Student Health Advisory Committee
A Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is mandated by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees for each SUNY campus. Stony Brook University's SHAC has played an integral part in contributing to and enhancing the services provided by the Student Health Service as well as the Center for Prevention and Outreach and the Counseling and Psychological Services Units. For several years, members of SHAC have been actively involved in reviewing the Student Health Fee budget and have recommended programs, services and initiatives that best meet the needs of the student body.
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is the primary avenue for student and campus community input into planning, delivery, and evaluation of health, counseling, and prevention services.
The goals of SHAC are to:
- Represent students' health care concerns;
- Assist professional staff formulate and develop health and mental health initiatives;
- Promote health and wellness education and disease prevention;
- Provide consultation to the University Administration about the Student Health Fee.
In an attempt to create and open forum for discussion and to generate input from the campus community, SHAC Membership is comprised of student representatives from recognized student organizations. Each year, student representatives for SHAC will be solicited from several organizations including:
- Undergraduate Student Government
- Graduate Student Organization
- Residence Hall Association
- Commuter Student Association
- Health Science Center Student Government
- Other student organizations that have an interest and commitment to the provision of mental and physical health services
- Individual students interested in becoming members of the SHAC or wishing to express a concern may contact the Advisor for SHAC and attend SHAC meetings as at-large members.
Appointed staff includes staff representatives from the Student Health Service, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) the Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) and the Dean of Students Office. Other faculty and staff wishing to participate in discussions or provide input may contact the SHAC Advisor or the Director of the Student Health Service.
The responsibilities of SHAC members are to:
- Attend scheduled meetings;
- Actively participate in campus health initiatives as designated by the SHAC
- Facilitate effective communication between students and the Student Health Service administration and CAPS/CPO;
- Assist the Student Health Service and Counseling and Psychological Services in their effort to provide quality mental and physical healthcare;
- Support health-related educational programs for the benefit of students by assessing current student health concerns and/or student health-related issues;
- Review health promotion programming and make recommendations based upon best practices;
- Advocate for student health concerns;
- Facilitate student feedback and serve as liaisons to the student body regarding information related to health information and budgetary decisions;
- Assess the allocation of health/mental health resources – make recommendations based upon best practices and contribute to the budget planning and decision-making process of the Student Health Fee
SHAC schedules monthly meetings when classes are in-session. Meetings during the fall semester will typically focus on nominations, election of SHAC Officers, setting goals and the assessment of general health care and outreach services. Committee members will also begin to discuss and plan annual sponsored events, such as Health Awareness Week.
Early in the Spring semester information will be distributed regarding proposed changes to the Student Health fee. SHAC membership will review fee proposal during February meeting. SHAC will consider proposal and make recommendations to the Director of Student Health accordingly. The Director of Student Health will submit SHAC fee recommendations to VP of Student Affairs. The VP of Student Affairs will submit fee recommendations to the Office of the President.
Proposed Fee for 2013-2014
Student Health Services (SHS) was advised that extra staffing in the pharmacy and in the reception area might help SHS run more smoothly. We are proposing a $1.50 per semester increase in the Health Services Fee which will allow us to hire a part time pharmacist so the pharmacy can remain open during all hours of SHS operation (including Tuesday evenings) and permit an increase in front desk/reception personnel to reduce wait times. The fee increase will also support an increase in the distribution of seasonal flu vaccinations at no charge to students; and, as we move to a Tobacco-Free campus in January of 2014, SHS will provide students with nicotine cessation products along with counseling and workshops.
Student Health Service Fee History
2007-2008: $115.50 semester
2008-2009: $123.00 semester
2009-2010: $129.50 semester
2010-2011: $138.50 semester
2011-2012: $145.50 semester
2012-2013: $145.50 semester
2013-2014: $147.00 semester
SHAC – Achievements/Outreach Efforts
SHAC was recognized by Stony Brook University Community Service and
service Learning Committee for their excellence in community service. SHAC received Volunteer Service Award – Excellence in Community Service for efforts to heighten awareness of risk related to lifestyle choices through a week of wellness information outreach.
SHAC received Newsday’s FutureCorps Award for their campus outreach efforts during Public Health Week. Workshops offered included: Nutrition and Fitness Series; Knock Out Disease-Disease Prevention; Keep Your COOL-Mental Health Awareness; Stay ProACTIVE-Preventive Health Opportunities.
Tobacco Control Champion– Award received in recognition of SHAC campus efforts promoting information related to cancer risk associated with the use of tobacco and circulation of information related to tobacco-cessation products on campus.
New York State College Health Association (NYSCHA) Outstanding Student Group Award – Presented to ILI Student Task Force for significant contributions to New York State college health (SHAC membership comprised over 50% of ILI Task Force membership).
- 2005-2006: SHAC Leadership Survey
- Determined health topics of most interest to student leadership. Assisted SHS in determination of brochures and outreach materials for purchase, for use, for distribution to students.
- 2005-2006: SHAC SAFER SEX/Condom Survey
- Determined safer sex products and top condom choices of students. Assisted SHS in determination of products for purchase and sale through campus pharmacy.
- 2006-2007: SHAC SHS Services Survey
- Assessment of student knowledge of services offered through SHS and Counseling Center.
- 2006-2007: SHAC Student Brochure/Student Preference Survey
- Assisted determination of information topics and brochures created, purchased, distributed through campus racks.
- 2008-2009: SHAC Student Health Fee Survey
- Assisted determination of fee increase to provide additional services through SHS and Counseling Center.