What is GatorWell Health Promotion Services?

As health education leaders at the University of Florida, GatorWell uses health promotion strategies to educate UF students about health and wellness topics relevant to the college experience. These strategies include health-related individual services, programming, advocacy, and assessment. Students can meet with a health educator for the following one-on-one services: Wellness Coaching for Academic Success, and HIV Testing, as well as, request health presentations and tabling outreach. Large-scale outreach programs include a traveling Health Hut, health communication campaigns, the STRIVE peer education group and residential outreach. Our advocacy efforts include campus health policy development and acting as a regular credible source for local news agencies. GatorWell collaborates with numerous campus and community stakeholders and leaders to carry out our mission to support student wellness and academic success.

Where is GatorWell located?

To better serve UF students, GatorWell Health Promotion Services has several locations!

  • Our Main Office is in the Reitz Union on Level 1 next to the Career Resource Center; 655 Rietz Union Dr. Suite 1100
  • We have a satellite office at Jennings Hall (Buses: 121, 126, 127)
  • We have a satellite office at the Springs Complex (Buses: 120, 125, 126)
  • We also have a traveling Health Hut that goes all over campus: Health Hut hours and locations

What are GatorWell’s business hours?

  • Main office hours are 8am-5pm
    • GatorWell follows the official UF calendar
    • GatoWell is closed on all UF recognized Holidays
  • Satellite Office hours can be found on the Facebook pages of the Springs & Jennings pages. Walk-in hours are also an options call to confirm availability:
    • GatorWell @ Springs:(352) 392-6144
    • GatorWell @ Jennings (352) 392-2171, ext. 10707

How are GatorWell and the Counseling and Wellness Center different?

The Counseling and Wellness Center’s staff consist primarily of licensed mental health providers, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and other mental healthcare providers. They provide group and individual therapy, online therapy for anxiety, and psychiatric medical treatment to students. They also provide outreach services to students around campus on mental health issues.

GatorWell staff are not qualified to provide mental health therapy or treatment. They qualified to assist students to develop skills to improve their health in any of the health topics covered by GatorWell, coach them to develop action plans around health goals and conduct HIV testing. They educate and provide outreach on any of the health topics covered by GatorWell.

Does GatorWell provide mental health counseling?

No-please visit or call the Counseling and Wellness Center for all mental health services: 352-392-1575

Does GatorWell provide medical services?

No-please visit or call the Student Health Care Center for all medical services: 352-392-1161

Are GatorWell services free?

All GatorWell services are covered by health fees associated with student tuition costs. Therefore, enrolled students pay no additional cost at the time of service.

Can I use your services if I am not an enrolled UF student?

No- but if you are a spouse of a student or off for a semester, you are still allowed to use the services.

What services do you provide?

An enrolled student can meet one-on-one with a Health Educator for the following services:

  • HIV Testing
  • Wellness Coaching for Academic Success

An enrolled student can request an educational  consult on any health topic covered by GatorWell including:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Body Image/Eating Concerns
  • Healthy Eating/Active living
  • Sexual Health
  • Sleep Management
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management

GatorWell also provides outreach services for students, which can also be requested online!

When and where does GatorWell offer Wellness Coaching for Academic Success?

This service is available at GatorWell’s main office during our business hours Monday through Friday in the Rietz Union on Level 1.  Request an appointment! Based on your schedule and availability, we will match you with a Health Educator at a time a place that is convenient for you.

When and where does GatorWell offer HIV Counseling and Testing?

HIV Counseling and Testing is available at GatorWell’s main office in the Reitz Union on Level 1 on Mondays from 2pm-4: 30 pm, Wednesdays from 2pm-4:3 30 pm and Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30am-11:30am.  Request an appointment!

What other services does GatorWell offer students and how can students request them?

  • Request a Presentation– Students, faculty or staff can request presentations that will be offered to students.
  • Request  Outreach Tabling– Students, faculty or staff can request GatorWell to provide outreach at an event for students regarding a specific health topic covered by GatorWell or information about GatorWell in general.
  • Request Bulk Condoms– Students, faculty or staff can request bulk condoms for events or programs serving UF students.
  • Request a Media Interview– Students and professional journalists can request a media interview. As a professional courtesy, professional journalists can bypass the request form and call GatorWell directly (352-273-4450).
    • Do you do same day interviews?  This cannot be guaranteed for class assignments- the media request form needs to be completed online at least 24 hours in advance to ensure a timely response. We will do everything possible to accommodate non-class assignment requests from professional journalists (TV-20, the Gainesville Sun, The Alligator, radio stations, etc.).
  • Request the Health Hut to visit your campus location or attend your campus event. You must speak with Samantha Evans by phone (352-273-4462) or email Samantha Evans (s.evans@ufl.edu)
  • Collaborate with GatorWell on a UF affiliated event or program- Our health educators are well trained in program development and event planning related to college health and in support of academic success.

Do you provide any other sexually transmitted infection testing?

No. GatorWell is only certified to provide HIV counseling and testing in the form of an oral swab. Results come back in two weeks and students need to obtain results in person.

Can someone come into my HIV appointment with me?

No, it is against GatorWell site certification.

How can a student get specialty condoms?

Specialty condoms, such as external/roll-on (male) condoms (flavored, latex-free, extra-large) and internal/insertable (female) condoms are available in limited supply for individual students (no bulk requests) at the main office and satellite centers.  Call or visit GatorWell directly to obtain specialty condoms.

Can a parent, guardian or other individual make an appointment for a student?

No- only the student can schedule an appointment for services.

How do I apply for internships or employment opportunities?

GatorWell loves to bring on talented and enthusiastic UF students!

  • Check our student employment page for any job listings.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as we post all job listings to these social media outlets.

Do you have Gatorade here?

No- Gatorade is provided by the Student Health Care Center in the Infirmary building off of Fletcher Drive.

Can I take more than just one health-related giveaway item?

No.  Because we have a limited supply of these items, we allow students to take only one of each item per visit.  Our free condoms, however, are packaged eight per bag (and more can be made available upon request). Students are welcome to come back for more items in the future and to tell other students to visit our offices for these giveaways.