Health Promotion and Education

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The mission of the Office of Health Promotion and Education at Sindecuse Health Center is to promote optimal health, strengthen community and enhance learning by addressing critical health needs of the Western Michigan University community. We offer a range of programs that cover health and wellness topics.

Peer education programs

  • Sexual Health Peer Education
  • Fire Sexual Assault Peer Education
  • Theatre for Community Health

Health promotion programs and services

  • Alcohol risk reduction
  • Bronco Health Advisor
  • Cholesterol screening
  • CPR training
  • Eating disorder assessment and treatment
  • FIRE Place resource and support center
  • Health Resource Center
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Light therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Wellness workshops

Principles of health promotion

The principles that guide us as we work to achieve our mission are:

  1. Health and safety are essential for optimal intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development and to the academic mission of Western Michigan University.
  2. Health behaviors need to be addressed from both an individual and community context.
  3. Best practice standards of health promotion involve theory-based, data-driven needs assessment, program development and evaluation.
  4. The creation of healthy communities requires interdisciplinary partnerships involving health professionals, educators, artists, community leaders and community members working together to prevent or address critical health concerns.
  5. Creating healthy communities involves an integration of advocacy, education, service, community building and research.
  6. To be successful, community health initiatives must focus on key risks to health and involve a critical mass of community members whose engagement stimulates communication, trust, personal responsibility and shared interdependence.