Become a Health Advocate

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

Apply today! Deadline is August 10, 2020.

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 2:30 p.m. to 4:25 p.m., where they are trained to respond to common health-related issues. Health Advocate class will be held virtually during the fall semester. We will decide at a later date and communicate with all Health Advocates in advance whether Health Advocate class will held virtually or in person during the spring semester

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

Changes for 2020-2021

We plan for Health Advocate activities to occur virtually during the fall 2020 semester. Health Advocate training and class will be provided online via Zoom, and we will set up procedures for Health Advocate encounters to take place virtually as well.

We will decide at a later date and communicate with all Health Advocates in advance whether Health Advocate activities will take place virtually or in person during the spring semester.

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 2020–21 academic year
  • Will attend class on Tuesday afternoons during the 2020–21 academic year
  • Will commit to serving as a Health Advocate for the ENTIRE 2020–2021 academic year

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 2020–21 academic year in:

Housing & Residential Life

  • 17th Avenue Hall (2)
  • Bailey Hall (4)
  • Centennial Hall (1)
  • Comstock Hall (4)
  • Comstock Hall Lavender House (1)
  • Frontier Hall (4)
  • Keeler (2)
  • Middlebrook Hall (4)
  • Radius  (2)
  • Sanford Hall (4)
  • Territorial Hall (4)
  • Wilkins Hall (2)
  • Yudof Hall (1)

Off-Campus Housing

  • Argyle House (2)
  • The Bridges (4)
  • Dinnaken House (2)
  • The Knoll (2)
  • The Marshall (3)
  • University Village (2)

All 2020-2021 Health Advocate positions have been filled in:

  • Pioneer Hall

Apply Today!

Interested? Just complete and submit this application!

The application deadline is August 10, 2020, but we recommend you apply early! We will consider applicants on a rolling basis.

Selection decisions will be communicated by August 17, 2020.

Training Sessions

We are still finalizing our plan for training but at this point we plan to hold Health Advocate Training via Zoom. We will have two options:

  • 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1
  • 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 4.

Each HA will attend just one of these two training options. This training day will include first aid training. We will set up separate CPR training a bit later, and HAs will have several options to choose from.

We will not be asking Health Advocates to move in to their residence by any particular date. HAs can decide what move in plan works best for their circumstances based on the options their residence provides them with.

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.