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Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB)

Every year SHAC has a Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) where students are able to work directly and advise SHAC staff on policies, student issues, budgeting, insurance, and outreach. To contact the board please email

SHAB is currently looking for members to participate on the 2014-15 board. The deadline to apply is June 23, 2014. See below for more information. Please forward application and any questions to Student Health Advisor Nick Walden Poublon at Click here for a pdf copy of the job description.

Job Title: Student Health Advisory Board Member

Applicants must possess the following:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and across a broad spectrum of belief systems and backgrounds
  • Experience working with diverse people and the ability to communicate clearly and professionally
  • The ability to connect students to SHAC counseling services and the CARE Team
  • The importance of student confidentiality and adhere to Federal and University policies and guidelines regarding student information; including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment, FERPA, HIPAA, and the Professional Standards of Conduct
  • Previous employment experience in the medical or mental health, community health insurance industry preferred, but not required.

Duties include:

  • Serve as a member of the SHAC Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) for one academic year
  • Attend weekly meetings where a variety of topics that are relevant to the student body of Portland State University
  • You may be asked to individually spearhead an area of focus within the Board that interests you
  • Attend the annual Oregon College Health Association meeting as a PSU/SHAC representative
  • Desire to work to improve the wellbeing of PSU students 
  • Review and advise on the design of the Student Health Insurance Plan
  • Attend SHAC staff meetings as needed
  • Attend Enrollment Management & Student Affairs Division Meetings as needed
  • An understanding of the importance of student confidentiality.

This is an academic year position.  There is a 90-minute weekly mandatory meeting which is held on Fridays at 3:00pm. Other time commitments may vary through the term.  

This position comes with a $300 per term allowance

If you are interested in applying, please email a cover letter and résumé to Nick Walden Poublon, SHAC Student Health Advisor. (


The position closes on June 23, 2014. 

Advisor: Nick Walden Poublon, Student Health Advisor

Current Members of the Student Health Advisory Board

  Cody Graham -- I was born in Hillsboro, OR in 1988. Growing up I was involved in sports and was a scholar athlete. During high school I joined the Navy and shipped out to boot camp right after graduating. While in the military I was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a hospital corpsman. A year after my deployment, 1st Battalion 7th Marines was tasked with becoming a Marine Expeditionary Unit Specialists (a fancy word for amphibious combat ready). After obtaining that we were deployed again to the 31st MEU and toured the Pacific Rim. After coming home I decided to end my enlistment to pursue higher education. I enrolled in PSU as a health sciences major with a focus on community health education. In addition to going to school, I work for SHAC as a student employee. I am a member of the SHAB board, and also a member of the Viking Vets. My expected graduation date is 2016. I like running, hiking, outdoors stuff, and have a passion for cooking and health – they go hand in hand.

AC Nguyen -- My hobbies are playing tennis, hanging out with friends, eating good food, and having conversations. My health related interests with the new SHAB is the cases that may not be as common. Being able to adapt and prepare to deal with these cases in the future makes us more prepared and ready to help. Not to say that common cases that SHAC already can handle aren’t important, but adapting and learning are valuable to our cause at Portland State.
  Kate Jensen -- I am a junior studying Health with a concentration in Aging Services. I first became interested in Health Studies after taking a Health Care Economics class. Where school is my priority, I also enjoy playing intramural soccer and volunteering for an academic publication on campus. I am looking forward to a career in caring for others.