Alma Detten is recognized as a 2017-2018 County of San Diego Volunteers of the Year

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Alma Detten, CSUSM’s public health alumna, was one of few to represent the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s (HHSA) North County Regions as a 2017-2018 Volunteer of the Year, and she has also been offered a new position with HHSA Aging & Independence Services (AIS) which she will begin this summer.

After serving as a volunteer intern with the government agency, Detten graduated with her master’s degree in public health at CSUSM last year.  During her internship, Detten supported key projects and activities for North County Regions’ Community Health Promotion Team.  As a writer, she helped to create communication materials that supported both internal and external priorities for the region and her internship tasks included writing blogs, curating messages for social media, creating graphics and promotional materials, and generating spreadsheets and summary reports.

“She is an exceptional team player and serves as an excellent representative of our program, department and our County,” says Kat Casabar, Manager of The Alzheimer’s Project at AIS.

Alma Detten‘s internship activities

Alma Detten was instrumental in engaging military families in the region and performing targeted outreach to Live Well San Diego partners in North County with regard to key countywide initiatives. In particular, she dedicated her time, talents, and expertise in support of the County of San Diego’s Live Well San Diego 5K & Wellness Expo and Check Your Mood Day, which raised awareness about depression screenings. These screenings encourage San Diegans to monitor their emotional health and well-being.

Using her exceptional Spanish skills, Detten developed, designed, and translated new campaign marketing materials, handouts, and assessment tools for Check Your Mood Day that was then mass-produced and utilized at over 50 different community sites countywide on October 5, 2017, for the National Depression Screening Day.

As a U.S. Marine spouse, Detten leveraged her connections with the base chaplain and staff at MCAS Camp Pendleton’s Marine Corps Community Services and single-handedly coordinated communications with the base chaplain and staff at MCAS Camp Pendleton’s Marine Corps Community Services to allow Check Your Mood screenings and resources to be shared with military families. Additionally, working closely with the Live Well San Diego North County Community Leadership Team, Detten conducted one-on-one interviews with community partners to learn more about how organizations are helping to advance the Live Well San Diego vision. She wrote multiple social media posts and blog stories about partners’ efforts that have been featured on and the monthly Live Well San Diego partner newsletter, which is distributed to over 300 community partner organizations.

Most recently, Alma Detten worked closely with Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Specialists in HHSA North County Regions to research, develop, and design a 6-week nutrition curriculum that helps reduce the rate of obesity among adults and children. Detten conducted classes in Spanish using this new curriculum for families at Vista Community Clinic earlier this year.

For more information, please visit:

Master of Public Health Degree Program at CSUSM

Aging & Independence Services, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

Live Well San Diego

Marilyn Huerta
Public Affairs Communication Specialist II
California State University San Marcos
College of Education, Health & Human Services|  760-750-4306  | www.csusm/cehhs

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