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Office of Health Promotion

Our Mission

As a part of Campus Community Health at UCM, 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 Strategic Prevention Framework, the Social-Ecological Model, and the Spectrum of Prevention, we work to put the power of prevention in the hands of our students.

Our Services

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Online Health Promotion Courses for New Students

To promote a healthy campus community and support student success, UCM requires new students to complete online health promotion courses. These courses are free and confidential.

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Care To Act

Interpersonal violence, substance misuse, bias and discrimination, and mental health/suicidality are harms that affect the well-being and safety of everyone.

UCM's Care To Act approach is about each of us being prepared to make a positive difference on our campus and to act on our sense of caring for each other. Through a brief online overview, facilitated, in-person group conversations, and purposeful connection with existing programs and services, the Care To Act approach focuses on how each of us can be engaged community members, working together to support a culture of care on our campus.

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ScreenU for Alcohol and ScreenU for Cannabis

ScreenU is a quick, anonymous way to get non-judgmental feedback about your drinking and/or drug use. It provides tips for reducing your risk for negative consequences from substance use, and gives you lists of supportive resources right here on campus.

This course was developed by, and is provided by, HECAOD.

Take ScreenU for Alcohol

Take ScreenU for Cannabis


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Presentations for Classrooms, Student Orgs, and More

Our office provides fun and interactive educational presentations to help UCM students make informed health-related decisions.

Request a Presentation

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Warrensburg Area Resources for Students (and others)

A list of resources for help with food, clothing shelter, social services, and more.

View the Resource Guide


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House Party Guide

Planning a party at your place? Read over this house party guide for tips on how to keep it safe, protect your stuff, and have fun.

House Party Guide



Our Approach

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The Strategic Prevention Framework

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.

Learn more about the Strategic Prevention Famework.

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The Social Ecological Model

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.

Learn more about the social ecological model.

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The Spectrum of Prevention

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.

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Data Collection

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.

Read this fact sheet for more information about the MACHB, and contact the Office of Health Promotion at or 660-543-8947 for information about UCM's results.


Internships and Employment

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 to see if we're currently hiring.

Partnerships and Coalitions

  • The UCM Partners in Prevention Coalition is a group of leaders from across campus who work to promote an environment for safe and healthy choices; review, evaluate and enhance health promotion and harm reduction efforts across the UCM campus; and annually create a strategic plan to guide these efforts.
  • Community Culture of Responsible Choices (CCoRC) is a coalition of community members from UCM, Whiteman AFB, Warrensburg, and Knob Noster who are working in a joint effort to change the environment in regards to underage alcohol access, education and consumption. 
  • Missouri Partners in Prevention (PIP) is Missouri's higher education substance misuse consortium dedicated to creating healthy and safe college campuses through evaluation, funding, training, technical assistance, and coalition building expertise. Their services further our efforts to create a campus environment that supports responsible decisions regarding alcohol and other drugs.  In addition, PIP also provides services to prevent suicide on campus and positive mental health among college students.
  • The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence unites Missourians with a shared value that rape and abuse must end, and advances this through education, alliance, research and public policy.






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