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  • Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    New York’s ‘A Night Out for Health’ highlights the power of youth voice

    More than 200 friends, donors, volunteers and staff joined our New York site for A Night Out for Health at Housing Works Café and Bookstore February 6. The inspiring evening raised funds to support New York’s reach, which serves almost six thousand ninth graders who would not otherwise have any health education. Young people like ...

  • 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 ...

  • Posted on January 22nd, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Build a community.

    This is an excerpt from a longer article written by Chris Rovzar and originally published in Bloomberg Pursuits’ These 27 Strategies Will Make Philanthropy an Effective Pursuit,— Let nonprofit leaders, philanthropic advisers, innovators, investors, and hardworking volunteers show you how on December 14, 2017. Co-founded in 2003 by Louise Langheier, Peer Health Exchange Inc. (PHE) has sent more than ...

  • Posted on October 27th, 2017 by Robin Rich

    Health equity and the opioid crisis

    Last year, drug overdoses rose by 21% across the country. This is now the deadliest drug crisis in American history, largely because of opioids, and a public health emergency. This crisis affects millions of people across the country – particularly young people we teach in New England as one of the most hard-hit regions. Peer Health Exchange is committed to being a part of a comprehensive and effective response to the opioid crisis.   Opioid addiction and overdose in young people often stem from mental health issues – like anxiety and depression – as well as from recreational opioid use. Our skills-based curriculum aims to reduce substance abuse and increase mental health help-seeking behavior. The PHE program addresses these root causes by destigmatizing mental health concerns and helping students build strong decision-making skills to address peer pressure. We also connect young people to critical resources in their communities.   Through ...

  • 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 July 14th, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    New York Alumni Council Roundtable: Part I

    On a recent Friday night, three Peer Health Exchange alumni from our New York City site gathered for a roundtable discussion about all things PHE. Karina, Faiyaz, and Maverick aren’t just any alumni, though: Maverick James is a founding co-chair of the PHE NYC Alumni Council and, having stepped down in June, elevated Karina ...

  • 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 June 22nd, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    A Conversation with PHE Bay Area volunteers: Alissa & Smitha

    (Pictured from left to right: PHE Volunteer Dolly Nunez, Vice President of External Affairs Emily Gasner Medress, CEO & Co-Founder Louise Langhieier, PHE Volunteers Alissa Stauffer and Smitha Gundavajhala) Meet Alissa Stauffer and Smitha Gundavajhala. Alissa is a rising senior at San Francisco State University where she is double majoring in Communications and Criminal ...

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