Peer Health Educator

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Upon entering college, students are exposed to new experiences, new opportunities, expanded their personal freedom, and are influenced by others' behaviors and lifestyles. Peer education makes use of peer influence in a positive way to increase awareness of health issues and risk factors, provide unbiased advice and support, and create healthier behaviors that will shape the lifestyle of students for years to come.

The University of Nevada, Reno Peer Health Educator will be trained to address leading health indicators such as, sexual health, mental health, substance/drug abuse, violence, nutrition, and physical activity.

For questions or to apply, contact the Student Health Center 775-784-6598.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Peer Health Education Program is to improve student health and health behaviors by:

  • Providing students with a peer educator who will increase awareness of health issues and risk factors
  • Providing activities and events that will contribute to a healthy campus
  • Providing support and outreach that will impact student health behaviors
  • Providing health education outreach to students through events, social marketing, direct services, media outlets and programming.

The program will accomplish its mission using approaches that are evidence-based, student-centered, and consistent with the mission of the University.

Position Overview

The Peer Health Educator (PHE) is a part of the University of Nevada Reno's Student Health Center, Health Promotion Program. This is a volunteer position. PHE's function as team members dedicated to the development and implementation of campus health promotion efforts. The PHE will serve as a liaison to the campus and students through outreach, events, and strategic marketing. The PHE will gain experience with program planning and implementation, evaluation, and expertise on a variety of college health issues. To achieve our mission of improving student health and health behaviors, Peer Health Educators will:

  • Provide accurate & current health information to students using a variety of delivery strategies including:
  • Interactive displays
  • Social media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Workshop presentations
  • Campus events
  • Assist in the design and development of health promotion materials.
  • Disseminate information to students about campus health resources

Responsibilities

  • Assist with programs as needed
  • Assist in the delivery of the Free STD Testing Clinic, work with patients and assist the lab
  • Plan and implement campus events
  • Deliver presentations upon request

Qualifications

  1. Undergraduate student with at least a Sophomore Class Standing in TBA
  2. Strong interest in health promotion
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  4. Ability to handle a variety of tasks/good time management skills
  5. Must be able to attend a 4-hour training 
  6. Must be willing to commit to one year and 2-4 hours per week of service to the program
  7. Must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and be a student in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct
  8. Must be able to attend the weekly meeting - every Friday at 11am (1 hour)

Timeline

  • TBA - Applications Due 
  • TBA - Interviews
  • TBA - Selections and Notifications
  • TBA- 4 hour Mandatory Training