A Peer Health Educator (PHE) is an undergraduate student volunteer on the Danforth Campus who is deeply interested in health promotion/harm reduction and committed to creating a healthier WashU.
PHEs serve as “ambassadors” for the Habif Health and Wellness Center and the Zenker Wellness Suite/Sumers Recreation Center.
Their activities include outreach, program planning and implementation, and communications. PHEs receive training on priority health- and wellness-related topics.
PHEs work on these subgroups: alcohol/other drugs (AOD), mental health, and sexual health. A PHE may serve on one subgroup only. Staff members – full-time employees of Habif and practicum students from the Brown School of Social Work and Public Health – train PHEs and supervise the subgroups.
Signature PHE programs include:
- AOD: WILD programming, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, What’s Up with Weed?, Alcohol and Athletic Performance, Great American Smokeout, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, National Alcohol Screening Day, Movie Night in the DUC, and Thirsty Thursdays
- Mental Health: Sleep Raffle, Reflect and Reset event, on Imposter Syndrome panel, promotion of Let’s Talk and emotional skills/support groups, Depression/Anxiety Awareness, , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) campaign and HappyLight Raffle, Meditation Mondays
- Sexual Health: Bare Mail, Bedsider on Campus, SexintheDark, Sex Week, STI screening Days, Thanks Birth Control Day, Frisky Fridays
PHEs who meet the expectations in the volunteer job description, serve for a minimum of two years, and make significant contributions to health promotion on campus according to their subgroup supervisors will receive honor cords to wear at Commencement ceremonies and keep as mementos.
PHEs proudly display their PHE Honor Cords at Commencement
To apply, go to WUGO and sign in with your WUSTL key.
Questions? Contact Wellness by email