Nives Quaye is a fifth year senior at WSU completing a B.A. in human development and a B.S. in biology, with an emphasis in basic medical sciences. She joined the peer health education program in the fall of 2018. Her peers in the program nominated her for the March Peer Health Educator of the Month award. The award is given to peer health educators in recognition of their hard work and dedication to the program. We sat down with Nives to hear more about her time in the program and why she thinks other students would benefit from joining.
How has being a peer health educator been meaningful to you?
NQ: Well I actually want to go into Public Health, and health education is one of the things I want to do in the Public Health realm. I want to do programming and health education, so I feel that these tie in perfectly with what my future goals are. I feel it has given me more knowledge about health education in general and how to present to people about sensitive topics.
How do you think being a peer health educator has built career skills?
NQ: It’s definitely given me some experience in public speaking and how to interact in a large group setting. I also went to some workshops with Tamera Crooks, [the leadership coordinator for student involvement], where I learned about how different personalities can be integrated in the workspace and about being able to collaborate better with partners and in group settings.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned as a peer health educator?
NQ: I would say learning how to use more inclusive language when speaking to people was really emphasized in this position. For example, learning how to say pronouns when introducing yourself in a group of people. In my other positions I’ve been in [on campus], we never really went as in depth as in this program.
What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a peer health educator?
NQ: I would say, if you are passionate about educating other college students about just regular things that affect them on a daily basis, then apply for this position. If you see yourself as always being a friend that’s being asked about certain things or you like being asked for advice and you feel these things come naturally to you, I would definitely say this would be a good position. [As a peer health educator], you would be able to tell others about different resources they can use to help themselves and have an impact on a large amount of people.
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Welcome to all new and returning students from all of us at Health & Wellness Services! We’re here to support you in all aspects of health. We provide services and programs designed to help you thrive mentally, emotionally and physically.
Our medical clinic is one of the largest in the area, and works much like your family doctor’s office at home. We provide general medical care, plus a wide range of other services. Our full-service retail pharmacy is a great option if you’d like to transfer and fill your prescriptions without leaving campus. In the spring, we also opened a vision clinic where we provide eye care services and a retail store with a variety of eyewear and accessories.
Thinking about quitting tobacco? Now’s a great time to start! This fall, WSU Pullman will become a tobacco-free campus. Our tobacco cessation program can help you explore your options for quitting, improve your motivation and learn new ways to manage stress and cravings.
In addition to clinical medical services, we provide free programs and workshops on a variety of health topics to the entire WSU community. Workshops cover topics like healthy relationships, stress management, alcohol education, time management and more.
Our providers work closely with Counseling and Psychological Services to provide comprehensive mental health treatment for students. Our health promotion team is also working to support students’ mental and emotional health through a variety of efforts including trainings like Mental Health First Aid and our new suicide prevention program, Campus Connect.
Our violence prevention programs are another great opportunity for students. Bystander training workshops focus on making our campus safer by empowering Cougs to become active participants in preventing violence.