John Carroll University Peer Health Advocates are students committed to promoting healthy choices and lifestyles through educating and empowering themselves and their peers on a variety of health-related topics. By providing innovative, creative, and educational programming, outreach, and one-on-one interaction opportunities, the Healthy Streaker Peer Health Advocate will serve as a resource, referral agent, and role model for his/her peers.
Through training and group dynamic development, the Peer Health Advocate will learn to take care of his/her own wellness, deal appropriately with stress, and increase leadership skills. Peer Health Advocates are expected to provide their peers with information to make healthy, informed decisions regarding health and well-being. Peer Health Advocates are aware of health-based initiatives at JCU and are committed to living healthy lifestyles themselves. They are aware of campus resources and are comfortable in promoting healthy relationships and substance-free activities.
Peer Health Advocates are trained through their participation in a 2 credit hour course, PPH274: Peer Health Advocate Training, offered in the fall semester (CRN #31268). Peer Health Advocates are trained in listening, confrontation, and self-care skills, as well as theory, strategy, leadership, and health information. Participants are required to present health programs throughout campus and act as a resource to JCU peers. To apply to be a Peer Health Advocate, register for the course or please stop by the Office for Health Promotion and Wellness, Suite 054 in the Student Health & Wellness Center for more information.