The Health Advocate program consists of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students living in residence halls that are trained on various health issues including alcohol use and abuse, sexual health, stress management, nutrition, colds and flu, first aid, etc. Health Advocates act as general health/resource mentors. As their name says, they're advocates of good health.
What kind of services do Health Advocates offer?
Health Advocates are available for general health information. They have bandages, common over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc., thermometers, condoms, Band-Aids, etc. to handle minor health and first aid issues. They also have health and wellness brochures and handouts on current health and disease issues. Health Advocates also travel around campus to provide tabling and education on various health topics.
How do I contact a Health Advocate?
Health Advocates are located in each residence hall. Talk to your RA, CA and RHD to find their room and posted hours when they're available to see students.
Is it true that Health Advocates are helpful and understanding?
Yes. Health Advocates will listen to your concerns and provide you with resources where you can find help. Health Advocates are generally good listeners, and can provide options for your situation. All conversations are strictly confidential.
Do Health Advocates have any kind of special training?
Health Advocates at UW Oshkosh attend several days of training before the fall semester starts as well as weekly lectures to stay current with college health. Some of the topics they are trained in include sexual health, first aid and cold/flu.
Can a Health Advocate diagnose my problem?
A Health Advocate cannot diagnose but they can refer you to someone who can.
Is it true that Health Advocates give out free condoms?
Health Advocates are here to educate you about your sexual health options. While they can provide condoms, their goal is to educate students about having a sexual health plan. A good sexual health plan includes knowing what methods of protection you prefer to use, but also where to purchase them. Health Advocates can assist with this.
How can I become a Health Advocate?
Health Advocate positions are posted on Titan Jobs in March. The deadline for application is typically March 31st.
For more information, contact SHC at (920) 424-2424.
Health education services provided at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Health Center are listed below:
- Campus-wide tabling
- Classroom presentations
- Presentations or guest speaking for student organizations
- Residence Life presentations
- Health brochures and handouts
- Student Health Advocate Program
- Smoking cessation classes and one-on-one coaching
Some topics include:
- Sexual Health
- Sleep Hygiene
- Smoking Cessation
- Stress/Anxiety Management
- General Wellness
To request a program or educational opportunity, please contact the Student Health Center at (920) 424-2424.
Smoking Cessation Classes
Smoking is the number one cause of illness and premature death. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health. UWO's Student Health Center is currently working to provide a certified Smoking Cessation Facilitator on campus. Check our website for progress in this area.
Make an appointment to meet with a medical provider to assist you in developing a quit plan. You are more likely to succeed with your quit attempt if you have a plan, use nicotine replacement products and prescribed medication.