Health Education and Outreach

We know that while in college you may get too busy to acknowledge how your health affects your academic life and all other areas, but we are here to provide you with resources and practical ways of tackling a variety of health concerns you may have. Our Health Educator works alongside various departments including the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services to create effective health education programming for students. The promotion of healthy lifestyles is done using various campaigns and events, along with presentations to classes, residence halls, athletic teams and community organizations. All programs and services are created with student need in mind. There are opportunities for individuals and student groups to become involved in these programs, by volunteering their time to promote events or become co-sponsors.

Educational Topics:

  • Eating Disorders
  • General Health & Fitness
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Stress Management

Called away on business? Attending a conference? Family obligations?

There's no need to cancel your class. The Health Education & Outreach Program can cover your class by presenting on a number of topics that are relevant to college students. Even if you don't need to cancel a class, you are always welcome to request any of these presentations for your classes throughout the year. The "Don't Cancel That Class" program provides engaging, interactive workshops on a variety of health related issues for course instructors and campus organizations.

Presentations are typically 50 - 90 minutes in length, depending on the presentation and your class schedule. Request a program here. If the topic you are interested in is not listed feel free to describe what you need in the "Comments" section along with any other information that will help us deliver the program you want.

Examples and Descriptions of Previous Programs:

Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training The STEP UP!
Bystander Intervention program was developed by the University of Arizona, in partnership with the NCAA and BACCHUS, to provide students with the information, skills, and foundation for speaking up, taking action when they see, or are aware of a situation that is not right or is dangerous. The topics discussed are: academic dishonesty, anger, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, disordered eating and mental health.

Alcohol 101- Presented by the Alcohol & Other Drug Coordinator
Research shows that an increase in alcohol consumption by college students has a direct negative correlation to GPA. This presentation introduces students to the effects of alcohol; the physiological, social, and academic side effects of alcohol consumption, and educates the student about responsible, legal, and appropriate use. This presentation can be customized to better fit your area of study.

The Art of Transformation
The American College Health Association cites stress as the number-one impediment to academic performance in its national college health assessment. In this hands on workshop students will use art as a way to identify their strengths to be used as coping skills. The Art of Hooking Up This session using an activity called ‘The Sex Continuum’ illustrates the need for communication between partners before engaging in sexual activity. There is an art to hooking up: Open communication and respect for each other.

Breaking the Mold
This workshop addresses the stereotypes that men face around sex and sexual violence. In many ways men may feel attacked in conversations around sexual violence, however we know that while most perpetrators are men, most men are NOT perpetrators. We will encourage men to take an active role in preventing sexual violence. Both men and women will benefit from confronting those stereotypes and addressing the ways they can make a change.

Dream Worlds- Fantasy vs. Reality
This work shop uses the documentary ‘Dream Worlds 3’ to highlight the role the music industry plays in our perception of women and violence against them. This workshop will help students critically think about the ways in which they are desensitized to violence specifically, violence against women, and ways to challenge it.

Consent is like Tea- A Conversation about consent
Sexual Violence affects us all; 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence during their time in college. It is our duty to provide a structure that will support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable and challenge the culture around violence and gender stereotypes on our campus. This conversation will focus on consent; the definition, how to recognize when there is a lack of consent and how to intervene as a bystander to help in the prevention of sexual violence.

Body Image 101
This program addresses the role of the media, family and culture on one’s body image. This discussion based program will teach students how to critically examine what they have been taught about their bodies and the dangerous cost of pursuing beauty ideals.

Roommates, Lovers & Friends
Students will be taught how to recognize the red flags of an unhealthy relationship, discuss the misconceptions around who is a survivor of violence is, why they don’t leave as well as ways to support loved ones in abusive relationships.

Becoming an active LGBTQ Ally (facilitated through Safe Space)
The development of an inclusive environment at SUNY Plattsburgh for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) students is only enhanced with the presences and support of LGBTQ Allies. This training will provide the tools necessary to become an effective ally and further promote the vast diversity that is present on this campus.

If you would like to schedule a program please complete this request form. Note: these documents require Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.

Awareness Campaigns

These are a few of our annual campaigns. Each of these campaigns can be co-sponsored by student organizations if they wish to be involved.

  • Annual Wellness Fair – Over 30 community organizations and student groups participate in providing a holistic approach to health. Vendors cover topics varying from financial, educational, spiritual and physical well-being. Join us every October for a fun filled day of Zumba, education and give-aways!
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Step Up! campaign - is a pro-social campaign that is incorporated into every aspect of health education. It is to teach students to become proactive in helping others in areas of alcohol, sexual assault, hazing and with other health related issues. You can step in and make a difference!
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • The Great American Smoke-out
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • National Latino AIDS Awareness
  • National Collegiate Health & Alcohol Awareness
  • World AIDS Day
  • GOT CONSENT campaign - In an effort to prevent and educate students about sexual assault we are re-educating our society to recognize that it is not a lack of a “no”, or silence that deems consent. The only way to get consent is to ask and wait for a verbal and sober yes! Our Got Consent? Campaign focuses on teaching students to think about sexual responsibility as more than just using a condom, but to incorporate communication. Be a part of this campaign, grab a t-shirt or pick up materials from various programs around campus! Policies against Sexual Violence.

A Confidential Advocate

SUNY Plattsburgh has designated Rhema Lewis to be a confidential advocate to whom students of sexual assault, intimate partner violence or stalking can seeks services and report anonymously.

Below is a list of expectations assigned to University confidential advocate:

  • Maintain confidentiality unless you request disclosure and sign a consent or waiver form
  • Inform students of their reporting options and the consequences of those options, including, but not limited to,
    • the option to conduct a student-centered interview with the Title IX Coordinator (Butterfly Blaise)
    • the option to notify the Director of Student Conduct (Larry Allen) and initiate a campus disciplinary proceeding
    • the option to notify local law enforcement and initiate a criminal investigation
  • Assist the student in the Student Conduct process, as directed by the student
  • Assist the student in conducting an interview, making notifications, and granting access to the interview, as directed by the student
  • Liaise with University Police or local law enforcement when directed by the student and assist the student, as appropriate, in contacting and reporting to University Police or local law enforcement;
  • Arrange reasonable accommodations through the University to allow the student to change living arrangements, class schedules, obtain accessibility services, and other available changes
  • Advise the student of both the student's rights and the University's responsibilities regarding orders of protection, no contact orders, restraining or cease and desist orders, or similar lawful orders issued by the University or a criminal, civil or tribal court
  • Accompany the student to the hospital, court or any meetings as requested

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Peer Education

We continue to build this aspect of our health outreach program. We know that students are open to speaking with and learning from their peers. You will be trained to present on various topics and promote health awareness, while building a relationship with fellow students. If you would like to become a Peer Health Educator, contact the Health Educator. 

Health Peer Educators:

Kiley Zachs Kelly Martin

Samantha Torres



Feel free to complete an application and submit it to: Center for Student Involvement. Note: this document requires Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.


Contact Information

For more information about the Health Education and Outreach at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Rhema Lewis, Health Educator and Outreach Coordinator
Office: Center for Student Involvement
Location: Angell College Center 110
Phone: (518) 564-4830