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What is a Peer 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/misuse, sexual health, stress management, etc. They have supplies for 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 month 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.

For students who are seeking health education and resources from their Health Advocate, know that your conversations with HAs are private. Unless an individual is a threat to themselves or others, or if a student discloses experiencing sexual assault, Health Advocates maintain confidentiality.

What supplies can I get from the Peer Health Advocate?

Free to Students:

  • Band Aids
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Cough drops
  • Condoms
  • Lubricant

For Purchase:

  • ACE Bandages 
  • Ice Packs (reusable) 
  • Pregnancy Test Kit 
  • Emergency contraception 
  • Thermometer 
  • Hydrocortisone cream 
  • Throat lozenges 
  • Tums 
How do I contact my Peer Health Advocate?

Each residence hall has one (1) HA.  Throughout the academic year, you can find posters in the residence halls and Student Health Center indicating each Health Advocate’s hall and room number. In addition, each HA posts weekly open door hours in their residence hall.  If you have any questions about how to reach your HA, please reach out to wellness@uwosh.edu.

Do HAs have special training?

Health Advocates at UW Oshkosh attend two weeks of training before the fall semester starts, as well as monthly meetings and lectures to stay current with college health. Some of the topics they are trained in include sexual health, cold/flu, stress management, sleep hygiene, alcohol, and nutrition.

How do I Become a Health Advocate?

The Student Health Center and Department of Residence Life hire one (1) Health Advocate (HA) for each residence hall.  Hiring occurs each January on Handshake for an August start-date.  Occasionally, hiring for open positions is also done throughout the year.  Applicants must be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior with a 2.5 or higher GPA.  HAs work 18 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.