Ohio University has a long tradition of peer health education. Research has shown that college students learn and emulate healthy lifestyles as modeled by their peers. Why did current peer health educators become a peer?
- To make new friends
- Have fun
- Gain leadership experience
- Learn about health issues
- Help their peers
- Course credit
- OHIO Honors participation credit
- Improve public speaking skills
- Looks awesome on a resume
Promoting Ohio University Wellness, Education and Responsibility (POWER)
Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA)
POWER/GAMMA is a leadership program for students who agree to be advocates for health-related issues on campus. This student organization is made up of peer health educators who address health and lifestyle issues facing college students such as alcohol, sexual health, latex use, tobacco, stress, healthy eating, etc. POWER/GAMMA members take a semester long training course and are nationally-certified through the NASPA peer health education network.
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The Better Bystanders are a certified group of peer health educators who are certified to deliver peer-to-peer programs on topics relating to sexual and gender based violence, active bystander intervention, consent, and the intersectionality of violence. The goal of the organization is to create culture change among Ohio University students to reduce the normalization of power-based personal violence and the incidence of violence on campus. Bystander intervention skills, as taught by the Better Bystanders, can be applied in any number of situations in which imminent harm is possible. This could include a mental health crisis, hazing, micro-aggressions, and/or harassment. The Better Bystanders participate in a training course prior to becoming active members of the organization which provides grounding in a wide variety of public health topics and effective methods of program delivery.