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Peer Health Exchange in the News

Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology accepts manuscript on school -based health centers co-authored by Peer Health Exchange’s Dr. Angela Glymph
July 28, 2020—”Improving capacity at school-based health centers to offer adolescents counseling and access to comprehensive contraceptive services” was accepted by the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

Peer Health Exchange awarded grant funding from TikTok to reach more young people with health information amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic
May 28, 2020—The grant supports Peer Health Exchange to build virtual community with young people and help them gain the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to make healthy decisions during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

NYC Women’s Caucus and advocates host rally in support of reproductive health care measures
April 27, 2020—Peer Health Exchange Executive Director, Cristen Van Vleet, supports a bill requesting New York provide medically-accurate, non-stigmatizing education about health care and relationships to students.

Peer Health Exchange Launches Let’s Talk: Your Health
April 15, 2020—Peer Health Exchange launches portal of up-to-date reliable health resources to support youth navigating their health needs while coping with the COVID-19 health crisis.

WELL Campaign, Legislators, Advocates Hold Advocacy Day in Albany
January 23, 2020—Peer Health Exchange Senior Director Government Affairs, Rachael Morgan Peters, reflects on the success of Advocacy Day.

James Lin Promoted to Peer Health Exchange Executive Director, Boston
December 20, 2019—Peer Health Exchange is pleased to announce James Lin has been promoted to Executive Director, Boston, effective immediately.

Rachel Wyley Returns to Peer Health Exchange as Executive Director, Bay Area
November 18, 2019—Peer Health Exchange Bay Area welcomed their new Executive Director Rachel Wyley this month.

Peer Health Exchange’s Paint the Town Orange honors Boston trailblazers working to advance health equity
November 8, 2019—Paint the Town Orange, Peer Health Exchange’s annual Boston benefit, honored a legacy paved by some of the organization’s earliest partners to advance health equity throughout the region November 7, 2019.

Jonathan Van Ness Opens Up in New Memoir
September 24, 2019— Peer Health Exchange listed in recommended resources by Van Ness.

How Should Illinois Schools Teach Sex Education?
September 11, 2019—Peer Health Exchange Chicago Executive Director, Brittany Merritt, discusses our comprehensive sex education curriculum and the importance of providing young people with the resources they need to make health decisions on WTTW.

Scores of Illinois schools taught abstinence last year. They could continue despite questions about the message
August 19, 2019—Peer Health Exchange Assistant Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning, Lisa Walker, is featured in this article discussing the negative aspects of abstinence-based sex ed.

Why Sexual Health Curriculum In Schools Should Be Every Parent’s Concern
July 11, 2019—Peer Health Exchange Associate Program Director, Tashiana Diaz, is featured in this article discussing the importance of health equity and a comprehensive sex education curriculum in schools.

Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles ushers in a new era of leadership
July 1, 2019—Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles welcomes their new Executive Director Kimmy Maniquis to the organization.

Peer Health Exchange’s First “Liberation Day” kickstarts annual tradition
June 21, 2019—Peer Health Exchange observed it’s first Liberation Day, Friday, June 21, 2019. The organization’s new paid holiday was created to honor the shared work required of all staff, volunteers and supporters to realize a world where every young person has access and opportunity to a healthy, happy life.

The birds, the bees and consent: How one Chicago classroom navigates evolving sexual education
June 14, 2019—Peer Health Exchange Chicago Executive Director Brittany Merrit and Assistant Vice President, Programs & Strategic Learning, Lisa Walker are featured in this article regarding sex education and consent along with University of Chicago health educators Julia Goldstein and Rahul Kukreja.

University of Illinois at Chicago Health Educator named Goldwater Scholar
May 9, 2019—Health Educator Wasan Kumar is being honored as one of two University of Illinois at Chicago undergraduate researchers to earn the prestigious Goldwater scholarship.

Northeastern University students and alumni conquer their first Boston Marathon
April 17, 2019—Northeastern University Health Educator Danielle Voke is mentioned in this article by The Huntington News. Danielle ran the 123rd Boston Marathon on April 15, 2019, in support of Peer Health Exchange Boston as part of the Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program.

Running for Health Education: Runners show support for Peer Health Exchange at Boston Marathon
April 15, 2019—Thousands of runners and spectators gathered around for the 123rd Boston Marathon on April 15, 2019, with many cheering on athletes along the 26.2-mile route of America’s oldest marathon. The event also marked a new partnership with Peer Health Exchange Boston and John Hancock in the Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program.

Peer Health Exchange to be honored at the Child Mind Institute’s Fifth Annual Change Maker Awards
April 11, 2019—Peer Health Exchange will receive the Community Builder Award at the 2019 Change Maker Awards on May 1 at Carnegie Hall. This award celebrates individuals and organizations who raise awareness and dispel stigma, help children and families directly, or work to transform the way we understand and treat mental health and learning disorders.

Cigna Foundation Commits $100,000 to Help High School Students Make Healthier Choices through Peer Health Exchange
March 15, 2019—Peer Health Exchange received a $100,000 grant from the CIGNA Foundation to provide our trauma-informed, skills-based health curriculum to more than 18,000 ninth-graders in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

Peer Health Exchange Chicago’s annual fundraiser celebrates the outstanding work of college health educators making a difference in the lives of young people
March 13, 2019—Peer Health Exchange Chicago’s annual benefit, An Orange Affair, brings together nearly 200 philanthropic, education, and youth advocate leaders in support of the organization’s work to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for young people in Chicago.

Meet Peer Health Exchange Chicago’s New Executive Director Brittany Merritt
March 1, 2019—Peer Health Exchange Chicago’s Board of Directors and staff welcomed their new Executive Director Brittany Merritt to the organization.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Peer Health Exchange offers health education for young peers
February 8, 2019—Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles Executive Director LaDawn Best was recently featured in this Black Press USA article. Find out how the LA team is working towards health equity.

Peer Health Exchange’s A Night Out for Health showcases the value of health education
February 6, 2019—Peer Health Exchange New York City’s annual benefit, A Night Out for Health, brings together philanthropic, education, and youth advocate leaders in support of the organization’s work to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for young people in all five boroughs.

Conscious Collaboration Podcast: A Conversation with Rachael Peters
December 12, 2018—Peer Health Exchange New York City Executive Director, Rachael Peters discusses conscious collaboration in the workplace.

Lodi groups get grants from S.J. foundation
December 8, 2018—Peer Health Exchange is one of 16 nonprofit organizations recently awarded $304,000 from the Community Foundation of San Joaquin County.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces Support to Advance Student Development and Success
October 30, 2018—Peer Health Exchange receives support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). CZI is investing $3.3 million in four education and youth organizations that are expanding scientific understanding of how students develop critical life skills like agency, self-direction and decision-making, and how best to support that development through teaching and mentoring approaches.

In the No Part 3
October 25, 2018—Peer Health Exchange was mentioned in this final episode of our “In The No” series, with several different groups of college-age women talking about their sexual experiences.

How to Create Better Nonprofit Executive Teams
October 17, 2018—Peer Health Exchange Co-Founder and CEO, Louise Langheier is featured in a new report from The Bridgespan Group in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Lets Talk About It: Enthusiastic Consent
June 12, 2018—Peer Health Exchange Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, Adriana Díaz, recently joined Taylor Nolan and Kitt Bender on the podcast Lets Talk About It.

The Business of Giving Interviews Peer Health Exchange CEO Louise Langheier 
June 10, 2018—Peer Health Exchange Co-Founder and CEO, Louise Langheier was interviewed on The Business of Giving with Denver Frederick.

Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) Announces 2019 Class of Fellows
May 22, 2018—Peer Health Exchange Chicago Executive Director Danya Rosen is among 40 civic-minded leaders from across sectors selected for region’s most prestigious civic leadership development program.

Join Peer Health Exchange at City College
May 15, 2018—Peer Health Exchange volunteer, Luisa Anaya, from The City College of New York discusses her experiences as an educator in this article by The Campus.

SEX 101 | SEX ED ON THE STREET w/ The Gabbie Show
May 5, 2018—Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles volunteer Maria Ariana Conechado at California State University, Northridge, was on set with producers of AwesomenessTV during the filming of this pilot segment of ‘Sex Ed on the Streets’ on The Gabbie Show—providing answers and peer health expertise!

The talk: How New York is handling sex ed in high schools

May 1, 2018—Peer Health Exchange New York Executive Director Rachael Peters was featured in this article about sex education in New York schools by Fernanda Nunes of City and State Magazine.

Phillips: The normalization of binge drinking supports unhealthy behavior
April 22, 2018—Peer Health Exchange volunteer, Ruby Phillips, from Northwestern University wrote an op-ed for The Daily Northwestern.

A new generation of mentors
April 19, 2018—Peer Health Exchange was featured in this New York Daily News article about mentoring at Hunter College—a longtime partner of Peer Health Exchange New York.

Surge Oakland Announces Inaugural Fellowship Cohort
February 12, 2018—Assistant Vice President of Talent Tina Enagbare was among 11 Bay Area leaders accepted to The Surge Institute‘s inaugural Oakland Surge Fellowship cohort.

Nurx-Peer Health Exchange pilot partnership aims to increase sexual healthcare access to L.A.-area college campuses
February 6, 2018—Press Release

Assault Stories Lead Kids to Talk About Consent
January 31, 2018—Anayeli Ruiz from NBC Chicago/ Telemundo Chicago stopped by the Peer Health Exchange Chicago office to talk with our amazing volunteers about the work we’re doing in the classroom.

These 27 Strategies Will Make Philanthropy an Effective Pursuit
December 14, 2017—Our Co-Founder and CEO, Louise Langheier was featured in the Bloomberg Pursuits article These 27 Strategies Will Make Philanthropy an Effective Pursuit.

Tax Plan Break-Down, Health Education for BK Youth, ’90 Days’ Film and AIDS Awareness 

December 5, 2017—On BRIC TV’s 112BK show, Peer Health Exchange’s New York Program Manager Xaelah Jarrett and Executive Director Rachael Morgan Peters had a chance to talk about why young people need more real talk in schools about sex, consent, mental health and substance use—and the important work of our rockstar volunteers. Segment starts 14 minutes into the show.

NBLCA: The Need for Adequate Sex Education in Public Schools

November 24, 2017—National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA)’s Vice President of Programs Eishelle Tillery interviewed our Peer Health Exchange New York Executive Director, Rachael Peters, about why we need more real talk in schools about sex, consent, mental health and substance use—and the important work of our volunteers.

Teaching Consent Is Important Aspect To Commanding Personal Health
November 16, 2017—Our Peer Health Exchange Chicago Director of Program and Partnerships, Brittany B. Merritt, and our University of Illinois at Chicago college student volunteer, Michael Martinez discuss the importance of teaching consent in classrooms on WBEZ’s Morning Shift (91.5 FM). To listen please click here.

Peer Health Exchange – 10 Years in Chicago

 Peer Health Exchange’s work in the Bay Area

July 2013—Emily Gasner, Bay Area Executive Director, joined Cheryl Jennings on ABC 7 to talk about Peer Health Exchange’s work in Bay Area schools.

Louise Langheier on Doing What You Love With Those You Love

Louise shares how achieves her best when she is doing something she loves around those she loves or admires. Be sure to check out the rest of the video series at

How to Help Kids Disrupt ‘Bro Culture’
August 2017—The New York Times

Newsviews: Peer Health Exchange helps teens make informed decisions
July 2017—WLS-TV 7 (Chicago ABC affiliate)

Sometimes the Birds and the Bees Get Short Shrift in School
May 2017—The New York Times

The Chicago Public-School Teacher Who Never Thought He’d End Up in a Classroom
April 2017—NY Magazine

Peer Health Exchange Announces SBHC Tours
February 2016—School-Based Health Alliance

Campus Highlight: Peer Health Exchange UIC
September 2015—HerCampus

Letter to the Editor by PHE Chicago Executive Director
August 2015—Chicago Tribune

The Resolution Project Honors Louise Langheier
Press Release, May 2015

PHE Progress Report: 10 Years in Review
March 2015—Published Report

Female Condoms Take a New Spotlight Among Peer-to-Peer Health Educators
March 2015—Chicago AIDS Foundation

Peer Leaders Get the Message Out
December 2014—The Boston Globe

Charity Girls of Northeast Massachusetts Distributes $17,000 to Community Organizations
December 2014—Press Release

Aligning Learning and Health: A New Framework to Change the Conversation
August 2014—

PHE Receives The Boston Club’s 2014 Advancement Award
May 2014— Press Release

PHE CEO Named One of GOOD Magazine’s “GOOD 100”
April 2014—Press Release

Capture the Flag Video Series: Louise Langheier
January 2014—Capture Your Flag

“Yale’s New Social Entrepreneurs Think Big”
October 2013—USA Today

“Peer Health Exchange: Teaching Students to Make Healthy Decisions”
January 2013—The University of Chicago Community Service Center

“UCLA Peer Health Exchange gives health education”
May 2010—The Daily Bruin

“Sex ed goes down easier when the teachers are cool”
May 2010—Radio Boston, WBUR

“Quality health education for teens a priority for Peer Health Exchange”
April 2010—Western Edition HP Journal

“Northwestern University Student Success Stories: Student Kelechi Emuchay on volunteering with PHE”
2009—Northwestern University

Media Contact

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