Student Health Advisory Committee

SHAC students, 2016-2017
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.

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. Jean Chin, 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
  • Increase personal knowledge of UHC operations and scope of services
  • Address student health concerns
  • Provide input into the provision of health services
  • Foster overall health and wellbeing of UGA students
  • 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 for the 2017-2018 Academic Year will be accepted from Mon, Feb 13 until NOON Tue, Feb 28, 2017
Download the application (pdf)

Applications are 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 noon-3:00 pm, 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, 2016-2017

Aliya Abdulla

Aliya AbdullaClass Year: 2019
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Tucker, GA
Hobbies: Talking, reading, singing, hanging with friends
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: My favorite part is that I feel a sense of home and security. It eases me to know that I have access to healthcare at all times. The service is so great and friendly as well!
After graduation I plan to: Attend pharmacy school
Favorite Quote: “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”


Amber Broughton

Amber BroughtonClass Year: 2017
Major: Health Promotion and Behavior
Hometown: Covington, GA
Hobbies: Spending time with my friends, cooking, & exercising
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love how accessible the Health Center is for the student population here at the University of Georgia. In addition, I thoroughly enjoy the friendly atmosphere that the staff creates once a patient enters the building.
After graduation I plan to: Attend Graduate school to pursue Epidemiology
Favorite Quote: “Anything worth having is not easy.”


Madison Canning

Madison CanningClass Year: 2017
Major: Biology
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, going to concerts, exploring outdoors, running, playing soccer, and attending events through my sorority Gamma Phi Beta
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The Health Center specifically accommodates the needs and concerns of the student body. A variety of services are offered in one, convenient location and the staff always treats students kindly, attentively, and efficiently.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school and participate in Doctors without Borders
Favorite Quote: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there” - Theodore Roosevelt


Daniel Couper

Daniel CouperClass Year: 2018
Major: Exercise and Sport Science
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Hobbies: Playing guitar and piano, reading, eating good food, playing/watching sports, outdoor activities, spending time with my friends and family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love how all of my health needs can be fulfilled in a single location that’s only a short bus ride away. Making an appointment is easy, and the staff is always warm and friendly.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite quote: “Let us forget the good deeds we have done by making them seem small in comparison with the greater things we are doing, and the still greater acts we hope to do.” - William George Jordan


Isha Dabke

Isha DabkeClass Year: 2017
Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Pre-Medicine), Spanish
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Hobbies: Reading mysteries, road trips, SLEEPING, watching a bunch of Netflix shows
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The friendly staff, the convenience, and the wide variety of services offered!
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school & hopefully open my own practice one day!
Favorite quote: “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” - Kurt Vonnegut


Drew Farr

Drew FarrClass Year: 2017
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Hobbies: Exploring the outdoors, reading, cooking with family and friends
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: Healthy living involves good nutrition, exercise, sound emotional health, constructive work environments, positive relationships, and much more. I love the Health Center’s multidimensional approach to promoting the health of its students.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school (?)
Favorite quote: “A universe simple enough to be understood is too simple to produce a mind capable of understanding it.” – John Barrow


Catriona Geddes

Catriona GeddesClass Year: 2019
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Dunwoody, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, hanging out with my friends and family, reading, watching movies, yoga, and volunteering
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love all of the different services that the Health Center offers, from cooking classes to educational workshops. It is so much more than just a doctor’s office.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school and work with children.
Favorite Quote: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”—Eleanor Roosevelt


Emma Johnston

Emma JohnstonClass Year: 2018
Major: Food Science
Hometown: Griffin, GA
Hobbies: Going to concerts, traveling, exercising, hanging out with friends and family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center:Having a quick, easily accessible location on campus to access any healthcare that I may need. A wide range of service options are available to students at a very reasonable price, making this the place I go for any medical need!
After graduation I plan to: Go into the food production industry, or attend graduate school for Food Science
Favorite Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”—Winston Churchill


Rahul Katkar

Rahul KatkarClass Year: 2018
Major: Biochemistry and Linguistics
Hometown: Cumming, GA
Hobbies: Cars, woodwork, writing
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The affordability, availability and accessibility. It is much easier to schedule an appointment and see your PCP here than in other clinics since it is catered for college students. The UHC also has a lot of fun activities they do to spread awareness!
After graduation I plan to: Attend Medical school and research.
Favorite Quote: “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”—Gautama Buddha


John Knopf

John KnopfClass Year: 2019
Major: (Previous) Biology, Psychology, MPH pursuing MD
Hometown: Savannah, GA
Hobbies: Trail running, fly fishing, kayaking, live music (e.g., Tame Impala, Bill Frisell), vintage video games, fantasy football, sports (e.g., racquetball, soccer, basketball, football), brewing (e.g., coffee, beer, kombucha), cooking with exotic ingredients, and traveling alone through unfamiliar places
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The UGA health center not only offers quality, comprehensive care but does so with impressive operational efficiency, a refreshingly inviting aesthetic and friendly, talented staff.
After graduation I plan to: Practice medicine and participate in research to advance healthcare innovation and equity.
Favorite Quote: “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”—Henry David Thoreau


Caroline McElhannon

Caroline McElhannonClass Year: 2018
Major: Cellular Biology; Genetics; Minor in Spanish
Hometown: Athens, GA (go dawgs)
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, watching too much Netflix, being a part of my sorority- Zeta Tau Alpha
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love the accessibility of such a wide variety of care that the health center provides to students as well as the friendly faces that are always present to greet them!
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school and possibly teach at a medical school after practicing for some time
Favorite Quote: “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”—Eleanor Roosevelt


Onyeka Okeke

Onyeka OkekeClass Year: 2017
Major: Health Promotion and Behavior
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, cooking, going on adventures, shopping, and spending time with family and friends
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The Health Center has a friendly atmosphere that is conducive to students. It is filled with caring and compassionate staff who provide top-notch, affordable services.
After graduation I plan to: Further my education by pursuing a Master in Healthcare Administration and law degree, with intentions of practicing healthcare law.
Favorite Quote: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God” – Romans 8:28


Darlington Pobee

Darlington PobeeClass Year: 2018
Major: Microbiology
Hometown: Snellville, GA
Hobbies: Playing soccer and basketball, watching sports, or learning a new skill
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The personalized care, as well as the speedy and affordable services
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite quote: “Nothing is impossible, with God” – Luke 1: 37


Nivita Sharma

Nivita SharmaClass Year: 2018
Major: Biology
Hometown: Kennesaw, GA
Hobbies: Spending time with my parents, attempting Pinterest projects, baking, dress and shoe shopping
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The medical staff are extremely friendly and provide a very welcoming environment away from home. Everyone at the Health Center goes above and beyond to ensure that each patient’s needs have been fulfilled.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school and obtain a masters in clinical/translational research.
Favorite Quote: “Grateful are those who give without remembering and receive without forgetting.” - Elizabeth Bibesco


Dhairya Shukla

Dhairya ShuklaClass Year: 2019
Major: Genetics
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Hobbies: Sports (cricket, soccer, football, basketball), Travelling and exploring, and any and all water sports (scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, water skiing etc.)
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The UHC and its staff is very accessible, friendly, and efficient. It is truly a student’s health center with so many programs for students to become involved and make an impact in the University.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school and write and implement health policies
Favorite Quote: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”—Andy Bernard, The Office


Kameron Tauber

Kameron TauberClass Year: 2017
Major: Applied Biotechnology and Biology
Hometown: Cumming, GA
Hobbies: Playing soccer, Watching Movies, Outdoor Activities
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I feel that the Health Center is available whenever I need it. I can schedule my appointment that fits my schedule and become familiar with the staff every time I go.
After graduation I plan to: Attend Dental School
Favorite quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” – Forrest Gump


Margaret Tyre

Margaret TyreClass Year: 2019
Major: Biology, Psychology with a Spanish minor
Hometown: Saint Simons Island, GA
Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, going to the beach, exploring outdoors, eating chocolate, and kayaking
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The University Health Center is a convenient center for all student to be able to enjoy quality care at their convenience.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school to pursue a career in medicine
Favorite Quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou


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SHAC: Student Health Advisory Committee, University Health Center

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