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.
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The mission of HealthWorks is to:
- Increase awareness and knowledge of health issues such as sexual health, nutrition and fitness, stress, sleep, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, body image and eating disorders, and wellness;
- Empower students to engage in healthy lifestyle choices;
- Provide health education programs, information, and materials to students;
- Provide one-on-one wellness services; and
- Advocate for a healthy Penn State community.
Benefits of Joining HealthWorks
- Gaining up-to-date knowledge needed to address various health issues,
- Developing your public speaking and leadership skills,
- Improving interpersonal and communication skills,
- Becoming a valuable health resource for your friends and peers,
- Advocating to improve health-related programs and services at Penn State,
- Making a difference in the health of Penn State students,
- Building friendships and your professional network,
- Working closely with health promotion staff,
- Enhancing your resume, and
- Earning academic credit.
Training You'll Receive
Training consists of a mandatory 3-credit class 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.
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. .
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:
- Providing one-on-one wellness services to students on the topics of stress and time management, physical activity, nutrition, sleep, sexual health and healthy relationships and financial literacy.
Some examples of activities and responsibilities for outreach and promotion peer educators are:
- Staffing outreach tables and events (e.g., Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Safer Spring Break, Earth Week, and Access to Protection safer sex outreach);
- Facilitating programs (e.g., Alcohol Workshop, Mission: Nutrition, Safer Sex Party, Stress Less, Got Sleep?);
- Planning and implementing health promotion initiatives (e.g., Healthy Eating with HealthWorks cooking videos, physical activity events); and
- Providing HIV pre- and post-test counseling.
There are several leadership opportunities that will help you develop additional skills after you have completed the semester of training. Examples include:
- Becoming a team leader to help manage health promotion initiatives,
- Coordinating health programming, and
- Collaborating with other groups on health promotion efforts.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to contact a current HealthWorks member, please indicate so in your email and we will connect you with them.