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.
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.
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.
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.
Our office provides fun and interactive educational presentations to help UCM students make informed health-related decisions.
A list of resources for help with food, clothing shelter, social services, and more.
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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.
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.
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.