Student Health Advisory Committee

UT Health Education Coordinator Guli Fager describes ways to curb stress during mid-term season.
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Peer-to-peer health education can improve performance in school, University Health Services representatives said in an annual health panel Thursday.

The Student Health Advisory Committee presented its third annual Town Hall, “Put the You in UHS,” in San Jacinto Residence Hall to encourage open discussion between students and a panel of health experts. The panel, consisting of state and UHS officials and educators, answered questions regarding insurance use at UHS, the Affordable Care Act, health leadership and the relationship between health and grades. Panel members discussed the use of insurance at UHS and the steps a student must take in order to receive medical coverage at UHS. UHS associate director LeAnn Gutierrez said students have experienced many changes since the Affordable Care Act was signed by President Barack Obama in March 2010. She said although the act requires insurance providers to cover 100 percent of preventive care services, some insurance agencies maintain “grandfathered” pre-existing coverage guidelines and do not follow guidelines set by the act.

“Different companies are going to interpret coverage guidelines in different ways,” Gutierrez said. “Students should try to get to know their insurance plan’s coverage as much as possible.”

Panel members also presented students with various leadership opportunities through UHS and stressed the importance of being health leaders on campus. Students may get involved with UHS in many ways, such as participating in the Clinical Volunteer Program, being a peer educator and volunteering in the Cashier and Insurance Department.

Texas Public Health preisdent Matt Haviland said getting involved with UHS and being a health leader on campus can help students find their role in society.

“People really do respond better to health information on a peer to peer basis,” Haviland said. “Students can become a driving force for health issues and policies by advocating to their peers the importance of being health conscious.”

The Student Health Advisory Committee, which relays student concerns and feedback to UHS administrators, is responsible for promoting UHS initiatives. Committee president Kevin Hou said the committee’s efforts this semester include staffing UHS’ flu shot campaign.

Hou said committee initiatives for annual Town Hall meetings were made to allow students transparent time with UHS administrative staff. He said it is crucial for students to be conscious of health initiatives because health and academic success are closely intertwined.

“Academic performance correlates so much with better health,” Hou said.

Printed on Friday, November 2, 2012 as: UHS talks healthy living, grades

Jeanne Carpenter will retire as vice president and director of University Health Services after 37 years at UT on September 1, 2011.

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After 37 years of working for the University Health Services, Jeanne Carpenter will retire to spend more time with friends and family, she said.

The Division of Student Affairs announced Thursday the University Health Services Associate Vice President and Director Jeanne Carpenter will retire Sept. 1. Chris Brownson, director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center, will take her position as associate vice president of student affairs and look for a new director of the center.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with dedicated, professional staff who are really looking out for the best interest of the students,” Carpenter said. “From the other side, I have the opportunity to interact with student leaders and Student Health Advisory Committee members and have had a wonderful working relationship with so many students.”

Carpenter praised Chris Brownson as a good choice to replace her as associate vice president of student affairs who also oversees the Counseling and Mental Health Center, the Sanger Learning and Career Center and University Health Services.

“He is an excellent speaker and communicator,” she said. “He has had experience working in all four areas that will be in his portfolio and he’s well respected by the staff of each of his units.”

Juan Gonzalez, vice president of student affairs, said Carpenter was a true professional and a joy to work with.

“She was held in the absolute highest regard with absolute fondness,” Gonzalez said. “She’s a kind person. She has great people skills, always treated people with dignity and respect.”

Gonzalez praised Carpenter’s work as director of University Health Services, a position she has held since 1997.

“She helped implement a modern electronic records system,” he said. “Her health center is regarded as one of the most well-run university health centers in the nation.”

Brownson said he is sad to see Carpenter retire.

“She has been an excellent supervisor and mentor, and a friend,” he said in an email. “She always makes decisions based on what is in the best interest of students on our campus.”

Stephanie Manjudano, Student Health Advisory Committee officer liaison, said she was impressed with the interactions Carpenter had with students at committee meetings last year.

“She wanted to know what we thought about University Health Services, what our opinions were, what our concerns, what our opinions about every aspect of Health Services was,” she said. “She was also very personable and we feel like she really tried to get to know students.”

Printed on 07/18/2011 as: Administrator of UHS to retire, coworker to take over position