CEDA/SHC Taskforce Report
Student Health Consortium (SHC) and Committee on Eating Disorder Awareness (CEDA) Task Force Report
Primarily, I would like to thank all the members of the committee who helped compile all of the resources used to make the recommendations of the report. The participation of the members and the Directors of the two organizations have been integral to this entire process. If anyone has any questions about our findings or would like to inquire further about our discussions pertaining to the Committee on Eating Disorder Awareness or the Student Health Consortium, please feel free to contact me ay time through email or by phone.
Tyler Dockins, ASUW Director of Programming
A Brief History and Commentary:
In reviewing the history of the Committee on Eating Disorder Awareness, it has been quite difficult in tracking down information on how the committee was formed, its initial aims and who was involved for most of the process. From the information we do have, we know that the program was created in the Spring of 2005 by the ASUW Vice President of the 2004-05 ASUW Board of Directors. Unfortunately, there only appears to be a few references towards CEDA within the BOD minutes and the then Vice-President’s board reports. However, we could not track down any board bill concerning CEDA within any paper or electronic records. Lastly, the organizations that may have been involved in the creation process happen to be Huskies for Health (which no longer exists), UHELP and Hall Health. With respect to how the creator wanted to structure CEDA, we know that CEDA was created to emulate the likeness of the Committee Organizing Rape Education (CORE) (according to the Vice-President’s board report on February 17th of 2005); however, it does not have a seat on the Joint Commission Committee (JCC), nor does it give presentations to living groups as CORE currently does.
With regards to Student Health Consortium, it has been easier by comparison to find documentation about the intent and purpose of its creation because it was created last spring (2006) and the creators are still attending the University of Washington. Additionally, a number of student organizations came together to advocate on behalf of SHC.
Much of the movement began with Nels with his initial work and effort with UHELP. After giving presentations about the importance of healthy and nutritional eating, he become aware of the lack of healthy options on campus. In his efforts to contact Housing and Food Services (HFS), he finds it difficult to make any significant contact. At the same time, Nels attempts to work with the Resident Directors (RDs) in order conduct a survey to assess the need of healthy food options at the dining facilities within the residence halls. Unfortunately, his contact with the RDs was similar to his previous communications with HFS – no significant progress was made.
After some time, Nels attends the national Baccus and Gamma Peer Health Educator Conference in Florida representing UW and gets valuable exposure to other successful health programs and organizations at other campuses around the country. At this conference, he witness how very different, segmented organizations of the health community have created some form of a coalition and experience great success through sharing resources, ideas and enthusiasm. In the end, having a centralized organization student organizations working within the health community provides these student organizations with the necessary means to empower their movements and a proper forum to bring about positive change.
The idea of a centralized health organization is presented to Mark Shaw, the Director of the Health Promotion Department at Hall Health, and he seems very receptive to the idea. Shaw recognizes that this type of organization is a solution to a problem that he has witnessed on campus – recognizing the importance of student-driven initiative, he encourages that a proposal be given to ASUW.
To assess a need for this program on campus, Nels conducts a series of forums for health organizations on campus. Through holding these forums, he begins a grassroots effort to connect with leaders across the whole spectrum of the health community. A representative from ASUW was present at some of these meetings; however, we do not have any documentation concerning this forum. In Nels’ efforts to contact student organization working in the health community, he further realizes the importance of a central organization based purely on the difficulty to disseminate information.
A substantial amount of positive feedback is received from the student organizations attending these forums, this information about the widespread interest is taken to the ASUW Board of Directors and a board bill is then passed to create the Student Health Consortium.At that moment in time, sixteen different organizations from different segments within the health community, graduate and undergraduate, officially commit to support the Student Health Consortium, including:
Multiethnic Alliance for Research and Community Health
Colleges Against Cancer
Student Public Health Association
Minority Association for Pre-health Students
Health Sciences Rotary Club
Dental Student Outreach
TriBeta Honor Society
Student Aids Action Network
The Food Group
University Community Afterhours
University Health Education Leadership Program
Students For Equal Healthcare
In the end, a series of ASUW BOD and Personnel meetings ensue, limited precedence existed at the time; however, the organization received funding from the ASUW General Fund, and Services and Activities Fund (SAF) Committee support is pending with the condition of an overall evaluation of the organization and comprehensive review.
Committee for Eating Disorder Awareness
Section written by Chrissy Jordan, CEDA Director (at the time of Report)
CEDA Goals 06-07
- Recruit Committee Volunteers
- Will begin recruiting Oct. 9th
- RA & Greek Training
- Put together a presentation/training for RAs & Greek houses IN PROGRESS
- Different presentation for Sororities vs. Fraternities
- Exercise Group
- Open invitation for students to participate weekly SPRING QTR
- All decide on a race/marathon/etc. to participate in
- Take part in various events with SHC, Counseling Center, CORE, WAC DONE
- Counseling Center
- The UW Counseling Center want to work with me this year and put on a few small events; unknown so far DONE/ IN PROGRESS
- Nutrition Speaker
- Yet to be finalized; (a friend of mine who is a well respected nutritionist) DONE
- National Eating Disorder Awareness Week MISSED
- Feb. 25th-March 3rd
- Resource Fair
- Invite CORE, UW Counseling Center, SHC
- Provide information for treatments
- (Yet to be determined)
- Clothing Drive IN PROGRESS
- One of NEDA’s main slogans is “Be Comfortable in your Genes”
- Donate clothes that no longer fit comfortably or unwanted clothing
- Coordinate one with the Counseling Center
- Coordinate one with a nutrition specialist
- Yoga or fitness workshop via IMA or private instructor
- Dinner Discussion
- A location will be announced; open invitation/open dialogue on media, body image, & dieting
- Prior to the week
- All Resident Halls & Sororities will receive inspirational/promotional fliers for their bathroom mirrors
- Lots of tabling
- Promotional eye catcher types of things yet to be determined
Student Health Consortium
Section written by Stephanie Lin, SHC Director
Job Description Review
No description was posted, so Stephanie created her own Overall goal: Improve campus health through networking with health related student organizations, improving communication, leadership development, combined initiatives to address large problems/needs, and better campus community and health.
Maintain SHC Website:
- Calendar of Events (update every day/office hour!)
- Update Facebook Group every week
- Descriptions/links to health organization websites, resources, news
- FAQs and E-post Question BoardDescriptions/links to health organization websites, resources, news
Improving Health Leadership and Community at UW:
- Facilitate collaboration and support for constituent events
- Attend health groups’ and JCC meetings and introduce the SHC
- Hold weekly UW Health Leaders’ Forum
- Every Monday, 4:30pm
- 1st meeting of SHC:
- October Health leaders’ meet and greet + potluck
- Discuss/revisit mission and goals of SHC
- Assess needs and plans to address them
- Conduct and Collect data for Campus Health Knowledge Assessment
- Conduct and Collect data for Health Leaders’ Evaluation of the SHC
- Planning culminating event
- i.e. Spring Health Palooza
- Health Leadership Trainings/Retreat
- Sometime between Middle Fall-Start of Winter
Raise awareness and improve health on campus:
- Culminating SHC campus-wide Event possible ideas:
- Spring Health Palooza
- Policy initiatives
- Hold Weekly SHC General Information and Volunteer meetings
- Create committees to address certain thrust areas—nutrition, STDs, etc.
- Work with ASUW PR for Press Releases
- Aim to have 1 article in the Daily every month.
- Table outside the HUB and at resource fairs with SHC volunteers
- Visit FIGs, health-related classes and seminars
20 Hours Total
2 Volunteer Meetings of SHC
2 Tabling at HUB lawn and ECC
3 ASUW/JCC/senate/advisor Meetings, sending minutes
3 Health Leaders’ Forum, typing/sending minutes
4 Go to other health group meetings
6 Maintain Website, send out announcements, facilitate collaboration, connect students and departments, programming
10 hours/week was definitely not enough to get the tasks of this job done. I was not able to connect with as many groups or have the time to do as much outreach with volunteers as I wanted. The result is we have not been able to build the necessary foundations for this organization as fast as we would have wanted. We are just now beginning to make change mid-winter quarter. Doubling hours would allow for more immediate action earlier on in the year, and better planning of events.
Basically why should we keep your position where it's at. Looking for what your position does, relate it to ASUW, who else works with you, what overlap is there or could there be with other positions, and anything else you would like to mention.
The Student Health Consortium (SHC) and Director are vital to fostering strong communication and community within the student health groups and health interested students. Without this, many health efforts would be fractionalized, go on without collaboration, and often without anyone knowing about it. By collaborating and having regular dialogue, we can make a bigger impact and serve the campus better. There are less overlapping events, and more students attend events. The SHC provides a centralized place where health-interested students can congregate, strengthen bonds and work together for a healthier community.
Finance & Budget Committee
Draft Minutes concerning SHC & CEDA
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
"...CEDA is not requesting any money next year. Stephanie said she talked to Tyler this morning and envisioned a webmaster. She said that didn’t seem possible, so she wanted to add a PR position. She said she added more money for programming. She said it needed to be expanded for the success of the health leadership retreat. She said next year, SHC wanted to bring more people. She said she also added more money to allow students to apply grant funding for up to $150 per project. She said students can help guide their project and they will be able to use other resources. She asked if there were any questions. Jon said in terms of the directorship salary, what will likely happen is that if the commission gets funding from SAF, they will be increasing hours. He said he combined grant funding and spring health palooza into health funding. He said that would be in line to how students did it in the past. He said there was definitely discussion last year in regards to commissions and how their money was appropriated. He asked if the committee had any questions. Rene asked if the “Celebrate Your Body” week be combined and is it reflected. Chrissy said it is not, but she mentioned that CEDA or other RSOs could choose to do something like that and request money from the grant funding. Mikhail asked if the BOD knows about putting them together so that they don’t say “hey, we want to keep this separate.” Jon said it’s fairly well known, but never been formerly introduced. Jon said this recommendation comes from a taskforce. Kinsley asked if Stephanie wanted a webmaster. Stephanie said yes. Jon recommended contacting Julia, the ASUW Webmaster. Mikhail said he is seeing $1000 for SHC grants; he asked if that was still part of the request. Jon said he incorporated it into programming. Jon said in case anyone was wondering, ASUW gets a lot of money from SAF and ASUW spreads that money out throughout campus. He said ASUW paid for an event three different ways, which was ultimately combined into Special Appropriations. He said if the committee moves toward single source funding, SHC/CEDA will be notified and there will be another discussion to be had. Kim asked about parenthesis, and if they represent negative or positive. Jon said the one in the first column is negative and the one in the second column is a positive. He said to look at the debt as a credit. Mikhail asked if there was a particular plan to spend money that hasn’t been spent yet. Jon said there are things that are not accounted for. Rene said the whole school is a little bit behind as far as inputting in finances. Mikhail said we’re not at $1700 which is the budget limit. Stephanie said SHC is probably at ,$1000 or maybe a little under. Jon said these numbers are probably going back to January. Mikhail asked if the committee is deciding anything. Jon said he will only ask for a straw poll in relation to budget moving on. Mikhail said SHC looks like a mini-Special Appropriations. He said increasing the amount of money will have various places where committees can seek funding. He mentioned issues of co-sponsorship. He said it was wise last year to have allocations in one place. He recommended moving the money into programming. Chrissy said she would recommend not taking SHC grant funding as a whole chunk and making it too analytical. She said Stephanie and her just together this report. Stephanie said when these decisions happen, there will be deliberation. She said a benefit is having people come up to commission directors because people may not feel comfortable going to up people from the general fund and asking them to understand the value of the program. She had to go to class, but she thanked the committee for their time. Chrissy recommended having a programming budget. Kim asked if money has gone to other student organizations. Chrissy said she didn’t know, but she mentioned events that were sponsored.”