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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 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 ...

  • 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 May 27th, 2016 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    PHEnomenal Five

    Graduating PHE volunteers celebrating the end of the 2015-16 program year in Los Angeles PHEnomenal Five is a bi-weekly round-up of five articles that we thought were interesting related to young people, health education and health outcomes. PHEnomenal Five (May 27, 2016) 1. An important call to reframe how we think about education and health—reminding us how ...

  • Posted on February 12th, 2016 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    February marks Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. We value the opportunity to support young people in identifying and building the healthy relationships that they deserve. Unfortunately, many young people experience unhealthy relationships. We know from the CDC that 1 in 3 young people experience some form of abuse in a dating relationship, and 1 in ...

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