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The Office of Health Promotion at UCM helps students learn, grow, and thrive through education about, and engagement in, health-promoting and risk-reducing behaviors. Using sound data and best practices such as the Spectrum of Prevention, the Strategic Prevention Framework, and the Social-Ecological Model, we work to put the power of prevention in the hands of our students.
To support student success and promote a safe and healthy environment at UCM, every first year student 23 years old and under must complete the Alcohol and Other Drugs educational course at the beginning of their college career. This course will help you learn to make safer choices regarding alcohol and drugs and how to respond to the choices of those around you.
We believe you should have the opportunity to learn in a safe and civil environment, free from sexual and interpersonal violence. Sexual Violence Prevention for Students is an engaging online course that provides you with important prevention skills and strategies to help promote respectful relationships. All newly-admitted students are required to take and complete this course.
Green Dot is a strategy to reduce power-based personal violence on campus and in our community, through bystander intervention skills and a commitment to creating a culture that doesn't tolerate power-based personal violence.
Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO is a short program that provides non-judgmental feedback about your attitudes and behavior related to alcohol use.
Cannabis eCHECKUP TO GO is a short program that provides non-judgemental feedback about your attitudes and behavior related to marijuana use.
Our office provides fun and interactive educational programs for UCM students to help them make informed decisions. To request a program for your class or organization, click below to complete a program request form.
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Useful in many types of individual and community engagement work, this model considers the complex interplay between individual, interpersonal, organization, community, and policy factors that impact attitudes and behaviors, helping to clarify the range of both risk factors and protective factors that may be involved. The overlapping rings in the model illustrate how factors at one level influence factors at another level.
The model also suggests that in order to prevent harm - which is at the heart of our work - it's necessary to act across multiple levels of the model at the same time. This approach is more likely to sustain prevention efforts over time and achieve positive population-level impact.
Closely aligned with the Social Ecological Model, this tool describes a range of activities specific to effective prevention. Used nationally in prevention initiatives, including violence prevention and injury prevention, it provides a framework for a more comprehensive understanding of prevention, including six levels for strategy development. Learn more about the Spectrum of Prevention.
Research and experience have shown that prevention must begin with an understanding of complex problems within complex environments. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration developed the Strategic Prevention Framework to help communities (including college and university campuses) more effectively address substance use disorders and mental health concerns.
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The Missouri Assessment of College Health Behaviors (MACHB) is an annual survey sent to thousands of Missouri college students every year, including UCM students.
This survey asks a wide variety of questions about students' attitudes and behaviors regarding alcohol, cannabis and other drugs, mental health, interpersonal violence, and more.
Administered by Missouri Partners in Prevention, the MACHB is a rigorously vetted, multi-year survey and provides us with rich, reliable data that helps inform and guide our work in prevention and wellness at UCM.
If you're passionate about the issues we address and are interested in an internship in the Office of Health Promotion, please contact us at 660-543-8947. Additionally, we typically employ students in our Program Assistant positions, so be sure to check jobs.ucmo.edu to see if we're currently hiring.