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  • Posted on January 24th, 2020 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    A letter from our CEO—January 2020

    Dear Friends, In a recent New York Times editorial, psychiatrist Richard Friedman names an important crisis happening for young people—death by suicide. What Dr. Friedman fails to mention is that this crisis is exacerbated by systemic injustices making it more severe for young people of color.  Black and Latinx young folks are suffering at ...

  • Posted on November 1st, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Chicago receives UN Global Goal Award

    Peer Health Exchange was presented with the prestigious Global Goal Award for outstanding work in upholding the principles of the United Nations Association-Greater Chicago Chapter in the category of Global Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being, October 23, 2019. UNA-Chicago’s Global Goals Awards Ceremony recognized 17 individuals and organizations dedicated to upholding the 17 ...

  • Posted on October 19th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Queer Eye’s Van Ness shares his truth to advocate for health

    LGBTQ+ advocate Jonathan Van Ness listed Peer Health Exchange as a recommended resource along with a recent WNYC interview discussing the release of his memoir Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love.  Though he’s best known for starring in the Emmy-winning Queer Eye series, Jonathan is also a vocal promoter for health access ...

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

    Doing The Work: Stop Making Assumptions

    In case you missed it, International Pronouns Day was this week. Founded by social justice leader Shige Sakurai (they/them), International Pronouns Day, “seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.” At Peer Health Exchange each day is an opportunity to do the work required to show up for young people. To be sure, we have made many missteps—individually—and ...

  • 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

    Health Education: It’s more than Sex Ed

    When many people think of health education, they often picture awkward lessons about puberty and safe sex led by the gym teacher.  At its best, sexuality education is much more than this—it builds skills and includes content ranging from reproductive health to relationships to human trafficking. And while these topics are critical to the ...

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

    Los Angeles Holds First Annual Career Symposium

    Peer Health Exchange Los Angeles organized the First Annual Career Symposium for Health Educators on March 30, 2019. A collective effort led by graduate intern Baylee Garland required all-hands-on-deck to provide an insightful, promising and exciting event for all participants. Everyone at the Los Angeles site from external affairs to undergrad interns was heavily ...

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

    Boston Engages Community

    Spring at Peer Health Exchange Boston has been all about engaging community: in our partner high schools, college chapters, and the Boston area. Led by members of our Alumni Council, we held Career Development Events (CDEs) at each chapter, and two current Northeastern volunteers planned the second annual “Spring into Wellness” health fair for ...

  • Posted on January 14th, 2019 by Philister Sidigu

    Q & A with national board member Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola

    Peer Health Exchange is honored to welcome Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola to our national board of directors. In his own words here, Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola tells us more about his career and passion for helping young people live healthy lives. Q. What was your first job? A. When I came out of medical school, I worked ...

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