The Peer Health Action Team (PHAcT) at Orange Coast College is a group of student leaders who are committed to promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices by educating and empowering their peers on a variety of health related topics. Members of PHAcT are volunteers of the Student Health Center who encourage their peers to make healthy and informed decisions by increasing awareness and knowledge in topics such as nutrition, mental health & wellness, alcohol & other drugs, sexuality, and violence prevention.
What does PHAcT do?
PHAcT supports the well-being of their peers through various on-campus events and outreach activities. PHAcT collaborates with other student organizations, campus departments and local community agencies in developing their health promotion activities.
As a committee, PHAcT members meet on a regular basis throughout the Fall and Spring semester to actively develop and participate in health events such as Suicide Prevention Awareness, Maslow's Hierarchy Mental Health Fair, Safe Sex, No Drugs, and Rock & Roll at OCC, (______) is Not Consent, and Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Fair.
Health Hut Outreach
PHAcT members can be seen on campus in the Student Health Center "Health Hut" serving as a health resource to OCC students. In the "Health Hut," members provide information and answer questions from their peers related to the medical and mental health services provided by the Student Health Center. They also have fun activities for OCC students such as games, trivia questions and great giveaways.
In past semesters, PHAcT had the opportunity to be a part of great media campaigns in partnership with the Orange County Health Care Agency, Alcohol & Drug Education & Prevention Team (ADEPT) and the Capstone Agency team at the University of Alabama. These included the "I Am OCC" campaign, which promotes the use of a designated driver and "LessThanUThink," a campaign that uses humorous messages to emphasize the negative social consequences of binge drinking.
What are the benefits of being a PHAcT member?
Becoming a PHAcT member provides an opportunity for students to have a unique and powerful relationship with their peers, learn about the field of health promotion, and help create a healthy environment throughout campus. Other benefits include:
- Build your resume for college transfer, nursing or other allied health programs
- Become a candidate for OCC scholarships and awards
- Learn about a variety of health topics
- Collaborate with student organizations and campus departments
- Gain leadership, collaboration, and presentation skills
How do I get involved with PHAcT?
All students who are currently enrolled in OCC are welcome to become a PHAcT member. We accept new members year-round and welcome all majors!
Interested in joining? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org