The Community and Behavioral Health Student Association was established to provide opportunities for professional development, service oriented outreach and social events for students. CBHSA aims to create unity among all students in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health by serving as a means of communication between students, faculty, the College of Public Health, and the community.
Aims and Functions
- Develop a sense of community among all students and staff in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health
- Expand opportunities for student professional development
- Facilitate student dialogue with local, state, and national organizations
All CBHSA sponsored events are open to students studying Community and Behavioral Health. Elections for officer positions are held twice a year. Contact an officer for more information.
Madeline Mueller – President
Madeline Mueller is a second-year Community and Behavioral Health MPH student from Pella, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2014 with a BS in Child, Adult, and Family Services and an English minor. Her interests include maternal, child health, and health education. She hopes to use her degree in the nonprofit field to encourage health education and strengthen communities.
Abby Powell – Vice President
Abby Powell is a second-year MPH student from Jesup, Iowa. Abby is in the very first class of undergrad to grad students in the College of Public Health. She completed 12 hours towards her MPH while finishing her bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa in May 2017.
Brian Paul – Co-Social Chair
Brian Paul is a second-year MPH student from Bettendorf, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in May of 2016 with a BS in Human Physiology, Spanish minor, and Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science. Brian is involved in research related to cleft lip and palate at the basic science and clinical levels. With future plans of attending medical school, he hopes to combine his educational experiences to work in global health, specifically with international surgical mission trips.
Monisa Saravanan – Co-Social Chair
Monisa Saravanan is a first-year MPH student from Dubuque, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa in May of 2017 with a BS in Human Physiology, and minors in Global Health and Psychology. Monisa works as a research assistant for Dr. Rema Afifi. She is currently working on a project studying how family-related factors are associated with the health of adolescents and youth. She hopes to attend medial school and work in family medicine or pediatrics, with a focus on global health.
Wensday Worth – Service Co-Chair
Wensday is a second-year MPH student in Community and Behavioral Health. She was born and raised in Ottumwa, IA and graduated from University of Iowa with her BS in Psychology in 2014. She is currently working on a couple projects within the department including Active Ottumwa and Healthy Schools, Healthy Students. Wensday plans to use her degree to improve substance abuse treatment and reduce mental health stigmas within communities.
Megan Gibson – Service Co-Chair
Megan Gibson is a second-year undergrad-to-grad MPH student in Community and Behavioral Health from Fort Dodge, Iowa. She graduated from Grinnell College with her BA in Biology in May 2017. With future plans of attending PA school, she hopes to combine her MPH and PA degrees to help underserved populations, specifically children living in rural areas.
Samantha Kloft – Public Relations
Samantha is a second-year MPH in Community and Behavioral Health Student from Dubuque, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Psychology in 2015. Samantha is currently serving as a Peace Corps Campus Ambassador for the University of Iowa.
Sarah Murray – Professional Development
Elijah Olivas – Professional Development