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Health Promotion Services


Health Promotion Services works to create and sustain a healthy campus environment at Texas State . We strive to promote healthy behaviors and provide tools for students to succeed personally and academically.


1.   Provide medically accurate and research-informed health services, programs and presentations.

2.   Provide mentorship to cultivate peer educators as leaders and advocates for violence prevention and health promotion.

3.   Collaborate with on and off-campus stakeholders to enhance best practice health promotion and develop future partnerships.

4.   Utilize an intersectional lens to inform health promotion and violence prevention efforts.

The prevention and educational services offered address a variety of health issues, including violence, nutrition, stress and time management, sexual health, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Our services include educational materials, outreach presentations, special events and health consulting. Our health promotion team consists of professionally trained health educators, peer health educators and support staff working together to achieve the learning mission of the university.


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  Julie Eckert, M.Ed., MCHES

  Assistant Director, Student Health Center
  M.Ed., Health Educations
  BS, Health Education
  Texas State University- San Marcos

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Julie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Health Education from Texas State University. She has been an Assistant Director of the Student Health Center for five years. Julie plans, coordinates and supervises educational outreach and prevention for health issues through peer education, social marketing, and other effective health promotion strategies. Prior to the Assistant Director position, she was a Health Education Coordinator at the Texas State Alcohol and Drug Resource Center for 17 years. Ms. Eckert is also adjunct faculty with the Health and Wellness Promotion Department at Texas State. Julie is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and certified Alcohol Education Course for Minors Instructor.

 In her free time she enjoys yoga, salsa dancing and Dallas Cowboy Football.

Photo of Arlene Cornejo  Arlene Cornejo, M.Ed., CHES

  Health Promotion Specialist, Student Health Center
  M.Ed., Health Education, Texas State University
  BA, Psychology, University of Texas Pan-American 

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Arlene Cornejo is a Health Promotion Specialist at Health Promotion Services. She is also an advisor for HealthyCats and Men Against Violence. Arlene is a certified health educator with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas Pan-American and a master’s degree in Health Education from Texas State University. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Arlene sits on several committees on the local and national level regarding women in higher education, LGBTQIA health, and drugs and alcohol.

In her free time Arlene enjoys bike riding, reading comics, and discovering new pizza places in Austin.

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  Kelsey Banton

  Health Promotion Specialist, Student Health Center
  BA, Psychology, Texas Tech University

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Kelsey Banton is a Health Promotion Specialist at Texas State University.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University.   She has been an anti-violence educator since 2006, working to disrupt and end sexual violence.  Her work with students and professionals engages intersectional community-based efforts to implement programming around individual’s multiple identities and sexual violence. She was invited in 2010 to sit on the Texas Primary Prevention Planning Committee to help create and implement sexual assault prevention strategies across the state.

Student Staff

Photo of Vanessa Vought  Vanessa Vought

  Graduate Research Assistant
  BS, Health Science, University of Northern Florida
  Graduate Studies: Health Education

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Vanessa Vought is a Graduate Assistant in Health Promotion Services. She is pursuing a  Master’s of Education in Health Education at Texas State. Vanessa has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science from the University of Northern Florida. She previously worked as a Technology Graduate Assistant with the Office of Disability Services at Texas State and Community Outreach Volunteer with Planned Parenthood in Austin. She is also certified in HIV Testing and Counseling by the Centers for Disease Control.  

Vanessa has two adorable cats, Monkey and Jean-Luc the Cat. Obviously, Vanessa is a Trekkie (a.k.a., Star Trek Fan).

Photo of Joan Hardt  Joan Hardt

  Student Graphic Designer
  Major: Communication Design

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Joan is a student graphic designer in Health Promotion Services. She is a junior Communication Design major at Texas State.

Outside the classroom Joan likes painting and ceramics.

Photo of Jackie Carter  Jacquelyn Carter

  Marketing Assistant
  Major: Electronic Media | Minor: Communication Studies

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Jacquelyn Carter was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is currently getting her Electronic Media and Mass Communication degree, with a Communication Studies Minor.  Last year, she was recognized by the Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff for academic achievement. Aside from her studies she is also a member of Naturally Y.O.U.

Jackie is a self proclaimed, bona fide Beyoncé connoisseur. She goes on air as a weekly as a news reporter and co-hosts a specialty show called In the Public Interest at KTSW 89.9. In her free time she enjoys reading novels and keeping up the latest shows. In the future she ultimately wants to work for BuzzFeed in New York City.

Healthy Cats Officers

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  Lashantynia Clayton

  Healthy Cats President
Health and Wellness Promotions | Minor: Biology

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Lashantynia (Nene) Clayton is a senior from Houston, TX, studying Health and Wellness Promotions with a minor in biology. Nene is the current president for Healthy Cats, and has been an avid member with the organization for two years. After graduation Nene plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology. She hopes to become a minority health epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) working specifically with the HIV/AIDS community. Nene is an avid lover of all things pink, girly and Beyoncé related.

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  Cassidy Yazdanpanah

  Healthy Cats Vice President

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Cassidy Yazdanpanah was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is half Puerto Rican and half Persian. This is her second year and she is pursuing a degree in nursing. Cassidy has a kitten named Lola and she is the sassiest little cat you will ever meet. In her free time she loves to read, listen to music/play guitar, and binge watch different shows on Netflix. Cassidy one day hopes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and work in the medical field in Houston.

Men Against Violence (MAV) Officers

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Abby Mellencamp

Men Against Violence Vice President
Nursing | Minor: Psychology

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Abby Mellencamp is nursing major at Texas State with a minor in psychology. She is a sophomore this year, and this is the third semester she's been involved with Men Against Violence. Abby is originally from the Cypress area of Houston, Texas. She currently has two cacti that are – at the moment- still alive and she loves music festivals.

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Nicholas Rambeau

Men Against Violence Treasurer
Psychology | Minor: Business

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Nick is the treasurer of Men Against Violence. He also serves as the President for the award winning Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO). Nick is the owner of an extensive collection of Hawaiian shirts and in his free time he enjoys throwing parties for his dog Calvin.