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Health Promotion & Outreach Peer Educators 2017-2018 Job Description

This is not an application. To express your interest in becoming a peer educator, email Kirsten Licht, health promotions analyst.

Primary Role:                                                                                                                                                     

HPO PEs will work to support the mission of Health Promotion & Outreach, the University Health Center and Nebraska Medicine. HPO PEs are selected from the undergraduate student body at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and are comprised of students from varying academic majors, backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences. HPO PEs strive to make a difference in the lives of other students by educating them on many important wellness topics, including but not limited to alcohol, healthy eating, safer sex, sleep, stress, etc. HPO PEs educate their fellow students about health and social issues in order to increase awareness, encourage safer behaviors, make informed choices and enhance the health and well-being of their peers. HPO PEs will work closely with staff and are an integral part of the HIV test site and Protection Connection. HPO PEs will work with students in one service area to build relationships and foster health and well-being.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend weekly seminars and staff meetings throughout the year; come prepared and be engaged
  • Act as a representative for the University Health Center, Nebraska Medicine and the university
  • Distribute health materials and information
  • Host weekly well-being events
  • Give presentations and workshops to the campus community
  • Utilize excellent time management, interpersonal and communication skills  
  • Ability to work independently as well as a team player
  • Be a role model for your peers by practicing healthy behaviors
  • Foster relationships within the group and the campus community
  • Willing to learn new information about important topics that may sometimes be awkward
  • Assist in creating social media posts that promote health education and safe student behaviors
  • Flexible schedule – able to work some days, evenings and weekends
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Nebraska student for three semesters after hire date (spring, fall, spring).   
  • Commit to HPO for the three semesters after hire date, with the potential to continue working at UHC.  
  • Be available to work the week before school starts in August for UHC outreach
  • Good academic standing
  • Follow guidelines of Federal/State Regulations, Student Code of Conduct and the university's Non-Discrimination Policy
  • Complete all training required by Nebraska Medicine, including providing documentation of immunizations. (Ex: Hepatitis B, Rubeola, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella (Chicken Pox), Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) and Influenza)
  • Failure to meet job requirements and Nebraska Medicine policies may result in dismissal

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

Education and Training

HPO PEs are required to attend a weekly seminar (for credit if they wish) throughout the year. Additional meetings and trainings may be required.

Time Commitment

The time commitment required is 10-15 hours per week, with the opportunity for more as needed by HPO. This includes:

  • Three hours at an event in designated service areas; ex: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on a weeknight
  • Five or more hours in the office (e.g., planning, packing and unpacking events; research; protection connection orders; assembling giveaways) 
  • Two hour for a mandatory weekly seminar                
  • Other opportunities (e.g., HIV test site, giving presentations/workshops)

Compensation and Skills Learned

The benefits are numerous. Gain valuable learning experiences, meet new people, learn the most current information on a variety of wellness topics, earn some income ($10.35/hour) and have fun. Involvement with HPO PEs also will help you with your:

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organization
  • Leadership
  • Time management
  • Facilitation skills
  • Public speaking, and
  • Being a peer educator will help you see things differently, help you to appreciate and understand others' views and form lasting relationships with students and staff. All of these skills prove useful in life and future careers.