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  • 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 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, ...

  • Posted on March 28th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Volunteer Voices: Elissa Moody

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re showcasing a few of our volunteers this week and their commitment to young people and Peer Health Exchange’s mission. College/ University: University of Chicago Major: Psychology Why did you decide to volunteer at Peer Health Exchange? My friend told me about how she was involved in Peer ...

  • Posted on March 27th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Volunteer Voices: Jennifer Sarabia

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re showcasing a few of our volunteers this week and their commitment to young people and Peer Health Exchange’s mission. College/ University: The University of Chicago Major: Anthropology/Pre-med Why did you decide to volunteer at Peer Health Exchange? I decided to join Peer Health Exchange as a way ...

  • Posted on January 25th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Volunteer Voices -MLK Week

    In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service, we highlighted a few of our volunteers through #MLKWeek, January 15-21, with our #VolunteerVoices series. Read on to hear what they had to say. Monday, January 15— We’re honored to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, his commitment to service and the ...

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