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  • 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 ...

  • Posted on June 9th, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Join PHE Boston’s Volunteer Alumni Committee

    Did you serve as a PHE volunteer health educator, in Boston or another city? We are hard at work creating a network of connected alumni across the country. PHE Boston has created its first official group, the PHE Boston Alumni Community, and selected a leadership council: Rhiannon Pabich (BU 2014, Chair), Jasmine Bland (Tufts 2015, Outreach Committee Leader), Christine Lichwala (BU 2015, Fundraising Committee Leader), Sarah Reed (Tufts 2015, Volunteer Engagement Leader), and Victoria Smith (Northeastern 2014, Alumni Engagement Leader). The PHE Boston Alumni Community aims to strengthen the alumni connection to PHE and each other, support our work to provide effective health education to young people, and provide ...

  • Posted on June 9th, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Host Teacher Spotlight: Commander Matthew Sturges

    At PHE Boston, our success teaching ninth grade students about their mental health, sexual health, and substance abuse is dictated not only by our college volunteer health educators, but also by our partners within the school system. We could not do this important work without them! We recently asked Commander Matthew Sturges, teacher at John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury, for his thoughts on the PHE Boston program: “Peer Health Exchange reaches out and connects with students in a critical time in their life. This is a program that has mentors not much older than the freshmen students themselves. The students listen to these college ...

  • Posted on June 9th, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    PHE Boston Congratulates Volunteer Co-Coordinators

    On April 24, 2017, PHE Boston’s college volunteer health educator leaders, the “Co-Coordinators” (or CC’s), celebrated the close of the 2016-2017 academic year with a dinner hosted by PHE Boston Board Member Janet Nahirny in Chestnut Hill, MA. Co-Coordinators are essential to the Peer Health Exchange model, helping organize, train, and lead Boston’s other ...

  • Posted on April 18th, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    PHE Alumni Spotlight: Nico Gusmán

    Meet Nicole “Nico” Gusmán, a first year graduate student at the Yale School of Public Health Social Behavioral Sciences Department. Before pursing her in the Master’s of Public Health for social welfare, she volunteered with Peer Health Exchange during her undergraduate years at the University of California-Berkeley from 2009 to 2012. She went on to ...

  • Posted on March 21st, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    PHE Alumni Spotlight: Jasmine Bland

    Meet Jasmine Bland, a Tufts University alum. She volunteered with Peer Health Exchange as a health educator, co-coordinator and a senior health educator from 2011 to 2014. Bland joined PHE as a freshman in college at the insistence of her roommate. “At the time, I was grappling with a challenging transition from an under-resourced high school to a resource-rich academic environment. Being a part of PHE allowed me to look back at my high school and community through a different lens– I could finally understand how going without critical information about holistic wellness and decision-making further amplified the health disparities that were already taking a toll on my fellow community members.” ...

  • Posted on February 7th, 2017 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    PHE Alumni Spotlight: Martel Okonji

    Meet Martel Okonji, a California State University, Northridge alum, Okonji volunteered with Peer Health Exchange as a health educator and a co-coordinator from 2010 to 2012. Today, he is the Youth Development Coordinator for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Learn how his service continues to contribute to his career and community. HOW DID PHE IMPACT ...

  • Posted on March 29th, 2016 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    PHE at Boston University Participates in Mental Health Fair

    Last week, PHE volunteers at Boston University (BU) were involved in facilitating an important event on campus—a mental health fair called Fresh Check Day. “BU PHE became involved in Fresh Check Day after meeting with another group on campus, Project Hope, about wanting to put on a mental health fair for BU Students,” said ...

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