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UHSM Health Promotion Program

at the annual UHSM condom fair

April 8, 2009

The Health Promotion Program (HP), under University Health Services Mānoa (UHSM), provides health promotion, education, and brief intervention services for students of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The program offers knowledge, skills, and decision-making strategies to enable students to make lifestyle choices that promote well-being and college success. Program staff work with individuals and groups across campus to create a healthy community, and HP participation in research and student training programs contributes to the academic mission of the University.

At the HP Resource Center, pamphlets, books, videos, and other health resource materials are available for students’ personal use or for class projects and papers. Popular items include free condoms and educational contraceptive kits.

HP offers a variety of services to meet the needs of students.

  • LOKAHI Service Learning Program: Through Educational Psychology 411, "Health and Wellness in Higher Education", peer educators provide group presentations in classrooms and residence halls, conduct health fairs, and participate in orientation programs. Presentations include the following:
    • Sexual Relationships and Health
    • Alcohol & Other Drugs
    • Body Image
    • Tobacco
    • Wellness
    • Safe Dating

HP also includes the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program (ADEP), to reduce harmful consequences of alcohol and other drug use through projects such as:

  • Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS): assists students who violate residence hall or student conduct policies, as well as those who are referred by instructors or counselors or who self-refer. Students explore their alcohol and other drug use through individual, nonjudgmental discussion and feedback.
    • Program evaluation indicates that students rate the program highly, and at six month follow-up, participants reduced frequency and quantity of alcohol use.
    • Alcohol screening is conducted for patients at the Health Service clinic and at campus events.
  • Mānoa Alcohol Project (MAP): a social norms marketing program to address high-risk drinking at UH Mānoa by:
    • Reducing the consequences of excessive drinking
    • Promoting campus-wide efforts to change the drinking culture
    • Correcting the misperception that most students are risky drinkers
    In 2008-09, MAP distributed:
    • Student planners developed through collaboration with a graphic arts class
    • Posters that address student misperceptions and provide harm reduction techniques
    • A bathroom reader, "On The Go", that includes articles on a range of health topics
    • Water bottle kits containing free condoms, fruit bars, sun tan lotion, and information on topics of particular interest to students
    • A booklet mailed to parents of all incoming freshmen
  • Smoking Cessation (Beat-It): a web site providing online knowledge, tips, and skill building help for students who wish to quit smoking.

Health promotion includes creation of a more healthy community through individual, group, and environmental efforts. Activities involving the campus community include:

  • The Mānoa Alcohol Project Coordinating Committee discusses policy issues and coordinates events and services.
  • The Student Health Advisory Council advises University Health Services Mānoa on campus health concerns and assists in decisions involving programming and funding.
  • The Student Health Insurance Committee selects and endorses a plan for UH system students, and the HP office provides information on purchasing insurance and choosing plans based on individual need.
  • HP helps Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi with logistics for over 30 Mānoa campus blood drives each year to save lives across the state.

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS: To promote awareness of healthy choices, the program carries out several annual events at Campus Center, including:

  • ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK – October
  • GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT – November
  • WORLD AIDS DAY – December (Sometimes an off-campus event)
  • CONDOM FAIR – February
  • ALCOHOL SCREENING DAY – April

SPRING, 2009 ASSESSMENT: Health Promotion objectives and activities are based on assessment of campus needs and evaluation program effectiveness. In mid-April, a random sample of undergraduate students will be sent an invitation to participate in an online questionnaire. The program hopes for a high response rate, which will enable staff to base program plans on an accurate assessment of the students they serve.

The Health Promotion Program Resource Center is located in QLCSS 313D. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.

For more information on the University Health Services Health Promotion Program, visit the HP web site at http://hawaii.edu/shs/healthpromotion_tab.htm or contact:

Nancy Stockert, Section Head
Health Promotion Program
Email: stockert@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 956-3574

For specific Health Promotion Program information:

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
Phone: (808) 956-3453
Web site: http://www.hawaii.edu/shs/basics.html

LOKAHI Service Learning Program
Phone: (808) 956-3574
Web site: http://www.hawaii.edu/shs/lokahi.html

Mānoa Alcohol Project (MAP)
Phone: (808) 956-3453
Web site: http://www.manoaalcoholproject.org/
MAP posters and bathroom readers: http://hawaii.edu/shs/map/

Smoking Cessation (Beat-It)
Phone: (808) 956-3453
Web site: http://www.hawaii.edu/beatit

Student Health Insurance
Phone: (808) 956-5361
Web site: http://www.hawaii.edu/shs/ (click on Student Insurance tab)

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