Health Outreach Peer Educator Program

Health Promotion Services has established a voluntary peer education program, the Health Outreach Peer Educators (H.O.P.E). The goal of the peer health educator program is to prepare USF students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote an understanding of health issues affecting themselves and their peers.

The Health Outreach Peer Educator’s (H.O.P.E.) responsibilities will be challenging as well as rewarding. Responsibilities will range from organizing workshops to conducting presentations in residence halls and to various student clubs & organizations. Health Outreach Peer Educator’s will be largely involved in the supportive behind-the-scenes “detail” work that makes health outreach programming successful.  

The H.O.P.E team’s education efforts will cover a variety of health related topics such as sexual health, alcohol & tobacco use, smoking cessation, nutrition, and stress management. The H.O.P.E team works under the supervision of the Director of Health Promotion Services and will be given many opportunities to develop their health education, leadership, and communication skills. 

Educational goals

The primary goal of the peer health educator program is to provide USF students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote an understanding of college health topics affecting themselves and their peers. The H.O.P.E team will be able to:

  1. Influence their fellow students to adopt healthy lifestyle habits
  2. Encourage critical thinking about one’s health choices
  3. Participate in health-related learning community experience
  4. Gain working knowledge of health issues, such as general nutrition, sexually transmitted infection/HIV/AIDS, and tobacco use, stress management, and other college health issues
  5. Identify their personal values and keep them in check
  6. Enhance their counseling skills such as, active listening, communication, and conflict resolution
  7. Discuss the latest health information on general nutrition, sexual health, and tobacco use
  8. Collaborate with other student clubs and organizations
  9. Strengthen their public speaking, communication, and leaderships skills
  10. Plan and implement health outreach programs and services
  11. Get involved in disease prevention effort in the San Francisco Community as well as the global community

Duties and responsibilities

The HOPE program is composed of two-tier commitment, level I and level II:

Level I:

  • Volunteer internship
  • 12 hours training program
  • 2-3 hours a week commitment
  • One weekly mandatory meeting

1)Assist in developing health outreach programs and services on USF campus, San Francisco community, & world community

2)Assist in creating educational materials and silent programs (displays)

3)Participate in focus groups

4)Recruit other peer educators

Level II

Only Level I peers can qualify for Level II based on performance and passion for public health

1)Minimum one semester commitment

2)Available for 12 hour training program

3)Available for a mandatory weekly meeting

4)Volunteer an average of 2-3 hours per week

5)Conduct at least 2 interactive sexual health workshops/presentations a semester

6)Conduct one on one Brief Motivational Intervention (BMI) regarding alcohol and other drug use with sanctioned students, athletes, and ROTC.

Qualifications

1)Strong interest and passion for public health

2)Ability to work with others – a team player as well as a leader

3)Knowledge of one’s limits

4)Responsible, reliable and punctual

5)Good communication skills, including a willingness to speak in front of an audience

6)Strong time management skills

7)Flexible and adaptable personality

8)Good role model. (Doesn’t mean being perfect—nobody is!)

9)Non-judgmental attitude

10)Sincerity and commitment

Benefits

1)Will be nationally certified as a peer educator by the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network

2)Gain excellent leadership and communication skills

3)Be up to date on health promotion, health education, program planning, and outreach

4)Gain a practical work experience in public health

5)Receive letters of recommendation based on their performance and commitment 

6)Participate in national health conferences

7)Other fringe benefits