Saturday, February 14, 2015

[SEHA] We Want You to Apply to Become a Peer Health Educator!


My name is Leigh Friedman, and I’m the Director of the Peer Health Educators (PHE), a program of UW’s Office of Health & Wellness in which student volunteers facilitate health workshops with student groups around campus. Next week, we will begin accepting applications for our 2015-2016 team, and we would love if the students involved with your organization considered applying.

At PHE, we know health is not one size fits all--that’s why we try to recruit PHEs from as many different student groups as possible. Would you mind forwarding this email to your group? I’d also be happy to drop off flyers and information, or briefly speak with your group to answer any questions and explain more about the program.

Thank you in advance for passing along our information, and I look forward to your response!



“What do Peer Health Educators (PHEs) do?”
PHEs facilitate educational workshops that give students a space to talk about health issues, learn the facts on health, and develop the skills needed to be healthy. PHEs also host events like Sextravaganza, partner with residence halls and student groups for health events, help craft health policy, create web content, and more!

“Wait, is that a backwards way of saying you preach abstinence?”
Not at all. Our workshops focus on how health behaviors affect physiology, and, if someone makes the choice to engage in those behaviors, how to do so in a less risky way.

“What qualifications do I need to have to apply?”
  • Education/public speaking experience
  • Knowledge of drug/alcohol science, healthy relationships, safer sex, or mental health
  • Health and/or education related major
  • Social justice/activism experience
  • Passionate about making campus safer for all students
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Team player
  • People person
“What kind of time commitment is involved in being a PHE?”
Spring Quarter 2015
PHE Training
Mondays, 4:30-6 PM (all except Week 1)

PHE Retreat (on campus)
Saturday, April 11, 10 AM-4 PM

Green Dot Bystander Training (on campus)
Saturday in May, ~10 AM-4 PM (exact date & time TBA)

2015-2016 Academic Year
Minimum of 10 hours per quarter (spent facilitating presentations, sitting on a PHE committee, tabling, writing articles for PHE blog, etc.)

“How do I apply?”
Visit and sign up to receive application information as it is released.

In addition to signing up for the email list, like our Facebook page ( to stay up to date with information sessions, PHE events, and more.

“I still have more questions!”
We still have more answers. Shoot us an email at any time.

Leigh Friedman
Director | Peer Health Educators
Health & Wellness | Student Life | 708.306.0252