Peer Health Exchange

Empowering young people to make healthy decisions

aka Peer Health Exchange   |   Oakland, CA   |  http://www.peerhealthexchange.org

Mission

Peer Health Exchange empowers young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country.

Ruling year info

2003

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

Louise Langheier

Main address

100 Webster Street Suite 300

Oakland, CA 94607 USA

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EIN

56-2374305

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Young people navigate difficult decisions on a daily basis, many of which pose serious consequences to their health and well-being. Health inequity endangers young people, especially Black and Latinx youth, and threatens their futures, damages families and communities, and makes all of us less healthy and prosperous overall. PHE’s skills-based health education program aims to improve young people’s sexual health, mental health, and substance misuse outcomes, helping them succeed in school and facilitate life-long opportunity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Peer Health Exchange

PHE is a national organization providing a skills-based curriculum that seeks to improve mental and sexual health and decrease substance abuse. Independent evaluators found that our near-peer model significantly improves student knowledge, skills, and help-seeking behavior, particularly in mental health. Our work helps connect young people, especially those living in communities that experience health disparities , to the health resources they need; increasing access to care within the community will empower young people to make informed choices about their health and act on those decisions. With comprehensive health education and access to high-quality care, young people will be better positioned to stay and excel in school and pursue greater life opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Peer Health Exchange’s (PHE) mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country. Our vision is that PHE, with our partners, will advance health equity and improve health outcomes for young people.

Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills and resources to make
healthy decisions. We offer inclusive, evidence-informed, skills-based health education programming designed
specifically for Black and Latinx youth. Our vision is that, with our partners, we will advance health equity and
improve health outcomes for young people. We have served over 150,000 young people since 2003 and have
demonstrated significant impact with help-seeking behavior. In response to community requests and shifts to
virtual learning, Peer Health Exchange has launched three virtual programs with customizable delivery options to
meet different community needs.

The PHE program is an evidence-informed and culturally responsive health education curriculum 16 years in the making. PHE redefines health education as engaging, relatable, and applied. Our unique near-peer program develops students’ skills indecision-making for health, communication and advocacy, and accessing resources.

Since 2003, PHE has provided over 150,000 high school students with quality health education taught by over 15,000 college volunteers in high schools across Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and more coming.

In 2016, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) conducted an independent external evaluation comparing students who received PHE to those who did not. We found that our program has a statistically-significant effect on sexual and mental knowledge, skills, and help-seeking behavior. PHE students were more likely to:
- Visit a Health Center (37% vs 20%)
- Know how to access contracptives and show greater intentions to use them in the future (47% vs 39%)
- Accurately define consent in a sexual situation (65% vs 54%)
- Identify the warning signs of poor mental health (67% vs 56%)

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Peer Health Exchange

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Martin Schneider

Fine Capital Partners

Louise Davis Langheier

Peer Health Exchange

Martin Schneider

Fine Capital Partners

Betsy Blumenthal

Kroll, Inc.

Angela Diaz

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

Louise Patterson

Amanda Waldron

Frank Williams

Evolent Health

Jamie Murray

Michael Grobstein

Jody Miller

Business Talent Group

Dominique Morgan-Solomon

Morgan-Solomon Consulting

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola

UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Jasmine Bland

Health Policy Commission

Aishetu Dozie

Bossy Cosmetics

Robin Glass

Doctor on Demand

Jen Hamilton

Room to Breathe Project

Todd Kaplan

Centerview Partners

Sasha Simon

Drug Policy Alliance

Kareem Zaki

Thrive Capital

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/09/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data