The Community Health Sciences Student Executive Team

The Community Health Sciences Student Executive Team

The Community Health Sciences Student Executive Team (CHSSE) is organized by CHS students for CHS students. CHSSE works to enhance the experience of each and every CHS student by organizing educational and social activities, providing a hub for students’ ideas and concerns, and acting as an important advocate and liaison between students and the administration.

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2023-2024 CHSSE Leadership

If you need to reach the team, please email CHSSE@ucalgary.ca

Olayinka Arimoro

Olayinka Arimoro, Co-Chair

Olayinka (he/him) is one of the 2023-24 CHSSE Co-Chairs. He is currently working on his MSc in Biostatistics. His research combines unsupervised machine learning models with item-response theory models to evaluate differential item functioning (DIF) effects in patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs).

Olayinka loves to teach and help others become better. Outside of his research and school work, he leads a not-for-profit organization, Predicare Steun Foundation, which he founded in 2018. The foundation aims to bridge the gap in the education space, particularly, access to quality education,  for children between the ages of 9 and 16 years old in low-income communities in Nigeria.

Jessica Revington

Jessica Revington, Co-Chair

Jessica (she/her/they) is one of the 2023-24 CHSSE Co-Chairs. As a second-year MSc student in Population/Public Health, Jessica is passionate about menstrual health and equity. Her research work is focused on the implementation and evaluation of a multi-year pilot project that provides free menstrual products in public washrooms on campus. 

Outside of her research, Jessica is heavily involved as a board member for a number of non-profit organizations in Calgary. She also loves hot yoga, swimming, and meeting all the new dogs in her neighborhood.

Sandeep Chand

Sandeep Chand, Event Coordinator

Sandeep (he/him) is one of the 2023-24 CHSSE Event Coordinators. He is originally from India, where he completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy (with Distinction) from the Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University in 2020. Sandeep has two years of consulting experience from the IQVIA, where he was responsible for secondary research and analysis. He is pursuing his MSc in Health Economics. 

In his free time, Sandeep likes watching movies, swimming, and traveling. 

Riley Martens

Riley Martens, Event Coordinator

Riley (he/him) is one of the 2023-24 CHSSE Event Coordinators. He is excited to be in the Clinical Epidemiology stream after doing nursing at the University of Calgary for his undergraduate program. Riley's research work focuses on online peer support in young women with breast cancer. 

Riley is excited to organize events and meet other students. 

Brooklyn Fernandes

Brooklyn Fernandes, First Year Representative - MSc

Brooklynn (she/her) is the 2023-24 CHSSE First Year Representative (MSc). She is a recent Biological Sciences graduate and is in the first year of her MSc with a specialization in Health Services Research. Her research focuses on implementing robotic pet therapy programs in long-term and acute care settings for individuals with dementia.

Outside of her thesis work, Brooklynn operates her non-profit organization, which provides tutorials on how to use technology for seniors in Calgary. She also enjoys hiking and paddleboarding.

Lindsay Moore

Lindsay Moore, First Year Representative - PhD

Lindsay (she/her) is the 2023-24 CHSSE First Year Representative (PhD). She is a first year PhD student specializing in Epidemiology. Her research is focused on surgical site infections with orthopedic surgeries. Lindsay also works with the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) on other surgery-related projects and has been a teaching assistant with the Fundamentals of Epidemiology course (MDCH 640) for the past two years. 

Lindsay is originally from Prince Edward Island, where she worked as a paramedic for many years before moving to Calgary and beginning her journey at the University of Calgary. Outside of her passion for research, she enjoys running, yoga, cooking, harness racing, and taking on as many adventures as possible with her family and friends.

Sarina Aryal

Sarina Aryal, Mentorship Coordinator

Sarina is the 2023-24 CHSSE Mentorship Coordinator (she/her). She is a second-year MSc student specializing in Health Services Research.  Sarina graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and a major in Health and Society, before jumping straight into the Community Health Sciences graduate program. Her graduate work will explore staff perspectives at the Calgary Drop-In Centre on a newly implemented in-shelter substance overdose program. 

Sarina is looking forward to supporting the CHS Mentorship Program this year and getting to know everyone.

Janelle Lee

Janelle Lee, Mentorship Facilitator

Janelle (she/her) is the 2023-24 CHSSE Mentorship Facilitator. As a third-year PhD student in Epidemiology, she studies adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and parenting using various linked data.

Outside of her studies, Janelle enjoys travelling, trying out new restaurants, and watching historical documentaries.

Brenna McGillion

Brenna McGillion, Secretary

Brenna (she/her) is the 2023-24 CHSSE Secretary. As a third-year MSc student in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, her thesis project explores women with ADHD and their experiences with pregnancy and medication. 

Outside of her research, Brenna is an active cheerleader and advocate for students with disabilities. She enjoys travelling, spending time with her family and friends, reading, baking, and going for long walks.

Sarah Rabi

Sarah Rabi, Treasurer

Sarah (she/her) is the 2023-24 CHSSE Treasurer. As a second-year MSc student in Health Services Research, Sarah is passionate about person-centered care and equitable care access. Her research work primarily explores patient experiences with and conceptualizations of patient navigation services. The findings from this project will provide the framework for a larger programme of work that seeks to develop a universal typology of the service. 

In addition to her thesis work, Sarah is a member of several other research teams inside and outside of Canada that similarly target matters of patient care and care accessibility. Beyond research, she also enjoys hot yoga, hiking, and working at any cafe in Calgary that she can find.

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Research Highlights

UCalgary researchers at forefront of global innovation in refugee health

Canadian Refugee Healthcare Atlas at heart of efforts to reshape life for refugees around the world

Five Canada Research Chairs announced at UCalgary

Faculty recognized for their research excellence in equity and inclusion, health sciences, and business

A commitment to age inclusivity: Assessing the university’s age-friendly practices

The Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging is leading efforts to create an age-inclusive campus environment for all

A Mother’s Day recruitment milestone in child health research

Preterm infant research study still seeking moms-to-be

UCalgary researchers can now predict kidney failure more accurately

New digital tool helps better inform treatment decisions for chronic kidney disease