A Peer Health Advisor is an undergraduate student who completed a semester-long training led by Health Advancement & Prevention Strategies staff members and other campus experts on priority student health topics such as alcohol, prescription drug abuse, sleep, sexual health, stress, and infection prevention.
Peer Health Advisors do many things. Depending on their strengths, availabilities, and personal interests, they provide a variety of services to Lehigh University and the surrounding community, including promoting health awareness, facilitating workshops for students and on-campus groups and organizations, coordinating and developing campus-wide events and observances, recognizing on-campus needs and developing processes to implement change, and referring peers to appropriate on-campus resources.
Students must apply to become a Peer Health Advisor. Applicants must complete the interview process to be accepted for a place in the training, which takes place in the following spring semester.
If you’re a first or second year undergraduate student that has the time and passion to commit to our organization, we’d love to have you. Your application would have to come through during the early fall semester to be considered; otherwise, you would have to wait for the following cycle. All applicants’ student conduct history will be subject to review. Applicants will need to be in good standing to be considered.
The application is due on late September (dates vary depending on year). This may be completed online at this link. Alternatively, students may complete a paper application and turn it in the room 403 on the University Center’s 4th floor.
Yes! After approving your application, you will be contacted by members of the Peer Health executive board and will sign up for a timeslot for an in-person interview. Interviews for the fall semester are to occur early October. Select applicants who make it to round II will demonstrate their public speaking skill through a five minute facilitation.
Peer Health Advisors do not receive compensation for their services. However, as a new member, you have the option to register the training for a 4-credit course offered through Health, Medicine, and Society. You are also eligible to apply for positions in our executive board, and gain valuable leadership experience.
Being a Peer Health Advisor will require a time commitment that can range within a few hours a week. All members must attend weekly or biweekly group meetings which last about an hour on average. In addition to this, new or orienting members must attend training, which will last the spring semester and generally be an average of three hours per week. All Peer Health Advisors are expected to participate in recruitment, programming, facilitation, event organization, or other activities which could also take several hours a week, depending on students’ involvement, Peer Health Advisor events scheduled, programming request volume, and the Lehigh University academic calendar.
The training is a semester-long commitment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:35 to 3:50pm. New Peer Health Advisors have the option to take this for course credit through Health, Medicine, and Society. This comprehensive program is designed to teach students all of the information they will need to know about current priority health topics such as alcohol and prescription drug abuse, sleep, stress, sexual health, infection prevention, and the bystander effect as well as intervening during situations such as alcohol overdose; it will teach them facilitation techniques, and will demonstrate the various programs the group currently conducts. On Thursdays, after the training the Peer Health Advisor general meeting will conveniently be held.
This past academic year, the Peer Health Advisors coordinated and oversaw several campus-wide events in addition to providing smaller facilitations to fraternities and sororities on campus. Our campus-wide events included De-Stress with Dogs, De-Stress After Dark, Simon Says…Game Time, condom distributions, and several national observances including alcohol awareness month and sleep week. Peer Health’s programming includes topics such as alcohol, prescription drug abuse, sexual health, sleep, stress, and infection prevention.
You’re welcome to contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by UC 403 anytime. You may also reach the office at 610-758-0050. We look forward to meeting you!