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Preconception Peer Educators (PPE) Program

The Preconception Peer Educators (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. Trained PPEs champion these health messages in an effort to reduce infant mortality rates among all people, specifically those at-risk populations.

As part of its efforts to end health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, in 2007 the Office of Minority Health launched A Healthy Baby Begins with You—a national campaign to raise awareness about infant mortality within the African American community. While improvements have occurred in recent years, this disparity still exists.

Currently, the PPE program works with the college age population to enlist college students as peer educators on campuses and throughout the community at large to disseminate essential preconception health messages that may seem too foreign for a population that may not be actively seeking to start a family. 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 reproductive futures.

Preconception Peer Educators, in collaboration with OMH foster health disparities reduction by:

  • Extending and continuing far-reaching infant mortality awareness efforts using preconception and inter-conception health messages.
  • Develop activities targeted to:
  • Reach the college-age population with targeted health messages, materials, activities and exercises emphasizing preconception health and healthcare.
  • Train college students as peer educators and healthy behavior advocates.
Last Modified: 6/12/2015 10:36:00 AM