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    Peer Health Exchange in the News

    National Non-Profit Launches selfsea: Mobile Mental Health and Sexual Wellness Platform
    for Young People

    May 19, 2022—selfsea powered by Peer Health Exchange provides 13-18-year-olds a safe, inclusive, and anonymous digital space with support, resources, and stories from and for their peers about mental health, identity and sexual wellness.

    Peer Health Exchange’s Coast to Coast: Amplifying Youth Voice celebrates young people
    May 4, 2022—Annual benefit celebrates young people working to advance health equity in their communities.

    Peer Health Exchange Granted $50,000 From the Hollister Confidence Project
    March 2, 2022—Fund will provide general operating support for youth-centered health education solutions.

    The past, present, and future of body image in America
    October 18, 2021—Millennials grew up hating their bodies. Does Gen Z have to be the same? Peer Health Exchange Health Educators share their personal experiences with body image.

    Peer Health Exchange receives $150K Investment from Younger Family Fund
    June 30, 2021—Major investment from the Younger Family Fund will expand Peer Health Exchange’s impact for Bay Area young people.

    The pandemic increased mental health needs. Some addressed it by building new apps.
    June 21, 2021—Peer Health Exchange’s web app selfsea is featured in this article as one of the apps created to address mental health during the pandemic.

    MTV features Peer Health Exchange’s selfsea app as part of Mental Health Action Day
    May 19, 2021—Peer Health Exchange’s new web app selfsea is featured as one of the resources for young people needing support with their mental health.

    Peer Health Exchange rolls out first version of selfsea
    May 12, 2021—Peer Health Exchange launches selfsea, a web app co-designed with young people to boost access to inclusive health resources and information for youth everywhere.

    Peer Health Exchange partners with MTV for Mental Health Action Day
    April 13, 2021—Peer Health Exchange is proud to be a founding partner in the first-ever Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 20 when we will encourage and empower people to initiate action on mental health.

    Meet Peer Health Exchange Inaugural Content Creators Training Program Cohort 
    March 12, 2021—The 18 participants, chosen from a national pool of applicants ages 18 to 29, represent a pool of various intersectional identities and diverse voices committed to advancing health equity.

    We Asked 7 Of The Most Common Questions About Puberty That Are Asked In Classrooms To An Expert, And Here’s What She Said
    March 3, 2021—Peer Health Exchange’s UIC Health Educator Ashwini Deshpande answers puberty questions young people ask in the classroom in this BuzzFeed article.

    SHAPE America Episode 138 – Dr. Angela Glymph and Brandon Nguyen
    February 25, 2021—Peer Health Exchange Youth Advisory Board member Brandon Nguyen and Dr. Angela Glymph, Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning, are featured in this SHAPE America podcast discussing the importance of engaging with young people and partnering with them in our work.

    Peer Health Exchange launches Social Emotional Learning curriculum nationwide 
    December 8, 2020—Amidst the COVID 19 pandemic, Centered aims to support young people’s mental health.

    How college students are helping teens cope during the pandemic
    November 13, 2020—Peer Health Exchange has deployed a new curriculum in Boston that focuses on mental health and self-care to help freshmen high school students cope with the isolation of remote learning. “Mental Health & America’s Kids” a series by is in collaboration with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

    Dr. Angela Glymph on teaching Black youth to cope with mental health issues through Peer Exchange
    October 14, 2020—Peer Health Exchange’s Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning Dr. Angela Glymph talks to Black Enterprise about why she started working with Peer Health Exchange and how she could have benefited from a program like ours as a young person.

    Meet Maryland teens helping classmates deal with mental health struggles during the pandemic
    September 25, 2020—Peer Health Exchange’s Vice President of Programs and Strategic Learning Dr. Angela Glymph is featured on the TODAY Show discussing why schools must prioritize mental health. 

    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

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