Health Promotion

Health Education and Promotion seeks to empower students to achieve optimal health and well-being by promoting intentional healthy lifestyles and encouraging students to make informed decisions about their health and wellness behaviors. We strive to create a campus culture which encourages and supports a healthy campus and learning environment.

For more information about Health Education and Promotion, please contact Melissa Acuna, Health Educator, at or call:  (909) 537-3655.

Health Education Staff and PHEs

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Peer Health Educators

Health Education and Promotion maintains an active Peer Health Educator (PHE) program. Our PHEs create, design, and present programs and education to our students. They are highly trained and vital to the well-being here at CSUSB. PHEs work under the supervision of the professional Health Education staff. Health Education and Promotion currently hires federal work study eligable students and volunteers prior to the Fall Quarter.

Programs and Education

PHEs and professional Health Educators host on-going programs such as:

The Art of Wellbeing | A Moment of Mindfulness | Coyote FitBit Pack | Love Lab | Health Howl | Safe Spring Break | Pet Away Worries and Stress (PAWS) | Zagster

... and on-going workshops on 

  • Sexual Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs/STDs)
  • Contraception/Birth Control Options
  • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Smoking / Tobacco Cessation
  • Nurtition / Fitness
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Care
  • Coping with Stress

One on One Health Education

Melissa Acuna, Health Educator, or (909) 537-3655

Judi Cruz, Health Educator, or (909) 537-7847

Meet Our Staff

photo of Rosamaria Lopez

Rosamaria Lopez is a Lead Peer Health Educator. She is currently in the Social Work Program at CSUSB. After she finishes the program, she aspires to continue pursuing her education to become a Licenced Clinical Social Worker and work at both the micro and macro level. When she isn't at school studying, she is with her friends at Disneyland eating ice cream or attending concerts and festivals.

photo of Jennifer Diaz

Jennifer Diaz is a Lead Peer Health educator. She has her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health. Being a peer health educator has allowed Jennifer to find her passion in helping others.Through health promotion and education, Jennifer hopes to use her skill sets and experiences to continue to work in underserved communities to increase health awareness.

photo of Jessica Naranjo

Jessica Naranjo is a first-year student in the Counseling and Guidance program at CSUSB. She wants to become a guidance counselor and work with first generation college students. She is a PHE because she hopes to empower students to achieve overall wellness in life. Her favorite health education topics include mental health, self-care and sexual health. In her free time, she likes reading, and watching superhero TV shows/movies.

photo of Jessica Martin

Jessica Martin is a Peer Health Educator at the Student Health Center. She is a currently a 3rd year, and is a Nursing major. Jessica enjoys spreading awareness on multiple health topics including her favorite, sex education. Her passion for health has grown being a Peer Health Educator, and wants to apply these skills to her future nursing career. Whenever Jessica is not studying, she spends her time at Disneyland eating pineapple Dole Whip.

photo of Kevon Lee

Kevon Lee is a Peer Health Educator and is currently a second year Kinesiology major.  He is determined to be an occupational therapist because he wants to help people. Kevon is also the recruitment manager of Pan-African Stem Society at CSUSB and a member of California Youth Connection where he transforms the foster care system through legislative, policy, and practice change.  His favorite health topics are exercise and nutrition, because he believes everyone should have a good balance of both.  Next time you see Kevon, please say hello.

photo of Isela Franco

Isela Franco is a Lead Peer Health Educator. She is a Health Science major with a concentration is Public Health Education and a minor in Sociology. She enjoys being a PHE to help students on campus be more aware and educated about health and wellness. For her future career, she hopes to continue educating communities about health.

photo of Marvin Macharia

 Marvin Macharia is a senior undergraduate Biology major. He enjoys being a peer health educator because of the wonderful work environment and the opportunity that it provides to interact with fellow students. Initially, he was drawn to the topic of nutrition but in his time as a PHE, has learnt so much more, especially about self care. On his free time he enjoys playing soccer. He is currently working on becoming the best person he can be. 

photo of Melissa Vides

Melissa Vides is a Public Health Education major. She chose this career path because she understands the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle. She hopes to be a college professor and to be able to help improve the health in underserved communities. Her favorite things to do on her free time are working out, dancing, and painting.

photo of Pangia Yang

Pangia Yang is currently a nursing major at CSUSB. In the future, she wants to become an advanced public health nurse so that she can help people make healthy and educated choices about their physical, emotional, and mental health. Her favorite health education topics are those that are aimed at underserved populations and communities. She likes being a PHE because it gives her a space to help others understand important issues like self-care and safe sex. In her free time, she likes to explore new places, drink boba, and watch movies or Netflix.

photo of Delia Mejia

Delia Mejia is the graphic designer for the Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Center. She is a Graphic Design and Marketing major.