Peer Health Educators and Health Hut

Our Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are a unique group of students with varying college career paths, different backgrounds, and an interest in the health of EWU students. They provide peer to peer education through small group and large group presentations, tabling events, campus programs, Health Hut, and social media outreach.

Fall 2023 Peer Health Educators

Taylor Skipworth
Olympia, WA

Taylor is a junior originally from Olympia Washington. She is majoring in nursing and hoping to work in the emergency room or ICU after graduating. Taylor enjoys being active; she played basketball, volleyball, and softball all four years of high school. In her free time she likes to go on hikes and spend time with her friends. She has recently joined the ROTC program on campus and is very excited for the opportunities that will come from it. Taylor's favorite part of working in this office is how friendly everyone is. One of her favorite things about EWU is all of the squirrels all over campus. 

Alex Medina
Quincy, WA

I'm Alex (they/them), and I'm a junior majoring in literacy with a concentration in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. My favorite color is pink; I love to watch TV and listen to music; and I love most things beauty. I'm truly a people person, and as a future educator, I am so excited for all the opportunities I will get working as your peer health educator. Knowledge is power!

Mika Badillo

Hi, I am Mika! I am a junior and my major is a Marketing with a minor in Psychology and Gender Women's Sexuality Studies. I am from Hawai'i and moved to Washington last year! A few of my hobbies are to take photos and playing video games but also sleeping is a great talent of mine, My comfort food has to be spam since there are multiple ways you can mix it up. I enjoy meeting and connecting with new people, and I can't wait to do that as a peer health educator.

Rylei Ripplinger
Kennewick, WA

Hi, my names Rylei! I am a Freshman this year, and I’m double majoring in business management and marketing with a minor in leadership. I came to eastern from Kennewick WA, and I am loving it here! I love nature, going camping, hikes, and just exploring. I also love to read, and my all-time favorite comfort food is hot cocoa. I love working with others, and I’m so excited to be a Peer Health Educator this year!


Jaime Tovar
Grandview, WA

Hello everyone, my name is Jaime Tovar Jr.  I am proud Chicano and love my Mexican food especially carne asada. I am a junior status here at Eastern Washington trying to earn a bachelor's degree in lifestyle medicine. I want to be a researcher studying chronic health or a family doctor. I also enjoy cooking food and going fishing with my buddies. Lastly, gracies a Dios para todo !



The Health Hut

Our award wining Health Hut brings health information directly to you! Your Peer Health Educators can be found on campus at least twice a week with engaging and useful education for student success.  Keep your knowledge sharp and up-to-date with activities, trivia and demonstrations that are sure to be thought provoking and fun! Free swag is always available for all participants!

Many of our Peer Health Educators are Certified Peer Educators (CPE) and put in numerous hours every quarter staffing, creating and managing the operations for the Health Hut.  They gain valuable experience in the Health Hut including:

  • Program management
  • Public speaking
  • Time management
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating programs
  • Working as a team

If you're looking for a way to get more involved on campus, meet new people and love learning, the Health Hut is the perfect fit for you. Email for more information about getting involved

To find out where the Hut will be and what topic will be discussed, follow us on social media.