The Peer Health Education Program (PHEP) is Centerforce’s longest running program.
PHEP currently focuses on the development of educational materials, presentations, trainings, videos and support group guides around peer-based health education models for hepatitis C prevention and management in prison settings.
The peer educators coordinate workshops, provide one-on-one outreach and support, and make presentations in various prison departments and at prison-wide health events on Hepatitis.
PHEP currently operates at three institutions: San Quentin State Prison, the Central California Women’s Facility, and Valley State Prison for Women, reaching more than 5,000 people annually living in these facilities.
The PHEP program was started in 1989 to train peer educators and mobilize them to raise awareness, provide education and serve as resources on a variety of health issues, including HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and substance abuse prevention.
Since 2009, PHEP has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Viral Hepatitis, for the purpose of developing, testing, implementing and sharing hepatitis materials for prison settings.