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Peer Health Advocates
What is Peer Health Advocates?
Peer Health Advocates (PHA) is a peer-to-peer volunteer organization committed to enhancing the health of the OSU community through outreach events.
PHA volunteers conduct campus activities designed to raise awareness about college health issues and promote healthy behavior choices among our peers. Past events and projects have included awareness of safer sex behaviors, HIV/AIDS, impact of stress, alcohol and substance abuse, and other health related issues.
Students involved with PHA are rewarded with opportunities to grow in their leadership potential, and are involved with meaningful opportunities to make a difference within the OSU community.
Peer Health Advocates is open and available to all OSU students, and is dedicated to promoting an open exchange of information, ideas, opinions and inclusiveness of all students, including: race/ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, and religion.
How can you become a volunteer?
Becoming a volunteer is a two-step process. The first step is to complete an application online during the open application period (see below) to indicate your interst in joining PHA. Note: Applications submitted outside of the open application period will not be processed. After review of your application, you will receive an email regarding your status in joining. Once approved, the next step is to then enroll in the training course (H349: Peer Helper Skills) during or prior to your first term with PHA.
Online applications will be processed ONLY during the following times:
Fall 2013: Unavailable The training course will not be offered during fall term and, therefore, admittance into PHA will only occur in winter and spring term 2014. Please check back during Week 4 of fall term for winter term application due dates.
What is in it for you?
If you become a peer health educator or volunteer you will be rewarded with...
- Making a difference in the health of OSU students
- Improved leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Resume enhancement
- Recognition for volunteerism and advocacy
- Increased knowledge about health and social justice
- Find a variety of meaningful volunteer opportunities in student health activities, projects, and programs
- Gain hands-on knowledge and experience
- Develop great new relationships while working to educate and empower your fellow students
What do Peer Health Advocates do?
Peer Health Advocate volunteers participate on outreach planning teams, attend weekly PHA meetings, and engage in skill/team building activities.
Contact the PHA Office at 541-737-3927, the PHA Coordinator at 541-737-7555. or email Peer.Advocates[at]oregonstate[dot]edu.