University Health Services seeks applicants for HealthWorks peer health educator

January 28, 2014

HealthWorks, a student peer education and outreach program within University Health Services (UHS), is seeking Penn State students who are interested in promoting health among their peers. Students can apply starting Feb. 3 for the 2014-15 school year.

Community Health Educator Kimberly Liao oversees the program and encourages students to apply. “HealthWorks is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop communication and leadership skills,” she said. “If you’re passionate about helping to create a healthier Penn State community, becoming a HealthWorks member is a great way to get involved.”

HealthWorks is a three semester commitment (one semester of training and two semesters of service). Training includes a three-credit class through the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) during the fall semester. Course topics include health promotion theories and strategies and health issues, including alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, nutrition, physical activity, sleep and stress. Weekly meetings and outreach activities continue during the spring semester.

HealthWorks volunteers become active on campus, helping to coordinate and execute Safer Sex Parties and HIV test counseling.  Their various outreach activities raise awareness about topics like flu prevention, sustainability and body image. Past projects have included campus walking maps, healthy cooking tutorial videos, and a healthy options cookbook that features fresh produce in its recipes.

Students interested in HealthWorks can apply by visiting

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Last Updated January 28, 2014