A Peer Health Educator (PHE) is an undergraduate student volunteer on the Danforth Campus selected to represent the Habif Health and Wellness Center in health promotion/harm reduction efforts on campus for one year.
What is a PHE?
- An undergraduate student volunteer dedicated to health promotion and wellness at WashU
- Receives training and supervision from Habif Health and Wellness Center staff
- Works on outreach, programming and communications
- Specializes in one of these three subgroups:
- Alcohol and other drugs
- Mental Health
- Sexual Health
PHEs work in these subgroups: alcohol/other drugs (AOD), mental health, and sexual health. A PHE may serve on one subgroup only. Habif staff members 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 harm reduction outreach, AOD Awareness Week, Prescription Drug Disposal Program, Know Your Product, What’s Up with Weed, E-cigarette Panel, NARCAN training, Drink Counter Bead Bracelets, Movie Nights in the DUC, and Thirsty Thursdays
- Mental Health: Gratitude Week, Sleep Raffle, Reflect and Reset event, Spill the Tea, Impostor Syndrome panel, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) campaign, and Mindful Mondays
- Sexual Health: Bare Mail, Bedsider on Campus, SexintheDark, Sex Week, STI Screening Days in the DUC, Thanks Birth Control Day, and Frisky Fridays
PHEs who meet the expectations in the volunteer job description and make significant contributions to health promotion on campus will receive honor cords to wear at Commencement and keep as mementos.