Ruaa Hassaballa, a student in the Master of Public Health program at the University of Kansas Medical Center, received the 2017 Outstanding Student of the Year Award from the American Public Health Association Council of Affiliates.
The Outstanding Student of the Year Award recognizes the recipient's superior involvement in state, regional and national health associations. Hassaballa received the award during the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo Nov. 4-8 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Hassaballa is currently the association manager for the Kansas Public Health Association. In May, she served as a Global Health Council delegate to the World Health Organization's 70th Annual Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. She has also served as co-president of the KU MPH Student Organization and acted as a liaison for the Minority Association of Pre-Med Students at the KU School of Medicine.
Her volunteer activities include work at the JayDoc Free Clinic, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Community Living in Lawrence and Olathe. A clinical laboratory science graduate in 2014 from KU, Hassaballa received the Student Diversity Award given for exceptional passion for diversity and demonstrating leadership skills in this area.