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Pritma "Mickey" Irizarry
Director, Wellness Center

Hughes hall, Room 105

Health Promotion & Advocacy Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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Welcome Health Promotion and Wellness Resources

The Wellness Center is now the Health Promotion and Advocacy Center (HPAC)!

HPAC provides health education resources and sexual violence prevention programs for the American University community. Our mission is to provide students with wellness resources, to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce risk behaviors, and offer a safe, non-discriminatory environment for our students.

To book a victim advocacy meeting, a wellness consult, or schedule a meeting with any staff member, visit our You Can Book Me page.

Through primary prevention and expert and empathic interventions, we help students develop positive, healthy habits and lifestyles that will endure throughout a lifetime. Our free services and educational programs are based in the philosophy that wellness encompasses many dimensions, including physical, emotional, spiritual and social wellness. We do not judge and we do not tell students what to do. We are firm believers in balance, self-care, and being good to yourself.

Our hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. You may drop in any time to pick up condoms and other sexual health resources; however, wellness consults and OASIS advocacy meetings are currently by appointment only. 

OASIS at HPAC Confidential Victim Advocacy Services

The Health Promotion and Advocacy Center also houses OASIS: the Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence. OASIS provides free and confidential services to anyone in the campus community who is affected by sexual violence, interpersonal violence (dating or domestic violence), and stalking.

Advocacy is a supportive service intended to help survivors navigate their options and make informed decisions about their security, health, academic well-being, and the adjudication process. Confiding in an advocate does not mean you must report an incident to university administrators or the police. If you have any questions or concerns about confidentiality, an advocate can provide clarifying examples. To book an appointment, visit our You Can Book Me page. You may also call or email us with any questions: or 202-885-7070.

OASIS at the Health Promotion and Advocacy Center. Educate. Empower. Support.

More about HPAC Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the American University Health Promotion and Advocacy Center is to provide students with wellness resources, to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce high-risk behaviors, and offer a safe, non-discriminatory environment.

Our philosophy and approach to wellness and health promotion is holistic and research-based. When we talk about a "holistic approach," we speak to the many dimensions that encompass wellness: physical, emotional, sexual, educational, occupational, etc. To cultivate true wellness, it is important to think about the varied dimensions and aspects of life that contribute to our well-being--it's so much more than physical and mental health!

In planning our services, programs, or outreach activities, we consult the most current and relevant research. We know that no matter how "flashy" a campaign looks, if it doesn't work, it's pointless. In order to fully ensure our services and programs are meeting student needs, we conduct assessments and evaluations, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research (OIR).