Healthy Campus Unit

Heroes for Health

Help make the U of A a healthier place with a Heroes for Health Grant.

The Heroes for Health Challenge encourages students, staff, and faculty to come together, think outside the box and work collaboratively to propose ideas for a healthier campus in four areas: social connections, physical activity, mental health, substance, and alcohol use. Ideas to support student well-being can be awarded up to $5,000 to make the U of A a better place. 

Through partnerships with Alumni Association, Community & Campus Recreation, Human Resources Services, and Healthy Campus Unit, all students, staff, and faculty will have a chance to be funded for up to $5000 to turn their idea into a reality. These grants serve as a way to support the efforts of our campus community in creating a culture of wellness on our campus.

Inspired, but don’t know where to start? We can help!


Join us for our grant information series February 6 - 26, 2019. These sessions are not mandatory to apply for the Heroes for Health grant, however, are recommended to submit a strong application. Come on out to learn about campus health and ask questions about the grant process.


  • February 13, 12-1 PM, SUB 4-02
  •  Keynote Address from Dr. Karen Lee: "Improving our Environments for Health", February 26, 5-7pm, Cascade Room, SUB Basement

RSVP for the Keynote here.  

Improving our environments for health

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karen Lee

Dr. Karen Lee

Dr. Karen Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, joined the Division of Preventive Medicine in the U of A’s Department of Medicine in 2018. Trained in medicine at the U of A, and having completed a Masters of Health Science and a residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Lee recently returned from her decade and a half away in the US, undertaking work first for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Epidemic Intelligence Service and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention, followed by her position for nearly 9 years in the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as Deputy to the Assistant Commissioner of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, and Inaugural Director of Healthy Built Environments.

Her international award-winning collaborative work with non-health sectors like Urban Planning, Transportation, Architecture, Housing, Affordable Housing, Education & School Construction, Facilities Management, Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development, among others, has produced resources now used by these sectors around the world to improve chronic disease prevention considerations within their practices and policies. She has acted as Special Advisor to multiple World Health Organization regional offices on intersectoral collaboration issues to address the social and environmental determinants of health, and to improve health equity. Dr. Lee was awarded the Canadian Institute of Planners President’s Award in 2017. More information on her previous work and available free resources can also be found at