Student Health Advisory Committee

SHAC students, 2019-2020
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) provides a student voice in health center operations, promotes a positive and open channel of communication between the UHC staff and the student body, and contributes additional awareness of student issues to the health center administration.

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History and Mission

  The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is composed of students from various academic backgrounds and campus-community involvements. SHAC meets bi-monthly at the Health Center and is led by Dr. Garth Russo, Executive Director of the Health Center and Kristine Groft, Communications, Marketing, and Student Leadership Coordinator.

  Since the health center is funded primarily by student fees, SHAC represents the student voice for health matters. The purpose of SHAC is to:

     
  • Promote a positive and open channel of communication between UHC staff and the student body
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  • Increase personal knowledge of UHC operations and scope of services
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  • Address student health concerns
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  • Provide input into the provision of health services
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  • Foster overall health and wellbeing of UGA students
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  • Increase knowledge of the mandatory fee proposal process

  Additionally, each semester, SHAC develops and commits to various projects. These have ranged from collecting satisfaction survey data from students who visit the health center to distributing complimentary resources (i.e. sunscreen and traveling safety tips) to students during the safe spring break campaign.

  SHAC members have served on search committees for professional staff vacancies at the health center, developed and presented seminars to the entire health center staff, and served on other internal and external committees (Diversity Committee–internal; Campus Suicide Prevention Task Force–external) as student representatives. SHAC is just one of many factors that make the University Health Center a student-centered facility that truly offers excellence in college health care.


How to Become a Member

  Applications are accepted each Spring for service beginning in August. Interested students must fill out an application, participate in a focus group, and if selected, go through an individual interview. The 21-member committee is made up of students representing a wide range of interests and backgrounds. Any undergraduate student is encouraged to apply. Members are expected to attend ALL meetings that are held on the first and third Tuesday of each Month from 5:15 - 7:00 pm, a retreat on a Sunday to be scheduled in September from 11:30 am-3:00 pm (lunch is served), and participate in outside projects of individual interest. Members are expected to serve at least one year, preferably two. Once a member is selected, he/she may remain on SHAC until graduation.


Members, 2018-2019

Arjun Bhatt

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Sydney Carey

Sydney CareyClass Year: 2020
Major: Health Promotion
Hometown: Grayson, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, exploring restaurants, hanging with friends and family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: Everyone at the Health Center is so friendly and welcoming. The Health Center offers so many services and is somewhere to go for numerous reasons, not just doctor visits.
After graduation I plan to: Get my MPH in Women’s and Reproductive Health
Favorite quote: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end” - John Lennon

 


Annabel Rachel Crippen

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Samuel Dromsky

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Emma Ellis

Emma EllisClass Year: 2022
Major: Genetics, Spanish
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, traveling, and baking my sister’s famous brookies (brownie cookies!) with family and friends
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: With so much going on in college, I love having a centralized location where I can fulfill all of my healthcare needs at once. Each time I visit, I am always amazed at the staff’s ability not just to anticipate and provide the services that students need, but to facilitate the comfortable, open environment that is so important in healthcare.
After graduation I plan to:  Work on women’s reproductive rights and health services as a bilingual physician
Favorite quote: “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” - Dalai Lama

 


Kaylee Friedman

Kaylee FriedmanClass Year: 2020
Major: Psychology (Pre-Medicine); Minor in Women’s Studies
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, soccer, photography
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The UHC is about so much more than just treating illnesses and fixing broken bones—it’s a group of caring people who strive to create a community of wellness on campus. I love the welcoming atmosphere of the health center and that every single student can benefit from the variety of free programs offered.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite quote: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb

 


Yasmin Goreja

Yasmin GorejaClass Year: 2020
Major: Health Promotion
Hometown: Buford, GA
Hobbies: Painting, calligraphy, exercising, and spending time with family and friends
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love how welcoming and helpful the staff at the Health Center are! Everyone here has a positive attitude and cares about students’ well being.
After graduation I plan to: Attend graduate school
Favorite Quote: “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

 


Sarah Rose Hartley

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Harrison Huang

Harrison HuangClass Year: 2021
Major: Biology; Classics; and a Masters in Public Health
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, concerts, watching sports, photography, reading, exploring
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love that the Health Center is a united, accessible aggregation of just about everything related to healthcare you could possibly need, allowing students to easily find a place that can effectively address all their needs and concerns.
After graduation I plan to: Attend PA school
Favorite Quote: “Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that / So no matter how hard it get / Stick your chest out, keep your head up, and handle it.”—Tupac Shakur

 


Ashley Huggins

Ashley HugginsClass Year: 2020
Major: Cellular Biology; Minor in Health Policy and Management
Hometown: Leesburg, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, exploring restaurants around Athens, watching Georgia football, hanging out with friends, baking
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I like how easily accessible the Health Center is to all UGA students. It is located right on campus and has so many resources available to keep students healthy, both mentally and physically.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school and pursue a dual MD/MPH degree
Favorite Quote: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.”

 


Hannah Jackson

Hannah JacksonClass Year: 2020
Major: Biology with Spanish Minor
Hometown: Macon, GA
Hobbies: Visiting family, movie nights with friends, playing with my dog, and crafting!
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love the UHC because they have really taken care of me, from helping me fill out paper work, to working me in the schedule when I was really sick during finals. The transition from my hometown to Athens would not have been as smooth without the UHC!
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite Quote: “Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.” - Winnie the Pooh

 


Maya Karri

Maya KarriClass Year: 2021
Major: Psychology with an Emphasis in Neuroscience, Minor in Exercise and Sport
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Hobbies: Tennis, playing piano and singing on my a cappella team, and spending time with my friends and family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love how welcoming and kind the Health Center is to students of any and all backgrounds, as well as how much support it offers to our students, regardless of their health concerns. Additionally, I really enjoy how many resources the Health Center has to offer in one convenient, accessible location.
After graduation I plan to: Attend Physical Therapy school
Favorite Quote: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” - Robert Frost

 


Savannah Lengnick

Savannah LengnickClass Year: 2021
Major: Health Promotion; Minor in Spanish
Hometown: Buford, GA
Hobbies: Listening to music, journaling, being outside, reading
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The Health Center provides a safe space for all students to come with their concerns. It makes students feel comfortable, which is an integral part of the process!
After graduation I plan to: Attend an accelerated nursing program to eventually become an NP
Favorite Quote: “Revolution is not a onetime event.”

 


Abigale Montgomery

Abigale MontgomeryClass Year: 2022
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Woodstock, GA
Hobbies: Visiting state parks, traveling, yoga, hiking, and trying all the coffee shops in Athens
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I absolutely love the support the Health Center provides for the students. More importantly, the Health Center constantly strives to improve how to effectively and efficiently serve the Student Body.
After graduation I plan to: Join the Air Force as a flight nurse and travel the world serving people in need!
Favorite Quote: “I have never understood why some people are lucky enough to be born with the chance that I had, to have this path in life and why across the world, there is a woman just like me. With the same abilities and the same desires, same work ethic and love for her family…only she has no voice…I don’t know why this is my life and that’s hers. I don’t understand that but I will do as my mother asked, and I will do the best I can with this life, to be of use.” - Angelina Jolie

 


Nia Moore

Nia MooreClass Year: 2021
Major: Biology
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Hobbies: Shopping, reading, traveling, hanging out with friends and family, watching Netflix and YouTube
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I enjoy how easy it is to get whatever help you need in one location on campus. The nurses and doctors are always open to helping you no matter what the problem and are very easy to talk to.
After graduation I plan to: Take a gap year to travel and move up north, then attend medical school to become a pediatrician.
Favorite Quote: “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln

 


Aliya Othman

Aliya OthmanClass Year:
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Ilsa Ott

Ilsa OttClass Year: 2021
Major: Cellular Biology with a minor in Anthropology
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Hobbies: Swimming, reading, gardening, volunteering, making art, and thrift shopping.
What I enjoy most about the Health Center:  I enjoy how accessible and affordable the University Health Center is for all students.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school and pursue a career in nonprofit medicine.
Favorite Quote: “There are always flowers for those who want to see them” – Henri Matisse

 


Hailey Reynolds

Hailey ReynoldsClass Year: 2022
Major: Biology
Hometown: Edwards AFB, CA
Hobbies: Exploring the outdoors with my pup, traveling, gardening, and photography
What I enjoy most about the Health Center:  I’ve had a handful of interactions with the health center from the vision center to general wellness appointments and the staff are always professional and so kind! I always leave feeling like my needs are taken care of and I have a voice in my healthcare.
After graduation I plan to: I plan on attending medical school and working in humanitarian relief and global infectious diseases.
Favorite Quote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”  - Henry David Thoreau

 



Amber Sale

Amber SaleClass Year: 2021
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences BS & MS
Hometown: Athens, GA
Hobbies: Cooking, yoga, DIY projects
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The ability to log onto your student UHC portal and have all of your healthcare under one roof. Scheduling appointments is quick and easy.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite Quote: “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”—Joyce Meyer

 


Ciera Thomas

Ciera ThomasClass Year: 2022
Major: Microbiology; Spanish; Minor in English
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Hobbies: Travelling, listening to music, hanging out with friends, bullet journaling
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: Convenient access to all my health and wellness related needs and a friendly staff that’s always willing to help (they might rival Chick-Fil-A employees on the goodwill scale!)
After graduation I plan to: Join and MPH/MD program
Favorite Quote: “Be the moon- inspire people even when you’re far from full.”

 


Joshua Washington

Joshua WashingtonClass Year: 2019
Major: Biology
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Hobbies: Dancing, journaling, and enjoying friendships
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some employees outside of the professional setting and was very pleased to see that they have an authentic care for the responsibilities they uphold in their jobs. These are genuinely hospitable people who really are here to serve the students.
Favorite Quote: “We’re all the same human.”

 


Adam Whitsett

Adam WhitsettClass Year:
Major: Biology
Hometown: Chickamauga, GA
Hobbies: Reading books and playing video games!
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I am always amazed at the amenities the health center has to offer to the student body! The services and staff are absolutely outstanding. It’s such a great place to be!
After graduation I plan to: Go to med school!
Favorite quote: “Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” – George R.R. Martin

 


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