Peer Educators work to promote greater health in college communities in a variety of roles, programs, and activities.
Peer Educators often are primary sources of information about health issues; they inform students through written materials (such as pamphlets, brochures, newspaper articles, and posters), group presentations (in residence halls, during orientation programs, or as part of Greek programming, for example), one-on-one sessions with individual students (sometimes in connection with clinical services), and through a spectrum of other activities (including radio shows, awareness week events, and public service announcements).
Sometimes Peer Educators also conduct interactive skill-building exercises with small groups of students; less often, they consult with individual students about health questions. All of these, and other responsibilities peer educators accept in some programs, serve important needs and require appropriate training, supervision, and evaluation. Source: ACHA Enhancing Peer Education Programs.
The Longwood Student Health and Wellness Center offers students the opportunity to become involved in several ways:
Student Health Partners - student advisory board to the Director of the Student Health Center
Peer Health Educators - student led organization who works closely with the Wellness Coordinator through health education and promotion
If you are interested in joining either of these student organizations or just want more information, please visit us on Collegiate Link!