Peer Health Educator Program
2014-2015 Peer Health Educators
"To facilitate individual and community health and well being and nurture students' self-care and social responsibility so that they may maximize their academic and personal success and engage in the creation of a safe and healthy community."
The Prevention & Wellness Services Peer Health Educator Program is one of the largest all-volunteer service-learning groups at Western. Peer Health Educators are diverse student leaders who come from all majors. What they have in common are these characteristics:
- They care about health.
- They care about people.
- They are trained for practical work experience.
- They are committed to making a difference in your world.
Visit our Peer Health Educator Program Application page to find out more about the program and download an application!
Peer Health Topic Groups
Peer Health Educators partner with campus health professionals to gain hands-on experience in leadership, group facilitation, public speaking, peer-to-peer information sharing, outreach, and health specialty areas. Peer Health Educators strive to increase the "health literacy" of Western's campus by educating students via one of these specialty groups:
- Alcohol & Other Drug Risk Reduction (AOD)
- Body Empowerment
- Peer Sexual Health Education (PSHE)
- Female Health Educators
- Sexual Health Outreach
- STI Educators
- Western's Empowerment and Violence Education (WEAVE)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Peer Health Educator program?
The Peer Health Educator program is a group of Western students who are committed to enhancing their own health and the health of Western's community. Peer Health Educators care about health and, more importantly, about people.
Who are Peer Health Educators?
Peer Health Educators come from all academic majors, and bring their unique skills and diverse perspectives into their health promotion projects. Through intensive and extensive training, Peer Health Educators learn to use their health knowledge to assist other students and to increase the "health literacy" of Western's campus community. Each Peer Health Educator gains valuable hands-on experience in leadership, group facilitation, public speaking, peer counseling, social marketing, and outreach.
What level of commitment will I be making as a Peer Health Educator?
Peer Health Educators are expected to commit to one year of service. However, many of our students participate in the program for the duration of their college career. Peer Health Educators volunteer about three hours of service to other Western students and the community each week. In addition, they meet one hour each week with their topic group team.
How can I become a Peer Health Educator?
Recruitment for the Peer Health Educator program begins in January with a series of information sessions. Information session leaders explain the program, review the commitments and expectations required of a Peer Health Educator, answer any questions, and hand out applications. Upon returning your completed application, you will be notified of your status within three weeks. Click HERE to find out more and download an application!
What happens once I am accepted into the Peer Health Educator program?
Once you are accepted into the Peer Health Educator program, your next step is to take Health Education 250: Health of the College Student, offered only in Spring quarter. This course explores the philosophy of Prevention & Wellness Services and its approach to the health issues that college students experience. Following your successful completion of the course, you will be assigned to a specific topic group (e.g., Body Empowerment). Just before Fall quarter, you will be required to participate in an intensive and extensive training session to prepare you for your work as a Peer Health Educator. The training session involves discussion, lecture, facilitation, role-playing, and presentation.
What are the benefits of being a Peer Health Educator?
Many of our students tell us that their experience with the Peer Health Educator program was the highlight of their college career. The connections they make both with the University and with other students only accentuate the knowledge and experience they obtained in health education. There are many reasons students get involved with the Peer Health Educator progra.The program can:
- Help you feel connected with Western's campus
- Give you an opportunity to promote healthy behaviors
- Provide concrete experience you can speak about when interviewing for jobs and graduate school