Chris “Oliver” Tacto is an established health promotion and communications professional actively involved within institutions of higher education. His capacity of multi-level work includes advancing student wellbeing through community engagement, social connectedness and restorative environments. Celebrating his tenth year at the University of Southern California in 2021, his efforts involves supporting strategic public health initiatives with various campus partners including Student Affairs, Student Health, and numerous academic units. Using various public health and communication wise practices, Oliver has applied effective health promotion strategies, including university-wide social norm campaigns, identify and present wellbeing disparities through data disaggregation to university stakeholders, and activate student empowerment through town halls, community forums and focus groups.
He aspires to create health promoting universities using restorative environmental designs that are sustainable and supports all students, staff and faculty at institutions of higher education and beyond.
Oliver has an AA in Pre-Nursing from Fullerton College, BA in Human Development from California State University San Marcos and received both his Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Public Health (MPH) degrees from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and serves as the current Co-Chair for the Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community of the National Association of Student Personnel Affairs (NASPA).
Oliver recently received a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.