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Peer educators receive award

01/04/2000

Members of the Miami University office of health education continue to receive accolades for their efforts to reduce high-risk behavior.

The office was one of 12 nationwide to receive the Outstanding Network Affiliate award for excellence in peer education from the Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network, the national organization of peer education programs. Miami student and staff representatives received a plaque and $300 at a November conference in Orlando, Fla.

"This award is evidence that the social norming marketing campaign, our alternative programming and everything else we do to reduce risky behavior is being nationally recognized as a promising practice to reduce high-risk alcohol use by college students. We are very honored that we’ve been recognized," said Karen Murray, director of health education.

At the same conference, Miami students Katie Blatnik, Rachel Friedman and Christy Burke, members of Miami’s Sexual Health Awareness Peer Educators (SHAPE) program, were chosen to present a proposal designed to prepare peer educators for the growth in Hispanic students in the United States. The proposal, titled "Making La Vida Loca Safe: Building Bilingual Sexual Health Awareness," called for initiating bilingualism to improve communication of sexual health knowledge, incorporating Spanish into preexisting English education programs and exposing diverse populations to the increasing problems associated with sexual health.

Students Robin James and Kathy Langhoff, members of the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) peer education staff, were chosen to present "Bringing Perceptions Into Focus" at the conference. Their interactive program is designed to train peer educators and advisers how to discover the nature of students’ beliefs and how to use those beliefs in high-risk behavior education.

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