Peer Health Educators (PEEPS)

Students participating in team building exercise

PEEPs (Preventative Education and Empowerment for Peers) helps CHEW increase Homewood students awareness and knowledge about various college health issues such as:Preventative Education and Empowerment for Peers (PEEPS) logo

  • Sexual health including contraceptive options
  • Sexually transmitted infections and women’s reproductive health
  • Sexual assault awareness
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Healthy living

In addition, PEEPS also help to promote Student Health and Wellness Center services. PEEPs accomplish this by going through specialized training to provide health promotion programs, events and outreach to their fellow peers. For more information on our programs, explore the various health topics on the CHEW website.

Meet the 2017-2018 PEEPs!

Achim

My name is Achim and I’m a sophomore Public Health major from New Jersey. I’m a part of Men’s Soccer at Hopkins, and in my free time I love to read, listen to music, and exercise. I’m very big on being a positive person, so I’m really interested in trying to spread that and help students be as healthy and happy as possible.

Bo

Hi! My name is Bo Kim and I am a sophomore majoring in Public Health and GECS. I am interested in learning about health and nutrition within the framework of sustainable development. Outside the classroom, I love playing volleyball, listening to music, travelling, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Celina

Hi! I’m Celina and I’m a senior majoring in Public Health Studies. I love music, film, photography, art, creative ideas and traveling. On campus I’m involved in Musicare, Photography Forum and Humans of Hopkins. Among the topics that PEEPS cover, I’m especially interested in healthy living (healthy eating, workout), sleeping well in college and tobacco control. I’m excited to become part of PEEPS and raise awareness on health issues around campus!

Erin

Hi, my name is Erin and I’m a junior neuroscience major. I’m from just outside of Boston, MA and on campus, I’m also involved with SLAM Hip Hop Dance Group, Making Neuroscience Fun, and Public Health Global Brigades. I am interested in alcohol/drug addiction and other college health issues so I’m very excited to be promoting healthy living on campus!

Falyn

Falyn is a Public Health – International Studies double major. She is pre-law and plans on hopefully practicing International Human Rights Law.

Gita

Gita is a Senior Molecular and Cellular Biology Major and has been a member of PEEPS since her Junior year. She is interested in pursuing a career in Genetics Research but also has a passion for Public Health and Healthy Living. She was the captain of the Hopkins Triathlon Club for 3 years and is a certified Personal Trainer and Spin Instructor at the Rec Center. Feel free to approach her with any questions about PEEPS events or general health questions!

Hani

Hani Al-Jabi-López is a senior at Johns Hopkins double majoring in Behavioral Biology and Spanish. Originally from Puerto Rico, Hani grew up in Buffalo NY. He joined PEEPs in his sophomore year and hopes to help inform his peers about various health related services available to them on and off campus.

Janaya

My name is Janaya Brown and I am a sophomore Psychology major. I am an army brat, so I have had to move a lot over the years with my family. I lived primarily in the South, and went to high school in San Antonio, Texas where I spent most of my time in concert and marching band. Despite liking Texas, Maryland was one of my favorite places to live while growing up which is the main reason I came back for college. I love to meet new people and try new things, so I hope to make these next few years worthwhile.

Lauren B

Hi! My name is Lauren. I am a sophomore from Kansas. My majors are Public Health and History of Science Medicine, and Technology. I’m also doing the Bioethics minor. On campus, I’m part of Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations, Alpha Phi Omega (our service fraternity), and of course PEEPs! My hope in being a peer health educator is to provide a bridge between students and our public health resources. I am excited to create spaces where all students feel comfortable learning and engaging with our programs!

Lauren P

Lauren Pomerantz is a senior Behavioral Biology and Public Health Studies double major from South Florida. As an aspiring physician, she loves the opportunity to educate her fellow peers about health issues on campus. Over the past two years as a PEEP, her favorite part has been the opportunity to work with many devoted and passionate people. Outside of PEEPs, Lauren is involved with MSE Symposium, Blue Key Society, Nu Rho Psi, Public Health Student Forum, HURJ, Pi Beta Phi and the Adult Emergency Department Volunteer Program.

Marina

Hi there, my name is Marina! I’m majoring in Cognitive Science, and I’m also a pre-nursing student. I love art and video games, although I probably wouldn’t be able to beat anyone in the latter. Arriving on campus made me realize just how much responsibility caring for one’s health can be. For the first time, I was on my own to make my own medical decisions. Joining PEEPs is my chance to help others with their health needs during their college experience. I’m excited to be a part of this group to promote healthy living at Hopkins!

Nancy H

I’m from Brooklyn, NY and a neuroscience major. Being able to mentor Baltimore students as a part of Charm City Science League, talk with prospective students as a tour guide, meet community partners through Alpha Phi Omega,and dance and perform with other students have been some of my favorite Baltimore/Hopkins experiences. As a big fan of all-things creative arts , I love being able to just take time away from the books and work on a new DIY project or learn a new choreography.

Nancy Z

I am a sophomore from Long Valley, New Jersey, and I am double majoring in Public Health and Psychology, and minoring in Marketing & Communications! Besides being a PEEP, I am a tour guide and a volunteer for Hop Back Home, and I do research. I am also a huge fan of the outdoors and physical activity (hiking, biking, swimming and running, to name a few!).

Sanam

Sanam is a junior studying Public Health and has been a PEEP for a year. She is also a part of JHUMUNC, Public Health Student Forum, and the Women’s Pre-Health Leadership Society. As a PEEP, she loves to work with the Hopkins community to increase awareness of healthy living habits, and can’t wait to learn even more about it this year.

Scotty

My name is Scotty McGaugh and I am from Pensacola, Florida. I grew up in a salt marsh on a bay and because of that a lot of my favorite hobbies revolve around the water such as scuba diving, swimming, and keeping aquariums. I became interested in community health as a young child and it has grown to become a personal passion. I was hooked when I became involved in an effort to supply food to underprivileged elementary school children. Seeing the effect that I was able to make in those children’s lives made me truly appreciate the opportunity I had to improve their conditions. I believe that a healthy lifestyle makes it easier to be happy, and my goal is to make the Johns Hopkins community happier and healthier for all.

CHEW Wants You on Our PEEPs CREW!

Peer health educators wanted! Gain valuable public health and leadership experience to put on your resume, meet new people, and help improve the health of fellow JHU students.

Requirements

  • One-year commitment with an average commitment of 3–4 hours each week which includes:
    • Participating in a mandatory one day retreat prior to the start of the fall semester.
    • Conducting outreach activities.
    • Attending a weekly group meeting.
  • Previous experience/course work in public health is helpful but not necessary.
  • A sincere interest in student health and a desire to become involved!

Contact Julia Greenspan at 410-516-8396 or jgree154@jhu.edu for more information.

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