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Student Health Advisory Committee

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About SHAC
Mission Statement
Why Choose SHAC?
Get Involved
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
Current Member Resources
2015-2016 SHAC Leadership Team

About SHAC

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) provides an essential link between University Health Services (UHS) and the UT student body. SHAC represents the student body in relaying student health concerns to UHS, helps to promote UHS services and initiatives, and participates actively in UHS-sponsored events.

SHAC membership meets twice weekly: general body meeting on Thursday 5-6PM and subcommittee meeting TBD. We work on student-led projects, plan campus-wide events, and hear from university guest speakers and provide feedback to UHS on a variety of health-related initiatives. SHAC offers members an opportunity to engage in a range of leadership and volunteer opportunities throughout each semester.

SHAC is made up of members selected through an application and interview process. The diverse membership includes undergraduate and graduate students, international students, and students from a variety of backgrounds, interests and majors.


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SHAC Mission Statement

To serve as a liaison between the student body and the University Health Services (UHS) administration by representing student health concerns and by promoting health on campus.

SHAC acts as a student organization for individuals interested in promoting health-related issues and gaining leadership skills in order to represent all groups of the student body and voice student concerns to UHS staff and administrators.

SHAC activities help to ensure that UHS services meet the health and wellness needs of UT students

Why Choose SHAC?

As a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop insight about healthcare in a college setting and relay student input to University Health Services
  • Work directly with UHS administration
  • Volunteer at UHS-sponsored events around campus
  • Participate in the interview process for healthcare providers and other applicants to UHS
  • Represent UT at regional and national college health conferences
  • Help plan campus-wide events that promote student awareness for campus health and wellness resources
  • Develop leadership and professional skills
  • Network with fellow students and UHS staff

Member Testimonials

"Being a part of SHAC for the last 3 years has really shaped my college experience for the better. Not only have I gotten first-hand knowledge of how UHS works by volunteering at events, but I have also had the chance to make a real impact on campus by serving as the student voice of UHS." -Maria Alvarenga, President 2014-2015

"Student Health Advisory gives students the unique opportunity to provide feedback directly to the professionals who work at University Health Services. It's exciting to have UHS's public health professionals come to our meetings and ask for input about various topics in order to improve student health." -Anita Vasudevan, 4th year member

"As a graduate student, SHAC has connected me to the larger UT student community and inspired me to give back to my UT community to increase student health and wellness." -Casey Walsh, 1st year member

Accomplishments

SHAC is involved in a wide range of activities, including:

  • Developing the promotional videos to advertise the services offered by UHS.
  • Suggesting the 24-hour Nurse Advice Line, which is available to students 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
  • Initiating the UHS Clinic Volunteer program to give students hands-on experience on campus in the healthcare field.
  • Participating and presenting at several American College Health Association annual meetings as representatives of University of Texas UHS.
  • Implementing patient satisfaction surveys and collecting campus-wide student health concerns and feedback.
  • Interviewing healthcare providers and other candidates for UHS.
  • Coordinating an annual event "Bagels and Lox with Students and Docs," which serves as a networking event for students and UHS healthcare providers in a fun, relaxed setting.
  • Hosting an annual event "Ask a UHS Dietician," where we bring our very own UHS Dietician to campus and allow students to interact with her and learn more about the services UHS has to offer.

Get Involved

SHAC recruits new members each semester. Check back soon for more information on how to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does SHAC meet?
Our mandatory meetings are twice a week. General Body meeting with all SHAC members is on Thursday evenings 5:00-6:00 PM. Subcommittee meetings are separate one hour meetings that are led by the SHAC leadership teams on a weekly basis.

What happens at SHAC weekly meetings?
Meetings are where we brainstorm ideas for student-led initiatives and put plans in place to execute those initiatives. We regularly have workshops, speakers, and opportunitites for education and professional development. We also socialize, eat food together, and have fun!

What happens at subcommittee weekly meetings?
We break into groups and work on different health initiatives or health focuses on campus. You have the opportunity to preference your subcommittee at the first SHAC weekly meeting.

Our subcommittees are led by our SHAC Leadership Team:

  • Research & Innovation - Abhi Ganesh
  • Recruitment & Member Engagement - Katie Bloomfield
  • Outreach & Events - Audrey Pritchard & Joel Abraham
  • Advocacy & Policy - Sahithi Kothamasu & Allison Teng

Are there point requirements?
Yes, members must complete a set number of hours of volunteer work related to UHS and SHAC programs and events.

What type of volunteering opportunities are offered?
There are numerous volunteer opportunities including tabling for outreach and recruitment and staffing events put on by SHAC for the campus community. These include:

  • Flu shot clinic volunteering
  • Bagels and Lox for Students and Docs event coordination and distribution
  • Ask a UHS Dietician event coordination and distribution
  • Safe Spring break Kit distribution
  • Physician interviews

Contact SHAC

utaustinshac@gmail.com

2016-2017 SHAC Leadership Team


Sarah Song, President
Year: 4th year
Major: Biochemistry, Nutrition; Pre-Med
"The more time you spend working with UHS staff and administration, the easier it becomes to see that these adults work every day, in and out, to provide the absolute best for UT students. Moreover, they value SHAC as student leaders that play an essential role in providing this high standard of care. Being a part of this team has shaped my understanding of healthcare – and UHS truly has the nicest people you might find on campus!"


Abhi Ganesh, Vice-President
Year: 3rd year
Major: Neuroscience; Ethics and Leadership in Healthcare
"Being a part of an avenue like SHAC through which students’ voices can be directly heard has shown me the legacy that I can leave behind at my university. It's truly inspiring to see how much UHS really relies on students to mold their own healthcare at UT."


Audrey Pritchard, Administrative Director
Year: 4th year
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
"Being a part of the Student Health Advisory Committee has given me the opportunity to give back to the UT community by helping to connect the students and University Health Services. Working with the professionals at UHS is a dream come true because they teach us so much about healthcare in the college community and are the nicest people to work with."


Sahithi Kothamasu, Communications Director
Year: 4th year
Major: Neuroscience, Business Foundations
"Serving my university through the Student Health Advisory Committee has been invaluable in defining my approach to healthcare. I am lucky to work in an environment surrounded by professionals who are dedicated listening to students’ voices in order to provide the best care. What I love most is that this group is comprised of diverse individuals – and we all work with the same goal in mind, which is to increase health awareness amongst the student body."


Joel Abraham, Finance Director
Year: 3rd year
Major: Nutrition and Public Health
"SHAC has given me opportunities to work with a lesser known aspect of healthcare, which is education. Educating the students across UT Austin about the services UHS holds and how UHS is there for each and every student's diverse needs."


Katie Bloomfield, Recruitment and Membership Engagement Director
Year: 4th year
Major: Psychology
"SHAC has provided us with unparalleled opportunities to enact change at such a large university and therefore affect the health of thousands of people. This is a huge honor and responsibility. I feel extremely blessed to get to be a part of it!"


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