Peer Program

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Established in 1988, Waterloo Region Peer Program is an initiative that uses a peer approach to improve the physical and social health of the community.

The program takes a unique approach in which individuals are hired by neighbourhood and community organizations to deliver programs on topics related to healthy living, including healthy eating, positive parenting, physical activity, falls prevention and more.

Goals and objectives

The overall goal of Peer Program is to reduce health inequities among priority populations based on identified current health trends, utilizing a peer approach and trained peer health workers.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • increase knowledge and skills related to selected health topics among priority populations experiencing health inequities
  • increase access and referrals to health promotion programs and services  with community partners
  • increase opportunities for social inclusion among peer program participants
Who is a peer health worker?

Peer health workers are community residents who share similar life experiences with the participants in the programs that they design and deliver. Peer health workers are trained and certified by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services in health knowledge and skills that they share with their peers.

"I really just facilitate the parents getting a chance to talk to each other about those parenting topics. I don't come in as the expert, but just facilitate that we've all been there, and we're all working through these parenting struggles, and decisions and joys together." - Peer Health Worker

Peer-led programs in Waterloo Region

Each year, peer health workers run programs that are developed based on the neighbourhood's strengths and needs. Host organizations for the current Peer Program cycle are:

For more information, please send the Peer Program an email.


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