What is a Peer Health Advocate?

Peer Health Advocates are UWL students with a passion for promoting comprehensive wellness on campus. PHAs collaborate to create training workshops, presentations, and programs focused on health‐related decision making, increasing knowledge and awareness of common health problems affecting college students, and encouraging students to advocate for their health needs. They facilitate health education and health promotion programs on campus with the support of the Wellness and Health Advocacy Office. 

The Wellness and Health Advocacy office hires PHAs in the Spring Semester to work the Fall and Spring of the following school year. Please check back Spring 2023 for details on how to apply.

PHA Job Description

General Job Description expanding section
  • Facilitate training workshops, presentations, and programs focused on health‐related topics, using evidence‐based resources
  • Develop, implement and evaluate health‐related resource materials
  • Design, implement, and evaluate outreach efforts to the general population and specific campus partners (Residence Life, student staff, other Peer Educator groups, student organizations, Greek partners, and student athletes)
  • Sustain and enrich the connection between primary health resources on campus and our student population by acting as liaisons to Student Health Center and Counseling and Testing Center
  • Promote a culture of wellness at UWL through education, advocacy, and being a trusted and effective referral maker to health‐related services on campus and in the community
  • PHAs are paid $7.25/hour for an average of 5 hours per week for the 15 weeks of the academic semester
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  • Attend and participate in weekly PHA meetings
  • Establish and maintain regular communication with PHA partners and Res Life Student Staff
  • Design Stall Seat journal publications (minimum one per semester)
  • Engage in classroom presentations with the Wellness Coordinator
  • Take initiative to provide health education and health promotion for the benefit of the UWL campus community
  • Work with greater PHA team to implement De‐Stress Fest during the fall semester and Sexual Health Week and Spring Spectacular during the spring semester
  • Collaborate with campus partners to strengthen and enrich resources for health and improve access to resources at UWL
  • Other duties as assigned
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Expected time commitment is about 5 hours per week with regular meetings and program facilitation.

  • Average commitment of 5 hours per week
  • Limit of 10 hours per two week pay period
  • Distribution of hours is dependent on the PHA
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Required qualifications:

  • Awareness of personal areas of growth and leadership abilities
  • Able to approach and speak to students and student groups
  • Comfort working independently & in groups
  • Proactive, self‐starting nature, and ability to listen and ask questions in empathetic manner
  • Willing to work in a collaborative environment in which comprehensive wellness topics are identified and discussed in detail

Additional desired qualifications (we are willing and able to train to these qualifications as needed):

  • Foundational understanding of health promotion, education, advocacy, and Social Determinants of Health
  • Basic understanding of health topics important to college students