Advisors are the key to any program or club and the prerequisite for program implementation. The advisors are an essential component of the PPE Program because they guide the students, communicate with the Office of Minority Health Resource Center and assist with the operation of the program in the universities and communities.
Advisors aid the students in the development, implementation and monitoring of their work plan and help connect them with local community organizations and health departments.
Responsibilities and Work-plan:
- Recruit students as Preconception Peer Educators.
- Training logistics (training site, catering, etc.)
- Coordinate transportation for students to training location.
- Guide and monitor the students’ work plan and assessments while at the training to ensure their full participation.
- Guide and mentor students to ensure their full participation in campus and community outreach activities.
- Discuss with students ways to make the Preconception Peer Educator Program academically and personally meaningful to them.
- Oversee reporting compliance to the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (see. Reporting forms – due at the end of each semester)
- Keep the Office of Minority Health Resource Center apprised of current Preconception Peer Educators.
- Facilitate implementation of the Preconception Peer Educator program on campus following the training.
- Ensure that students complete a Pre-Training Test/Homework on preconception health and infant mortality in preparation for the training.
What we need from the faculty and administration
- To agree to host the program.
- To select students to attend the training and continue the program on your campus by training future generations of PPE’s
- To select a faculty member to be the mentor. The mentor is key in guiding the students through the training and their ongoing outreach.
To help ensure the success of the training and program we are requesting that advisers
- Bring with them a list of community partners or organizations with which they have a relationship or ongoing work that can serve as potential partners in this effort.
- The advisors should bring a list of middle and high schools with which they (or the school) have developed any relationship. If there is no existing relationship, it would be wise to bring a list of neighboring middle or high schools, so we can work in approaching them in the future.
- The advisors should discuss with their students ways to make the PPE Program academically meaningful to them. In the past, students have used the PPE Program for service learning credit, independent studies, research, etc.
- The advisors should help with the evaluation study by ensuring compliance with the reporting.
- Guide and monitor the students’ work plan and assessments while at the training to ensure their full participation
There will be continuous oversight and collaboration from OMH throughout the program and beyond.
The Preconception Peer Educators Program is governed by the Office of Minority Health Preconception Health Advisory Board (pictured above). The Advisory Board is comprised of faculty advisors from established PPE programs from all over the United States. The board serves as council for the PPE program and is available to mentor new programs and faculty advisors.
Contact the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (Teddy Owusu, program coordinator) for assistance. The resource center will follow up and can provide needed guidance and contacts through every step of the process.