OCC peer health educators are trained student leaders of the Peer Health Action Team (PHAcT) program who are committed to promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices. PHAcT supports the well-being and academic success of their peers by actively promoting health and wellness through various on-campus events and outreach activities. PHAcT members gain training and education to empower their peers on a variety of health topics, including nutrition, mental health & wellness, stress management, alcohol & other drugs, sexuality, and violence prevention.
Roles and Responsibilities of a Peer Health Educator
PHAcT members assist with programs and health education activities provided by the Student Health Center. They also assist in organizing and participating in campus-wide health events and awareness campaigns, including:
- Suicide Prevention Fair
- Alcohol Awareness
- Flu vaccine clinics
- Wellness Fair
Health Hut Outreach
Throughout the semester, PHAcT members can be seen on campus in the Student Health Center "Health Hut" serving as a health resource to OCC students. PHAcT members plan and engage in fun activities, such as games and trivia questions related to sexual health, alcohol safety, nutrition, sleep, and stress, with OCC students at the "Health Hut." They also distribute health education materials and give out great giveaways!
PHAcT members may also be involved in campus-wide health campaigns. In past semesters, PHAcT had the opportunity to be a part of great media campaigns in partnership with the Orange County Health Care Agency, Alcohol & Drug Education & Prevention Team (ADEPT) and the Capstone Agency team at the University of Alabama. These included the "I Am OCC" campaign, which promotes the use of a designated driver and "LessThanUThink," a campaign that uses humorous messages to emphasize the negative social consequences of binge drinking.
Benefits of Being a Peer Health Educator
Becoming a PHAcT member provides an opportunity for students to have a unique and powerful relationship with their peers, learn about the field of health promotion, and help create a healthy environment throughout campus. Other benefits include:
- Gain transferable CSU course credit and national certification
- Enhance resume for college transfer, nursing or other allied health programs
- Become a candidate for OCC scholarships and awards
- Learn about a variety of health topics
- Collaborate with student organizations and campus departments
- Gain leadership, collaboration, and presentation skills
How to Become a Peer Health Educator
Students of all majors and interests who are currently enrolled in OCC are welcome to become peer health educators through the PHAcT program. Peer health educators commit to a full semester of service. Training to be a peer health educator is completed through preparation in a 2-unit course (Health Education A160: Peer Educator Level 1). Topics covered include strategies for behavior change, referrals, programming, presentation and group success. Students will be certified as peer health educators through the BACCHUS national certification exam at the end of the course.
To become a Peer Health Educator, please sign up for Health Education A160: Peer Educator Level 1 (HLED A160. Meets Mondays & Wednesdays 11:10am - 12:35pm. May be taken for grades or on a pass/no-pass basis. Lecture, Lab. Transfer Credit: CSU).