University Health Service (UHS)
Health Promotion Office
UR Student Health Advisory Committee
It's your health… It's your voice.
What is URSHAC?
University of Rochester Student Health Advisory Committee (URSHAC) is comprised of students. All students are invited to join URSHAC. URSHAC has a diverse membership with students from a variety of backgrounds, interests and majors.
URSHAC offers students the opportunity to have an impact on the health care services offered by the University Health Service (UHS). The committee, which is chaired by students, meets every two to three weeks with the Director of the University Health Service.
Students are encouraged to share ideas, discuss topics of concern, and offer suggestions for improving services offered by UHS. Members provide feedback on changes being considered by UHS. URSHAC also co-sponsors health-related events with the UHS Health Promotion Office and student groups.
Why choose URSHAC? It's your health… it's your voice.
As a member, you will have the opportunity to:
- Talk directly to the Director of UHS and provide advice into the operations of UHS.
- Develop insight into healthcare in a college setting.
- Develop leadership skills.
- Enhance your professional development.
- Meet fellow students and UHS staff.
- Participate in the interview process for healthcare provider candidates.
How do I get Involved?
Meetings are open to all students at the University of Rochester. There is no application process. Students are welcome to join the committee at any time during the year. For more information about URSHAC, contact Rachel Shechter or Yifei Lin, Student Co-Chairs or Linda Dudman, Staff Advisor.
The committee meets every three to four weeks during the academic year. Meetings are held in Room 220 on the second floor of the UHS Building.
- Wed., September 6, 5:00-6:00
- Wed., September 27, 5:00-6:30
- Wed., October 18, 5:00-6:30
- Wed., November 8, 5:00-6:30
- Wed., November 29, 5:00-6:30
URSHAC has been involved in a wide range of projects, including:
- HPV Vaccine Promotion: URSHAC members worked with the Health Promotion Office staff to educate students about the availability of HPV vaccine at the University Health Service. Members educated their peers about the vaccine and upcoming HPV vaccine clinics by co-sponsoring "HPV: It Could Happen to Me," by tabling at the Sex and Chocolate Health Fair, by holding tabling events prior the clinics , and through social media.
- Flu Vaccine Promotion: URSHAC members work with the UHS Health Promotion Office to encourage students to receive flu vaccine each year. Members also help at the campus-wide Flu Vaccine Clinic each October.
- Tampons and Pads Initiative: URSHAC members worked with students from the Student Association to put tampons and pads in campus bathrooms, beginning with a pilot project supplying the products in a centrally located bathroom in the library. In the spring 2017 semester, this project was awarded a $5,000 grant to expand the program.
- Fruits & Vegetables Campaign: URSHAC members took the lead in identifying ways to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables. As part of this initiative, they promoted the area Farmers Markets to students.
- Condom Express: Making it easier for students to get condoms, a URSHAC project group initiated the Condom Express in the spring of 2015. Students can order condoms and have them delivered to their campus mail box. Two URSHAC members are sharing their success with a presentation at the American College Health Association Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas in May 2017.
- Relay for Life: URSHAC members joined UHS staff members as a team supporting the Relay for Life. The members provided information about cancer, sleep, and other health topics.
- Smoke-free Campus Initiative: URSHAC members took a lead role in supporting the move to a smoke-free campus during the past four years. They held an Open Forum to continue to the conversation about the University of Rochester becoming a smoke-free campus and will continue the conversation in the coming year.
- GYT at UHS: Supported and promoted the "Get Yourself Tested" campaign.
- Waiting Room: Privacy/confidentiality issues with layout of first floor waiting room were made with URSHAC input.
- Therapy Dogs: Offered suggestions for ways UHS could use therapy dogs to help students. The monthly "PAWS for Stress Relief" program resulted.
- Participated in interviews for the position of Director of the University Counseling Center.
- Educated Students: Shared information about UHS services with students. Reviewed and recommended changes to written materials about UHS.
- Participated in UHS Health Promotion events including UR Healthy, Depression Screening, Sex and Chocolate Health Fair, Feel Fabulous in February events, Flu Vaccine Clinics and HPV Vaccine Clinics.
Student Chair: Rachel Shechter or Yifei Lin,
Staff Advisor: Linda Dudman, Associate Director, Health Promotion