Health Promotion Services
Health Promotion Services supports the academic and personal success of all students by providing public health leadership to the campus community and accessible, inclusive health and wellness services.
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.
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 since 2010. 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 Peer Education and Health Education Coordinator at the Texas State Alcohol and Drug Resource Center. Ms. Eckert chairs the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Council and serves on variety of Student Affairs and university committees. Julie is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and certified Alcohol Education Course for Minors Instructor.
In her free time she enjoys movies, yoga, salsa dancing and Dallas Cowboy Football.
Kelsey Banton is a Health Promotion Specialist at Texas State University. She is an advisor for Men Against Violence and Health Cats and addresses sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and harassment in the Texas State community. She has worked to prevent sexual violence as an advocate, activist, and educator for 13 years, focusing largely on the intersections of violence and social justice. She has worked and volunteered at domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers and child advocacy centers across Texas. Prior to joining Texas State, Kelsey worked for San Antonio Rape Crisis Center as the Director of Education and Training where she facilitated youth-based groups and trained on the multi-disciplinary issues of interpersonal violence for diverse populations. Her work has allowed her to develop trainings and programming for violence prevention educators, military personnel, law enforcement, medical professionals, university faculty and staff members and school-based personnel locally and statewide. She was invited in 2010 to sit on the Texas Primary Prevention Planning Committee, which directs strategies and evaluation efforts for implementation of sexual violence prevention across the state of Texas. While earning her B.A. in Psychology at Texas Tech University, she served her community as an online and hospital advocate for survivors.
Katie Dash serves as a Health Promotion Specialist for the Student Health Center. She obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Health with an emphasis in Community Health and Master of Science in Health Education from Texas A&M University. Katie is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and certified K-12 Texas educator. Her passion for university wellness began during her time as a Graduate Assistant at Texas A&M Health Promotion and grew into the love she has today for helping college students achieve their full potential. During her time at Texas A&M, Katie also served as the Community Relations Intern for a senior care agency and taught several health courses to a wide range of grade levels and demographics. Her professional interests include teaching methodologies, mental health and alcohol and drug education. In her free time, Katie loves attending concerts, flying to new places and playing with her two dogs, Jack and Sally.
Tara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s program for Therapeutic Recreation here at Texas State. Ms. Vodihn is big believer in empowering people to create lives that are consistent with and support who they are as individuals, and the power of fun! In her previous life she was a theater performer, and is still a proud card-carrying member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Tara is a certified American Tribal Style® Bellydance Instructor and recently completed a Village Music Circles™ Basic Facilitators Training for drum circles. She loves anything related to the arts and exploring the beautiful Texas Hill Country. When she isn’t working or studying, she can be most often found relaxing at home with her cats or swimming in the river.