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  • Posted on February 12th, 2016 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    February marks Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. We value the opportunity to support young people in identifying and building the healthy relationships that they deserve. Unfortunately, many young people experience unhealthy relationships. We know from the CDC that 1 in 3 young people experience some form of abuse in a dating relationship, and 1 in ...

  • Posted on December 21st, 2015 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    PHE’s Top 10 of 2015

    As we wrap up another successful semester of health workshops and head into winter break, we can’t help but reflect upon what a great year it has been at Peer Health Exchange. The PHE community has been hard at work furthering the PHE mission of empowering young people with the knowledge, skills and resources to make healthy decisions, and we wanted to highlight some of our favorite moments from this year (illustrated with some celebrity support). 10. Dr. Angela Glymph presented our formative evaluation findings at the American School Health Association Conference. 9. We started testing new technology to use in the classroom to enable our volunteers to focus on building stronger ...

  • Posted on December 9th, 2015 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Peer Health Exchange Voice: PHE Alumni

    PHE Alumna Danielle Chauvet Like many growing up in Harlem, I attended public school. My health education consisted of gym class, with random lectures from fifty-year-old men about the importance of abstinence, and caring for the female body. For many reasons, namely differences in age and sex, the message failed to reach many of my peers. In my school, unintended pregnancy became the premier reason girls abandoned their education. Sex in high school was a social status symbol, not a thoughtful decision. It just wasn’t. When a girl wouldn’t show up for school people would say, ‘Oh, she must have gotten pregnant.’ We were completely desensitized to the significance ...

  • Posted on December 3rd, 2015 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Kicking Off the Next Phase of Impact at PHE

    This year, Peer Health Exchange is reaching 17,000 young people with our skills-based health education program in high schools across the country. We have trained nearly 2,000 college students to serve as volunteer health educators, and they join high school classrooms each week to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources they ...

  • Posted on December 1st, 2015 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Partnership: PHE & UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health

    We are excited to share the latest on a new partnership for PHE with UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. The Bixby Center has long been an advisor to PHE on our curriculum, but this year we will be teaming up to help increase the number of school-based health centers that are prepared to provide young people with accurate information and care regarding LARCs (LARC stands for long-acting reversible contraception, specifically IUDs and implants). UCSF received a multi-year grant from the JPB Foundation to provide their proven LARC training at clinics across the country, and PHE is working with them to design a pilot that would provide this ...

  • Posted on November 16th, 2015 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Peer Health Exchange Voice: 9th Grade PHE Student

    Last spring, PHE students in New York City had the opportunity to submit an essay reflecting upon their experience with PHE. Ninth grade student, Tolulola, was chosen as a finalist. We were impressed with her thoughtful writing based on the question: What do you like most about PHE coming to your school and why do you think it is important?  As a teenager in high school I am bombarded with myths, occasional facts, and stories from my friends about sex, alcohol, and drugs. However, it is Peer Health Exchange’s job to clear up the myths and make sure we know the actual facts. During health class we are able to openly discuss what we know ...

  • Posted on November 5th, 2015 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Partnership: PHE & Stanford Children’s Health

    We are pleased to share the news of an exciting new partnership with Stanford Children’s Health. Beginning this fall, we will be a part of their commitment to investing in vulnerable populations by improving the “social, emotional, and mental health of children and youth.” Stanford Children’s Health will be providing a grant to fund PHE’s work in Emery Secondary High School, located in Emeryville, CA. Our health education program aligns closely with Stanford Children’s Health’s focus on mental health and increasing the number of young people accessing health resources. The example above is just one way that we are diversifying our funding to increase the sustainability of PHE’s programs. ...

  • Posted on October 30th, 2015 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    The Person I Always Hoped I Would Be: Volunteer Essay Finalist

    This past spring, our volunteers in New York were invited to submit an essay reflecting on their experiences with Peer Health Exchange. The voices of our volunteers are often some of the most compelling perspectives on the work that we do and the impact that PHE has on the individuals involved. Below, you will find Alicia’s reflections on how Peer Health Exchange has influenced her life and helped her to become the person that she always hoped she would be. Alicia is a Peer Health Exchange C0-Coordinator at NYU, and her essay was chosen as a finalist in the Spring 2015 Volunteer Essay Contest. A few weeks ago I ...

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