MoHealth Peer Health Educators

Organization

MoHealth Peer Health Educators (PHE) is a peer education group dedicated to providing accurate health information, fostering open and safe environments, debunking assumptions, and reaching out to the diverse communities of Mount Holyoke College. The group’s continuing goal is to ensure awareness of current and longstanding issues in health through open, interactive teaching programs and conversations on topics such as sexual health/sexuality, alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault/relationship violence prevention, and overall wellness (positive body image, stress, nutrition, sleep, etc.). The MoHealth Peer Health Educators are student volunteers that are affiliated with and supported by College Health Services.  Coordinator of Health Education and Graduate Assistant act as advisors to the group.

Qualifications

  • Dependability and reliability
  • Interest and enthusiasm in promoting healthy behaviors related to overall health
  • Open minded, understanding, and respect others at all times
  • Good listening and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to interact and present information to students and the community at MHC
  • Honest desire to help others
  • Commitment to making positive lifestyle choices and role modeling those choices

Requirements

  • Submit a complete application with required materials and complete a successful interview
  • Make a one year commitment to the program
  • Attend mandatory orientation meeting on Monday October 28 from 5-6:30pm and weekend training Spring semester January 18-19, 2014
  • Attend 90 minute weekly meetings (Mondays 5:00-6:30pm)
  • Facilitate group discussions and include all members of the audience in a nonjudgmental manner
  • Function in a group, both as a leader and as a supportive team member
  • Design, present, and market outreach programs
  • Assist in designing and distributing flyers, brochures, and other promotional materials
  • Attending required Peer Health Education training workshops on subjects of interest

Why Should I be a PHE?

  • Gain extensive knowledge about heath topics such as: sexuality, wellness, alcohol, nutrition and sexual assault
  • Become part of a highly skilled, diverse team of students committed to providing accurate, nonjudgmental college-health information to MHC community
  • Become a leader on campus and build community
  • Contribute significantly to the growth of the MoHealth Peer Health Education program
  • Resume building
  • Make new friends and have fun!