Who are the Rice Health Advisors (RHAs)?
RHAs are students who have been trained on a variety of wellbeing topics and are Mental Health First Aid certified. These students work at their college to provide health education opportunities, health supplies and peer guidance. RHAs also act as a liaison between the Student Wellbeing Office and the residential colleges, staying up to date on campus-wide wellbeing programming. The RHA Student Coordinators for the 2013-2014 academic year are Jordan Ashcraft and Alison Moscoso.
What can a Rice Health Advisor do for me?
A RHA can help you in a variety of ways. We can mediate conflict between friends or roommates; we can give informed advice on topics such as nutrition, exercise, relationships, and time management; RHAs are Mental Health First Aid certified, meaning that we are able to listen to our peers' concerns and respond or refer appropriately; we also have a kit filled with health supplies that are listed below.
Feel free to stop by an RHA's room anytime to:
- Pick up supplies,
- Ask questions about health wellness topics,
- Discuss a personal problem or issue in a confidential setting,
- Learn more about getting involved with our organization, or
- Connect with the Student Wellbeing Office, Student Health Services or the Rice Counseling Center.
What's in the kit?
- antacid tablets
- antibiotic ointment
- cold compress
- cough drops
- ear plugs
- maxi pads
- personal lubricant
I want to become a Rice Health Advisor. How do I do that?
The Rice Health Advisor program is currently taking applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Everyone is welcome to apply! In order to become an official RHA in your college, you must first apply and be accepted into the class. Membership as a Rice Health Advisor is contingent on successful completion of UNIV 250 offered during the spring semester. UNIV 250 is a 3-credit class designed to introduce students to the principles of peer health education. Class discussions include analysis of major health risks, personal health status assessments, strategies for reducing risk behaviors and promoting healthy lifestyles among college students.
We will be hosting two information session where we will explain the application process further and describe the role of the RHA. While these sessions are not mandatory in order to apply, it is highly recommended that you attend so that you have a better understanding of the program.
-Thursday, October 3rd from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Sewell 309
-Monday, October 7th from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm in Sewell 309
All applications are due by 11:59 on Friday, October 18th. Applicants that make it through the first round will be offered an in person interview in early November. If you have any questions, please contact our RHA Coordinators, Alison Moscoso and Jordan Ashcraft, or talk to an RHA at your college!
Click here for our online application!