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Health Promotion
Resource Center

(512) 475-8252

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
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The UHS Health Promotion Resource Center helps UT students get and stay healthy with a variety of resources. We support the mission of University Health Services by offering programs that help prevent health conditions or health-related behaviors from being a barrier to a student's academic and personal success.

What We Do: Health Promotion & Prevention

The Health Promotion office addresses priority health issues on campus, including but not limited to: healthy sexuality, nutrition, body image, physical activity, hydration, prescription drug abuse, sleep, and high-risk drinking. Our evidence-based approach includes multi-level prevention strategies such as peer education, health education, social marketing, social norms initiatives, environmental change strategies, and strategic campus partnerships. Our initiatives and programs include:

Healthyhorns Peer Educators - The goal of the Healthyhorns Peer Educator program is for students to be health leaders on campus, empowering fellow UT students to make well-informed decisions about their health and wellbeing and positively influencing a healthy campus culture. Healthyhorns Peer Educators fulfill the program's goal by receiving training in the foundations of public health, providing interactive and educational outreach activities such as presenting workshops to student groups, and developing and staffing initiatives that positively impact students' health. For information on how to request a peer-led workshop, visit the classes and workshops page. To find out more about becoming a Healthyhorns Peer Educator, visit Volunteer With Us.

Love Your Body - Love Your Body is a campaign focusing on healthy, positive care and views of one's body. Core areas of this initiative are fitness, nutrition, and body image. From exercising for the fun of it, dining on a variety of foods, and loving the skin you're in, this broad-reaching initiative is dedicated to encouraging a campus culture of self-defined and self-fulfilling physical and mental health.

Healthyhorns Play Safe – Our healthy sexuality initiative aims to empower UT students to make healthy sexual decisions that are right for them, including the choice not to have sex. Our initiative includes peer educator-led workshops, methods of contraception classes, free condom distribution, and social marketing campaigns.

Know Your Line - Know Your Line is a campaign to help students who choose to drink alcohol reduce the risk that they will experience negative consequences associated with drinking. Fact: the majority of UT students choose to drink moderately. The gap between actual alcohol usage in the last 30 days (69%) and perceived use of alcohol among peers at UT-Austin is pronounced: survey respondents thought 96% of their peers drank alcohol in the last 30 days, representing a 27% over-estimation of drinking behavior. Social media messages, branded materials, and strategies to reduce risky game-day drinking are key elements of Know Your Line.

Healthyhorns Study Natural - The misuse of prescription drugs, especially prescription stimulants or "study drugs", is a growing problem on our campus. Some students feel like the majority of their friends using study drugs, and they feel pressured to use or to 'catch up' with peers. A recent UT survey found that the majority (87%) of students do not use study drugs. This social norms initiative promotes the fact that many Longhorns choose to 'study natural'.

Healthyhorns Nap Map and Sleep Promotion Initiative – Sleep and academic performance are closely linked, making this a priority health issue on our campus. This initiative promotes healthy sleeping habits and hygiene while providing students informational support (via the Nap Map) to get much-needed sleep.

Health Promotion Lending Library - Our lending library houses hundreds of credible and up-to-date books, CDs, DVDs, and other media related to physical and emotional wellness. Most items can be checked out with a valid UT student ID.

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A Focus on Health Data

Assessment and evaluation are at the core of our work. Our initiatives and programs are grounded in ongoing research and evaluation that ensure they are needed, relevant, and effective. In addition to ongoing assessment of our various initiatives, we annually administer the National College Health Assessment to inform our health promotion efforts.

Wellness Network

The UHS Health Promotion Resource Center, through leadership in the UT Wellness Network, works with our partners across the university to create a campus culture that values and fosters wellness.

Health & Academic Performance

A student's health and their ability to thrive academically are closely linked. Through our initiatives and programs, the Health Promotion team contributes to UHS' mission to support students in reaching their optimal health so they can achieve their academic and personal potential. Learn more about health and academic performance.

Health Promotion Staff


Jessica Hughes Wagner, MPH

Jessica Hughes Wagner, MPH, MCHES

Manager
Jessica supports design, implementation, and evaluation of varied population-based public health initiatives on campus. She also serves as the Communications sub-committee chair for the UT Wellness Network. Jessica completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with dual degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication and Anthropology. She later returned to UNC-Chapel Hill where she received her Master of Public Health degree with a focus in health communication from the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her published graduate research explored consumer's information sources about the HPV vaccine. Jessica's experiences as a public health communications professional in Washington, DC, Atlanta, and North Carolina offer a firm background in social marketing, qualitative research, partnership development, health literacy, and project management.


Gulielma Fager

Gulielma Fager, MPH

Health Promotion Coordinator
Gulielma goes by "Guli." She coordinates education and prevention activities primarily in sexual health, but also in other areas of health promotion. Guli completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in Latin American and African American Studies and her master's degree in public health at Columbia University where she did research on the health effects of abstinence-only education. She also had a marketing fellowship with Church & Dwight (the makers of Trojan brand condoms) in which she worked on a social marketing campaign to increase condom use. Guli has worked as an independent sexuality educator since June 2005, has written for GoAskAlice! and SexHearld.com, and helped to create web-based resources for the Kaiser Family Foundation to support HIV prevention.


Frances Nguyen

Frances Nguyen, MPH

Health Promotion Coordinator
Frances coordinates health promotion initiatives that include topics such as sleep promotion and high-risk drinking reduction. She co-instructs the Healthyhorns Peer Educator program and contributes to the Wellness Network as a member of the Bystander Invention Work Group and High-Risk Drinking Prevention Committee. Frances completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Public Health at Tulane University, and from there, she worked as a community health educator in an AmeriCorps program in Washington, DC. She received her Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her graduate experience included development of an evaluation for a peer education program with Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, development of an adolescent HIV risk reduction curriculum with an international non-profit organization, and research on pediatric medicine adherence.


William Mupo

William Mupo, MPA

Health Promotion Coordinator
William coordinates programs focused on the prevention of high-risk drinking and alcohol-related harm, as well as physical activity, nutrition, and positive body image promotion. William completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California Los Angeles in History and then gained clinical experience working as a physical therapy aide. He received his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia concentrating on health policy and administration. William’s previous public health experience includes a fellowship at the New Orleans Health Department with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention implementing community fitness and trauma response initiatives.



Julie Newton, Administrative Associate, Office Manager

Amber Adams, Administrative Associate