REACH – peer health education group

R.E.A.C.H which stands for Reality Educators Advocating for Campus Health! They are a student-led organization of peer educators under the Well of the University Health Center.

A peer health education group focused on educating and motivating students to live healthy lifestyles! Next interest meetings:

Tuesday 10/29 4:30-5:00 PM The Well Conference Room

Monday 11/4 3:00-3:30 PM The Well Conference Room

Want to join? Register for UNST 307 (2 credits) Health Education Facilitation and Synthesis Tuesdays from 2:00PM – 3:15PM

REACH facilitates programs on various health and wellness topics, including:

“Let’s Talk about Sex” (safe sex)

“BeWISEr” (responsible alcohol use)

“More than Measures” (positive body image)

“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” (healthy relationships)

Questions? Reach out to Claire Stephens, REACH Student Coordinator,

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Project Horseshoe Farm Community Health Fellowship

Project Horseshoe Farm Community Health Fellowship: The HSF Community Health Fellowship is a unique, paid “gap year” opportunity for top recent college graduates from across the country. Since 2009, more than 90 graduates have served as Fellows dedicated to our mission of working with and building on the strengths of communities, improving the health and quality of life of our vulnerable neighbors, and preparing citizen service leaders for tomorrow’s communities.

HSF offers two different types of 13-month gap-year fellowship programs for recent college graduates: Community Health tracks located in Alabama and California and a Farming, Health, and Nutrition track located in Alabama. Alumni consistently express their satisfaction from their transformative Fellowship experiences, and many Fellows continue to some of the top medical schools, graduate programs, and nonprofit organizations across the U.S. 

Check out the flyer Two-Sided Flyer (1), newsletter 2019 PHF Newsletter, and website ( for an organized, detailed overview of the programs. Students interested in applying can follow this link to our Fellowship application. The first application deadline on November 10th, 2019. Also, students interested in an internship or alternative spring break opportunity can contact through email with inquiries. If you would like additional information or details regarding a personal experience, Reed Miller would certainly enjoy the opportunity to share. Email

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Graduate and Professional School Fair

A Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 3-6 pm at Hotel Madison.   This will be the largest Graduate Fair at JMU and the largest in Virginia this year.  More than 120 graduate programs will be here to speak with students about their graduate programs.  The representatives include 36 public health, healthcare and  medical schools, 21 law schools, and a wide range of other programs representing virtually every discipline and interest area. Representatives of institutions from across the country will be at JMU, hoping to discuss their programs with JMU students.  This is an opportunity that should not be missed.  The event is free.  No prior registration is required.  Information about the fair, including what students can expect and who will be attending is available at .

This event is not for Seniors only!  This is a great opportunity for students at all levels to learn more about potential career pathways and what will be needed to submit a successful application to a particular type of program.  This event is co-sponsored by the JMU Graduate School and the Office of Career and Academic Planning.  It is a collaborative effort of JMU, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University and Mary Baldwin College.

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Guest speaker, Sept. 19th

Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4pm in Madison Union Taylor 405 on “Trauma Informed Community Policing:  Beyond Adverse Childhood Experience”LETTERSIZETRAUMAPOLICE

Trauma-informed community policing is a framework for law enforcement which considers the: 1) prevalence of trauma for both community members and police officers, 2) acknowledges related symptoms, and 3) employs response tactics accordingly. When engaging law enforcement trauma-responsive modalities, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are usually the main focus of trauma training. This talk highlights that ACEs are not the only trauma-inducing experiences that should be considered, especially when working with underrepresented minorities. Hence, we will discuss why law enforcement trauma-informed community policing should incorporate adverse cultural experiences (ACEs2) and adverse community experiences (ACEs3) into their trauma-responsive modalities.

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What is REBOUND?

REBOUND is a new program in the Dean of Students’ office where ALL (not just first-year) students who are struggling for academic reasons, experiencing adjustment issues, or just feel like life is not moving in the direction they had plan.  This program will help you to connect with people (faculty/staff/students) who can assist you with getting back on track to meeting your goals.  If you could use a little boost or if you know anyone else who could benefit from the program, check out REBOUND.

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Speaker: David Romano

There is a speaker visiting JMU Tuesday, 9/10/19, at 6:30pm (doors will open at 6pm) in Grafton Stovall Theatre.  JMU’s Counseling Center & the Well are co-sponsoring a presentation by Active Minds Speaker, David Romano. David is joining us to share his unique story and commitment to empowering individuals to speak openly about mental health and encourage asking for help.SRR Speaker

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Pre-Professional Health Info sessions!

PPHA will be hosting a series of Fall 2019 advising sessions for students in PPH minors.

Pre-Pharmacy: Thursday, September 5, 5-6 pm, Roop G10

 Pre-Occupational Therapy: Thursday, September 5, 6-7 pm, Roop 129

 Pre-Physical Therapy: Friday, September 6, 2-3 pm, Harrison Hall 1261

 Pre-Medicine: Friday, September 6, 3-4 pm, EnGeo 2301

Pre-Physician Assistant: Wednesday, September 11, 6-7 pm, Harrison Hall 1261

Pre-Dentistry: Friday, September 13, 2:30-3:30 pm, Harrison Hall 1261

 Pre-Veterinary Medicine: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7 pm, Roop 129

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