The application period for 2017-18 Peer Health and Wellness Educators (PHWEs) is open March 1 through April 1.
IU Health Center’s PHWE program trains student leaders to work on a variety of health and wellness programs that focus on five main areas of health outreach:
- Alcohol and Drug Awareness
- Nutrition Education
- Tobacco Cessation
- Sexual Health Promotion
- Stress Management
PHWE students challenge their peers to improve their overall health and wellness through positive, interactive, and fun health outreach programs.
“We have a diverse group of students who are not only conducting amazing outreach, but coming up with their own innovative ideas to add to our current health outreach programs,” said program coordinator Aran Mordoh.
The training for those selected will prepare students to facilitate dynamic outreach programs; encourage physical, mental, and emotional health; serve as healthy role models to other students; create informative awareness events; and promote community support to build a healthy campus culture.
The opportunities are endless when joining the team. Recently, one of the PHWEs, Jamie McNamara, earned a grant award in the form of 500 Trojan condoms to distribute around campus from the Great American Condom Campaign!
“I think it is extremely important to be able to provide the students on this campus with the protection they need while exploring their sexual interests during their college years,” said McNamara. “I’m so excited to have this opportunity to further help the students on our campus!”
This youth-led campaign strives to promote a sexually healthy nation by working with colleges across the country, and thanks to Jamie, Indiana University has joined the GACC movement.
“Many people don’t know how easily STD’s and STI’s are spread, or they think birth control is all they need to protect them,” Jamie said. “I want to make sure everyone has what they need to protect themselves while having a fun, consensual, and safe sexual experience.”
In addition to exciting experiences like Jamie’s, students will acquire work experience as representatives for our health promotion on campus while building leadership skills and bulking up their resumes. The video below is just a tiny snapshot of how the PHWEs promote health on campus.
Students can apply directly online on the program’s website and will be contacted for follow up interviews.