The Preconception Peer Educator (PPE) Program was developed to raise awareness among college students about infant mortality and its causes. The PPE Program applies a peer education curriculum to equip college students with targeted health messages that they can spread throughout their campuses and communities.
Who’s a Preconception Peer Educator?
Official PPE(s) are students who have taken the PPE training and participated as peer health educators for at least one full school year.
PPE(s) work instep with the mission of the Office of Minority Health to eliminate health disparities by generating infant mortality awareness and prevention using preconception and inter-conception health messages. Developing activities to reach the college-age population with targeted health messages, materials, activities and exercises emphasizing preconception health and healthcare. And finally training college students as peer educators and healthy behavior advocates.
Why infant mortality?
The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. The infant mortality rate is an estimate of the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. This rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a nation, because factors affecting the health of entire populations can also impact the mortality rate of infants. There are obvious differences in infant mortality by age, race, and ethnicity; for instance, the mortality rate for black infants is more than twice that of white infants.
Because over fifty percent of all pregnancies are unplanned, it is imperative to provide all men and women, especially sexually active men and women, with information to make timely, informed decisions about their current health behaviors. Trained PPEs champion these health messages in an effort to reduce infant mortality rates among all people, with emphasis on at-risk populations.