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Health Advocate Program

The purpose of the Health Advocate Program is to provide Caltech undergraduate students with training to become qualified “advocates” for their fellow students’ emotional and physical health.  The expectation of the Health Advocate is that they will respond to situations in their House and within the campus community that require emergency first-aid, attention to routine medical problems, peer counseling or crisis intervention.

In support of the above goals, the Health Advocate must complete a three-term program that teaches emergency response and preventative physical and mental health skills and knowledge. Upon successful completion of the course and written and practical exams, the student will be certified at the First Responder level and will receive several Red Cross emergency services certifications.

Health Advocates also have the opportunity to use their skills while volunteering with the American Red Cross and Pasadena Fire Department at events where Red Cross Emergency Services are needed. In the past, Health Advocates have worked at Rose Bowl events and the Pasadena Rose Parade.

For additional information, browse the Course Information and other links above, or contact Mark Stapf, Program Director, at