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  • Posted on July 18th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Chicago Summer Roundup: Essays, Collaborations, and the Inclusive Curriculum Bill

    Essay Contest Spotlights Young People’s Voices Peer Health Exchange Chicago was pleased to receive many fantastic and thoughtful essays penned by high school students we serve, thanks to their participation in our Spring Essay Contest. The contest aimed to ensure that young people’s voices continue to be represented in our work. We asked recent ...

  • Posted on July 17th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Chicago Military Academy Students craft a ‘Memo to the Mayor’

    Peer Health Exchange convened 10 young people from Chicago Military Academy, May 14, 2019, for a lively discussion centered on their recommendations for the city’s new mayor Lori Lightfoot. As part of The Chicago Community Trust’s day-long, city-wide annual On the Table event, students talked about their ideas for health education programming, taking into ...

  • Posted on July 17th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Chicago Board Member, Dr. Candice Norcott, Featured on Red Table Talk

    “It takes about seven tries for a girl to successfully leave her abuser for good. That statistic tells us how difficult it is often to pull away from these relationships,” said Dr. Candice Norcott, renowned clinical psychologist, and Peer Health Exchange Chicago Board Member. In case you missed it, Dr. Norcott was a featured ...

  • Posted on April 24th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Chicago Health Educators Prioritize Mental Health

    As we continue to deeply invest in the relationships our college health educators build with high school freshmen in classrooms, volunteers have identified a need to broaden their ability to support these students through navigating mental health crises. In April, Peer Health Exchange’s UIC college chapter partnered with AMITA Health and Americorps to provide ...

  • Posted on April 23rd, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    School-Based Health Centers tours are a hit!—Chicago Spring updates

    A new series by Peer Health Exchange Chicago is bringing more young people to youth-friendly health centers. More than 715 Chicago students participated in the launch of our School-Based Health Center series which provided tours and presentations with six high school partners earlier this year. These tours aimed at connecting the content and skills ...

  • Posted on September 17th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Recruitment at Peer Health Exchange—building a movement for health equity

    Fall is an exciting time at Peer Health Exchange as we welcome hundreds of new college volunteers across the country who join our shared movement towards health equity By leading workshops in ninth grade classrooms, these near-peer health educators help reinforce each young person’s sense of agency and build up skills in communication and ...

  • Posted on June 7th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Volunteer Voices: Danielle Grubb

      June marks Pride Month and in celebration, we’re highlighting a few of our LGBTQ+ volunteers and their commitment to young people and Peer Health Exchange’s mission. Name: Danielle Grubb Pronouns in use: she/her/hers College/ University: University of Chicago Major: Gender & Sexuality Studies What have you gained and/or learned from volunteering at Peer Health ...

  • Posted on May 17th, 2018 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    The normalization of binge drinking supports unhealthy behavior

        “On Fridays, I teach a class of freshman girls at Lake View High School about healthy decision-making as a peer health educator for Peer Health Exchange. We address topics like sexual assault, alcohol abuse, and healthy communication. Being a peer health educator is one of my favorite activities on this campus, but ...

  • Posted on April 19th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    ‘Spring Into Action for Health’ Celebrates Youth Health and Wellness

    Nearly 200 philanthropic, civic, and youth advocate leaders celebrated Peer Health Exchange Chicago’s first annual benefit Spring into Action for Health Wednesday, April 18, in support of our work to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for Chicago’s young people. “While racial and economic disparities in Chicago and in Illinois are nothing new, ...

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