Health Promotion

Contact Us

Patricia Atwater

Tobacco Cessation Program
(206) 685-7848

The Health Promotion office is on the main floor of Hall Health, on your right as you enter through the front door.

Our Health Promotion staff and volunteers are committed to helping people make informed, voluntary, and health-promoting behavior changes by thinking critically about lifestyle choices that will enhance wellbeing and academic success.



Our services include:

  • tobacco cessation program featuring one-on-one coaching sessions, resources, and tips.
  • Help enrolling in, using, and understanding domestic or international student health insurance.
  • Free condoms, lube, and dental dams through the Safer Sex Project
  • Health education materials on topics including alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, healthy relationship, nutrition, physical fitness, sexual health, and stress management.
  • Brochures, pamphlets, and materials for orientations and other student events
  • Presentations for students on many health topics

Student volunteer program

The Health Promotion Department offers students an opportunity to gain meaningful volunteer experience, serving the UW community in the Health Promotion.  To learn more about becoming a Health Promotion volunteer, contact Patricia Atwater or stop by the Health Promotion office.

Meet the Staff and Volunteers
  • Patricia Atwater, Director of Health Promotion – Patricia previously worked in a variety of health care and health promotion settings including managing the University of Washington Tobacco Studies Program. Pronouns: she/her.

Meet the Health Promotion volunteers (previously Wellness Resource Center)

Each quarter, a team of volunteers to help staffs the Health Promotion.  Here is a list of the people who are currently involved as of Spring Quarter 2017:

  • Ashlesha Rijal
  • Beatrice Breckheimer
  • Daniel Phan
  • Georgia Downey; pronouns: she/her.
  • Heena Kumar; pronouns: she/her.
  • Lila Faulhaber; pronouns: she/her.
  • Melanie Lee
  • Natyra Hertica; pronouns: she/her.
  • Philip Narasethapong
  • Paige Raymond; pronouns: she/her.
  • Shukri Salad; pronouns: she/her.
  • Sulemma Zaldivar
  • Victoria Tran
  • Youssef Azami
Thanks to all of these dedicated volunteers for giving their time to assist in staffing the Health Promotion!

International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) is administered through International Student Services (ISS)

Chris Dessert, Counselor, International Student Health Insurance Plan – Chris has been assisting UW students with their health insurance benefits for the past 13 years.  For the past 3 years, he has been helping international students access health care in the U.S. as an insurance counselor with International Student Services.


Hall Health Center

187B 4060 E Stevens Way NE, Box 354410

Seattle, WA 98195-4410; Health Promotion Office


(206) 543-6202



Safer Sex Supplies

Free Safer Sex Supplies

Condoms can cost as much as $1 each at drug stores and pharmacies. The Safer Sex Project at Hall Health offers free condoms, lube, and dental dams to UW-Seattle students. Students can get up to 10 items per week free.

The Safer Sex cabinet is located in the Health Promotion office at Hall Health Center. The cabinet is self-serve.



Tobacco Cessation Program

Tobacco Talk is an expanded program to help UW students, UW employees, and patients of Hall Health Center stop using tobacco products.

Starting the conversation

Quitting smoking can be hard, but it’s often easier than people expect. We’re here to offer a safe space to talk about using tobacco, no strings attached. Whether you want to quit right away, or aren’t sure you want to quit right now, that’s okay. We’re here to help you start the conversation.

Asking questions

  1. Why is it that you smoke (or use other tobacco products)?
  2. Do you see yourself smoking this time next year? In two or five years?
  3. How much does it cost you to smoke? What about long-term?
  4. Have you tried to quit before?
  5. How do you feel about smoking?

Quitting smoking is within your reach

  • One-on-one coaching, in person, by phone, or through email
  • A personalized Quit Plan developed for what’s going to work for YOU
  • FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products (patches, gum, etc…)
  • Referral to other services to offer more comprehensive support
  • Optional medical follow-up through Hall Health’s providers
  • Access to Hall Health’s Health Promotion Office

Tips for quitting

  1. Get support. Talk to friends or family (or anyone else) who might be helpful through your quit.
  2. Make a plan. Quitting is easier when you have a plan and we can help you make one!
  3. Set a date. Setting a quit date is one of the most important things you can do.
  4. Take it slow. Make a small change between when you decide to quit.
  5. Use medications. People are much more likely to be successful quitting if they use an approved medication and use it correctly.
  6. Tobacco proof. Get rid of your tobacco and related items before your quit date.

Benefits of quitting

  1. Save money. A pack a day, at $7-$8 a pack, costs nearly $3,000 a year.
  2. Feeling better. Your sense of smell and taste will improve after just a couple days of not smoking. You’ll start breathing more easily after just a couple of weeks.
  3. Avoid serious illness. After a year of being smoke-free, your risk of a heart attack is cut in half.
  4. Protect friends and family. Secondhand smoke isn’t just a nuisance, it’s also a serious health concern.
  5. Freedom. Not being dependent on cigarettes or nicotine anymore. No more having to leave friends or an event to find a place to smoke.

There is no cost for the program for UW students (subsidized via the Services and Activity Fee), and UW employees and patients of Hall Health Center (courtesy of a substantial gift from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe). The program covers a series of one-on-one discussions (which after the first meeting could take place by phone), and follow up three and six months after your quit date.

For further information about the contact the Tobacco Talk Program at (206) 685-7848 or

What people are saying about Tobacco Talk

“The tobacco cessation program at UW has been essential in my efforts to quit smoking. Colin has been the best support I could have asked for, and I am truly grateful. He walked me through the entire process and helped me establish a plan. This plan was what helped me realize I could quit smoking. I hope you continue to offer this program in the future for other tobacco users at UW because it works. I owe Colin, the program, and UW a big thank you for helping me!”

Additional resources


The Health Promotion Department uses the Wellness Wheel to help students  evaluate and improve their overall health and wellness.

Online general health resources

Walking resources

  • UWalk
    Sign up for UWalk, and you can join walking groups, participate in events and group activities, keep track of your progress, and connect with a community of walkers across campus sharing stories and photos. (UW)
  • Seattle Walking Maps
    This map brochure helps residents and visitors explore and navigate in and around Seattle’s University District and nearby neighborhoods, including north Capitol Hill, while leaving their cars at home. (Metro King County)
  • Walking Maps in King County
    Take advantage of the beautiful neighborhoods, paths and trails in King County. Includes maps provided by Public Health – Seattle & King County in cooperation with local communities throughout the county. (Metro King County)
  • Walking: A Step in the Right Direction
    Provides tips on starting a walking program, safety, warming up, and the benefits of walking. (National Institutes of Health)