In 2007, the Federal Office of Minority Health (OMH) began the Peer Preconception Educators program (PPE), the second phase of their black infant mortality awareness campaign. The PPE program was piloted at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the southeast to educate the college-age population about preconception health and health care so they can be ambassadors to their peers in college and the community at large.
To expand upon the successes of the piloted program, in the fall of 2011 OMH began to implement the program on non-HBCU campuses. California was selected as one of the sites. Because preconception health is a California Title V priority for the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division (MCAH), the California Preconception Peer Education Collaborative (CPPEC) was created in conjunction with Region 5 of the Regional Perinatal Programs of California (RPPC) and Preconception Health Council of California (PHCC). The goal of CPPEC is to provide programmatic support to to develop and support OMH PPE programs statewide on the campuses of California community colleges, colleges and universities.