Become a Health Advocate

All Health Advocate positions have been filled for the 2018-19 academic year.

Boynton Health is looking for passionate, enthusiastic students to become Health Advocates.

 

What is a Health Advocate?

A Health Advocate (HA) is a student appointed as a health resource in their residence hall or apartment community, fraternity, or sorority. Health Advocates attend class every Tuesday from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Boynton Health, where they are trained to respond to common health-related issues.

Health Advocates get to:

  • Share information and prevention strategies with other students in their residence
  • Refer students to health resources on campus
  • Distribute cold and cough medicine, cough drops, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, bandages, gauze, condoms, dental dams, lubricant, and pregnancy tests
  • Plan and implement health promotion projects
     

Why Be a Health Advocate?

There are many benefits to becoming an HA, including:

  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Learning about health issues important to college students
  • Leadership experience
  • Being a health resource for residents in your residence
  • Earning two credits each semester through the School of Public Health
  • Enhancing your résumé or graduate school application
  • Feeling a sense of community with other Health Advocates
  • Gaining the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to be an agent of change in the lives of other University students
     

What Does It Take to Become a Health Advocate?

We’re looking for students who:

  • Are excited about promoting health
  • Are enthusiastic about a leadership opportunity that involves being a health resource for fellow residents
  • Actively demonstrate respect for all cultures, identities, and people
  • Plan to live in a residence hall or apartment building during the 2018–2019 academic year
  • Will attend class on Tuesday afternoons during the 2018–2019 academic year
  • Will commit to serving as a Health Advocate for the ENTIRE 2018–2019 academic year
  • Are willing to move into their residence hall or apartment early for skills training
  • Students with marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Which Residence Halls and Apartment Buildings Have Health Advocate Openings?

We have Health Advocate positions open for the 2018–19 academic year in:

All Health Advocate positions have been filled.

Apply Today!

Interested? Just complete and submit this application!

The application deadline is August 6, 2018, but we recommend you apply early!

We will select Health Advocates on a rolling basis.

Selection decisions will be communicated by August 13, 2018.

Training Sessions

Health Advocates are expected to move into their residence hall or apartment early for CPR and other skills training.

  • First-Year Health Advocates and Health Advocates also serving as Welcome Week Leaders will have Health Advocate training during Welcome Week (August 27 and 28, 2018).
  • Health Advocates not involved in Welcome Week will have Health Advocate training August 30 and 31, 2018.

Testimonials

What do former Health Advocates say about the program?

“Helping my fellow students with everything from treating a cough to answering questions about mental health gave me a whole new concept of ’community service,’ a concept that I wish everyone can one day experience for themselves.”  — Former Health Advocate

“Through the Health Advocate program, I have gained valuable leadership and teamwork skills and learned relevant, practical knowledge I apply in everyday life. This experience has given me the confidence to take leadership in daily situations, as well as taught me how to respond to people’s needs.”  — Former Health Advocate

“The training I received in the fall semester helped me save a life today. An intoxicated and unconscious 16-year-old male was brought into [my] work by his friends. I recognized the condition he was in and immediately knew he needed medical attention…If I hadn't been exposed to such situations in class, I wouldn't have known exactly what I needed to do and a life could have been lost.”  — Former Health Advocate

Questions?

For more information contact Health Advocate Advisor, Julie Sanem at sanem006@umn.edu.