The Office of Health Promotion Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
Founded in June 1991, the Office of Health Promotion in the Division of Campus Life celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011-2012. Their celebrations culminated in late fall 2012 with the release of an anniversary film, historical Prezi, and the naming of 20 Health Promotion Champions at Emory.
The Office of Health Promotion (OHP) began as the department of Health Education in Student Health Services with a single staff person and a mission focused on patient education. Over the past two decades it has grown into a comprehensive organization promoting student health through diverse and engaging multi-level strategies. Students are partners in health promotion, not just patients. They create campaigns to prevent and respond to sexual violence through the work of the Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) and the Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA); build a healthy campus community through the Healthy Campus Coalition (HCC); merge creativity, social justice and the arts through visual design and performance to educate their peers; use social media and film to inspire compassion and healthy behaviors in others (e.g. Project Unspoken, http://www.youtube.com/user/ProjectUnspoken) and gain skills to be health promoting change-agents in their communities now and in the future. Staff in the office provide confidential consultations on topics ranging from sleep to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to sexual violence recovery and crisis management. Staff and student researchers track student health trends via the National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA II) implemented at Emory every three years.
“Student wellbeing is at the heart of what we do” says director Heather Zesiger. “Our population-level and public health approach allows us to engage with students throughout campus to merge their interests with efforts to protect and enhance the wellbeing of our community at Emory.”
Meet our 20 Health Champions at Emory University in honor of our 20th Anniversary.