Health and Wellness Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Health and Wellness Programs?

The Health and Wellness Programs (HWP) Office seeks to enhance the well-being of Gallaudet University students by empowering them to make informed health and lifestyle choices in accordance with their own values and belief systems. By supporting students on behavior and lifestyle change via the dimensions of wellness-physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental-HWP helps students become more successful members of the academic community.

For medical services, the HWP refers students to the Student Health Services or to agencies outside of Gallaudet University.  See Health-Related Resources.


What kind of topics are covered by the Health and Wellness Programs?

The Health and Wellness Programs provides educational programming on a wide variety of health topics including fitness, nutrition, sexuality, relationships, drugs/alcohol, diseases, self- care, etc.  Link to the list of Health and Wellness Programs Events and Programs.

When and where are services offered by Health and Wellness Programs?

The Health and Wellness Programs' office is in Ely 103.  The office hours are 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday.  The HWP also provides some programming outside of business hours.  For information on upcoming events, please go to our Facebook page or contact pha@gallaudet.edu.

If I'm having a health related issue, can I talk to someone in the Health and Wellness Programs?

The Health and Wellness Programs is available to provide education, information and support on health related topics.   We can also refer to Student Health Services, the Counseling and Psychological Services, the Title IX Team or any other relevant department or organization. 

Health and Wellness Programs' staff are mandated reporters. Any information shared with us that may indicate a threat to oneself/another, child abuse, or sexual misconduct will be reported to the appropriate unit on campus.  We share other information with others only on a need to know basis. 

What is the difference between the Alcohol and Other Drugs Services and the Health and Wellness Programs?

The Health and Wellness Programs houses the Alcohol and Other Drugs Services unit.  Both work together to manage the AlcoholEdu and Haven, required online program for new and transfer students. 

Alcohol and Other Drugs Services provides support for students dealing with alcohol and/or other drug related infractions of the Student Code of Conduct, and ensures that students complete their assigned sanctions issued by Residence Life or the Office of Student Conduct. Alcohol and Other Drugs Services handles online alcohol and/or drug educational sessions, alcohol and drug programs, and alcohol/drug classes in collaboration with several units on and off campus.  For more information, go here.

What is the Green Dot program?

The Green Dot program is built on the premise that we can measurably and systematically reduce power based personal violence, including sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking on campus. The Health and Wellness Programs houses the Green Dot program.  We train students in intervention strategies so that they can be equipped to be effective bystanders.  For more information, please contact Christine.Gannon@Gallaudet.edu.

Where do I go for party planning meetings?


The Health and Wellness Programs provides tips for hosting a safer event/party.  Student based organizations hosting a party should contact the Health and Wellness Programs two weeks in advance to set up a meeting.

Can I get free condoms at the Health and Wellness Programs?

In Ely 103, the Health and Wellness Programs gives out male and female condoms, in addition to dental dams.  We have both latex and latex free condoms, along with a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures.  Students can get 10 free condoms per visit. 

For distribution at an event or to a large group of people, we ask that you set up a program with the Health and Wellness Programs so we can pair the distribution with safer sex education.  Please contact us at pha@gallaudet.edu

Can I get a job with the Health and Wellness Programs?  Who are the Peer Health Advocates?

The Health and Wellness Programs employs full time undergraduate students as Peer Health Advocates.  These students are an important element in educating the Gallaudet community about health related topics.  For more information on the Peer Health Advocates, please go here.