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Who are the OSBHA Student Health Advocates?

Youth voice is a critical priority for us at the Oregon-School Based Health Alliance (OSBHA). Student Health Advocates promote the value of school-based health across Oregon. OSBHA offers this leadership opportunity to young people, ages 14-22, across Oregon who are interested in becoming a voice not only for their own health but for the health of their peers and community. 

What does a Student Health Advocate do?

  • Represent and advocate for School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) and school-based health services in Oregon
  • Advocate for equitable and youth-friendly healthcare.
  • Provide feedback on your experience seeking healthcare as a youth in Oregon and ideas on how to improve school health services

How do I connect with the Student Health Advocates for an event, workshop, or training?
If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with OSBHA Student Health Advocates, please contact Jennifer Cruz Hernandez at

How do I become a Student Health Advocate?
Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort opens on September 1st and can be found here. Deadline for all applications is Friday, October 1st. If you have any questions, feel free to check out ouFAQ page. 

Benefits of becoming a Student Health Advocate?

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Positive impact on your community 
  • Relationship and team-building skills
  • Policy advocacy skills
  • Deepened relationship to social justice 
  • $100/year stipend compensation per SHA member if six out of eight meetings are attended​

Meet our 2021 - 2022 Student Health Advocates Cohort:


Erika Cetina
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Health Advocate

Erika Cetina is a Student Health Advocate with Oregon School-Based Health Alliance and her goal is to work along our team of health advocates to advocate for a change in the youth health care system. Before joining SHA, Erika was and still is a Youth Action Council member at Jefferson High School. Erika is involved in clubs and is currently the sophomore class president at her school. She also loves playing sports; she plays on Jefferson’s soccer team. Erika believes that everyone should be eligible for free health care. She is a sophomore at Jefferson High School that enjoys helping her community and being involved. Erika aspires to be a nurse in the future, because she thinks she would be a great nurse due to her passions and interests.

Fartuun Yusuf
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Health Advocate

Fartuun Yusuf is a junior at Franklin High School, a Student Health Advocate who works with the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance to inform and spread awareness on topics such as youth healthcare. Fartuun being a woman of color and a Muslim has a passion/interest for topics that impact minorities and healthcare topics such as mental health, youth healthcare but also topics that are seen as taboo. Fartuun is involved with Black Student Union, Volunteers for School Uniting Neighborhoods, YAC and AVID. Fartuun believes that healthcare access and education should be available to every student. Fartuun aspires to be in the medical field specifically, a diabetic educator being a type one diabetic herself, wanting to educate, debunking stereotypes that come with the disease but, also sharing my experiences with others. ​

Mirea Bacit
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Health Advocates

Mirea Bacit is a freshman at PCC, majoring in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on victim advocacy. Although she’s majoring in Criminal Justice, Mirea is actually pursuing a career in the healthcare field as an ER doctor and surgeon. She’s hoping that her degree in Criminal Justice will help her become more understanding of victims and how to take care of them as a healthcare provider, advocating for trauma informed care. Another one of Mirea’s goals is to use her platform and presence as a future doctor in order to address health disparities in healthcare and provide services to underserved communities.

Natalie Cetina
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Student Health Advocate

Natalie Cetina-Huchin is a Senior at Jefferson High School. Natalie is a Student Health Advocate with Oregon School-Based Health Alliance. Her goal is to use her voice to raise awareness about mental health issues that impact students in Oregon and to advocate for her latinx community. Natalie has been involved in Jefferson’s Y.A.C (Youth Action Council) for the past two years. Natalie has helped plan and facilitate events that have focused on showcasing all the resources available to youth. At the moment, she’s involved in SEI Female Leadership, International Culture Club, On Track OHSU biotech program, Student Council, Y.A.C, the PPS Peer Mentor Program and the We Will Mentorship(SEI) program. Natalie also represented Jefferson High School in the 2020 Rose Festival Court. Natalie is currently Student Body Co-President at Jefferson, and is M.E.Ch.A’s Co-President as well, Natalie’s has helped create a safe space and environment for her Latinx peers. Natalie aspires to be a dentist. Natalie would like to travel to provide free dental care for low income families in developing countries.