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Health Education & Outreach

Health education and outreach is an essential part of the University Health Center's approach to providing the best care possible to JMU students.

The UHC enhances the JMU student experience by providing accurate, evidence-based, comprehensive, developmentally appropriate health education programming to students. It provides a wide range of education, outreach, and services in order to help students be successful while at JMU by supporting and empowering them to make healthy lifestyle choices. The UHC also provides expertise and support to staff and faculty.

The UHC utilizes the value of peer education as an important part of its health education and outreach efforts that cover a wide range of health, wellness, and safety issues that impact JMU students such as  (but not limited to) healthy body image, healthy masculinity, healthy relationships, mindfulness-based practices, sexual violence education/advocacy/support, sexual health, and substance abuse prevention/intervention/recovery.

Please call 540-568-2831 to reach a health educator or a substance abuse prevention specialist. The University Health Center strives to make its programs and services as accessible and inclusive as possible. Please let a staff member know if assistance is needed or the University Health Center is difficult to access for any reason.

The UHC also provides programming for residence halls, class instruction for HTH 407 (peer educators) and HTH 389 (Potty Mouth newsletter), advising for student organizations, and professional speakers, documentaries, and campus awareness events to JMU.

Safer Sex Centers

A wide variety of safer sex supplies and information are available for free at the Safer Sex Centers, located inside the three entrances of the University Health Center, but fill out this quick, online form to request large numbers of condoms for programming in residence halls or classes.

UHC co-sponsorship of Wellness Passport events

If you are interested in having the University Health Center co-sponsor a Wellness Passport event, please make sure your event meets the following criteria:

  • Events are educational (concerts, 5K races, and other events without an educational component are not eligible)
  • Events should be 60-90 minutes in length (max 120 minutes)
  • If a film is shown, there needs to be time included for discussion
  • Your organization is responsible for securing space, advertising, and running the event

If your event meets the criteria, contact UHC Health Educator Veronica Jones at least two weeks prior to your event to discuss co-sponsorship (the further in advance the better).