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Welcome to Health Education!

A big part of staying healthy is keeping yourself informed. The Health Education Department at UMD Health Services is committed to keeping you in the know to stay well during college. Your lifestyle may change while at UMD and we aim to provide you with resources, information, and opportunities for involvement, that can assist you as you adjust to college life.

Health Education Staff

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

Lauretta M. Perry, MLS – Chemical Health Educator

Lauretta is the staff advisor of the Alcohol Peer Educators (APE) and is the Chair of the Chemical Health Advisory Committee (CHAC). Lauretta is also the chair for TC3, The Tri-Campus Coalition on College Student Drinking.  Lauretta provides one-on-one alcohol and drug consultations for students at UMD., (218) 726- 7058

Dori L. Decker, MS – Wellness Coordinator

Dori is the staff advisor of the Sexual Health Educators (S/HE), the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), and the Wellness Advocates. Dori serves as a member of the Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Task Force; the Sustainability Education Committee; and the Wellness Collaborative at UMD. Dori also coordinates the Got Your Back! UMD bystander intervention Initiative, and is the UMD representative for the Northland Community Wellness Day. Dori works with interns, and collaborates with UMD departments, to provide wellness programming on campus including UMD Health Check, UMD PAWS, and "Calm" stress reduction sessions., (218) 726-7046

What's New?

Check out our bystander intervention initiative at UMD called, Got Your Back!.

Health Education Intern

The Health Education Department at UMD Health Services appreciates the opportunity to work with student interns. The intern's primary responsibility is 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 type of internship are students who are self-starters, creative and can manage a project independently. Involvement in our student groups, the Peer Health Educators (PHE), or the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), is also encouraged. If you are interested in an internship in Health Education, contact Lauretta Perry, or Dori Decker at:

Health Services also supports two interns who work with the planning committee to coordinate the annual Northland Community Wellness Day hosted by UMD.  Interns in this role gain professional experience in event planning: marketing, logistics, public relations, database management, and volunteer recruitment.  Contact Dori Decker if you are interested in applying in the spring:

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:

S/HE, Sexual Health Educators

APE, Alcohol Peer Educators

Wellness Advocates

A new student group on campus! Wellness Advocates are passionate about wellness and actively engaging their peers in practicing wellness.  Contact club president, Akquaa Anye, or club advisor, Dori Decker,  for more information.

Health Education Information and Services