California Higher Education Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Conference

Awards & Recognition

Student Club/Organization Award

Peer Health University Network Peer Health University Network
CSU Fullerton

In the past year, PHUN has demonstrated outstanding effort as a student organization on the CSU Fullerton campus. PHUN uses on a peer-to-peer model where members serve as peer health educators to inform others on different health topics aiming to create a healthier campus environment. It is one of PHUN's missions to collaborate across campus and with off-campus organizations to maximize resources and reach a wide array of students. In particular, PHUN continuously emphasizes the importance of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs education. With more than 80 student members in this organization, PHUN successfully reached more than 2,000 students across campus with their creative and meaningful programs on substance abuse in fall 2012.

One of the highlights of PHUN's programs was the "Titan Up the Party" campaign block party in the summer of 2012 targeting students in the residence halls. PHUN partnered with Residence Life and Recording Artists, Actors & Athletes Against Drink Driving (RADD) and incorporated interactive games and provided educational materials to students. Through different interactive activities such as an impaired obstacle course, cash cab contest, and a "beer pong" activity, PHUN members presented alcohol facts and myths and motivated students to make better choices to reduce harm and risk of alcohol use. The block party also educated students on sexual health and mental health topics. More than 1,000 residents participated and the event was well-received by the students.

In October 2012, PHUN collaborated with Greek Life, Athletics, and Residence Life to host a campus-wide Alcohol Awareness Event with the theme of "Be an Everyday Hero". The week-long event featured a chalk mural contest, "beer pong" activity, an impaired golf-cart obstacle course, an impaired-bowling night, and an educational movie and activity. Alcohol Awareness Week reached an estimate of 1,000 students. PHUN continues to demonstrate their great collaborative effort and effectively educated their peers on alcohol use.

In addition to alcohol programs, PHUN had a tobacco cessation outreach event as part of The Great American Smokeout in November 2012. The event encouraged smokers to quit smoking and educated students on tobacco use. More than 300 "quit kits" were distributed to student, faculty, and staff during the two-day event.

Besides active programming, PHUN has also used passive programs to ensure an on-going educational effort. PHUN creates banners and flyers on a regular basis with healthy behavior messages to maintain their visibility around campus.

PHUN's programs and events have received a lot of great reactions from the campus community and surrounding neighborhoods. PHUN's main mission to promote healthy behaviors is an important asset to the CSU Fullerton campus and their commitment to use creative and fun approaches to educate their peers should be recognized.

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