Health Center receives AAA award

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The AAA Texas and the Center for College Health and Safety awarded the SHSU Student Health Center with the College and University Drinking and Prevention award as well as a $1,000 prize, during their open house ceremony last Friday.

“The award is given to campus programs and activities that reduce drinking and driving or prevent alcohol and other drug use that can result in impaired driving,” said Rose Rougeau of AAA Texas.

The College and University and Drinking Prevention Award was developed eight years ago by AAA Texas and the Center for College Health and Safety, and the SHSU Student Health Center is one of five recipients in the nation to receive this award.

“SHSU has created an excellent program to educate students about the problems of alcohol abuse and driving,” said Rougeau.

The SHC has worked to educate students about the dangers of alcohol abuse by sponsoring the “Save A Life Simulator,” an interactive device that allows students to experience how alcohol affects driving skills. Their participation has also included co-hosting National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, and implementing” Seize the Keys,” a campaign to educate students about the social norms regarding drinking and driving on the SHSU campus.

“I’m really proud of the student health center,” said Frank Parker, Interim Vice President for Student Services. “This award proves that SHSU cares about its students.”

The SHC plans to continue by participating in the Alcohol Abuse Initiative, which will sponsor National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness week starting Oct. 16-21 and will include activities to promote alcohol awareness on campus.

Students, faculty and staff also had the opportunity to tour the new student health facility that includes a redesigned patient waiting room, new modern heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, patient rooms equipped with new furniture and monitors that display educational videos.

“I like the fact that students now have a clean and modern facility,” said Dr. Tom Hill, at the SHSU Student Health Center. “Hopefully, this will promote their confidence in receiving healthcare services.”

Services offered at the SHC include primary care visits, lab and pharmacy services and immunizations.

For questions about the Student Health Center or available services, call (936) 294-1805 or visit online at http://www.shsu.edu/healthcenter.

For information about the Alcohol Abuse Initiative, visit www.shsu.edu/aai