Health Education Program
The Office of Health Education supports student academic success through advocacy for policy and environmental change, delivery of education and awareness campaigns to a diverse community, and personal coaching on a wide variety of health topics. We strive to equip all students to make intentional, positive lifestyle choices for themselves as well as empower them to use bystander intervention strategies to prevent harm to others.
The health education department has a peer education model for it's prevention programming. The Director of Health Education/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Coordinator and the peer Student Health and Wellness Educators (HAWEs) work together to provide education and support to Roger Williams University students in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We strive to motivate individuals to develop the physical, mental, social, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of self and make choices toward a more successful and healthier existence.
Director of Health Education & Alcohol/Drug Prevention Coordinator
Donna Lynn Darmody MS, CWP
Student Health and Wellness Educators (H.A.W.E.s)
There are 10 stipend positions for students to work out of the Health Education Office. Students from all majors will find it a valuable experience that translates into many job skills.
Ten Things to Know
The Health Education Office:
- Serves the entire campus community
- Receive referrals for students experiencing alcohol and other drug use related problems
- Offers free alcohol and drug use assessments
- Provides individual health coaching sessions for a variety of health behaviors
- Collaborates with outside community partners and RWU groups on prevention initiatives
- Serves as a great resource for students
- Offers a range of programs including workshops/presentations to residence halls, campus clubs and organizations
- Provides smoking cessation consultations
- Distributes condoms free of charge
- Helps students with class projects, presentations and speeches on health topics.
The Director of Health Education is a member of the American College Health Association (ACHA) https://www.acha.org/. Since 1920, the ACHA has served as the voice for student health and wellness. Through advocacy, research and education, ACHA stands at the forefront of issues that impact the health and wellness of college students. ACHA represents over 1,100 institutions of higher education, representing the collective health and wellness needs of 10 million college students. ACHA serves nearly 3,000 individual college health and wellness professionals and leaders of all disciplines united together to advance the health and wellness of college students. Membership in ACHA is key to unlocking tremendous vision and knowledge that can enrich campus health and wellness services, professional development, and efforts toward creating a culture of wellness on campus.
The Health and Wellness Educators are actively involved with the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA (https://www.naspa.org/constituent-groups/groups/bacchus-initiatives). The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA supports collegiate peer educators and advisors by empowering students and student affairs administrators to create campus environments which are healthy and safe.
Through attending conferences the Health and Wellness Educators have been nationally recognized and awarded for their efforts as a peer health education group.
The RWU Health Education Program is a peer based education model. 10 Health and Wellness Educators are chosen to design and deliver health promotion to the entire campus community. The BACCHUS Peer EducationNetworkTM is a part of NASPA and is a university based, campus and community-wide leadership on health and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use, illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and other high-risk behaviors.
|1996||(Northeast Region) Area 10 Program of the Year||Alcohol Incidence Referral|
|1996||General Assembly National Outstanding Creativity in Prevention Education||Happy 21 BD|
|1997||General Assembly National Outstanding Creativity in Prevention Education||Passed Out|
|1997||(Northeast Region) Outstanding Program||Passed Out|
|1998||General Assembly National Outstanding Advisor||Donna Lynn Darmody|
|1999||General Assembly National Outstanding Network Affiliate||RWU Health Advocates|
|2000||(Northeast Region) Outstanding Advisor||Donna Lynn Darmody|
|2007||General Assembly National Outstanding Advisor||Donna Lynn Darmody|
|2007-2008||Outstanding AOD Professional (Finalist) Outside the Classroom||Donna Lynn Darmody|
|2009||(Northeast Region) Area 10 Outstanding Peer Educator||Renee Belotti|
|2009||General Assembly National Outstanding Network Affiliate||RWU Health and Wellness Educators|
|2010||(Northeast Region) Area 10 Outstanding Peer Educator||Hannah Freedman|
|2012||General Assembly National Outstanding Research and Evaluation||RWU Health and Wellness Educators|
|2013||(Northeast Region) Outstanding Advisor||Donna Lynn Darmody|
|2013||(Northeast Region) Area 10 Outstanding Program||Rootbeer: The Only Beer You Should Be Serving|
|2013||General Assembly National Outstanding Advisor||Donna Lynn Darmody|
|2014||Student Affairs Unsung Hero Award||Donna Lynn Darmody|
|2014||Peter Broomhead award for supporting athletics||Donna Lynn Darmody|
|2014||Bacchus General Assembly National Outstanding Program Award||FYE-This Is HAWE Do It!|
|2015||(Northeast Region) Award for Best Program||Consent Poster Campaign|
|2016||Bacchus General Assembly Outstanding Peer Educator Group||RWU Health and Wellness Educators|
|2017||Bacchus General Assembly Outstanding Program||Message on a Bottle|
|2018||(Northeast Region 1) Outstanding Program||Message on a Bottle|
|2018||(Northeast Region 1) Outstanding Advisor||Donna Lynn Darmody|
|2018||(Northeast Region 1) Outstanding Peer Educator||Diana Perez|
|2018||RWU Student Achievement Award for Title IX Recognition||Mary Dinnean & Kayla Devin|
|2019||Student Life Program of the Year Staff Award for Student Engagement & Learning||Peer Body Project|
|2019||Peggy Deston Award||Donna Darmody|