Student Health Advisory Committee
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) provides a student voice in health center operations, promotes a positive and open channel of communication between the UHC staff and the student body, and contributes additional awareness of student issues to the health center administration.
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is composed of students from various academic backgrounds and campus-community involvements. SHAC meets bi-monthly at the Health Center and is led by Jen Swails, Interim Executive Director of the Health Center and Steven Rose, Marketing and Communications Manager.
Since the health center is funded primarily by student fees, SHAC represents the student voice for health matters. The purpose of SHAC is to:
- Promote a positive and open channel of communication between UHC staff and the student body
- Increase personal knowledge of UHC operations and scope of services
- Address student health concerns
- Provide input into the provision of health services
- Foster overall health and wellbeing of UGA students
- Increase knowledge of the mandatory fee proposal process
Additionally, each semester, SHAC develops and commits to various projects. These have ranged from collecting satisfaction survey data from students who visit the health center to distributing complimentary resources (i.e. sunscreen and traveling safety tips) to students during the safe spring break campaign.
SHAC members have served on search committees for professional staff vacancies at the health center, developed and presented seminars to the entire health center staff, and served on other internal and external committees (Diversity Committee–internal; Campus Suicide Prevention Task Force–external) as student representatives. SHAC is just one of many factors that make the University Health Center a student-centered facility that truly offers excellence in college health care.
Breaking the Barriers: An Interfaith Panel Discussion Watch the event video! The panel of eight students, each representing different religious and belief systems, aimed to increase awareness, acceptance, and inclusivity of all people with different beliefs across campus while providing a safe space to share and increase the transmission of knowledge.
CPR Awareness To emphasize the importance of CPR and make training more accessible & affordable to students
Outreach To develop fun and interactive ways to keep students up to date on UHC’s events & services
Social Media To grow UHC’s presence on facebook, twitter, & other social networks in order to better reach students
Class Year: 2022
Major: Microbiology, minors in Spanish, Global Health, and International Affairs
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Hobbies: Travel, reading, music, podcasts, painting-by-number
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: Convenient access to all my health and wellness related needs and a friendly staff that’s always willing to help (they might rival Chick-Fil-A employees on the goodwill scale!)
After graduation I plan to: Pursue a master’s degree in global health before completing an MD, with an interest in eventually working for the CDC’s Center for Global Health
Favorite Quote: “Be the moon- inspire people even when you’re far from full.”