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COVID-19 Updates from Peer Health Exchange

Published on March 13th, 2020

Peer Health Exchange has canceled all in-person workshops until further notice as a proactive and preventative measure against COVID-19.

This decision was made to ensure the health, safety, physical and mental well-being of every young person in high schools and colleges we serve and partner with, and our staff. While this was a difficult decision to take, boldly reaffirming our commitment to our vision to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for young people is not.

We are exploring ways to continue showing up for young people through virtual solutions.

We will keep you up-to-date as circumstances evolve in each of our communities. We encourage you to follow us on social media and our website for more information. We are all learning in this together and hope we can collectively prioritize the health needs of those most marginalized and most at risk.

We will continue to closely monitor guidance from the CDC, Departments of Public Health, our partnering universities, high schools, community organizations, and health systems to advocate for young people’s health and access to resources—especially since we know that young people from low-income backgrounds and marginalized identities will be impacted the most.

The risk to young folx with compromised immune systems is real, and it will be most acutely felt by undocumented young people and those without access to health resources like LGBTQ+ youth and folx experiencing homelessness. Historical and current racism and xenophobia threaten the well being of Asian young folx, their families and communities despite the fact that there is no correlation between racial identity and the spread of COVID-19. And for 1 in 5 young people who have mental health conditions, we need to continue taking measures to support them.

Amidst a challenging time, please continue to both prioritize your own mental and physical health and well-being while showing up to advocate for young people—now and in the future—any way you can.

We know all of you are affected by this situation and we are thinking of you. Thank you for being a part of Peer Health Exchange’s community.

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