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Zoom collage of 22 participants in a peer educator meeting.

Peer Health Education

Cougar Health Services (CHS) Peer Health Educators are a diverse group of undergraduate leaders who work with us to educate and empower their fellow students. Students who participate in this program facilitate workshops, represent CHS at campus events, and collaborate with campus partners. Our peer health education program is currently operating online.

We consistently hear from students who are interested in peer health education programs, and studies show that students view peer health educators as credible and trustworthy sources of information. The program is supported by the Service and Activity Fee and will help increase our collaboration with students.

Participants will receive a range of professional development opportunities, including training and hands-on experience. Peer educators will develop leadership and public speaking skills, foster positive working relationships, and gain foundational knowledge in a variety of health topics, including violence prevention, suicide prevention, mental health, substance use, and sexual health.

How to Get Involved

Applications are open! Peer Health Educator applications for Fall 2021 are due by April 30. WSU Pullman undergrads can apply.

Students who are accepted into the program will receive BACCHUS training online, an 8-hour training. Students will then take an exam for their peer educator certification. The program has a 1-year commitment with 25 hours of involvement per semester and bi-weekly Zoom meetings which occur on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Request a Workshop

Submit an outreach request form to bring a customized workshop to your group. We provide workshops on a variety of health topics, including violence prevention, mental health, substance use, and sexual health.

Upcoming Workshops

Coping with COVID

This peer-lead workshop is designed to teach students coping skills, how to seek help if needed, and how to provide support to others who may be in distress. Coping with COVID is now open to students from all WSU campuses. This workshop may return at a future date. Check back for details! You can also request a private training for your group.