HealthWorks is a peer education/outreach program in University Health Services that aims to promote health among Penn State students.
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;
- Promote healthy lifestyle choices;
- Provide health education programs, information, and materials to students; and
- Advocate for a healthy Penn State community.
Benefits of Joining HealthWorks
There are many benefits, including:
- Gaining up-to-date knowledge needed to address various health issues,
- Developing your public speaking and leadership 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 (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. The training class will be offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BB H) in Fall 2014 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:15 pm.
Additional ongoing training will take place during the Spring 2015 semester.
After completing the training class, members will earn 1 credit per semester through the BB H department (BB H 497B).
You must be graduating Fall 2015 or later to be eligible for HealthWorks. This is due to a three semester commitment, which includes the training class in Fall 2014 and two semesters of service following the training class.
The two semesters of service involve completing 45 hours per semester. To fulfill this requirement, all members are expected to attend a 1 hour weekly meeting and participate in about 3 hours of service activities per week. Some examples of service activities 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);
- 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 2015 or later to be eligible for HealthWorks.
The application has three steps:
- Complete the online application by March 7, 2014.
- Submit one copy of your unofficial (advising) transcript. This must be received by March 7, 2014. 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.
- You can obtain a hard copy of your unofficial transcript two ways:
- Log into eLion, click on “Grades,” “Transcripts,” and “View advising transcript.” Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Print transcript.”
- Request a copy from the Penn State Registrar, located in 112 Shields Building.
- 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 17, 2014.
Applicants will be notified of whether or not they are selected for an interview by March 25, 2014. Interviews will take place March 31 - April 4, 2014.
Interviewees will be notified of whether or not they are accepted into the HealthWorks training class by April 11, 2014. If you are accepted into the HealthWorks training class, you must accept or decline your offer by April 18, 2014.
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 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.