Health Education

Davidson Health Fair 2014

Come join us on Wednesday, April 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Brown Atrium in the Alvarez College Union. Enjoy food demos, massages, well checks, and lots of giveaways.

The campus health educator and health advisors work to provide students with accurate, current information about a variety of health and wellness issues so that they make responsible decisions.

Health Educator

Georgia Ringle, MPH plans campus-wide health programs and also meets with students individually or in small groups to discuss a wide range of topics, from drinking to sexual identity to relationships and more. Ringle maintains an open-door policy, respecting students' right to privacy while providing them with the opportunity to drop in and ask questions about any topics.

If you would like to meet with Ringle one-on-one, or schedule a program for your residence hall or student organization, send her an email, call 704-894-2902, or stop by her office, on the lower level of the Student Health Center.

Student Health Advisers

Student health advisers work under the direction of the health educator, volunteering their time to help provide health and wellness programming campus-wide. They also keep the health educator informed of campus concerns and issues.

Want to be a student health adviser?

Selection is highly competitive. You must complete an application (PDF) and attend a group interview, during which you will be asked to share your interest in the health of your peers and your ability to collaborate with other campus groups and address diverse health concerns.

Health Education Websites and Resources

Below are some informative links and resources covering a wide range of health and topics.

Alcohol and Drugs:

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - A government agency that provides current information on the biological effects of alcohol use. NIAAA seeks to improve prevention efforts, diagnosis and treatment of alcohol use disorders.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - A government agency directed toward improving the lives of people who may be struggling with or at risk for developing a mental illness or a substance abuse disorder.
  • Tobacco Free Colleges - An organization that seeks to educate the public on known dangers associated with tobacco use. In addition, advocates of Tobacco Free Colleges work to change the cultural acceptance of tobacco use and to eliminate it on college campuses.

Body Image / Eating Disorders:

Depression:

General Health Information:

Self Injury:

  • S.A.F.E. Alternatives - A website that is geared toward helping people find an end to self-injurious behaviors.
  • To Write Love On Her Arms - A non-profit organization that seeks to bring encouragement and hope to those struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and suicidal thoughts.

Sexuality:

Suicide

  • The Jed Foundation - An organization specifically geared toward college students. Its primary mission is to reduce emotional distress and suicide among college and university students.
  • Suicide Prevention, Awareness and Support - A website that aims to decrease the incidence of suicide by strengthening prevention efforts, increasing awareness, educating the public and providing support to individuals contemplating suicide.

Community Resources:
Emergency Shelter

Counseling/Support Group/Crisis Intervention

  • Shelter for Battered Women: 704-332-2513
  • Women's Commission (services in Charlotte and Cornelius): 704-336-3210
  • DVHP (based at Carolinas Medical Center): 704-446-3999
  • Project Safe (based at Presbyterian Hospital): 704-614-7212
  • Court Advocacy (assistance with restraining orders and criminal court processes)
  • Victim Assistance: 704-336-4126
  • Services for Children/Child Witnesses of Domestic Violence
  • Shelter for Battered Women: 704-332-2513
  • Women's Commission 704-336-3210

Services for Teen Victims

  • Women's Commission: 704-336-3210
  • DVHP(based at CMC): 704-446-3999
  • Project Safe (based at Presbyterian Hospital): 704-614-7212

Servicios en Español

  • Shelter for Battered Women: 704-332-2513
  • Victim Assistance: 704-336-4126
  • Programa Confianza: 704-432-6970

Counseling for victims of rape/sexual assault

DV Perpetrator Services

  • NOVA (Court ordered clients only) - 704-336-4344
  • Impact (voluntary and court ordered clients) - 980-721-7268

DV Websites:

Rape/Sexual Assault websites: