Peer Health Education
The Peer Health Education Program is designed to improve the health and well-being of KSU students and the campus community through peer education. The Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are student volunteers who are trained and certified to give health presentations on the following topics:
- Alcohol Awareness
- Sexual Health
- Stress Management
The program also provides a variety of health-related outreach programs and activities for KSU students.
Who are the Peer Health OWLs?
The Peer Health Outreach & Wellness Leaders (OWLs) make up KSU's Peer Health Education Program. It is a student-based group that focuses on improving the health and well-being of KSU students through peer health education. The Peer Health OWL program is limited to 15 students, and students are selected through a group interview process.
Fekir Sertsu is a 4th year public health and education major at Kennesaw State University. As a new member of the Peer Health OWLs, he is looking forward to working with KSU students. Some of his favorite health topics are nutrition, exercise, and stress management. His favorite quote is "the strongest force of failure comes in the eyes of the quitter."
Angelina Allen is a third-year Kennesaw State University student pursing a degree in Public Health Education. Angelina joined the Peer Health Owls team in April of her sophomore year after an amazing experience in the Peer Health Education course offered at Kennesaw State University. She aims to promote health by being an example to her fellow peers on campus by engaging in healthy eating habits, physical activity, and taking necessary precautions to avoid health consequences. Her passion is to educate and bring awareness to the importance of healthy relationships.
Kenya Simmons is a junior at Kennesaw State University currently pursuing a major in Communication with a concentration in Media Studies. Kenya joined the Peer Health OWLs team in the Spring 2017 school year. Her favorite health topics include exercise, nutrition, sexual health, and promoting a positive mental attitude. She likes to promote her health by engaging in physical activity every day, maintaining a healthy diet and reducing stress. Kenya became a Peer Health OWL because she wanted to promote wellness and inform people so they can be proactive instead of reactive.
Grace Hine is a first year biology student at KSU. She joined the Peer Health Owls Team in fall 2016, and her favorite health topics are mental and sexual health. She promotes a health conscious lifestyle by maintaining a healthy vegetarian diet, working out regularly, and taking time for herself to reduce stress. She became a Peer Health Owl because she hopes to begin a career in the health field and she wants to help people be the healthiest they can be.
Sharonjeet Kaur joined the Health Promotion and Wellness in June 2015. She is a senior biochemistry major and hopes to enter medical school upon graduation from Kennesaw State University. She is a Peer Health Owl and Governor’s office of Highway Safety student assistant, focusing on alcohol education. Her favorite health topics include alcohol education, sexual health, nutrition, and mental health. In her own health, she focuses on incorporating and balancing all areas of wellness. She likes to educate peers on how to create and maintain positive behavior change. Sharonjeet aspires to be a physician and is passionate about primary care and preventative medicine. Becoming a Peer Health Owl has given her the opportunity to educate students, faculty, and staff on how they can incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Being a Peer Health Owl has given her the unique opportunity to implement health outreach on a large community scale.
Allison Coates became a Peer Health Owl in October 2016. She is working at receiving a BS in Exercise Science and plans to graduate from Kennesaw State University in Spring 2020. She also plans to earn a MHS in athletic training after graduation. Her favorite areas of health include fitness and nutrition, and she promotes these areas by incorporating them into her own life and expressing their benefits. She is passionate about encouraging others of good health and improving her own knowledge. She is excited about what Peer Health Owls has to offer.
What is a Peer Health OWL?
A Peer Health Outreach and Wellness Leader (OWL) is a student who is trained and certified in developing, implementing, and evaluating health education programs for his/her peers.
The Peer Health OWLs provide FUN interactive programs for students in classroom settings, fraternities, sororities, on-campus housing, and for student groups/organizations as well as health promotion campaigns on campus.
Why would you want to be a Peer Health OWL?
Becoming a Peer Health OWL provides you with opportunities to:
- Understand the basics of prevention regardless of the health issue
- Enhance leadership skills and become a campus leader
- Increase awareness of personal wellness
- Conduct educational programs and events
- Attend peer health education conferences
- Meet like-minded students with a passion for a healthier campus
- Receive national certification from BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA
How do you get involved?
Students interested in becoming a member of the Peer Health OWLs are encouraged to take PHE 2900 Peer Health Education. Through this class students will become nationally certified as peer health educators through The BACCHUS Network. Students will also work to develop programs, enhance presentation skills, and learn what it means to be a peer health educator.