In January of 2020, Capitol Hill Village hired three Peer Health Educators, older adults which have utilized aging specific resources and have a firsthand understand of challenges associated with navigating aging. Each Peer Health Educator is trained on resources available to older adults in Washington D.C. Then they are matched with other older adults, known as their Peer Partners. Working one-on-one with their Peer Partners, Peer Health Educators help identify personalized goals and empower their Peer Partners to accomplish them in a four month period. Example goals include: applying for new transportation options, partaking in virtual activities, or becoming more tech-savvy. Peer Health Educators offer the tools needed so older adults across the District can maintain healthy and engaged lifestyles.
Originally from Baltimore, Robin Blum is a 30 year resident of Capitol Hill. With a Master of Arts degree from University of Baltimore and The Maryland Institute College of Art, she enjoyed a fulfilling, creative career as a newspaper Art Director. Robin retired recently due to a vision loss disability. As an active member of Capitol Hill Village, she leads popular yoga classes. Ms. Blum currently works as a Peer Health Advocate with the Village, counseling and giving back to partner seniors. When not fostering shelter dogs, Robin creates found object art and is in the process of publishing memoirs, and editing her first novel.
Pamela has been a Peer Health Educator since January of 2020. Pamela has a dual role at the village, serving as Volunteer and Programs Assistant and a Peer Health Educator. You can read Pamela’s full bio on the Staff webpage https://capitolhillvillage.org/about/staff/
Janice Thompson Ellis
Janice Thompson Ellis is a life-long resident of Washington, DC. She joined Capitol Hill Village as a Peer Health Educator in January of 2020. She was drawn to the project because it offers another opportunity to be of service. She currently volunteers as a tutor for Elementary School students through a program called Reading Partners. In the past she worked with seniors who were challenged with reading or did not use English as their primary language. As a Peer Health Educator, she is able to encourage seniors as they navigate the various programs and services designed specifically for their needs.