HEALTH AND WELLNESS

About Us

MISSION STATEMENT

Peer Health Educators are dedicated to bridging the gap between students and campus resources. We facilitate workshops, organize awareness campaigns, and host health & wellness events to educate students and build campus community.

Peer health education is social justice.

WHO WE ARE

  • 5 paid student staff (PHE Leadership Team, or PHELT) advised by Health & Wellness staff
    • Sophia Orlando - Training and Outreach Coordinator
    • Abby Jernberg - Bystander Training Coordinator
    • Keertana Sureshbabu - Events & Programming Coordinator
    • Maya Hsu - Volunteer Coordinator
    • Kate Jacobsen - Greek Liaison
  • Volunteer Peer Health Educators
    • Undergraduates & graduate students
    • Diverse identities & backgrounds
    • Diverse academic interests
    • All contribute at least 10 hours of PHE volunteer work per quarter (i.e. facilitating workshops, sitting on committees, etc.)

WHAT WE DO

Education

  • Facilitate our "Let's Talk Mental Health" workshop for FIGs, Greek houses, and other on-campus communities
  • Piloted "From the Inside Out," a new workshop that was created collaboratively with Greek leaders to address and prevent sexual violence in UW's Greek community
  • Sit on panels around campus about healthy sexuality and wellness
  • Develop new curricula with the Office of Health & Wellness for future PHE workshops

Outreach & Activism

  • Organize a week long celebration of sex positivity during Spring Quarter called "Sextravaganza," which reaches over 800 students per year
  • Bring our PHE Spot table at major campus events, such as the Queer Student Commission's Annual Drag Show, the Every Body, Everybody Fashion Show, the Queering Health Fair, and the Pre-Health Affair
  • Attend regional and national conferences, such as the BACCHUS General Assembly
  • Present to the President's Task Force on Sexual Assault Response & Prevention
  • Represent the PHE program in ASUW Student Senate
  • Create collaborative events with other campus groups, such as Residence Community leaders, Fraternities and Sororities, and diversity/identity groups
  • Maintain an updated web presence

Community Building

  • Organize fun events to help PHEs bond and build trust as a team
  • Provide opportunities throughout the year for PHEs to learn more about relevant health topics
  • Organize discussion sessions to work on facilitation skills and decompress after workshops
  • Throw a recognition banquet at the end of the year to celebrate PHE volunteers' accomplishments

HISTORY

In 1995, the PHEs were founded as "UHELP," the University Health Education Leadership Program, in Hall Health's Office of Health Promotion. In Summer 2013, we made the exciting move to the Office of Health & Wellness. Our new home brings us not only to the heart of West Campus, but also to new opportunities for collaboration. Together with Health & Wellness, we have rolled out new workshops, expanded our events and programming, and made partnerships with students and staff across campus.

PAST LEADERSHIP TEAMS

2017-2018

Logan Wahl, Director
Tehya Widmann, Volunteer Coordinator
Sophia Orlando, Events & Programming Coordinator
Andrew Tejero, Greek Liaison 

2016-2017

Micia Vergara, Director
Ryan Poll, Volunteer Coordinator
Rachel Gerstenfeld, Events & Programming Coordinator

2015-2016

Allison Messenger, Director
Catalina Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator
Bella Stokes, Events & Programming Coordinator

2014-2015

Leigh Friedman, Director
Matt Cameron, Coordinator for Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Education
Maya Monroe, Coordinator for Mental Health Education

2013-2014

Tiffany Hou, Director


PARTNERSHIPS

Student Partners

We are particularly proud to partner with other student led organizations around campus. We look forward to both emerging and continued partnerships with ASUW's SARVA, Huskies for Suicide Prevention and Awareness, UW Mindfulness Project, and GlobeMed.

Administrative Partnerships

PHE makes its home in the UW Division of Student Life. This gives us the unique opportunity to partner with the other offices within the Division of Student Life, such as the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Q Center, Student Legal Services, the Counseling Center, HFS, UWPD, and Odegaard Undergraduate Library.


Local, State, and National Partners

From around the corner to across the nation, we couldn't do it without our connections to the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA, NARAL Pro Choice Washington, and the Council of Presidents.