Peer Health Educators

PEER HEALTH EDUCATION


Mission Statement

Empowering students to commit to their health and wellness through peer education

What We Do

Our Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are essential in disseminating health & wellness information to the U of U campus community. We work within an area of wellness (i.e., sexual wellness, harm reduction, violence prevention, mental wellness) to develop and implement relevant programming for our peers. We collaborate in small and larger teams to create meaningful ways for students to think about their health and wellness. Some of these ways include:

    • Facilitating educational workshops, discussions, and presentations
    • Assisting with creation of health education marketing content
    • Staffing mobile STI Testing Clinics 
    • Serving as a wellness resource for peers
    • Participating in planning events and annual campaigns

MEET OUR PHEs


Melody Liu

Violence Prevention

Melody Liu

Violence Prevention
Pronouns:She, her, hers
Major: Pre-Nursing, Minor in Ecology & Legacy, and Medical Humanities
Where is your favorite study spot?
What is your favorite hobby?
How would you define wellness? Having a good relationship with yourself, others around you, and the world you thrive in.

Lex Cooley

Violence Prevention

Lex Cooley

Violence Prevention
Pronouns:She, her, hers
Major: Health and Kinesiology with a Wilderness EMS Emphasis
Where is your favorite study spot? The first floor of the Marriott Library
What is your favorite hobby? Backpacking
How would you define wellness? I believe that wellness is centered around physical, mental, emotional, and social health. In order to maintain good wellness, you have to ensure that all of these areas are well-cared for and supported.

Sydney Berg

Harm Reduction

Sydney Berg

Harm Reduction
Pronouns:She, her, hers
Major: Psychology & Health, Society, and Policy
Where is your favorite study spot? Anywhere with a great view of the sky.
What is your favorite hobby? I love trying pretty much everything: painting, sculpting, writing/playing music, learning new languages, and working out to name a few!
How would you define wellness? Wellness is an active state. It means honoring your health and emotions in every aspect of your life by listening to cues you are receiving, and responding to these feelings and thoughts in a way that is positive for you and those you care about.

Gabe Sherman

Harm Reduction

Gabe Sherman

Harm Reduction
Pronouns: He, him, his
Major: Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication
Where is your favorite study spot? I spend a lot of time in the Lassonde lobby studying with friends.
What is your favorite hobby? Hiking, weightlifting, video games, and bouldering are some of my favorites!
How would you define wellness? Wellness stems from an underlying sense of safety and acceptance. When people feel safe, they are free to learn, grow, and live with intention.

Diana Fierro

Sexual Wellness

Diana Fierro

Sexual Wellness
Pronouns:She, her, hers
Major: Health & Kinesiology w/Emergency Medical Services Emphasis
Where is your favorite place to study? The tables on the main floor at the George S Eccles Student Life Center
What is your favorite hobby? Weight Lifting
How would you define wellness? Wellness is the pursuit and practice of growth.

Tracey Mai

Sexual Wellness

Tracey Mai

Sexual Wellness
Pronouns:She, her, hers
Major: Health Promotion & Education
Where is your favorite study spot? Sugar House Park or Marriott Library
What is your favorite hobby? Hiking, baking, and collecting plants
How would you define wellness?I define wellness by the measurement of mental, physical, and emotional health and being able to proactively recognize that in others and yourself, as well as being able to put in effort to prioritize and work on it.

Madeika Vercella

Mental Wellness

Madeika Vercella

Mental Wellness
Pronouns:She, her, hers
Major: Honors English Literature
Where is your favorite place to study? Marriott Library, second floor
What is your favorite hobby? Poetry, writing, yoga, and running
How would you define wellness? I define wellness as the pursuit of behaviors and systems that enhance one’s quality of life

Cosette Pryor

Mental Wellness

Cosette Pryor

Mental Wellness
Pronouns:She, her, hers
Major: Psychology (& Minor in Anthropology)
Where is your favorite study spot? At my desk in my room or the library, silence preferred!
What is your favorite hobby? Too many to list! Running Long Distances, Singing Classical Soprano Arias, Listening to True Crime Podcasts, Gardening and Growing Pumpkins, Embroidering Skeletons, and Watching Movies are just a few! 😉
How would you define wellness? Wellness is the basis of contentment. With wellness, one can adjust, cope, and deal with the highs and lows of life. To acquire true wellness, one must have a positive social support group, adequate health outreach and educational resources, and basic necessities such as food, shelter, the right to vote, the right to project one’s personal identity, and opportunities for health care. Wellness is a spectrum that is constantly in sway, depending on a person’s location, health, relationships, future outlook, and so much more. To feel the utmost amount of mental, physical, and sexual wellbeing, one must find themselves in a safe community where they feel valued and heard.

PHEs APPLICATION IS CLOSED FOR THE 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR.


Thank you for your interest in our program!  Check back next spring to apply for next year's cohort.

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