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Welcome to Health Education!

The Health Education Department at UMD Health Services is committed to keeping you in the know, not only to support your health and wellbeing during college, but to help you thrive now and beyond your college years. We aim to provide you with resources, information, opportunities for involvement, and inspiration, that can assist you in making healthy lifestyle choices; and help you achieve a balance with your health, relationships, environment, sense of purpose, security and safety, and community.  Check our calendar of events for current programs, or get professional development experience as an intern or as a member of one of our student groups.  We look forward to working with you!

What is wellbeing? Learn about a model for wellbeing developed by the U of MN, and start your journey now! 

Health Education Staff

The Health Education staff at UMD Health Services are here to serve you as health education resource professionals and wellness programming specialists.

Lauretta M. Perry, MLS – Alcohol and Drug Educator

Lauretta provides one-on-one alcohol and drug consultations with students, and presents on alcohol harm reduction at UMD and in the community.  Lauretta is the staff adviser to the Alcohol & Drug Peer Educators (APE) , Chair of the Chemical Health Advisory Committee (CHAC), and member of the Sexual Assault Response Team. Lauretta is also the chair for TC3, The Tri-Campus Coalition on College Student Drinking.  lmperry@d.umn.edu, (218) 726- 7058.

Dori L. Decker, MS – Health Educator & Wellness Coordinator

Dori designs, implements and evaluates wellness programs and services, along with interns and UMD wellness partners, to include UMD Health Check, sleep initiatives and UMD PAWS.  Dori developed the Got Your Back! UMD bystander intervention project at UMD, and provides training and classroom presentations. Dori delivers education on sleep, sexual health and stress reduction,  and works towards system-level change as it pertains to student wellbeing.  Dori is the staff adviser to 2 active student groups, the Sexual Health Educators (SHE), and the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). Dori is a member of the Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Task Force.   ddecker@d.umn.edu, (218) 726-7046.

Health Education Intern

The Health Education Department at UMD Health Services appreciates the opportunity to work with student interns. Interns have the opportunity to to design, market, implement and evaluate a program or campaign that supports the mission of Health Services. We ask that students come prepared with a proposal for the vision of their internship. Excellent candidates for this internship are students who are self-starters, creative and can manage a project independently. Involvement in our student groups, the Peer Health Educators (PHE), and Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is also encouraged. 

Health Education Student Groups

Student Health Advisory Committee

The Student Health Advisory Committee is a group of dedicated students who act as a student voice to UMD Health Services and school administration for topics pertaining to community health and public health policy at UMD. Members meet weekly for one hour to discuss current issues and brainstorm solutions and/or action steps to bring about change.

Peer Health Educators

Peer Health Educators (PHE) is a student organization working to promote healthy lifestyle choices, with their main focus being on healthy relationships, sexual health, bystander intervention and alcohol risk reduction. Their mission is to provide students with information, which will better equip them to make educated decisions regarding their health and wellness. Learn more about the two PHE groups:

SHE, Sexual Health Educators

APE, Alcohol & Drug Peer Educators

Health Education Information and Services