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.
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. Arlene's research interests and areas of concentration include sex education, school health, adolescent health, reproductive health, pregnancy prevention and health disparities.
In her free time Arlene enjoys bike riding, reading comics, and discovering new pizza places in Austin.
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.
Skylar is pursuing a master’s degree in Health Education at Texas State. Upon graduating from the University of Arkansas she worked as a Youth Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for the Arkansas Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office, before coming to Texas. She is very excited to be at Texas State and looks forward to meeting students.