Peer Health Educators

The goal of the Peer Health Educators program is to actively engage students in building necessary skills to be effective health promotion leaders on campus. Our Peer Health Educators do this by creating awareness of the dynamics of tobacco cessation, substance use, nutrition, relational wellness, and general wellness while promoting healthy lifestyles/relationships through effective communication, and aid in prevention of illness through educational programming.

Programs and Events:

Programs and events are open to all students. Our Peer Health Educators are trained to develop events and give presentations about the following topics:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Hygiene
  • Stress Management
  • Bystander Intervention
  • General Wellness

Presentations:

Presentations are customized to the campus community including residence hall groups, social and Greek organizations, and other interested groups of students, staff and faculty. The workshops will include the use of virtual resources, educational models, role-playing, awareness exercises, and group discussion.

To contact the Peer Health Educators or request them for a presentation, please email wellness@baylor.edu.

Anna Shipcott
Anna Shipcott
Peer Health Educator
Major: Public Health with a minor in Business Administration
Classification: Sophomore
Goals/Plans: After my time at Baylor, I plan to attend graduate school to obtain either my MPH in Epidemiology or my Masters in Health Care Administration
Penny Smith
Penny Smith
Peer Health Educator
Major: Public Health
Classification: Senior
Goals/Plans: I am going to pursue my MPH next year! I will be concentrating in Global Health.
Ruya Maredia
Ruya Maredia
Peer Health Educator
Major: Health Science Studies on the Pre-Physician Assistant track
Classification: Freshman
Goals/Plans: I hope to become a Physician Assistant one day and provide the best care to my patients!
Sophia Garza
Sophia Garza
Peer Health Educator
Major: Public Health
Classification: Junior
Goals/Plans: I plan on completing an MPH in Epidemiology at Baylor University and focusing primarily on Maternal and Infant health in Texas.
Valerie Lopez
Valerie Lopez
Peer Health Educator
Major: Nursing
Classification: Freshman
Goals/Plans: I plan attend grad school to obtain Doctorate’s in Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner and treat uninsured or low income patients.

Benefits of Being a PHE:

  • Improving leadership and communication skills
  • Gaining extensive knowledge about health and prevention on a variety of topics
  • Becoming part of an educated, fun team of students committed to providing accurate college-health information
  • Developing teaching, communication, presentation, and group facilitation skills

Duties of a PHE:

  • Plan and develop health education programs and events incorporating various learning techniques and formats (lectures, group discussions, role playing, skits, etc.) 
  • Participate in the development and design of passive health education programming (newsletter, bulletin boards, brochures, web page, etc.)
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Develop and distribute program assessment tools and evaluate assessment data
  • Network with faculty and other campus professionals by creating opportunities for student health education programming and preventive health messages
  • Serve as a health information resource for the campus and provide referrals for students to on- and off-campus resources.
  • Actively promote the Peer Health Education program and health-related messaging

Applications are reviewed every Fall. If you have questions about becoming a PHE or want to learn more, contact us at wellness@baylor.edu.