Health Education and Promotion

What We Do


Health Education and Promotion (HEP) uses a health equity lens to foster environments, institutional practices and a campus culture that promote student well-being and academic success.


Student health and well-being intentionally embedded throughout UC Davis.


  • Evidence-Informed Action: We apply a public health approach to ensure that all of our activities are as effective as possible.
  • Social Justice: We center students who experience marginalization to advocate for initiatives that promote the best health outcomes for all students.
  • Student-Centricity: We involve students in all efforts to ensure that our initiatives are relevant to their lived experiences.
  • CollaborationWe build relationships with campus and community partners to embed health and wellness in all campus policies and practices.
  • Trauma-Informed PracticeWe acknowledge that many students have experienced trauma, and we strive to fully integrate this awareness into policies, procedures and practices to actively resist re-traumatization.

We primarily focus on the following content areas: 

  • Academic Well-Being
  • Mental Well-Being
  • Sexual Well-Being
  • Physical Well-Being
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Risk Reduction

You can learn more by checking out our 2021 - 2026 Departmental Strategic Plan and our Campus Impact Infographics.

Who We Are

Our department is staffed by:

  • 4 Health Promotion Specialists
  • 1 Administrative Assistant
  • 15-20 Student Coordinators
  • 20-25 volunteers


Our Resources

  • You can find our education handouts and other informational resources on our Health Education & Promotion Shared Google Drive
  • Request one of our educational programs through our Program Request Portal. Many are peer-led, and we are able to customize the content.
    • Topics include: sexual well-being, physical activity, nutrition, mental well-being, alcohol and other drug risk reduction and safe partying

Campus Health & Well-Being Data


HEP Student Staff

HEP Spotlight

Raeann Bowlds, MPH, CHES

  • Director, Health Education and Promotion
  • Health Education and Promotion

Shantille Connolly, MPH, CHES

  • Health Promotion Specialist, Physical Well-Being
  • Health Education and Promotion

Blake Flaugher, MPH, CHES

  • Health Promotion Specialist, Sexual Well-Being
  • Health Education and Promotion

Sydney Holmes, MPH, CHES

  • Health Promotion Specialist, Mental Well-Being
  • Health Education and Promotion