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Welcome to Health Education!

A big part of staying healthy is keeping yourself informed. The Health Education Department at UMD Health Services is committed to keeping you in the know to stay well during college. Your lifestyle may change while at UMD and we aim to provide you with resources, information, and opportunities for involvement, that can assist you as you adjust to college life.

Health Education Staff

The Health Education staff at UMD Health Services are here to serve you as health education resource professionals and wellness programming specialists.

Lauretta M. Perry, MLS – Chemical Health Educator

Lauretta provides one-on-one alcohol and drug consultations with students, and presents on alcohol harm reduction at UMD and in the community.  Lauretta is the staff adviser of the Alcohol Peer Educators (APE) and is the Chair of the Chemical Health Advisory Committee (CHAC). Lauretta is also the chair for TC3, The Tri-Campus Coalition on College Student Drinking.  lmperry@d.umn.edu, (218) 726- 7058

Dori L. Decker, MS – Wellness Coordinator

Dori works with interns, and collaborates with UMD wellness partners, to design and implement wellness programming on campus, including UMD Health Check, The Medical Outpost, UMD PAWS, and "Calm" stress reduction sessions.  Dori initiated the Got Your Back! UMD bystander intervention project at UMD, and provides training and classroom presentations. Dori is the staff advisor to 3 active student groups including,  the Sexual Health Educators (SHE), the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), and the Wellness Advocates. Dori is a member of the Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Task Force; and is the Co-Chair for Northland Community Wellness Day.  ddecker@d.umn.edu, (218) 726-7046

Health Education Intern

The Health Education Department at UMD Health Services appreciates the opportunity to work with student interns. The intern's primary responsibility is to design, market, implement and evaluate a program or campaign that supports the mission of Health Services. We ask that students come prepared with a proposal for the vision of their internship; excellent candidates for this type of internship are students who are self-starters, creative and can manage a project independently. Involvement in our student groups, the Peer Health Educators (PHE), the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), and the Wellness Advocates, is also encouraged. 

Student groups

Student Health Advisory Committee

The Student Health Advisory Committee is a group of dedicated students who act as a student voice to UMD Health Services and school administration for topics pertaining to community health and public health policy at UMD. Members meet weekly for one hour to discuss current issues and brainstorm solutions and/or action steps to bring about change.

Peer Health Educators

Peer Health Educators (PHE) is a student organization working to promote healthy lifestyle choices, with their main focus being on healthy relationships, sexual health, bystander intervention and alcohol risk reduction. Their mission is to provide students with information, which will better equip them to make educated decisions regarding their health and wellness. Learn more about the two PHE groups:

SHE, Sexual Health Educators

APE, Alcohol Peer Educators

Wellness Advocates

A new student group on campus! Wellness Advocates are passionate about wellness and actively engaging their peers in practicing wellness.  Contact club president, Jerso Gayflor, or club advisor, Dori Decker,  for more information.

Health Education Information and Services