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Health Education & Promotion

Enhancing and maintaining wellness is vital for the successful pursuit of your goals at UC Davis and for the rest of your life. Health Education and Promotion (HEP) is a primary resource to help you achieve wellness through student-centered education and creating health-promoting environments. Professional staff and student staff and volunteers focus on issues related to nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, wellness, stress management, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs issues.

Program Focus

Health Education and Promotion uses the Spectrum of Prevention as a framework to identify and develop multidimensional approaches for effective prevention efforts. This approach helps practitioners implement strategies that work on multiple levels to create a synergy of effort to optimize desirable health behaviors. The Spectrum identifies six levels of intervention that include not only strengthening individual knowledge and skills and promoting community education, but also educating providers, fostering coalitions and networks, changing organizational practices and influencing policy. Larry Cohen originally developed the Spectrum while working at the Contra Costa County Health Department and this model is based on the work of Marshall Swift. More information about the Spectrum of Prevention can be found on the Prevention Institute's website. Click here to read examples of HEP projects and where they fit within the levels of the Spectrum of Prevention.

Health Education and Promotion has developed a three year strategic plan to direct the department's efforts in promoting a healthy campus community. Click on the Health Education and Promotion Strategic Plan 2011-14 Executive Summary to read more about the department's focus, top ten health issues for this campus and the department's goals and objectives.

HEP Highlights

  • UC Davis Farmers Market
  • Love Lab
  • Safe Party
  • UC Davis Wellness Portal
  • Safe Party eCHUG
  • Find Local Produce
  • Nap Map
  • How to be Sexcessful

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American College Health Association -  National College Health Assessment II - UC Davis Executive Summary Spring 2011

The American College Health Association National College Health Assessment II (ACHA-NCHA II) University of California, Davis Executive Summary Spring 2011 (pdf) highlights results from a health survey of UC Davis undergraduates regarding their health status, behaviors and beliefs on a wide range of topics. The ACHA-NCHA II survey was conducted during Spring 2011 at UC Davis.

California Safer Universities Project

UC Davis participates in the California Safer Universities Project, which has tested the use of environmental management strategies to reduce student intoxication and related harm. The effort has sparked changes in student and community culture and in the relationship between the City of Davis, the campus and the community. The American Journal of Preventative Medicine article Alcohol Risk Management in College Settings: The Safer California Universities Randomized Trial summarizes the efficacy of this approach in significantly reducing intoxication at off-campus parties and bars/restaurants.

Presentations

Health Education & Promotion has both peer health education and professional staff available to address a number of health promotion topics. The Presentations page has a full list of presentations offered by our department.

Student Employment and Volunteer Positions

Health Education and Promotion provides excellent paid and volunteer positions to:

  • facilitate small and large group presentations
  • change health-related policies
  • develop and distribute social marketing campaigns
  • plan and implement events

Health Promotion Materials

Free health promotion materials and promotional items are available at the HEP office. Brochures, posters, buttons, magnets and more are available to those who visit the office.

Location/Contact Information:

Hours: M T TH F: 8:00AM - 4:30PM and W: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Location: UC Davis Student Health & Wellness Center (third floor)
Phone: 530.752.9652

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