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  • Posted on March 8th, 2018 by Adriana Díaz

    Q&A with Nurx’s Jessica Horwitz

    In case you missed it, Peer Health Exchange launched a pilot partnership with Nurx last month to increase sexual healthcare access to our Los Angeles area college campuses! Through April 15, more than 200 of our volunteers are spreading the word on Nurx’s services to empower their peers to make positive sexual health choices.  ...

  • Posted on February 27th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Boston chosen for innovative partnership

    Peer Health Exchange Boston has been selected by Boston Public Schools Partnership Fund to be a member of their opportunity portfolio for the upcoming school year. The opportunity portfolio is a catalog of vetted organizations who can partner with Boston Public Schools in a way that allows the schools to choose and fund the partners that best meet the needs of their school community. These partnerships are funded by BPS to serve students with high need in a more equitable, coherent and innovative way. This year, Boston also received funding from Merck’s Foundation Neighbor of Choice community program. This $25,ooo award will support Boston’s our work in improving the quality of life for our students ...

  • Posted on February 22nd, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    My Shero: Rosa Parks and Her Untold Story

    In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting African Americans who made significant contributions to the health and well being of our communities. Their contributions have had a profound effect not only on African Americans, but on our entire nation. Before there was the #MeToo movement, the Women’s March, and the #TimesUp Initiative, ...

  • Posted on February 12th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Surge Oakland Announces Inaugural Fellowship Cohort

    Originally published on the Surge Institute website. The inaugural Oakland Surge Fellowship cohort is a diverse collective of 11 equity-minded emerging African American, Latinx and Asian/Pacific Islander education leaders The Surge Institute officially begins serving Bay Area communities with the debut of its inaugural Oakland Surge Fellowship cohort, accepting a diverse collective of 11 ...

  • Posted on September 13th, 2017 by Robin Rich

    Young People, Sexual Violence, and Title IX

    1 in 4 college women will experience rape or attempted rape by the time she graduates. Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. 1 of every 10 victims is male, and transgender students are at higher risk for sexual assault. And teens 16 to 19 years of age are 3 ½ times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. This year, PHE will teach the importance of consent – actively saying yes at every step of sexual activity – to 16,800 ninth grade students. We will recruit, select, and train ...

  • Posted on September 6th, 2017 by Robin Rich

    Young People and the Impact of Rescinding DACA

    Peer Health Exchange strongly condemns the move to rescind the protections afforded to young people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA protected almost 800,000 young people, known as “Dreamers,” from deportation, many of them in the communities where we teach. Peer Health Exchange exists to help young people achieve more positive and equitable health outcomes. The move to rescind DACA endangers the lives and health of many young people across the country. Families and young people living under the continued threat of deportation can see a significant increase in health problems, such as anxiety and sleeplessness. This fear can also lead to challenges in school, as ...

  • Posted on June 27th, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Young People and the Impact of Community Violence and the Healthcare Bill

    Day in and day out, young people – especially black, brown, and LGBTQ young folks – experience horrendous violence against themselves and their communities. Nabra Hassan was just 17 when she was killed. Jaquarrius Holland was just 18. Both were not much older than the young people we engage in PHE’s workshops. Maybe they would have been PHE volunteers if they had made it to college. June 25th would have been Tamir Rice’s 15th birthday. The list of young people falling victim to senseless violence goes on and on. This relentless violence and discrimination creates acute and chronic stress for black, brown, and LGBTQ young people, which leads to ...

  • Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Peer Health Exchange Disapproves of House-Passed American Health Care Act

    With our partners, Peer Health Exchange aims to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for young people. PHE stands with organizations like the School-Based Health Alliance in expressing our deep concern about the House passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If signed into law, the AHCA could endanger millions of young people and their ability to access health care. In particular, we are disappointed to see that under the AHCA, Medicaid and individual market providers could eliminate substance use and mental health treatment from coverage. Medicaid restructuring could also jeopardize students’ ability to access critical health services in school-based health centers. We urge you to show up ...

  • Posted on April 13th, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Verizon Innovative Learning at Fordham University

    Submitted by Benjamin Delikat, Program Director for Peer Health Exchange NYC I am an alum of Fordham University at Rose Hill, and am very grateful for the education I received and the friends I made while I attended undergraduate studies there. One incredibly important part of my college experience was volunteering with the Fordham Peer ...

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