Become a Peer Health Educator

Program Information and Application Process

Recruitment for the Peer Health Educator Program begins in January and runs through the first week of February. The selection of new Peer Health Educators is completed in time for spring registration.

What you need to know


  1. The Application:
    • Download the 2015-2016 Peer Health Educator Program Application
    • Type the application. Be concise and professional. There is no interview. Please use your application to let us know who you are.
    • Submit your application by Friday, February 7, at 5:00 PM. Drop it off in Old Main 560 or email your application to pws@wwu.edu. Call 650-2993 if you have any questions.
    • Notification will be sent to you by Friday, February 21.
    • If accepted into program, register for HLED 250. Registration for Spring Quarter begins on February 24.

  2. Overall Program Requirements – should you be selected:
    • Spring 2014, Health Education 250: 4 credits with discussion section (S/U grading).
    • Fall Intensive Training: September 15-19, 2014.
    • 2014-2015: Volunteer 4 to 5 hours per week in the Peer Health Educator Program for a minimum of one academic year.
    • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above. [We are not looking for only “A” students. We want to ensure you are succeeding academically and have adequate time to focus on your course work.]

  3. The Spring Foundation Training Course - Health Education 250 (HLED 250)
    • Day, time & location: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:20 PM; FR2
    • Goal: To empower students to enhance their own health and the health of Western’s Community by mastering and personally applying the theories and strategies presented in this course.
    • Class requirements: •Attend all class sessions Attend weekly discussion group (1 hour per week, to be arranged first week of class) Participate in community service experience (6-8 hours long) with associated reflection assignment Complete a one-time meeting with your assigned PWS staff member Complete a quarter-long individual project with personal assessment and writing components Complete a topic specialty application – includes completion of prerequisites for each of your top 3 areas of your choice. [Prerequisites may include attendance of a program or workshop presented by current Peer Health Educators and/or attending an interview.]
    • Other: 1.) Readings for each class session will be available on Canvas 2.) There is a $15 personal assessment fee.

  4. Attend Fall Topic Specialty Training:
    • Dates: Monday, September 15th through Friday, September 19th, 2014 (school begins September 24)
    • Process & Outcomes: Small and large group training providing team building, communication and facilitation skills, in-depth knowledge of content in topic specialty.

  5. Current opportunities for service in the Peer Health Educator Program: [selection made in HLED 250]
    • Alcohol and Other Drug Risk Reduction (AOD)
    • Body Empowerment (nutrition, stress, activity, sleep & general health)
    • Peer Sexual Health Education
      • Female Health Educators
      • Sexual Health Outreach
      • STI Educators
    • THRIVE (positive mental health, stigma reduction of asking for help)
    • Western’s Empowerment and Violence Education (WEAVE)

Benefits of the Peer Health Educator Program

Short Term

  • Increased knowledge and skills to enhance personal and community health and safety
  • Practical work experience
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Expanded support system
  • A community of people with similar interests; friends
  • Hands on experience in your topic group
  • A “place” you belong at Western
  • Opportunity to apply classroom learning to real life

Students say:

  • The class is amazing, you learn so much about your peers, yourself, and so many interesting topics.
  • The other people in the program are incredible and you get to be part of a really great community.
  • You get to contribute to the health and wellness of Western which is very rewarding.
  • It's one of the most worthwhile ways to spend your time. And honestly, while there's a high level of responsibility it's not that hard and so much fun.

Long Term

  • Commitment to community health and social justice for all people
  • Informed health consumer who is able to assist family, friends, colleagues, employees and students with understanding health information
  • Concrete portfolio of experiences for work and graduate school applications
  • Future network of friends
  • Increased understanding of connection between personal health, social justice and the health of the community
  • Increased leadership skills

Students say:

  • The training you receive will stay with you your whole life, even if you don't work with that subject matter again. The fact that you know about resources, how to seek them out, how to utilize them, and how to refer others so they can receive the help they need is something that will be valuable in whatever you do with your life.
  • The core staff members are a group of amazing people and the nature of the program allows you to develop meaningful relationships with them and they can serve as excellent references for you.
  • Looks great on your resume!

 

Page Updated 11.10.2014