Healthy Initiatives through Peer Education (HIPE)

“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”  – Diogenes Laertius

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”  – Franklin D. Roosevelt


Mission:

HIPE’s mission is to provide sustainable solutions to address health, economic and social issues in the most disadvantaged communities through youth empowerment, public health and community engagement, young entrepreneurship development.

Our goals consist of:

  1. Building healthy communities through capacity building in youth empowerment and community development;
  2. Reducing burden of preventable diseases and poor health outcomes through health education, promotion, and intervention activities;
  3. Advancing students for professional and career development in social and economic innovations, community development and public health fields, and STEM;
  4. Engaging US and Vietnam youths in young leadership cultural and social exchanges including immersion programs in English or Vietnamese.

Program Concepts:

HIPE targets at- or high-risk youths and communities and is a holistic integrated program that combines health, education, social, and economic development strategies. Mostly importantly HIPE is centered on an innovative peer to peer education model designed for school-aged youths that infuses creative teaching and leadership training in health education, disease prevention, disaster preparedness and response, and community mobilization within Vietnam’s poorest communities.  Additionally, HIPE is heavily grounded on the principles and practical applications of public health, community development, and 40 development assets developed by the Search Institute. Hence, HIPE empowers young people through leadership training, life skills development, social entrepreneurial skills, community activism & mobilization, and self-esteem/self-worth identification & development in the greater context of life challenges & societal issues.  Specifically HIPE trains students, youths, and community members to collectively address the high distribution of preventable diseases and to empower them with knowledge and skills to make healthy, sustainable, and safe life choices.

HIPE Youth Recruitment Video on Youtube:

In today’s connected society, even in rural areas of developing countries, mass media and social network presentation of issues and solutions has been shown to affect positive behavioral change even in the absence of trained healthcare professionals.  So in the spring of 2012, HIPE kicks off their video design and production of Public Service Announcements.

Core Activities:

Programmatic activities are designed into 3 tiers with elevated responsibilities for participating youths and volunteers.

Tier 1 – Young Leadership Training Program

Through the Young Leadership Training Program, HIPE trains students to become Peer Health Educators (PHE) who receive coaching and mentoring thorough the year before being qualified as Peer Health Educators to lead health education.  Training programs offer building expertise knowledge and practices in local health and social priorities such as adolescent sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control and prevention, personal and environmental hygiene and protection. Youths are also trained in soft skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership, presentation, conflict-solution, project and budget development, and activity/program evaluation.

Tier 2 – School-based Health Education Program

Working closely with the Department of Education, the school-based health education program includes the HIPE Peer Health Educators (PHEs) organizing and delivering health workshops on puberty development, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, personal hygiene, environmental protection, and tobacco control & prevention and on social issues such as gender education and anti-human trafficking to schools in rural and remote areas regularly during the academic year.

Tier 3 – Community-based Health Prevention and Promotion Program

The community-based health prevention and promotion program that includes health education classes to youths at orphanages and underprivileged villages utilizing temples, community centers, and homes of the PHEs. The community program also includes community-based promotional activities that the PHEs and volunteers working closely with HIPE program and local young and old community members to implement community benefited engagement activities such as the annual health fairs, Earth Day, World Water Day, and Coastal Cleanup Day to promote healthy living and protection of the environment.   To further expanding community health knowledge as well as sustaining community health prevention and promotion activities, there are radio broadcast programs produced collaboratively by HIPE youths and local radio stations; health training workshops to teachers, parents, and community members; and a HIPE Community Coalition consisting of youths, parents, teachers, and community members.

 

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