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University Health Service (UHS)
Health Promotion Office

Ways to Get Involved

There are a number of ways students can get involved with the UHS Health Promotion Office. We are always looking for student input in our activities.

Opportunities include joining the UR Student Health Advisory Committee (URSHAC), enrolling in the Peer Health Advocacy class, joining the Peer Health Advocate Team, collaborating with UHS Health Promotion Office staff members on a specific project, co-sponsoring programs and events with the UHS Health Promotion Office, and working as a student staff member in the office.

UR Student Health Advisory Committee (URSHAC)

URSHAC, which is chaired by students, offers students the opportunity to have an impact on the health care services offered for students. The committee meets with the Director of the University Health Service every two to three weeks to share ideas, offer suggestions, and discuss topics of concern to students. Contact Krystalyn Martin and Zaira Lujan, URSHAC Co-Chairs, or Linda Dudman, staff advisor, for more information.

Peer Health Advocacy Course (PH 216)

Are you interested in learning more about health issues such as sexuality, prevention of STDs/HIV, stress, and alcohol use? Do you want to be able to share health information with your friends without sounding preachy or hypocritical? Then the Peer Health Advocacy course is for you! This course will focus on contemporary health and wellness issues for college students: alcohol, drugs, health literacy, interpersonal relationships, mental / emotional health, nutrition, physical activity, safe campus communities, sexual health, sleep, and stress. An introduction to the concepts, theory, and practice of health promotion and peer-based health advocacy will also be provided.

In addition, students will be challenged to grow as leaders by developing the necessary skills to become effective peer health advocates. Throughout the semester students will strategically develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive health promotion program on a health and wellness topic relevant to college-aged students. Upon completion of this course, students are eligible to become a member of the UHS Peer Health Advocate team.

The course is offered during the fall semester. For information, contact Amy Nadelen, UHS Health Educator.

Peer Health Advocate Team

Peer Health Advocates (PHAs) are student leaders who empower fellow students to make healthy lifestyle choices. They are trained to develop, promote, and provide health and wellness related outreach such as educational workshops, tabling events, and other health promotion programs. In addition, our team members serve as positive role models by committing to live healthy lifestyles themselves. (To be considered for the PHA team, applicants must have completed the Peer Health Advocacy course, PH 216, with a final grade of B or higher.)

For more information, read the position description or contact Amy Nadelen, UHS Health Educator, at Interested in becoming a member of our PHA team? Submit your application today.

Collaborate with the UHS Health Promotion Office

The UHS Health Promotion Office staff members welcome and encourage the involvement of individual students and groups in the planning of projects, programs, and campus-wide health events. We welcome the opportunity to partner with you when you are planning a health-related program/event. If you or your group is interested in collaborating with our office, contact Amy Nadelen or Arlita Gleichman.

For more information

Call us at 585-273-5775 or stop by our office. The UHS Health Promotion Office is located on the second floor of the UHS Building on the River Campus.

For more information, contact Linda Dudman in the UHS Health Promotion Office at (585) 273-5770 or