HEHP PH~CHE Spring 2021 Preceptorship Graduates Virtual Presentation
Spring 2021 Virtual Preceptorship Sharing

2019 PH-CHE Alum Elle MarkGabrielle 'Elle' Mark, a May 2019 graduate with a public health and community health education major, was crowned Miss Minnesota 2021 in June.  Besides preparing for the 100th Miss America competition in December, Mark will spend the upcoming year spreading the word about the Miss Minnesota scholarship program. She will also promote her social impact initiative, “The Campaign to Change Direction: Changing the Culture of Mental Health.” 

Mark was introduced to the Campaign to Change Direction while serving as Miss La Crosse /Oktoberfest and was drawn to their five habits to help prevent mental health crises.

“This appealed to me as a public health professional,” she says. “I’ve been advocating for the organization since.”  Mark is also working with the campaign’s national office to develop a health habits curriculum for students of all ages.

Despite what happens during the Miss America competition, Mark sees herself returning to school for a master’s degree in public health and epidemiology. She has earned nearly $20,000 in scholarships by competing in Miss America-sponsored events to help fund her dreams.

Study shows UWL, Viterbo students plan to get vaccinated

More than three-quarters of students attending La Crosse’s four-year colleges intend to roll up their sleeves and get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Researchers from Gundersen Health System’s Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine, UW-La Crosse and Viterbo University found that 76% of students surveyed at UWL and Viterbo this winter plan to get vaccinated.  

The reasons: 81% think the vaccine will protect them, while 82% think the vaccine will protect others. A total of 78% believe the COVID-19 vaccine will be beneficial in getting things back to normal. 

“I think what surprised me in the study, if anything, was the percentage of students indicating they would get the vaccine when it became available to them,” says Professor Dan Duquette, chair of the UWL Health Education and Health Promotion Department and the study’s lead facilitator. “And one of the main reasons was to help things return to normal.”  

Of the roughly 350 students completing the survey between mid-February and early March, 66% reported they had already received the seasonal flu shot — heeding advice of health professionals to avert a double health crisis. 

Duquette says it was an all-hands-on-deck study for him and his students, along with Associate Professor Matthew Bersagel Braley of the Viterbo Ethics, Culture and Society Department, and Dr. Kim Lansing, Gundersen Health System. UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health WARM (Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine) students from Gundersen and undergraduate students from Viterbo also assisted.  

The research is timely for creating strategies to increase turnout for the vaccine once it’s available to college students, says Duquette. 

“Part of the follow-up messaging needs to point out that most college students intend to get vaccinated — that may inspire some fence-sitters to roll up their sleeves, too,” he says.  

Please see the full story: https://www.uwlax.edu/news/posts/a-vaccine-victory/?utm_source=Campus%20Connection%202021-04-12&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Campus%20Connection&ConnectionDate=2021-04-12

 

Promoting a healthy world video

The Department of Health Education and Health Promotion (HEHP) offers the following degree options:

✹ the only Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Community Health Education in the UW System

 

  Department of Health Education Health Promotion Public Health and Community Health Education Self-Study

 

✹ an online collaborative degree completion program in Health and Wellness Management

✹ an online Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Individuals completing their degree from the HEHP department can find employment in a variety of settings to include:

✹ government - local, county, state and federal
✹ not-for profit, for profit, and voluntary organizations
✹ business and industry
✹ healthcare, clinics, hospitals and insurance companies
✹ schools, universities and many other community-based agencies

Students who graduate with our public health degree have a strong foundation in public health and are skilled in the competencies identified by the Council on Education for Public Health at the Bachelor's level.

Vision: Healthier people participating, learning, and living in healthier communities.

Mission: To prepare leaders in school and community health through the bridging of competency and standards-based education, scholarship, advocacy, and service-related endeavors, thereby contributing to healthier people and healthier communities.

To pursue this mission, we (department faculty, staff, students, and others) collaborate to:

✹ Advocate for the advancement of the profession.
✹ Provide the highest quality of professional preparation.
✹ Prepare students, professionals, and academic programs for credentialing processes.
✹ Provide innovative professional development opportunities.
✹ Offer authentic life-enhancing service-learning opportunities.
✹ Strengthen health-related community capacity through collaboration and service within our world.
✹ Aim to cultivate motivated, self-directed, continuous life-long learners.

Select from the links to the left to view information about each program. For additional information about this department or the programs it offers, please contact the Department Chair.

Dr. R. Daniel Duquette, CHES, Chair
Department of Health Education
and Health Promotion
University of Wisconsin La Crosse
416A Wimberly Hall
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
608.785.8161
608.785.6792 (fax)
rduquette@uwlax.edu