What is a PHC?
Public Health Coordinators (PHCs) provide supportive on-site crisis intervention and emergency management for Yale College students, with remote support as necessary from professional staff. The PHCs do not provide counseling or emergency services themselves. They are an on-site resource to direct students to professional resources or direct professionals to students in need, acting as a liaison when necessary. The PHCs must sign, model and abide by the Yale Community Compact. Students who are having trouble living up to their Compact commitments may be referred to the PHCs for guidance and support. The PHCs will report to a Yale Mental Health and Counseling professional and to a member of Yale College Student Affairs. Each PHC will participate in an on-call schedule to collectively cover the residential colleges 24/7 when the undergraduates are in residence.
The 2020-2021 Public Health Coordinator
Adam Houston is a graduate student at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE), and is so excited to be in residence as the Peer Health Coordinator for Morse College! His true loyalties will always be to Branford, but he spent many happy hours in the Morse dining hall after long runs with the cross country and track teams. Adam grew up in Seattle, Washington, on the land of the Duwamish and other Coast Salish tribes. After graduating from Yale in 2018 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, he returned to Seattle to work as the Production Manager at the University of Washington Farm, where he grew several acres of fruits and vegetables, led field trips, and taught classes.
At YSE he plans on studying nature-based solutions to climate change, including agricultural soil carbon sequestration, reforestation, and other practices for creating resilient food systems. In addition to growing food, Adam is passionate about bicycling, and you’ll most likely see him heading out an adventure around New Haven along with his blue bike, Sam.