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About HealthWorks

HealthWorks is a peer education/outreach program in University Health Services that aims to promote health among Penn State students.

New for August 2017! Students will have two different opportunities for promoting health amongst their peers. 1. One-on-one wellness services for students; and 2. Outreach and promotion through workshops and initiatives. Applicants will need to prioritize which opportuniy they want to pursue.

The mission of HealthWorks is to:

Benefits of Joining HealthWorks

Training You'll Receive

Training consists of a mandatory 3-credit class (BB H 324) that addresses health behavior theory, health promotion strategies, and health issues relevant to the college population. Health topics include alcohol and other drugs, nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, sleep, and stress and financial literacy. There will be two separate training classes for each group of peer educators. The classes will be offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BB H) in Fall 2017. There is no pre-requiste required for either class.

Additional ongoing training will take place during the Spring 2018 semester.

Academic Credit

After completing the training class, members will earn 1 credit for outreach and promotion and 2 credits for one-on-one services per semester through the BB H department. .

Time Commitment

You must be graduating Fall 2018 or later to be eligible for HealthWorks. This is due to a three semester commitment, which includes the training class in Fall 2017 and two semesters of service following the training class, which do not have to be consecutive.

The two semesters of service involve completing 45 hours per number of credits. To fulfill this requirement, outreach and promotion peer educators expected to attend a 1 hour weekly meeting and participate in about 3 hours of service activities per week. Students providing one-on-one services are expected to provide 6 hours of service activities per week.

Some examples of activities and responsibilities for one-on-one peer educators are:

 

Some examples of activities and responsibilities for outreach and promotion peer educators are:

 

Leadership Opportunities

There are several leadership opportunities that will help you develop additional skills after you have completed the semester of training. Examples include:

 

How to Apply

You must be graduating Fall 2018 or later to be eligible for HealthWorks.

The application has three steps:

1. Complete the online application by March 3, 2017.

2. Submit one copy of your unofficial (advising) transcript. This must be received by March 3, 2017. You can bring a copy to 201 Student Health Center, fax it to (814) 865-7212 or mail it to Health Promotion and Wellness, 201 Student Health Center, University Park, PA 16802.

Viewing & Printing Your Unofficial Transcript on LionPath

A. From the other academic drop-down menu, select Transcript: View Unofficial.

B. Click the double arrow (GO) icon.

C. Select Advising Transcript from the Report Type drop-down menu.

D. Click the view report button. Note: Do not click on any other buttons or links while processing is taking place. You will see a spinning wheel in the upper right corner of the screen, under the Sign out link that will indicate your request is processing.

E. A pdf of your unofficial transcript is displayed in a new window. use the pdf viewers print option to print your unofficial transcript.

3. In the online application, you will provide the name, e-mail address, and telephone number of a current/former employer, advisor, or instructor who can complete a recommendation form on your behalf. Your recommender will be e-mailed a form, which s/he must complete by March 13, 2017.

Applicants will be notified of whether or not they are selected for an interview by March 24, 2017. Interviews will take place April 3 - April 7, 2017.

Interviewees will be notified of whether or not they are accepted into the HealthWorks training class by April 14, 2017. If you are accepted into the HealthWorks training class, you must accept or decline your offer by April 21, 2017.

If you have questions, stop by the office of Health Promotion and Wellness in 201 Student Health Center or call (814) 863-0461. You may also contact us promotinghealth@psu.edu. If you wish to contact a current HealthWorks member, please indicate so in your email and we will connect you with them.

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