Employee Wellness

Your health and well-being is important. Pacific University wants to help you balance the commitments of your personal, work and community engagements. We offer several resources to support our employees.

Special Considerations

As a university with a specialty in healthcare, we are dedicated to ensuring the continued educational progress and success of our students. However, we also believe it is critical that we participate in preventing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to avoid overloading our hospital systems.

Pacific University is actively monitoring this rapidly evolving public health issue, building on established emergency preparedness and response procedures, and compiling information and support resources for our university community. Find additional information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

In conjunction with recommendations from the Oregon Health Authority and guidelines from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the university will alter its course delivery and upcoming events to limit gatherings and encourage social distancing. Pacific University has setup dedicated pages to address measures related to the coronavirus. Please visit pacificu.edu/coronavirus to learn more.

Until the university is able to resume normal access to in-person Faculty and Staff wellness resources, please explore the trusted resources below - some are member-exclusive and some are free to the public.

It is understood that this is uncharted, unpredictable territory. Please take steps to care for yourself, those around you, and the greater community as a whole.

Your overall well-being is important. Uncertainty can make situations feel even more overwhelming. As you are able, visit the links below and gain access to tools that can help you care for your wellness at this time.


Learn More About the Pacific University Employee Assistance Program


Online Resources from Regence

Regence Main Website

Regence Has Expanded Member Access - Learn More

Regence Telehealth (including Mental Health services)

Regence Advice24, Toll-Free Nurse Line

Regence Health and Lifestyle Resources


Online Resources from Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente Main Website

Kaiser Permanente Telehealth

Kaiser Permanente Digital Tools for Emotional Wellness

Kaiser Permanente Health Coaching Services and Resources

Kaiser Permanente - Not sure who to contact? Review the KP Mental Health and Wellness Access Map


Additional Online Resources

COVID-19 Financial FAQ via TIAA

Nonstop Wellness Information and Contact Details

Wellness Resources Free & Non-Member Options via Kaiser Permanente

Stress Management Resources Free & Non-Member Options via Kaiser Permanente

Relaxation Resources Free Options (videos) via Saif

Mindfulness and Stress Management Resources Free Options via the Foundation for a Mindful Society

Well-Being During Coronavirus Guide Free Options via Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

Mental Health and Coronavirus Resources Free Options via Mental Health America

The Science of Well-Being Course Free Personal Development Option via Yale and Coursera

Office/Seated Work Stretches Free Options (pdf) via Saif

Office/Seated Work Stretches Free Options (video) via Saif

Fitness/Wellness Resources Free Options via Darebee.com

Kanopy Free Online Entertainment Options via Your Local Library or Pacific University Account


Local Resources

Clackamas County Coronavirus Resources via Clackamas County

Columbia County Coronavirus Resources via Columbia County

Honolulu City and County Resources via City and County of Honolulu

Lane County Coronavirus Resources via Lane County

Multnomah County Coronavirus Resources via Multnomah County 

Washington County Coronavirus Resources via Washington County 

Yamhill County Coronavirus Resources via Yamhill County

State of Oregon Resources via the State of Oregon

Executive Order FAQ via the Oregon State Police


Pacific University Yoga is going virtual!

Mallory Hiefield, Interim Director of Intramurals and Recreation, hopes to have a virtual yoga opportunity every Monday and is going to measure interest on an ongoing basis. The first class is Monday, March 30 at 5:30 pm. Faculty, staff, and students who are interested in attending, please email Mallory (mhiefield@pacificu.edu) for details and Zoom login information.



    For those with TIAA, these sessions are offered free as a part of your retirement plan. There is no additional cost to you. You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

    • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
    • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
    • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

    TIAA sessions that were previously scheduled as on-campus appointments are now taking place virtually. If you’ve confirmed a session with TIAA, you should have received an email regarding your virtual appointment details. Please be aware that sessions for April 28, 29, and 30 are on one page and can be booked by clicking on the respective dates on the appointment page.

    Please note that there is also a COVID-19 Financial FAQ sheet available on BOX.

    Space is limited. If you’d like a session, please RSVP today. Click thru below to RSVP or call 800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET). 


    Pacific University April 28, 29, 30 - Web or Phone Meeting



      Faculty and Staff Wellness Workshops

      Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Self Compassion Presented by Cascade Centers (Employee Assistance Program)

      Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an evidenced-based intervention that helps with numerous symptoms, including depression and anxiety. This seminar discusses some core MBSR skills to use for self-care and how self-compassion factors into effectively taking care of yourself. Planning to attend? Please RSVP early to help provide an accurate attendance estimate.

      Hillsboro: Tuesday, March 17, HPC2, Room 225, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CANCELED (Human Resources is taking steps to gain online, on-demand access to this workshop. Please check back for updates. Thank you!)

      Forest Grove: Tuesday, March 31, Price Hall, Room 204, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CANCELED (Human Resources is taking steps to gain online, on-demand access to this workshop. Please check back for updates. Thank you!)


      Avoiding Job Burnout Presented by Cascade Centers (Employee Assistance Program)

      In this seminar, participants will learn the potential causes of job burnout and how to reduce their chances for burnout by better managing internal and external boundaries. Participants will also learn how to recognize the warning signs and assess their level of job stress and burnout. Planning to attend? Please RSVP early to help provide an accurate attendance estimate.

      Forest Grove: Thursday, March 19, Berglund Hall, Room LL19, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CANCELED (Human Resources is taking steps to gain online, on-demand access to this workshop. Please check back for updates. Thank you!)

      Hillsboro: Monday, March 30, HPC2, Room 325, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CANCELED (Human Resources is taking steps to gain online, on-demand access to this workshop. Please check back for updates. Thank you!)


      Are you a Faculty or Staff team member who would like to know more about the Health and Wellness Committee? Sign up for more information today!

      Be the first to know about Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness events! Get email updates.

      Out of the Box[er] Recognition Program

      The Out of the Box[er] Recognition Program is a way for staff to nominate their colleagues for small acts that can have big, positive implications for the university. For example, members can be nominated for actions like helping visitors navigate to their desired destinations or suggesting/implementing ideas that help save resources. 

      Eligibility/Nomination Guidelines

      • All Full-time and Part-time Staff are eligible
      • No minimum length of service is required
      • An individual can be recognized multiple times per year
      • Self-nominations will not be considered

      Nomination Process

      • Fill out the Nomination Form
      • A committee reviews all submissions
      • If the nominated employee is eligible, an email is sent with an image of a Box[er] Buck
      • Employees save their Box[er] Buck emails and redeem them at the end of the year at the Out of the Box[er] Store 
      • Stay Tuned - Out of the Box[er] Store details will be revealed in the Spring of 2020

      Employee Assistance Program

      For benefit-eligible employees, the Employee Assistance Program through Cascade Centers provides free and confidential assistance, including wellness, counseling, legal and financial consultations, and concierge services for community resources. Cascade Centers also partners with the Advantage Home Plus home ownership program.

      Get more details and review a summary of benefits on our dedicated Employee Assistance Program webpage.

      Outdoor Pursuits

      The Pacific Northwest conjures up images of peaks rising above green forests, hidden coves and bays dotting the coast, and rivers that flow year round from the Cascade and Coastal Ranges. Pacific University is located right in the middle of it all.

      Whether you seek to explore our region's amazing outdoor landscapes by signing up for a coordinated day trip or would like to rent equipment for a weekend adventure on your own, Pacific University's Outdoor Pursuits can help! Equipment rentals are available to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Adventure trips are open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and also non-affiliated parties.

      Also, with an AFree Bike Association membership, anyone in the university community can gain access to a bike for a leisurely lunchtime ride through town or a quick two-wheeled cruise across campus. With the free membership, a bike can be picked up at the Outdoor Pursuits office in the Milky Way between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visit their team there to learn more!

      Fitness & Fun

      Pacific University employees have free use of the Stoller Center, Holce Tennis Courts and the Lincoln Park Athletic Complex with a Pacific ID. 

      Stoller Center facilities include the fitness center, three-court gym, and the turf-floored fieldhouse. Check the facility website for current hours.

      The Holce Tennis Courts may be closed certain hours for tennis team practices and competitions. Normal hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., but check the gates for special hours.

      The track and field at Hanson Stadium is open for public use from 6 a.m. to sunset, when not scheduled for competitions or special events. Schedules are posted at the west gate of the stadium. Chuck Bafaro Stadium (baseball) and Sherman/Larkins Stadium (softball) are limited access and must be reserved for use.

      Faculty and staff also are welcome to take part in free fitness classes and intramural competitions, such as yoga and Zumba classes or intramural basketball leagues. Find current schedules and opportunities on the Intramurals webpage.

      Each spring, students in the exercise science program at Pacific also offer Boxer Boot Camp, a one-on-one personal training service open to faculty and staff. Watch for opportunities to sign up each February. 

      Smoke-Free Workplace & Tobacco Cessation

      Smoking of any kind is prohibited on all university-owned or controlled grounds, including the Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn campuses, offices in Portland and Honolulu, and all clinic sites.

      Use of all types of tobacco products, including smokeless chew, is also prohibited at the Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn campuses and at locations in Portland.

      We support our employees' choice to live healthier lives through tobacco cessation with a number of programs:

      Employees who enroll in Kaiser Permanente healthcare have access to Freedom from Tobacco classes, phone counseling, and an online program. Coverage for medication therapy may also be available.

      Employees with Pioneer Educators Health Trust healthcare also are covered for smoking cessation programs, online resources and medication therapy as needed. 

      The Employee Assistance Program with Cascade Centers offers provides unlimited access to wellness coaches for help in making lifestyle changes, including smoking cessation. 

      Cascade Centers also has interactive online resources, such as self-assessments and informative videos, to help you kick the habit.