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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.

Health Promotion Staff

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Julie Eckert, M.Ed., MCHES

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Assistant Director, Student Health Center

M.Ed., Health Education, Texas State University  

BS, Health Education, Texas State University

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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 since 2010. Julie plans, coordinates and supervises educational outreach and prevention services through peer education, social marketing, health data collection 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. Julie 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).

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

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Kelsey Banton

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Health Promotion Specialist  
BA, Psychology, Texas Tech University  
  • Kelsey Banton is a Health Promotion Specialist at Texas State University. She is an advisor for Students Against Violence and Healthy 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.

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Katie Dash, MS, CHES

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Health Promotion Specialist

MS, Health Education, Texas A&M University  

BS, Community Health, Texas A&M University

  • Katie Dash serves as a Health Promotion Specialist for the Student Health Center and the advisor for Healthy Cats. 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.

Meet our Healthy Cats Staff

Meet our Students Against Violence Staff