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About SHAC
Mission Statement
Why Choose SHAC?
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Current Member Resources
2017-2018 SHAC Leadership Team

About SHAC

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) provides an essential link between University Health Services (UHS) and the UT student body. SHAC represents the student body in relaying student health concerns to UHS, helping to promote UHS services and initiatives, and participating actively in UHS-sponsored events.

During our general meetings and subcommittee meetings, our members work on student-led projects, plan campus-wide events, and hear from university guest speakers and provide feedback to UHS on a variety of health-related initiatives. SHAC offers members an opportunity to engage in a range of leadership and volunteer opportunities throughout the semester.

SHAC is made up of members selected through an application and interview process. The diverse membership includes undergraduate and graduate students, international students, and students from a variety of backgrounds, interests and majors.


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SHAC Mission Statement

To serve as a liaison between the student body and the University Health Services (UHS) administration by representing student health concerns and by promoting health on campus.

SHAC acts as a student organization for individuals interested in promoting health-related issues and gaining leadership skills in order to represent all groups of the student body and voice student concerns to UHS staff and administrators.

SHAC activities help to ensure that UHS services meet the health and wellness needs of UT students

Why Choose SHAC?

As a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop insight about healthcare in a college setting and relay student input to University Health Services
  • Work directly with UHS administration
  • Volunteer at UHS-sponsored events around campus
  • Participate in the interview process for healthcare providers and other applicants to UHS
  • Represent UT at regional and national college health conferences
  • Help plan campus-wide events that promote student awareness for campus health and wellness resources
  • Develop leadership and professional skills
  • Network with fellow students and UHS staff

Accomplishments

SHAC is involved in a wide range of activities, including:

  • Developing the promotional videos to advertise the services offered by UHS.
  • Suggesting the UHS Nurse Advice Line, which is available to students 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
  • Initiating the UHS Clinic Volunteer program to give students hands-on experience on campus in the healthcare field.
  • Participating and presenting at several American College Health Association annual meetings as representatives of University of Texas UHS.
  • Implementing patient satisfaction surveys and collecting campus-wide student health concerns and feedback.
  • Interviewing healthcare providers and other candidates for UHS.
  • Coordinating an annual, week-long event called Hooked on UHS Week, where every day a different UHS service is highlighted and students who visit the event are given free swag.
  • Creating new events on a regular basis, such as Trivia with a Twist, a trivia night benefitting the STI testing fund at UHS.

Get Involved

SHAC recruits new members each semester. Stay updated for the release of our Spring 2021 Application as the semester approaches, and keep an eye out for deadline and interview dates!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does SHAC meet?
Our mandatory meetings are twice a week. General Body meetings with all SHAC members are on Thursday evenings from 5:00-6:00 PM. Subcommittee meetings are separate one hour meetings that are led by the SHAC leadership team on a weekly basis.

What happens at SHAC weekly meetings?
Meetings are where we brainstorm ideas for student-led initiatives and put plans in place to execute those initiatives. Members regularly have workshops, speakers, and opportunities for education and professional development. We also socialize, eat food together, and have fun!

What happens at subcommittee weekly meetings?
We break into groups and work on different health initiatives or SHAC events on campus. Members have the opportunity to rank their subcommittee preferences at the first SHAC weekly meeting.

Are there point requirements?
Yes, members must complete a set number of hours of volunteer work related to UHS and SHAC programs and events.

What type of volunteering opportunities are offered?
There are numerous volunteer opportunities including tabling for outreach and recruitment and staffing events put on by SHAC for the campus community. These include:

  • Flu shot clinic volunteering
  • Hooked on UHS week event coordination and volunteering
  • Trivia with a Twist coordination and execution
  • Social media promotion
  • UHS leadership interviews

Contact SHAC

utaustinshac@gmail.com

2019-2020 SHAC Leadership Team

Viana Phan

Viana Phan, President
Year: Senior
Major: Public Health
“Being a member and leader within SHAC has given me a platform to educate students about health resources and advocate for their needs and concerns. It is so inspiring to work with students and faculty seeking change to better serve our student body and empower them to take control of their health. I can’t imagine my collegiate experience without SHAC and those who I’ve met through the organization. In the upcoming year, I am excited to see SHAC and UHS create lasting change for our campus as it has done in my life!”

Supriya Anand

Supriya Anand, Vice-President
Year: Junior
Major: Human Dimensions and Family Sciences
“As a member of SHAC, I have been granted the unique opportunity to serve as a voice of the student body and advocate for student health services on campus by collaborating with passionate students and senior staff members of UHS. This past year, our research committee conducted a survey on student contraceptive knowledge and access, and I am excited to implement what we learned from the survey on campus this upcoming year. Being a part of SHAC has been one of my favorite experiences of my undergraduate career, and I can't wait to work with this year's leadership team and members!”

Elliot Kim

Elliot Kim, Administrative Director
Year: Sophomore
Major: Public Health
“SHAC has provided me with a community of passionate and like-minded students who strive to make changes to improve health and well-being services on campus. The opportunity to make such lasting impacts not only connected me with the student body but also motivated me to expand my knowledge on healthcare and policies. Being a part of this organization has been one of the most valuable experiences of my college career and I'm looking forward to what's in store this upcoming year.”

Fizza Dhanani

Fizza Dhanani, Financial Director
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business Honors Program (Pre-Med)
“SHAC has served as an outlet for me to be more interactive with the student body and UT as a whole. Our ability to form a lasting impact on this campus that improves the health and wellness of our students is extremely rewarding. Thus far, I have built strong relationships with my like-minded peers whose passion and motivation I have come to appreciate. Though I have a long way to go, SHAC has undoubtedly been an unparalleled highlight of my college career.”

Emma Bentsen

Emma Bentsen, Recruitment and Membership Engagement Director
Year: Senior
Major: Public Health
“SHAC has given me the opportunity to work with UHS and help improve the healthcare of students on campus. I have made some great friends in this organization and love being able to work on health initiatives with them.”

Kinnari Trivedi

Kinnari Trivedi, Communications Director
Year: Senior
Major: Public Health
“My freshman year I had a hard time finding a campus organization that I felt connected to. I tried to join a few, but nothing really stuck for me and I felt a little lost. After applying and becoming a member of SHAC, I was so excited to have finally found a group of people who shared the same passion to promote and protect the health of UT students as I do. A variety of experiences and memories in SHAC led to my becoming a Leadership Team member, and I am looking forward to all the potential changes my fellow peers and I can make this year.”


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