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Peer Health Educators (PHEs) at VCU is a diverse group of leaders, role models, advocates and friends. Through leadership, education, and awareness Peer Health Educators provide quality, innovative, and inclusive programs and events to meet the health needs of all VCU students.

The PHE program at VCU strives to:

  • Train leaders and promoters of healthy behavior change;
  • Create an inclusive environment to promote healthy choices; and
  • To build and sustain a healthy campus community!

All PHEs at VCU are nationally Bacchus Network Certified Peer Health Educators with training in all of The Well’s content areas.

  • Alcohol & Other Drugs
  • Mindfulness & Stress
  • Physical Activity & Sleep
  • Sexual Health & Healthy Relationships

 What are the responsibilities of a Peer Health Educator?

  • Assist with the planning, publicizing and implementation of wellness programs and events across campus;
  • Facilitate wellness workshops and presentations;
  • Collaborate and build partnerships with student organizations, groups and departments across campus;
  • Contribute a minimum of three hours a week to the program working in the office, attending meetings, and facilitate campus programs and events (expected to help at 50% of campus programs and events sponsored by The Well and facilitate at least three educational workshops per semester);
  • Attend all mandatory trainings and biweekly meetings; and
  • Complete the Certified Peer Health Education (CPE) course and pass the BACCHUS exam.

How do I become a Peer Health Educator?

Spring semester 2019, we will be recruiting Peer Health Educators for School Year 2019-2020. 

To join the Peer Health Educators, each candidate needs to complete the application process:

  • Complete the Peer Health Educator Application . Applications are due no later than March 13, 2019.
  • We will start reviewing applications on February 15. Applicants will be notified for an interview between February 15 and March 15. 
  • Interviews will be held March 11-31, 2019. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you via email or by phone for an interview. Interview with the Coordinator of Peer Health Educators and Wellness Resource Center Staff will include:
    • 5-minute presentation on a chosen health topic
  • Attend the Certified Peer Educator (CPE) course offered by the Wellness Resource Center in November and pass the BACCHUS exam.

*To become a PHE at VCU is a competitive process, so please give care and thought to your application and reasons for wanting to become a PHE.

Not sure if you want to apply or have any questions? Stop by the Wellness Resource Center to speak with a Peer Health Educator or Health Educator.

For more information, please contact Carrie Baines at peerhealth@vcu.edu.