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about HIP


health information project

HIP empowers student health ambassadors
to tackle the health crises of their generation.

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about HIP


health information project

HIP empowers student health ambassadors
to tackle the health crises of their generation.

hip schools faculty login

health information project (hip)

Health Information Project (HIP) is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization, located in Miami, Florida, home to the nation's fourth largest school district. HIP's purpose is to educate teenagers about their health issues and to encourage and assist them in accessing existing community health resources. HIP educates high school students through a school-based, peer-to-peer comprehensive health education model.

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Our mission


our mission

To improve health awareness and access for teenagers and young adults through an innovative, school-based education program that promotes candid conversation, addresses prevalent misconceptions and connects students to reliable health resources. HIP empowers teens to tackle the health crises of their generation.

Our mission


our mission

To improve health awareness and access for teenagers and young adults through an innovative, school-based education program that promotes candid conversation, addresses prevalent misconceptions and connects students to reliable health resources. HIP empowers teens to tackle the health crises of their generation.

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Our Schools


HIP has worked with over 80,000 high school
students since its creation in 2009.

Our Schools


HIP has worked with over 80,000 high school
students since its creation in 2009.

our schools

The following public and private high schools partner with HIP:

Alonzo & Tracy Mourning
American
Arthur & Polly Mays
Barbara Goleman
Booker T. Washington
Coral Gables
Coral Reef
Cutler Bay Academy
Dr. Michael M. Krop
Felix Varela
G. Holmes Braddock
Gulliver Preparatory
Hialeah High
Hialeah Gardens
Hialeah-Miami Lakes
Homestead

John A. Ferguson
M.A.S.T.
M.A.S.T. @ Homestead
Miami Beach
Miami Carol City
Miami Central
Miami Coral Park
Miami Edison
Miami High
Miami Jackson
Miami Killian
Miami Lakes Educational Center
Miami Norland
Miami Northwestern
Miami Palmetto
Miami Southridge

Miami Springs
Miami Sunset
New World School of the Arts
North Miami
North Miami Beach
Ransom Everglades School
Robert Morgan Educational Center
Ronald W. Reagan-Doral
South Dade
South Miami
Southwest Miami
TERRA Environmental Research Institute
William H. Turner Tech
Westland Hialeah

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Our mission


 

 

 

 

 

During the 2015-2016 school year, HIP is working with
45 High Schools, 1,200 High School Student Peer
Health Educators and over 30,000 Ninth Graders.

Our mission


 

 

 

 

 

During the 2015-2016 school year, HIP is working with
45 High Schools, 1,200 High School Student Peer
Health Educators and over 30,000 Ninth Graders.

Our People


Our People


OUR PEOPLE

Risa Berrin
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Risa Berrin created HIP in order to address the health crisis confronting America’s youth.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Risa is a proud graduate of Miami Palmetto High School. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Miami School of Law. 

Risa was a fellow at the University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service and led the law school's Street Law program in Miami's public schools.

Risa has been a court-appointed special advocate, guardian ad litem, for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, for children who are abused, abandoned and neglected and in the custody of the Department of Children and Families for the past twelve years.

In addition to her work with foster children, Risa taught health education to female juveniles who were incarcerated at the Miami-Dade County Department of Juvenile Justice corrections facility.

Risa is the co-founder and past co-chair of the Young Philanthropists of Baptist Health, which was created to encourage young people to support the Baptist Health hospitals in the South Florida community. Risa is a past board member of the South Miami Hospital Center for Women and Infants.

She is the immediate past chair of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools School Health Medical Advisory Committee, which advises the superintendent and sets health/medical policy for the entire school district.

Risa is a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Florida’s Connect Florida Leadership Training Institute.

Between 1999 and 2009, Risa was a part-time writer for The Miami Herald.

Risa was invited to give a TED Talk about the insights and impact of HIP at TEDx Miami’s annual conference at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in October 2013.


Valerie Berrin
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Valerie Berrin graduated from Barnard College-Columbia University with a B.A. in Religion. Valerie grew up in Miami and graduated from Gulliver Preparatory School. Beginning in elementary school, Valerie volunteered for the Children's Home Society of South Florida.

As a young child, Valerie experienced health issues that helped her realize the importance of health education and led her to become active in health education and awareness. In college, she was extremely involved in a national non-profit organization that taught health education in the New York City public high schools that lacked a health curriculum.

Valerie currently serves as the chair of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools School Health Medical Advisory Committee (SHMAC), which sets health/medical policy for the entire school district. Valerie is also a 2014 New Leaders Council Fellow and is the immediate past Curriculum Chair of the NLC Miami Executive Committee.

In her spare time, Valerie coaches a girls middle school basketball team in a local community league. 


Julie Paikowsky
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Julie Paikowsky is incredibly dedicated to the Miami community that she has grown up and resided in for almost her entire life. Married with three children, her priorities have always been family, friends and community as she has contributed hundreds of hours to the schools her children has attended. Julie is a proud graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High School and holds a degree in Photo Communication from The University of Miami.

Every December for the past fifteen years, Julie has rallied South Florida families to join her and her family for a special day as they caravan to the Chapman Partnership, a homeless shelter in Homestead. 

During the twelve years her children attended Palmetto Elementary, Julie volunteered on a daily basis in the school’s media center, working on endless photo and video projects --from producing the school’s yearbook to assisting in commemorating the school’s 50th anniversary. She is a former PTSA member, where her service earned her the school’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

HIP is the perfect place for Julie. She has spent countless years working with teachers and administrators alike. She is thrilled to be on board and welcomes the opportunity to be a part of a program that reaches thousands of students in Miami.