Prevention Services: Creating a Safer Adventure
The Prevention Services department provides campus-wide leadership for a comprehensive approach to reduce health risks for students. In collaboration with our campus and community partners, we strive to foster a healthy campus environment and support the academic success of our students.
Health issues that are focused on include high-risk drinking, sexual and interpersonal violence, and general healthy lifestyle habits. We use the Environmental Management approach and the 3-in-1 Framework to inform our decisions and guide our efforts for maximum impact.
Environmental management seeks to bring about behavior change through multiple channels, both promoting positive behaviors and norms and also discouraging high-risk behaviors. It encompasses a range of activities, including:
- Environmental change including policy changes at both the campus and community level
- Early intervention programs aimed at students displaying signs of distress
- Awareness activities for groups known to be at higher risk for engaging in problem behaviors
- Health protection programs that aim to minimize the harm incurred by problem behavior.
The 3-in-1 Framework is based upon over ten years of research, conducted by the US Department of Education's Higher Education Center (HEC). It notes that successful interventions for health behaviors occur at three distinct levels, noted to the left.
Alcohol EDU and Unless There's Consent
Every year, all first-year students entering Iowa State from high school will be required to complete the online prevention programs AlcoholEduŽ and Unless There's Consent™. Students should log on to Access Plus for detailed information and to complete the requirement within the given time frame. Want more information? Check out our FAQ about these online educational programs.
Alcohol Edu _ Alcohol Risk Reduction
Whether students abstain from alcohol or not, we know it can be a signification issue in the lives of college students. That’s why Iowa State has joined together with many top schools in the country in adopting “AlcoholEdu for College.” The required online program will teach students tips to stay safe while having fun on campus.
Unless There’s Consent _ Sexual Misconduct Risk Reduction
Creating a respectful, safe and non-threatening environment is the responsibility of all members of the university community! “Unless There’s Consent" is a sexual misconduct prevention program that aims to reduce sexual misconduct by raising awareness about sexual misconduct. “Unless There’s Consent" is endorsed by the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women. The program is made up of 14 videos that utilize survivor stories, real life scenarios, and provide bystander skills so that students can recognize or help a friend in sexually aggressive situations.
For technical assistance regarding the online programs, please use the Help button tabs in the online courses or reference the Troubleshooting Tips documents above.
Group Facilitation and Presentation Assistance Available to Your Group
Mentors in Violence Prevention
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) is focused on an innovative "bystander" model that empowers each student to take an active role in promoting a positive school climate. The heart of the training consists of role-plays intended to allow students to construct and practice viable options in response to incidents of harassment, abuse, or violence before, during, or after the fact.
MVP is an interactive discussion in single-sex and mixed-gender classes and workshops. The facilitator uses real-life scenarios that speak to the social life experiences of young men and women in college.
Download the Bystander Intervention Tips flyer/poster.
Alcohol Risk Reduction
Alcohol risk reduction presentations are modeled after a research-based, theory driven program, which is part of a comprehensive alcohol prevention program created at the University of Houston. This presentation engages students using motivational interviewing along with social norms, behavioral intentions, how to help a friend with alcohol poisoning, and goal setting around alcohol use.
To schedule a facilitator for your group, contact us at 515-294-1868 (8am-5pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy Presentations Toolkit
If you need to give a healthy living presentation to your class, living group, club or organization, Prevention Services can help. We've developed a toolkit that meant just for you! The Prezi toolkit below includes great resources to help you give an engaging, informative presentation.
To request additional information not in the Prezi Healthy Presentations Toolkit, contact
us at 515-294-1868 (8am-5pm) or email email@example.com.
Research shows that condom distribution is an effective form of reducing sexually transmitted disease on college campuses. Student Health distributes free condoms on campus as a way to make Iowa State a safer place for our students. Students may also stop by the Prevention Services office at Student Health during business hours to pick up free condoms (up to ten per visit).
- Free Condom Wednesdays and Thursdays
- Condoms are distributed on campus on Wednesdays and Thursdays
- Residence Hall or Greek Chapter supplies