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  • Posted on September 13th, 2017 by Robin Rich

    Young People, Sexual Violence, and Title IX

    1 in 4 college women will experience rape or attempted rape by the time she graduates. Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. 1 of every 10 victims is male, and transgender students are at higher risk for sexual assault. And teens 16 to 19 years of age are 3 ½ times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. This year, PHE will teach the importance of consent – actively saying yes at every step of sexual activity – to 16,800 ninth grade students. We will recruit, select, and train ...

  • Posted on September 6th, 2017 by Robin Rich

    Young People and the Impact of Rescinding DACA

    Peer Health Exchange strongly condemns the move to rescind the protections afforded to young people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA protected almost 800,000 young people, known as “Dreamers,” from deportation, many of them in the communities where we teach. Peer Health Exchange exists to help young people achieve more positive and equitable health outcomes. The move to rescind DACA endangers the lives and health of many young people across the country. Families and young people living under the continued threat of deportation can see a significant increase in health problems, such as anxiety and sleeplessness. This fear can also lead to challenges in school, as ...

  • Posted on July 14th, 2017 by PHE Staff

    New York Alumni Council Roundtable: Part I

    On a recent Friday night, three Peer Health Exchange alumni from our New York City site gathered for a roundtable discussion about all things PHE. Karina, Faiyaz, and Maverick aren’t just any alumni, though: Maverick James is a founding co-chair of the PHE NYC Alumni Council and, having stepped down in June, elevated Karina ...

  • Posted on June 27th, 2017 by PHE Staff

    Young People and the Impact of Community Violence and the Healthcare Bill

    Day in and day out, young people – especially black, brown, and LGBTQ young folks – experience horrendous violence against themselves and their communities. Nabra Hassan was just 17 when she was killed. Jaquarrius Holland was just 18. Both were not much older than the young people we engage in PHE’s workshops. Maybe they would have been PHE volunteers if they had made it to college. June 25th would have been Tamir Rice’s 15th birthday. The list of young people falling victim to senseless violence goes on and on. This relentless violence and discrimination creates acute and chronic stress for black, brown, and LGBTQ young people, which leads to ...

  • Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by PHE Staff

    A Conversation with PHE Bay Area volunteers: Alissa & Smitha

    (Pictured from left to right: PHE Volunteer Dolly Nunez, Vice President of External Affairs Emily Gasner Medress, CEO & Co-Founder Louise Langhieier, PHE Volunteers Alissa Stauffer and Smitha Gundavajhala) Meet Alissa Stauffer and Smitha Gundavajhala. Alissa is a rising senior at San Francisco State University where she is double majoring in Communications and Criminal ...

  • Posted on June 9th, 2017 by PHE Staff

    Join PHE Boston’s Volunteer Alumni Committee

    Did you serve as a PHE volunteer health educator, in Boston or another city? We are hard at work creating a network of connected alumni across the country. PHE Boston has created its first official group, the PHE Boston Alumni Community, and selected a leadership council: Rhiannon Pabich (BU 2014, Chair), Jasmine Bland (Tufts 2015, Outreach Committee Leader), Christine Lichwala (BU 2015, Fundraising Committee Leader), Sarah Reed (Tufts 2015, Volunteer Engagement Leader), and Victoria Smith (Northeastern 2014, Alumni Engagement Leader). The PHE Boston Alumni Community aims to strengthen the alumni connection to PHE and each other, support our work to provide effective health education to young people, and provide ...

  • Posted on June 9th, 2017 by PHE Staff

    Host Teacher Spotlight: Commander Matthew Sturges

    At PHE Boston, our success teaching ninth grade students about their mental health, sexual health, and substance abuse is dictated not only by our college volunteer health educators, but also by our partners within the school system. We could not do this important work without them! We recently asked Commander Matthew Sturges, teacher at John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury, for his thoughts on the PHE Boston program: “Peer Health Exchange reaches out and connects with students in a critical time in their life. This is a program that has mentors not much older than the freshmen students themselves. The students listen to these college ...

  • Posted on June 9th, 2017 by PHE Staff

    PHE Boston Congratulates Volunteer Co-Coordinators

    On April 24, 2017, PHE Boston’s college volunteer health educator leaders, the “Co-Coordinators” (or CC’s), celebrated the close of the 2016-2017 academic year with a dinner hosted by PHE Boston Board Member Janet Nahirny in Chestnut Hill, MA. Co-Coordinators are essential to the Peer Health Exchange model, helping organize, train, and lead Boston’s other ...

  • Posted on May 8th, 2017 by PHE Staff

    Peer Health Exchange Disapproves of House-Passed American Health Care Act

    With our partners, Peer Health Exchange aims to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for young people. PHE stands with organizations like the School-Based Health Alliance in expressing our deep concern about the House passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If signed into law, the AHCA could endanger millions of young people and their ability to access health care. In particular, we are disappointed to see that under the AHCA, Medicaid and individual market providers could eliminate substance use and mental health treatment from coverage. Medicaid restructuring could also jeopardize students’ ability to access critical health services in school-based health centers. We urge you to show up ...

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