University Health Services seeks applicants for HealthWorks peer health educator

February 02, 2015

Penn State students who are interested in promoting health among their peers can apply to participate in HealthWorks, a student peer education and outreach program within University Health Services (UHS). Students can apply starting Feb. 2, 2015.  Membership applications will be accepted through March 6 for the 2015-16 school year.

Current HealthWorks member, Bret Johnson, senior in biobehavioral health, encourages students to apply. “HealthWorks is a great opportunity for students to develop communication and leadership skills,” he said. “If you’re interested in advocating for 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 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 activities include Safer Sex Parties, HIV test counseling, and outreach activities to raise awareness about topics like flu prevention, sustainability, and body image. Past projects have included healthy cooking videos, The Body Monologues, Healthy Penn State blog posts, social media, the Fitness Challenge and Safer Spring Break initiative.

Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply by visiting UHS' website. 

Last Updated February 03, 2015