Health Education Programs

Health Education

Tompkins Cortland Community College Student Life and Services supports a Safe and Healthy Campus by providing an array of health and wellness programs. We encourage students to make pro-active, positive choices that promote personal health. Our Health Educator is here to assist students, staff, faculty, and community partners in developing and delivering effective health programs. Have a question? Call (607.844.8222, Ext.4540) or visit the College Student Health Center

In Healthy Campus 2010, and soon Healthy Campus 2020, the American College Health Association identified Leading Health Indicators that reflect major public health concerns. Tompkins Cortland health promotion efforts are designed to meet our student health needs in these, and other, areas.

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The Leading Health Indicators are:

  • Physical Activity 
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Tobacco Use 
  • Substance Abuse 
  • Responsible Sexual Behavior
  • Mental Health
  • Injury and Violence
  • Environmental Quality
  • Immunization
  • Access to Health Care

Look for the following health programs and services on campus:

The Options Program

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For students who may be concerned about their alcohol or other drug (AOD) use, the Options Program provides assessment, personalized feedback, counseling, and referrals. Options counselors assist students in reducing their risk of experiencing consequences from AOD abuse using research supported best practices of harm reduction including Brief Motivational Interviewing and Alcohol Skills Training. Options counselors also support students who are considering abstaining, or in recovery, from AOD in one-to-one and group settings. Students may be referred to the Program by staff, faculty, relatives, friends, or others. Some students seek education and support in the Options Program on their own. Call 607-844-8222 x4540 for more information.

The Red Watch Band Program

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In June 2008, a Stony Brook University faculty member lost her son to acute alcohol overdose while he was finishing his freshman year away at college.

Upon hearing this news, President Shirley Strum Kenny commissioned Milton Glaser to design an education awareness campaign on preventing drinking deaths on college campuses. Alcohol and Other Drug Specialists and student leaders at Stony Brook developed a comprehensive bystander intervention program offered to all students.

The primary component of the program is a four-hour training session in which participants learn how to recognize alcohol emergencies and respond effectively. All participants who complete the RWB training receive CPR certification and are able to understand how alcohol emergencies are medical emergencies that require immediate, professional care.

Alcohol Awareness Month (AAM)

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, and at Tompkins Cortland we’ll recognize the risks, and consequences, of alcohol abuse with a number of displays and activities. If you and/or your student organization is interested in participating in the planning or delivery of programming for AAM, visit the Student Health Center.



Don’t Cancel That Class!

The Health Educator and other Student Life and Services staff are available to provide health education programs for course meetings. Faculty and adjuncts, if you know in advance that you will not be available for a class meeting, Don’t Cancel That Class! Instead, contact the Health Center to schedule an in class program with your students. All programs are delivered with an engaging, interactive sharing of information and values. Topics include alcohol and drug abuse prevention, violence prevention, stress reduction, flu and disease prevention, exercise prescription, and more. Call or email the Health Educator for more information or to schedule a program two or more weeks before the class date.

Step Up

Step Up is an interactive, media-supported educational program that promotes critical analysis of men’s violence against women, its contributing factors, and its consequences on men and women. In Step Up, we examine men’s and women’s roles in preventing men’s violence against women including sexual assault and stalking (as empowered bystanders), dissect the myths regarding alcohol and consent, and build students’ skills and motivation to reduce incidents of men’s violence against women involving their friends, teammates, roommates, and peers.

Step Up is provided to Resident Advisors each semester, and is available for student organizations, athletic teams, and other groups. Call or visit the Student Health Center for more information.

HIV Testing and Education

New York State Public Health Law now requires documentation that all patients (ages 13‐64) receiving primary care or hospital services have been offered the opportunity to test for HIV. 
To get tested:

  • Talk with your health care provider.
  • Tests are available at various locations in the Ithaca community. For more information, please ask someone in the Health Center. Fees and testing details vary.

HIV testing and results are confidential. Any individual who tests positive will be assisted with access to follow up care.

Safer Sexuality Programming

Community partners Planned Parenthood and the Jacobus Center are available to join our Health Educator and College colleagues in providing safer sexuality programming. Previous events have including interactive games, trivia, food, and prizes. Contact the Health Educator for more information or to schedule a safer sex program for your student group.

Schedule an appointment at the College Student Health Center for any of the following:

  • Smoking cessation counseling
  • Birth control education
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Nutrition information

Matt Kiechle, Health Educator
607.844.8222 ext.4540