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Health Promotion Services

Mission:

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.

Goals:

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.


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  
E-mail: je12@txstate.edu  
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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.


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Arlene Cornejo, M.Ed., MCHES

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Health Promotion Specialist  
M.Ed., Health Education, Texas State University  
BA, Psychology, University of Texas Pan-American  
E-mail: aec74@txstate.edu  
  • 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.


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Kelsey Banton

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Health Promotion Specialist  
BA, Psychology, Texas Tech University  
Email: k_b260@txstate.edu  
  • 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.


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Skylar Love, CHES

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Graduate Research Assistant  
BS, Public Health, University of Arkansas  
Graduate Studies: Health Education  
Email: sml165@txstate.edu  
  • 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.


Meet our Healthy Cats Staff

Meet our Men Against Violence Staff