Mission & Philosophy

The NMSU Office of Health Promotion is a health promotion and risk reduction program focused on improving students’ overall wellbeing, supporting their educational goals, and developing skills for long-term health. The Office of Health Promotion educates the campus community on issues of health, safety, and promotion of overall wellbeing of all NMSU students and faculty. 

 

 

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Certified Peer Educators (CPE)

"Initially launched by the BACCHUS Network in 1994, the Certified Peer Educator program has been an asset to health and wellness peer educators, leading to the certification of more than 200,000 individuals since its inception. As the higher education landscape has evolved, so have the roles of peer educators - whether in the capacity of traditional health and wellness peer educators, resident advisors, or orientation leaders (just to name a few). Campuses are relying on their students to be curators of change and support systems for their peers, and the CPE program provides foundational-level skills to allow these students to be successful. Throughout the 12 hour, 8 module course, students will hone their skillsets to be effective peer educators and leaders."https://www.naspa.org/blog/new-cpe-train-the-trainer-course-explained

These modules include:

  1. Understanding the Power, Roles, and Characteristics of Quality Peer Educators
  2. Affecting and Understanding “Change Making” as a Peer Educator
  3. Being an Effective Listener as a Peer Educator
  4. A Peer Educator’s Role in Responding to Crisis
  5. Bystander Intervention as a Peer Education Technique
  6. Intrapersonal Applications of Identity as a Peer Educator
  7. Putting the “Educator” in Peer Educator
  8. Group Development and Moving Forward

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We utilize the following research-based strategies:

Peer Education:

Through the use of peer education, OHP utilizes NMSU students to bring awareness to health issues and prevention efforts creating a safer and healthier campus environment. 

Social Norms:

Students often have misperceptions of how their peers behave. Social Norming clarifies the actual behavior of fellow students, encouraging them to make better decisions regarding their own behavior. 

Multiple Exposures to Information:

Recognizing that one exposure to information will have little impact on behavior, WAVE strives to provide many opportunities for students to receive prevention information and tools, using both written and verbal materials. 

Knowledge, Empowerment, and Behavioral Adaptations:

Knowledge alone is not enough to impact behavioral change. WAVE programming encourages students to not only understand the basic prevention strategies on an intellectual level but also to realize their power to change and adapt their own behavior.