The Indiana University South Bend Health & Wellness Center engages citizens to build healthy communities in North Central Indiana by providing respectful, high quality, integrative primary healthcare, and holistic health and wellness services to the community. The Health and Wellness Center aims to:
- Promote healthy lifestyles for the community and IUSB.
- Provide cost effective convenient healthcare services to the students, faculty, and staff of IUSB, and persons living in the community.
- Provide respectful healthcare services that are sensitive to the community's diversity.
- Foster diversity in knowledge and experience among IUSB and the community.
- Provide support to health science students, faculty and staff in the areas of teaching, learning, and research.
To carry out the mission and aims, all services within the Health & Wellness Center are guided by the Rainbow PRISM Model, which serves as a core philosophy that is taught, modeled, and expected by everyone involved in the Health & Wellness Center.
PRISM is an acronym for Presence, Respect, Information, Services, and Movement. The term Rainbow expresses explicitly the Health & Wellness Center's faculty and staff's commitment to respect for human diversity.
- Presence is being with the community, face-to-face, paying attention, being reliable, being with community, and staying with community overtime.
- Respect is profound reverence for human dignity, honored consistently, demonstrably, and without exception. This means it is community's values and hopes and dreams that determine the provider's activities.
- Information is of two kinds: information about clients and information that clients want. The healthcare providers and staff listen first, last, and always, acknowledging clients' freedom and responsibility to make their own choices in life. Healthcare providers and staff make information available to clients that the clients say they want to support informed decision making.
- Services are helpful or useful acts on the part of healthcare providers and staff, directed toward clients, and are tangible, desirable, and meaningful from the perspective of the clients.
- Movement is change in a desired direction in the lives of individuals, families, and groups. Healthcare providers and staff encourage, support, and coparticipate in movement as determined by community. This means that the healthcare providers and staff follow the lead of the people served and change activities as people change.