At Health Education Outreach (HEO) our mission is to provide educational programming, services, and resources that will enable students of the Claremont Colleges to play active roles in achieving, protecting, and sustaining health and wellness. HEO is dedicated to helping you find the most appropriate health and wellness information and support available. We provide educational workshops, services, and resources including: alcohol and tobacco education; recreational and prescription drug information; nutrition information; sexual health information and contraceptive counseling; free & confidential pregnancy testing and counseling; referrals to local and national information and help lines; free safer sex supplies, ear plugs and lubrications; and a library of health and wellness including books, periodicals, pamphlets, web resources, and videos.
Come stop by and try out our Relaxation room, now fully equipped with 2 massage chairs, scent diffusers, and audio system featuring guided meditations and relaxing tracks.
Faculty, Staff, and Registered students of the Claremont colleges are eligible to use the massage chairs and relaxation room. The relaxation room is currently first-come first serve, and use is limited to 15 minutes per session.
Need an escape? Stressed out from class or work? Come check out our wellness garden! HEO has created a dedicated space for relaxation and winding down, complete with yoga mats, comfy couches and pillows, tons of plants and sunshine, and free access to headspacetm. The headspacetm application allows students to access over 500 wellness guides, guided meditations, mindfulness trainings, and soothing tracks to help you relax and ease some of that stress we all experience daily.
HEO is proud to provide all Claremont college students access to free pregnancy testing and counseling services. All pregnancy testing and counseling will be completed with a trained Peer Health Educator or HEO staff member. These counselors have been trained to help students determine if taking a pregnancy test is appropriate based on a simple series of questions, provide students a pregnancy test, and help them interpret the results and discuss next steps. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment instead of a walk-in, please contact HEO@claremont.edu for more information!
Our Health Educators also use an online program and social learning as a learning tool for all students with mandated alcohol or other drug policy violations. The online course is used to identify use patterns and give individualized feedback.
Using both BASICS/CUDIT-R, motivational interviewing, and other learning tools, it can be expected that the following topics may be discussed:
Student substance behavior and history
Student code of conduct and campus policies
State and federal laws concerning alcohol and other drugs
Consent and capacity to consent (as needed)
Standard drink measurements
The process of metabolization and absorption of different substances
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
Cannabinoids (THC vs. CBD)
Legal vs. recreational cannabis use
Functional vs. metabolic tolerance
Self-monitoring and safer substance use practices
Physiological and social risks and benefits
Campus trends and perceived vs. actual norms
Personal risk factors for developing substance dependence
*HEO’s professional staff maintains confidentiality in one-on-one appointments excepting situations in which a) they perceive that a student is a danger to themself or their community, b) they suspect child/elder/dependent adult abuse or neglect and are mandated by the state to report to Child Protective Services, and c) they perceive a crime that must be reported to Campus Safety as required by the Clery Act.
Alcohol 101/Cannabis 101 Structure
First session (20-45 minutes): Meet with the Health Educator and discuss the violation and referral, gather background information
Between appointments, there may be “homework” such as a reflection or an online activity to complete
Second session (20-45 minutes): Follow up, reflect, refer to any necessary resources, and make an action plan for the future
Making an Appointment
Make an appointment with Michael Coleman online:
These steps still need to be finalized, most likely utilizing the same system as we previously used, but may see if there is an internal Claremont system that would integrate better with Outlook.
Outreach and workshops are generally provided by request. If you are interested in collaborating with HEO on programs, presentations, outreach events, or workshops, please fill out the Program Request Form. HEO provides programming for students on the following topics:
Alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs
Note: the above list serves as a basic guideline of programs offered by HEO. Possible programs are not limited to such categories. For more information on customizing a program, please contact us at email@example.com.
Health and Wellness Literature/Zine Collection
We have a wide variety of brochures, handouts, books, and DVDs about many different health/wellness-related topics. We also have a wall of zines related to self-care, identity, the LGBT community, and more. Browse through them while you’re in the massage chair or check them out for a class or program!
One-on-One Health Education
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Come in and chat with a Peer Health Educator about all your health and wellness needs and questions. Everything from nutrition, sex(uality), alcohol and marijuana, to anxiety and roommate issues. While Peer Wellness Coaching is not a replacement for counseling with a licensed therapist, we use tools such
as motivational interviewing, the eight dimensions of health and wellness, harm reduction, and goal setting to help you figure out what’s best for you. Request an appointment with a trained PHE using our Peer Wellness Coaching request form, or reach out to our professional staff.
HEO has worked to create one of the most comprehensive lists of resources available to Claremont college students both on and off-campus. If you are a provider or student organization that would like to be added to our list, please contact HEO@claremont.edu.