What is a Health Advocate?
Health Advocates (HAs) are students living in the residence halls that are trained on various health issues including colds and flu, first aid, substance use/abuse, sexual health, stress management, etc. They have supplies to handle minor health concerns, such as bandages, ice packs, common over-the-counter medicines, thermometers, and condoms, and they serve as a resource and referral agent in addressing your health and wellness needs. In addition to serving the health needs of individual students, HAs plan and implement at least one wellness program every semester in their residence hall, create monthly health bulletin boards and maintain active communication with the Hall Staff to address health and wellness issues specific to their residence hall.
Outside of the residence halls, HAs participate in a variety of campus-wide health initiatives, such as establishing liason relationships with wellness-focused student organizations (i.e. College Diabetes Network, Men in Nursing, Colleges Against Cancer, and Campus for Awareness & Relationship Education), serving as student representatives on the Campus Pride Task Force and AODA Task Force, and writing custom articles for each monthly edition of Student Health 101. They are also expected to staff health promotion events throughout the academic year.
For students who are seeking health education and resources from their Health Advocate, know that ALL conversations with HAs are strictly confidential. Health Advocates are bound by the same laws covering health and counseling service providers. Unless an individual is a threat to themselves or others, Health Advocates must always maintain confidentiality.
What supplies can I get from the Health Advocate?
Free to Students:
- Hand sanitizer
- Band Aids (large and small)
- Gauze bandages
- Athletic tape/Coban
- Alcohol prep pads
- Bacitracin zinc ointment
- Cough drops
- Dental dams
- ACE Bandages – $5
- Ice Packs (reusable) – $5
- Ice Pack (one time use) – $3
- Pregnancy Test Kit – $10
- Emergency contraception – $20
- Thermometer – $5
- Blister Band Aid – $1
- Hydrocortisone cream – $5
- Miconazole cream – $5
- Chloraseptic throat spray – $5
- Cepacol throat lozenges – $5
How do I contact my Health Advocate?
Do Health Advocates have any special training?
Health Advocates at UW Oshkosh attend two weeks of training before the fall semester starts, as well as biweekly meetings and lectures to stay current with college health. Some of the topics they are trained in include sexual health, first aid, cold/flu, stress management, and other behavioral health issues.
How can I become a Health Advocate?
The Health Advocate positions for the 2017-18 academic year are currently filled. The HA position for 2018-19 will be posted on the MyUWO Portal Res Life App in February 2018 (housing.uwosh.edu/go/applyha).
For the most updated Health Advocate job description, click here.
For more information, contact Juliana Kahrs, Health Promotion Coordinator, at 920.424.4001 or email@example.com.