Peer Health Advocates
The Peer Health Advocates (PHAs) are student staff in the Community Wellness Office who offer peer-driven health promotion programming. The PHAs treat health and wellness as a global process. What that means is that they consider health as something we are all engaged in and striving towards, rather than something that can be achieved or lost. If you're interested in connecting with peers or other student groups with a passion for wellness, check out our events calendar or contact us directly!
Be well, your PHAs
I'm Anna! I'm a senior physics major. I love exploring, cooking, solving problems, and having adventures. In my spare time, I enjoy distance running and flying planes.
I’ve found that sometimes Reed's intense academic atmosphere can push Reedies to put their own physical and mental health in the backseat. My specific areas of interest are body positivity, consent and sexual health, and health care for persons with disabilities. I'm excited to be connecting Reedies with health resources this year as a PHA.
My name is Hannah, and I am a junior English major. I like atlases and cats and mountains and aquariums, among other things. In my experience, the wonderful intensity of Reed sometimes asks its community members to prioritize everything else over their personal wellbeing. As PHAs, we create and implement wellness oriented campaigns that promote balance, health, and happiness for Reedies everywhere. I am particularly interested providing stress reduction, relational health, and nutritional resources to Reed community members.
Hi there! My name is Liat Yael Kastner and I am a junior, studying Environmental Studies and Political Science. I have worked for the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for the City of Portland and the NJ branch of the League of Conservation Voters. I grew up in NJ but I feel really at home in the Pacific Northwest. Ever since I was little, I loved the outdoors, and I try to take advantage of the beautiful hiking trails around here as much as possible! In my free time, I enjoy running, doing yoga, knitting, cooking, and reading. My favorite authors are Vladimir Nabokov and Jonathan Safran Foer. And, admittedly, my favorite TV show is Seinfeld. I believe that we can all contribute to the wellbeing of this community, and we each have a unique set of strengths to help out one another. I am excited to get to know more people, and help my peers feel safe, welcome, and happy!
Hi, I’m Olivia and I am a junior sociology major. I am very excited to be working with Community Wellness and I take a particular interest in finding creative ways of getting exercise (such as dance fitness classes), as well as sexual health and harm reduction. I also value inclusivity and diversity in all conversations about health. Outside of this, I enjoy astrophysics, hip-hop dancing, dogs, and flowers. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, concerns, or great ideas about wellness at Reed!
Hiya! I'm Nicole! I'm an ICPS - Political Science Junior (wow that's a mouthful). I'm a new Peer Health Advocate, but I have worked in Community Wellness as a Night Owl for a little over a year now!
When I'm not sitting on the couch, playing video games, and eating absurd quantities of nutella, I enjoy weightlifting, hiking, and experiencing the bounty of nature. I'm excited to expand my impact on wellness at Reed!
I'm Alex, an Art History major who loves literature, art, space, animals, and hiking mountains. I have a natural interest in mental, physical, and sexual health and am happy to be a part of a team that allows me to combine these interests with my desire to extend my knowledge and support to the Reed community. Feel free to contact with me with and questions or concerns you may have.