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What is a Peer Health Advocate

Health Advocates (HAs) are students living in the residence halls that are trained on various health issues including colds and flu, first aid, substance use/abuse, sexual health, stress management, etc. They have supplies to handle minor health concerns, such as bandages, ice packs, common over-the-counter medicines, thermometers, and condoms, and they serve as a resource and referral agent in addressing your health and wellness needs. In addition to serving the health needs of individual students, HAs plan and implement at least one wellness program every semester in their residence hall, create monthly health bulletin boards and maintain active communication with the Hall Staff to address health and wellness issues specific to their residence hall.

For students who are seeking health education and resources from their Health Advocate, know that your conversations with HAs are private. Unless an individual is a threat to themselves or others, Health Advocates maintain confidentiality. 

What supplies can I get from the Peer Health Advocate?

Free to Students:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band Aids (large and small)
  • Gauze bandages
  • Kerlix
  • Athletic tape/Coban
  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Bacitracin zinc ointment
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Cough drops
  • Benadryl
  • Tums
  • Condoms
  • Dental dams
  • Lubricant

For Purchase:

  • ACE Bandages – $5
  • Ice Packs (reusable) – $5
  • Pregnancy Test Kit – $10
  • Emergency contraception – $20
  • Thermometer – $5
  • Blister Band Aid – $1
  • Hydrocortisone cream – $5
  • Cepacol throat lozenges – $5
How do I contact my Peer Health Advocate?

Throughout the academic year, you can find posters in the residence halls and health center indicating each Health Advocate’s hall and room number. In addition, each HA posts weekly open door hours in their residence hall.

If you cannot reach the  Health Advocate in person, contact them via email:

Check back in September 2019 for a list of current HAs! 

Do HAs have special training?

Health Advocates at UW Oshkosh attend two weeks of training before the fall semester starts, as well as biweekly meetings and lectures to stay current with college health. Some of the topics they are trained in include sexual health, first aid, cold/flu, stress management, and other behavioral health issues.

How can I become an HA?

The Health Advocate positions for the 2019-20 academic year are currently filled. We will recruit for the 2020-21 academic year beginning in February 2020. HAs are currently compensated with free campus housing for the academic year. 

For more information, contact Lori Develice Collins, Associate Director of Residence Life, at 920.424.3212 or develice@uwosh.edu