Peer Educators

What is the Peer Health Educator Organization?

Students play a uniquely effective role - unmatched by professional educators - in encouraging their peers to consider, talk honestly about, advocate, and develop responsible habits and attitudes towards a wide variety of health and safety issues.  The Peer Health Education Organization takes this effective approach to health promotion to best support Radford University students in the majority; who are making responsible decisions in regards to their health.        

Peer Health Educators are advised by the Radford University Health Educator, Abbie Meier, and is funded by student activity fees. Radford University's Peer Health Educators are part of the national BACCHUS Peer Education Network. At Radford University, Peer Health Educator events include:

  • Wellness Wednesday tables at the Bonnie
  • The Condom Counter in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center
  • A variety of health education programs, which can be requested by on-campus organizations, Greek life, Residence Life, and instructional professors
  • Wellness Workshops
  • Campus Assessment
  • Awareness events such as
    • The Clothesline Project
    •  Safe Spring Break
    •  Alcohol Awareness Week

For more information contact Abbie Meier at ameier6@radford.edu or peerhealth@radford.edu

What is a Peer Health Educator?

Peer Health Educators are undergraduate students who have been trained in a variety of health/wellness and social issues affecting Radford University students, based on the assessment of students and faculty. The RU Peer Health Educators provide information and resources in an informal environment conducive to exchange and open communications. Members of the Peer Health Educators must enroll in HTH 205 and become a certified peer educator (CPE), attend weekly meetings and monthly trainings, act as a role model on and off campus, help to develop new health promotion programs, and like meeting new people and having fun!

 

Goals

  • To promote awareness and responsible behavior on a variety of health/wellness and social issues affecting Radford University students.

Major Responsibilities

  • To attend all training sessions and meetings.
  • To be a role model for your peers.
  • Assist in the development of creative educational programs as well as the organizing and implementing awareness days and theme weeks.

Benefits

  • Experience as a group facilitator and educator
  • Leadership opportunities
  •  Receive certification as a Certified Peer Educator (CPE) through the BACCHUS Network
  • Opportunities to present at national conferences.
  • Knowledge and training on current topics affecting university students.
  • You will be providing a needed service while having fun and making friends.
  •  Looks good on a resume!

PROGRAM REQUESTS:

In order to promote awareness and responsible behavior on a variety of health/wellness and social issues affecting Radford University students, the Public Health Educators offer programs on the following:

  •  Healthy Relationships/Consent
  • Positive Body Image
  • Sexual Health
  • Alcohol
  • Substance Abuse
  • Nutrition
  • Stress and Mental Health
  • Sleep
  • Social well-being
  • Custom programs (based on individual need)

To request a program please fill out this google form and someone will be in touch within two business days.