership aligns with the University’s vision of being an engaged and meaningful community partner and opens the door to collaboration resulting in exceptional teaching, learning and research opportunities.”

This partnership will formally bring together and engage individuals from both institutions focused on learning, research, community service and public health to examine potential synergies in joint training and learning opportunities, student health and wellness services, increased programming collaboration and more.

The partnership also includes a proposed retrofit of the University’s Residence Hall West to suit the needs of WECHU operations, including expanded office and clinic space.

“We are incredibly excited about this partnership, which will only strengthen the great relationship between our two organizations. It offers increased capacity to support our clients and the community and opens the door to forge strategic collaboration across a broad range of areas, including public health research,” according to WECHU Chief Executive Officer Nicole Dupuis. Board of Health Chair and County of Essex Warden Gary McNamara also acknowledged the benefits of collaboration between the health unit and university in the effort to come together in service to the community, “The WECHU Board of Health unanimously supports the partnership between the WECHU and the University of Windsor. This collaboration will bring great opportunities for the health and wellbeing of our community.”

Planning for all partnership aspects is now underway, with the proposed retrofit project to be reviewed by the University’s Board of Governors this fall. The targeted construction completion and co-location date are planned for early 2024.

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