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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, helps to promote UHS services and initiatives, and participates actively in UHS-sponsored events.

SHAC membership meets twice weekly: general body meeting on Thursday 5-6PM and subcommittee meeting TBD. We 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 each 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

Member Testimonials

"Being a part of SHAC for the last 3 years has really shaped my college experience for the better. Not only have I gotten first-hand knowledge of how UHS works by volunteering at events, but I have also had the chance to make a real impact on campus by serving as the student voice of UHS." -Maria Alvarenga, President 2014-2015

"Student Health Advisory gives students the unique opportunity to provide feedback directly to the professionals who work at University Health Services. It's exciting to have UHS's public health professionals come to our meetings and ask for input about various topics in order to improve student health." -Anita Vasudevan, 4th year member

"As a graduate student, SHAC has connected me to the larger UT student community and inspired me to give back to my UT community to increase student health and wellness." -Casey Walsh, 1st year member

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. Check back soon for more information on how to apply.

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

Omar Vayani


Omar Vayani, President
Year: Senior
Major: Biochemistry
"As a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee, I have been given many amazing opportunities to facilitate how the student body views University Health Services. Being a part of this organization has served as a major highlight of my undergraduate career, and I could not imagine working with any other group of individuals to make this lasting change. It is amazing to see SHAC and the UHS Senior Administrative Staff work in tandem to push for a healthier student body through different events and initiatives. I'm excited to see what this next year has in store for us as we continue to help SHAC and UHS flourish."


Omar Shaikh


Omar Shaikh, Vice-President
Year: Senior
Major: Biology
"When I started off as a freshman at UT, I wanted to find a way to enact healthcare changes on campus in a meaningful way. Being a part of SHAC has let me do that by providing me with the opportunity to identify and solve health related problems that students face on campus, and consequently, enable students to perform at their highest potential – when they're healthy. This experience has encouraged me to think about healthcare on a much broader scale. Overall, being a part of SHAC has been one of the most rewarding experiences during my time here at UT, and I can't imagine what it would have been like without it."


Shreya Mallena


Shreya Mallena, Administrative Director
Year: Senior
Major: Public Health and Biochemistry Honors
“Joining SHAC has allowed me to find a smaller group of people at UT. Coming from a small high school, I felt so overwhelmed, especially within the pre-med community; SHAC was an organization that made me feel at home. During my time in SHAC, I have been able to advocate for students on campus and promote health concerns to UHS. SHAC has allowed me to serve as a liaison between the student body and UHS, and this has been such an integral part of my college experience. I can’t wait to serve as the Administrative Director and continue helping the organization grow this upcoming year!"


Sahar Jiwani


Sahar Jiwani, Financial Director
Year: Senior
Major: Biology
“Student Health Advisory Committee has been an avenue through which I feel more connected to UT and the student body. Having the ability to make lasting changes on this campus that contribute to improving the health and wellness of students is extremely rewarding. In the process, I have been able to meet and build strong friendships with like-minded individuals whose passion and drive I have come to admire. I have been able to accomplish many goals alongside my peers in SHAC, which has been a real highlight of my college experience."


Viana Phan


Viana Phan, Recruitment and Membership Engagement Director
Year: Junior
Major: Public Health
“Being a part of SHAC has given me the opportunity to implement changes to student health education and make lasting friendships and memories. SHAC is an inspiring environment of passionate people pushing new initiatives to better serve the needs of our student body. It is so gratifying to collaborate with other student leaders to help our students become healthyhorns and fulfill their greatest potential.”


Taeeun Kim


Taeeun Kim, Communications Director
Year: Senior
Major: Biology and Plan II Honors
"The platform that SHAC has given me as a student leader allowed me to recognize the right that every single student has to know about all the available health resources on our campus. Getting to be a part of an organization that empowers fellow students to make more informed decisions concerning their health during their four years at UT has not only been inspiring, but has also motivated me to actively put my own health at the forefront. The momentum created by student leaders seeking change is indescribable and powerfully visible in SHAC; I’m excited for what is to come in the upcoming year!"



Ananya Roy


Ananya Roy, Officer Liasion
Year: Senior
Major: Neuroscience and Plan II Honors
"Through my involvement with SHAC, I have been able to legitimize my platform to speak on student awareness of collegiate health systems and facilitate their interaction with UT's health services. By being given the opportunity to attend the American College Health Association's annual conference as a member of SHAC, I was able to educate on a national level the importance of having a bridge between the student population and University Health Services (UHS) and advocating for the feasibility of access to services despite ability to pay or other potential barriers."


Supriya Anand


Supriya Anand, Officer Liasion
Year: Sophomore
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
“As a member of SHAC, I have been granted the unique opportunity to collaborate with driven and passionate students in order to improve health services on campus. Through research projects and volunteer events, I have witnessed the impact SHAC has on our campus and students. Having firsthand experience at UHS has helped expand my knowledge on student healthcare, and I can't wait to carry my experiences with me throughout my undergraduate career.”


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