College of Health and Wellness Professions

College of Health and Wellness Professions

The College of Health and Wellness Professions (CHWP) prepares students to be leaders, scholars and professionals in promoting and providing lifelong optimal health and wellness.  

CHWP serves about 2,500 students preparing for health and human services careers. The programs are collaborative and interdisciplinary and offer students a range of opportunities and community partnerships.


Introducing the College of Health and Wellness Professions

The School of Health and Human Services has evolved to become the College of Health and Wellness Professions.

This new name reflects our mission to prepare students to be leaders, scholars and professionals in promoting optimal health and wellness in our communities. The college is focused on delivering inter-professional education where students learn from experts in their field. Throughout their course of study, students explore a range of disciplines, so they gain a greater understanding of their role in providing care to individuals and families, while meeting broader community needs.

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College of Health and Wellness Professions: College Scholars Friday Forum

March 18th: Book Talk: Supporting College and University Students with Invisible Disabilities, by Dr. Christy Oslund 

Presenters: Dr. Teri Estrem, Dr. Rebecca Nelson-Crowell and Dr. Nicholas Wright

Centennial Hall 234 or Zoom: 951 2593 3724 - Passcode: SASSI

** (Free books to first 20 people who register on Huskies Connect)

Description: We will ask participants to read the book "Supporting College and University Students with Invisible Disabilities" (144 pages), and then join us for a discussion. Depending on the number of participants, we would break into small groups for discussions based on topic/chapter, changing groups/topics after 20-30 minutes.
Note: We would offer guidance and choices on chapters to read (e.g., 1). Everyone should read the Intro, Chapter 1: Dispelling Myths, Chapter 2: How Legalities and New Students will Change Postsecondary Work, & Chapter 10: Institutional Policy; 2) Choose 1-2 chapters about a specific disability (ASD, ADHD/ADD, Language Processing, Anxiety/OCD, Affective/Mood Disorders); 3) Choose Chapter 8: Universal Design and Lecture Hall Based Classes or Chapter 9: Universal Design in the Smaller Classroom.

April 8th: Analysis of Islamic beliefs on American Muslims’ Perception of Mental Illness 

Presenters: Dr. Khadiji Ali and Dewi Qitsi

Brown Hall Auditorium 108 or Zoom 92868449831 - Passcode: 438377 

Description: Considering the increased attention Muslims receive in the media and despite being a growing population in America, there is lack of research on Muslim Americans’ mental health (Awaad et al., 2019). Although Muslims come from diverse backgrounds, they are required to (a) adhere to the five pillars of Islam, (b) believe in the Holy Quran, and (c) follow the Sunnah. This presentation will examine the effects of the Islamic beliefs of American Muslim’s mental health. In addition, presenters will review implications for psychotherapists.

April 15th: Engaging Mothers to Implement Non-pharmacological Care for Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Perceptions of Perinatal and Pediatric Nurses 

Presenter: Dr. Roxanne Wilson

Brown Hall Auditorium 108 or Zoom: 91433800892 - Passcode: 195287 

Description: Describe the study designed to describe perinatal and pediatric nurse perceptions of engaging mothers in the care of opiod exposed infants and facilitators and barriers to maternal engagement.

April 22nd: Creating an Age-Friendly SCSU 

Presenters: Dr. Rona Karasik and Dr. Phyllis Greenberg

Brown Hall Auditorium 108 or Zoom 93272272684 - Passcode: 975915 

Description: We will review what has happened with our Innovation Grant and being designated an Age-Friendly university through the Global Aging Network and explore where we go next in advancing an Age-Friendly SCSU.

The College of Health and Wellness Professions (CHWP) will consider proposals for funding activities through the Center for Health and Wellness Innovation (CHWI) that align with the Gracheck-Svela fund agreement. 

The College of Health and Wellness Professions (CHWP) will consider proposals for funding activities through the Center for Health and Wellness Innovation (CHWI) that align with the Gracheck-Svela fund agreement. Categories for funding assistance include:

  1. Student Funding: Financial assistance provided to selected students who will provide direct mental health support as part of curriculum requirements for experiential learning (i.e., practicum, internship, service learning) or provide support services to or alongside professional staff who engage in direct provision of mental health services to students. Examples: CHWI Fellowship, graduate assistantship salary assistance, student stipends for programmatic work.
  2. Experiential Learning or Training Programs: Financial assistance for professional staff, faculty and students affiliated with CHWP and CHWI to attend and/or provide trainings, workshops or conferences on evidence-based best practices for student (and/or employee) mental health and wellness.
  3. Technology/Software, Clinical Aids, Educational Materials: Financial assistance for tools to assist students (and/or employees) with coping, grounding, emotional and cognitive regulation and other interventions in support of treatment for various mental health diagnoses, stress reduction, and/or preventative health and wellness.
  4. Marketing and Promotion: Financial assistance to support strategic campus initiatives and promote CHWI programs and services to support student (and/or employee) mental health and overall wellness.
Application process:
  1. Complete the Grachek-Svela Mental Health and Wellness Fund APPLICATION.
    1. If the applicant is not affiliated with the CHWI Team, they must identify a CHWI partner to carry the proposal forward. This member will describe the proposal and answer questions during a regular CHWI Team meeting. (membership available on CHWI webpage)
    2. CHWI Partner signature is required (if applicable).
  2. Applicant or identified CHWI partner uploads application to the Teams Folder for the Eastman Operations Group and notifies membership via email.
  3. Applications received by the first monthly CHWI team meeting will be placed on the agenda for discussion at the second monthly meeting. Applications received after the first monthly meeting will be reviewed the following month.
    1. In the event of extenuating circumstances, applications may be reviewed on an alternative schedule at the discretion of the CHWI Application Review team.

Please see application for full details and fund description. 

Do you have questions? Contact Angie Theisen or 320.308.4222.

Did you know if you are a student, faculty, or staff in the College of Health and Wellness Professions you can apply for Professional Development Funds?

The College of Health and Wellness Professions encourages projects and activities that will enhance School and/or Department initiatives and strategic goals through research, scholarship, and professional development.

Funding will be awarded to enrolled CHWP students, faculty, and staff applicants to offset expenses associated with activities such as attending professional conferences, presenting research, developing community action projects, etc. Priority consideration will be given to students who have not previously been granted funding from the Dean’s Office. 

Autism: Interprofessional Support for Families Presentation

According to a 2020 report from the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States is currently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism affects people from all socioeconomic groups and ethnicities. We have invited a panel of faculty to discuss their expertise in the research, treatment and advocacy related to autism. We will provide information about current and future initiatives at St. Cloud State University and in the broader community to support families, as well as relevant educational and career paths to support people with autism and their families.

Please watch the presentation to find out more about current and future initiatives at St. Cloud State University.


Visit our Student Resources page for advising and support-services information.

Scrubs Camp

Scrubs Camp offers students entering grades 10-12 opportunities to explore health science professions through engaging, hands-on activities.

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