Habif’s AOD Health Promotion Specialist supports training initiatives and other programming for Alcohol and Other Substance Use prevention. Peer Health Educators are available to host programs for groups of students. For more information or to request a training or program, you may email us.
Peer Health Educators
A Peer Health Educator (PHE) is a student volunteer deeply interested in health promotion activities including outreach, programming, and communications. PHE’s receive training by health professionals in many areas of wellness including stress management and mental health, sleep, lower-risk drinking and safer sex. They are members of classes, teams, groups, residential colleges, co-ops, etc. They are your friends, lab partners, suitemates. They are committed to creating a healthier Wash U. You will see them on the Danforth campus promoting health and wellness and planning exciting and educational events.
Specifically, the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Peer Health Educators are trained on the latest education and research related to the topic area. Past programming includes: WILD programming, You Don’t Need Pills to Pass, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, What’s Up with Weed?, Alcohol and Athletic Performance, Great American Smoke-out, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, National Alcohol Screening Day, and Thirsty Thursdays.
Year One College Behavior Profile: Y1CBP
The Year One College Behavior Profile (Y1CBP) is an evidenced-based, online, brief intervention program designed to reduce high-risk drinking, marijuana use, and related substance use among college students. The Y1CBP can also reinforce low-risk behaviors and reaffirm those who choose to abstain from alcohol and marijuana use.
Students complete the Y1CBP in a confidential platform by indicating their plans for use while in college. Based on student response, the Y1CBP gives students real-time feedback with information about their alcohol and marijuana use including risks, expectancies, perceptions of social norms, along with options for reducing problems and consequences that may be related to their use. The Y1CBP is used at WashU as a pre-matriculation prevention program, required of all entering first-year students to help correct the misconceptions students have about the prevalence of alcohol and marijuana use before they begin their college career at WashU.