About Us

    Our Mission

    Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country.

    Our Vision

    Peer Health Exchange, with our partners, will advance health equity and improve health outcomes for young people.

    Dr. Angela Diaz

    Peer Health Exchange Board of Directors Director, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

    Our History

    In 1999, six Yale undergraduates began teaching health workshops in New Haven public schools in order to fill the gap left by an underfunded, understaffed district health program.

    In 2003, the founding members of the group established Peer Health Exchange to replicate this successful program in other communities with unmet health education needs. Since 2003, we have trained more than 10,000 college students to deliver health education to over 150,000 public high school students in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., Denver, Dallas, Detroit, and Stockton, California.

    Peer Health Exchange

    Core Values

    Our core values form the foundation of our organizational culture and guide our approach to achieving our mission and vision.

    • Health Equity

      Every young person deserves a healthy, happy life—We believe in a world where every young person has full access and every opportunity to a healthy, happy life. To make this a reality, we commit to a pro-liberation approach while working alongside the young people we serve to dismantle unequal power structures that hurt us all, but especially those with marginalized identities. To read more about our commitment to equity click here.

    • Commitment

      We value our Team—We believe in supporting our people with meaningful and ongoing opportunities for impact, growth, and leadership. We value our Team and strive to help everyone at Peer Health Exchange reach their full potential— developing them in their careers and abilities and engaging them through their contributions.

    • Communication

      We rely on direct and honest exchange—We rely on direct and honest exchange for all that we do. We value communication as essential to articulating our vision and goals, forming strong relationships, working through challenges, and learning from and with our young people and partners.

    • Agency

      We believe in the potential of every young person—We believe in the potential of every young person. We work to empower young people to make active, informed choices about their health. In turn, we recognize the value each one of us brings to our work. We commit to making full use of our own agency as individuals and as an organization in service of our goals.

    • Impact

      We hold ourselves to meaningful and measurable outcomes—We know that achieving long-term success will require reflection, innovation, and sustained effort. To further our impact, we hold ourselves to meaningful and measurable outcomes, evaluate our successes and challenges openly, and act on what we learn.

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