About Us

Our Mission:     Health Promotion and Outreach at the University Health Center is a culturally competent team that fosters student learning, academic success and leadership through health and wellness education. We accomplish this by providing active and collaborative learning opportunities, enriching educational experiences and a supportive campus environment.


Health Promotion and Outreach Professional Staff

Suzanne Forkner, MS, MCHES, CWP
Director of Health Promotion & Outreach
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Education:
  • Master of Science in Health Promotion and Human Resource Management, Nebraska Methodist College
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Specializing in Community Health Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP), National Wellness Institute, Inc.
  • Health Promotion Director, The Cooper Institute
  • Teen Outreach Program Club Facilitator, Wyman Institute
Contact: 402-472-7443 or sforkner2@unl.edu
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Lee Heerten, MSW
Wellness Educator – Sexual Health
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Education:
  • Master of Social Work with a Clinical Concentration, University of Nebraska–Omaha
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Ethnic Studies Minor in LGBT/Sexuality Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Teen Outreach Program Club Facilitator, Wyman Institute
  • Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Certified HIV Counselor
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) (in progress)
Contact: 402-472-7498 or lheerten2@unl.edu « hide
Deb Henderson, RN
Wellness Educator – Wellness Advocates
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Education:
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Registered Nurse, Lincoln General Hospital School of Nursing
  • American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor
  • Tobacco Cessation Education
  • Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
  • Marijuana Educational Counseling
Contact: 402-472-7442 or dhenderson1@unl.edu « hide
Chi Kalu, MA
Marketing Assistant
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Education:
  • Master of Arts in Marketing, Communication, and Advertising, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Journalism, Advertising, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Contact: 402-472-7459 or kalu@unl.edu « hide
Kirsten Licht, MS
Wellness Educator – Peer Education
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Education:
  • Master of Science in Leadership Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Family Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
  • Marijuana Educational Counseling
  • Tobacco Cessation Education
Contact: 402-472-7542 or klicht2@unl.edu « hide
Emily Schuckman, MS
Wellness Educator – Events
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Education:
  • Master of Science in Leadership Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Group Fitness Instructor, Aerobic and Fitness Association of America
  • Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist, American College of Sports Medicine / National Society for Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health
  • Teen Outreach Program Club Facilitator, Wyman Institute
  • Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
Contact: 402-472-7478 or eschuckman2@unl.edu « hide
Erin Wirth, PCM
Marketing/Public Relations Coordinator
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Education:
  • Masters, University of Nebraska–Lincoln (in progress)
  • Bachelor of Journalism, Advertising, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Professional Certified Marketer, American Marketing Association
Contact: 402-472-7451 or ewirth@unl.edu « hide
Kane Znamenacek
Wellness Graduate Assistant
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Education:
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Teen Outreach Program Club Facilitator, Wyman Institute
Contact: 402-472-7445 or kznamenacek@unl.edu « hide
Alcohol e-CHUG Screening

Alcohol e-CHECKUP TO GO (e-CHUG) is an online screening tool with accurate and personalized feedback that lets you see how your drinking, family risk and campus norms affect your life.

Click here to take the screening.

BASICS

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is a self-referral program that involves individual educational sessions for students experiencing problems related to alcohol use.

Click here to complete the form for an appointment.

Campaigns and Events

August   Big Red Welcome
September   Backpack Assessment
October   National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
November   Winter Wellness
December   Stress Free Zone
February   Random Acts of Kindness
March   Women's Health Month
Safe Spring Break
April   Get Yourself Tested (GYT)
Stress Free Zone

Contact Us

The Health Promotion and Outreach
University Health Center
1500 U Street
Lower Level, Room 12

402-472-5000

Make an Appointment/Schedule a Presentation:

The staff in Health Promotion and Outreach are here to assist you. Call 402-472-5000 to schedule an appointment with one of our health educators; you can also schedule a presentation for your group.

Get Involved

Healthy Huskers Healthy Huskers are selected undergraduate students who strive to make a difference in the lives of other students by educating them on many important wellness topics including, but not limited to alcohol, healthy eating, safer sex, sleep, stress, etc. HHs educate other students about health and social issues in order to increase awareness, encourage safer behaviors, make informed choices, and enhance the health and well being of their peers.

Wellness Advocates Wellness Advocates are students employed by the Health Promotion and Outreach of the University Health Center to help assist fellow students with their diverse health and wellness needs by providing consultation, information, and materials. This is a live-in position in the Residence Halls and Greek Houses.

Health Promotion and Outreach

Our Mission:     Health Promotion and Outreach at the University Health Center is a culturally competent team that fosters student learning, academic success and leadership through health and wellness education. We accomplish this by providing active and collaborative learning opportunities, enriching educational experiences and a supportive campus environment.

Health Topics

Health Promotion and Outreach aims to create opportunities for students to become more aware and better educated about their health and wellness in order to make more informed choices. We utilize educational programs to advocate for health and wellness on various topics and behaviors that can prevent disease, injuries and other health problems. We are firm believers that the healthier our students are, the better their educational experiences will be and the more likely they will graduate and achieve their goals.

Health Topics »
Studenthealth 101 »

Healthy Huskers

Healthy Huskers (HH) support the mission of the Health Promotion and Outreach (HPO) of the University Health Center. The HHs strive to make a difference in the lives of other students by educating them on many important wellness topics, health, and social issues in order to increase awareness, encourage safer behaviors, make informed choices, and enhance the health and well-being of their peers.

Learn more about the Healthy Huskers (HH) Program and apply to become a Healthy Husker »

Presentations

  • ABC's of Contraception
  • Alcohol 101
  • FitNut U
  • Healthy Living
  • Healthy Relationships
  • More Zzzzzz's Please
  • Sex-Tac-Choices
  • Stress & You
Make an Appointment/Schedule a Presentation:

The staff in Health Promotion and Outreach are here to assist you. Call 402-472-5000 to schedule an appointment with one of our health educators; you can also schedule a presentation for your group.

Wellness

Wellness is a holistic way of life which focuses on finding the right balance for each individual.

Health Promotion and Outreach promotes seven interrelated dimensions of wellness to encourage students to take responsibility for their own health and be the best person they can be.

  • The Seven Dimension of Wellness:
  • Emotional  — the ability to understand and deal with your feelings
  • Environmental  — the livability of your surroundings
  • Intellectual  — constantly challenging your mind
  • Occupational  — personal fulfillment from chosen career and maintaining a positive work-life balance
  • Physical  — maintaining a healthy quality of life and your ability to take care of yourself
  • Social  — the ability to develop and maintain satisfying and supportive relationships
  • Spiritual  — the use of a guiding beliefs, principles, or values that give meaning and purpose to your life

For more information on the dimensions of Wellness »

Wellness Advocates

Wellness Advocates (WA) support the mission of the Health Promotion and Outreach (HPO) of the University Health Center. Wellness Advocates are students employed by Health Promotion and Outreach (HPO) of the University Health Center to help assist fellow students with their diverse health and wellness needs by providing consultation, information, and materials in Residence Halls and Greek Houses.

Learn more about the Wellness Advocates (WA) Program and apply to become a Wellness Advocate »