HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Join the Peer Health Educators

All PHE interviews have been completed. Notification of acceptance to the PHE program will go out this week. UPDATED: 4 March 2018

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*Please read the below FAQ before applying to become a PHE. 

This information is for the 2017-2018 recruitment cycle, and may not apply to future applicants. Please keep in mind that details change from year to year!

What is PHE?

Who is eligible to apply?

Are PHEs paid?

Can I get academic credit for being a PHE?

What is the time commitment of being a PHE?

What is the training process like?

What is the application process like?

What happens in the interview?

Who do I email for more information?


What is PHE?

PHE stands for the Peer Health Educators. We are all student volunteers who facilitate workshops, organize events, run health campaigns, and inspire passion for student health issues in groups all over campus. We are housed in the Office of Health & Wellness, which is a division of Student Life. Learn more about our mission, values, and history here.

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Who can apply?

Anyone who is a full-time UW Seattle student in Winter & Spring 2018, as well as the entire 2018-2019 academic year can apply. Both undergraduates and graduates students are welcome!

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Are PHEs paid?

PHE volunteers are unpaid. The vast majority of PHE members are volunteers.

PHE’s day-to-day operations are managed by the PHE Leadership Team (PHELT). There are 3 paid positions on PHELT: one director, one events and programming coordinator, and one volunteer coordinator. Each position pays $15/hour for 15 hours/week for one academic year. Any PHE can apply for the following year’s leadership team. Applications and interviews are done over Spring quarter.

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Can I get academic credit for being a PHE?

You will have the option to take the PHE Spring Training and/or participate in the PHE program as a volunteer for one General Studies credit. We have made arrangements with Melissa Tumas (Health and Wellness’ Training and Education Coordinator and PHE advisor) to sponsor the program; we highly encourage students to utilize this!

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What is the time commitment of being a PHE?

Spring Training (Spring Training 2018)

Training Course

  • Weekly training courses that meet once a week for the duration of Spring quarter. This is where PHEs learn all about student health topics such as alcohol and drug use, relationship health, mental health, and more!
  • Tuesdays from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Week 2 – Week 10

Green Dot Training

  • The required Green Dot training empowers PHEs to become an active bystander in the face of gendered and sexual violence.
  • 6 hour training for 1 day

*We will also offer a few bonding/discussion/practice sessions throughout the quarter, which are optional, but encouraged.

2018-2019 Academic Year

10 hours/quarter, minimum 

PHEs are required to fulfill volunteering hours for around 10 hours per quarter. This can be fulfilled by facilitating workshops, tabling our PHE spot, sitting on a committee, continuing education, etc.

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What is the training process like?

The training process consists of eight once-per-week 2-hour sessions in which health professionals cover a variety of health topics, communication skills, and knowledge about UW’s student body and support services.

Some topics included are:

  • the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the body
  • the concept of consent
  • sleep science
  • motivational interviewing
  • mental health

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What is the application process like?

The first step: Written Application

  • The online PHE application will be available starting January 30, 2018 and will be due February 13, 2018.

The second step: Interviews

  • Interviews will be conducted before the end of Winter quarter
  • Invitations to interview will be sent via email
  • Email will include a link to an online scheduling form

The third step: Spring Training

  • Invitations to train will be sent out via email
  • Training will begin in Spring quarter

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What happens in the interview? When will they be held?

Interviews will be held during early Spring Quarter. They will be 15 minutes long, and you will meet with one or two of the PHE Leadership Team members.

You will be asked to come prepared to teach us how to do something (anything you’d like) in 5 minutes. Take this in whatever direction you’d like so long as it accurately reflects your personality and public speaking skills, and don’t worry about demonstrating any kind of health knowledge. (For example, we’d rather have you teach us how to be a superhero, how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie, or how to make a good first impression than how to correctly use a condom.) You will teach us how to do something for the first 5 minutes, then we’ll all chat about who you are and why you’re interested in PHE for the last 10 minutes.

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Who do I email for more information?

You can reach Logan, the Director of PHE, at phehwdr@uw.edu, or Tehya, our Volunteer Coordinator, at phehwvc@uw.edu.

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