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Resources for a Healthy Campus
Where can you turn for help in creating campus-community health partnerships? How might your institution integrate health-related issues into the curriculum? Who can provide you with models of effective student health programs? On these pages, we provide contact information and brief descriptions of an extensive range of institutional resources in health and higher education. While AAC&U does not necessarily endorse each and every one of these organizations and projects, this list does reflect the recommendations of several distinguished colleagues in the field.
Association of American Colleges & Universities
Project on Health and Higher Education
With financial assistance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PHHE provides national leadership to increase attention in the curriculum to public health and, in particular, to HIV disease, in order to help achieve important educational and public health objectives. PHHE serves academic leaders who wish to incorporate the study of these complex social issues into undergraduate studies. The Project sponsors activities that include: organizing special conferences; offering a partnership program that extends stipends to institutions to pursue special projects; integrating attention to health in other AAC&U institutes, meetings, and publications; sponsoring a survey research initiative; publishing resource materials; and providing individual consultation, upon request.
During the Winter of 1999, AAC&U distributed the PHHE publication Learning for Our Common Health free to member campuses. Additional copies are available at a member discount of $18.
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Build a Future without AIDS
One of several related projects funded in 1995 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Build a Future without Aids aims to integrate the study of HIV/AIDS into the teacher education curriculum. Guided by a national advisory committee, the project develops classroom materials, finds ways to help new teachers to make sense of complex public health issues, and is working on a set of standards for including AIDS-prevention in teacher education programs.
American Association of Community Colleges
Bridges to Healthy Communities
Also funded by the CDC, the Bridges project is currently working with ten community colleges, in various parts of the country, offering them consulting and support as they design their own approaches to preventing HIV/AIDS and responding to alcohol abuse and other student health problems. The project emphasizes comprehensive approaches, linking campus- and community-based programs, especially in service learning. Resources include regional "mentors" and a national advisory panel.
American Association for Health Education
HIV/AIDS Project-Strengthening Teacher Preparation
AAHE is a professional association that represents health educators working in all settings, including community- and school-based programs as well as in colleges and universities. Its HIV/AIDS Project focuses specifically on preparing elementary and middle school teachers, as well as teachers of special education, to integrate health-related topics into the curriculum. The Project runs conferences and workshops, provides technical assistance to teacher education programs, works with faculty, creates policy documents, and coordinates a network of more than 500 "School Health Education Advocates," who consult with local teacher education programs.
American College Health Association
With more than 900 institutional members, ACHA is the largest association devoted specifically to the health of the nation's college students. It sponsors the major annual conference of campus health providers, works to articulate national standards for campus health, and assists campus health services in preparing for accreditation. It also offers consulting on various topics, publishes the American Journal of College Health and various brochures and other materials, and it is currently developing the capacity to track, analyze, and share key epidemiological data from member campuses.
The Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice
The Council coordinates the efforts of several national organizations working to encourage university departments of public health to bring their curricula and services in line with local and national needs. Activities include numerous conferences, workshops, and the publication of guidelines for schools of public health.
The Core Institute
Housed at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and funded initially by the U.S. Department of Education, the Core Institute develops survey instruments for the study of alcohol and other drug use in higher education. It also offers institutional consulting, technical assistance, and a variety of assessment tools.
George Mason University
Promising Practices: Campus Alcohol Strategies
Funded by the Century Council (a coalition made up primarily of distillers and sellers of alcohol), Promising Practices serves as a clearinghouse of approaches to preventing alcohol abuse on campus. The Web site includes descriptions of and links to numerous programs, as well as contact information for regional consultants and suggestions for campus leaders.
The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
Housed at the Education Development Center, and funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center offers technical assistance and other resources to faculty and administrators working to prevent alcohol and drug abuse on their campuses. For example, it provides training and professional development workshops, designs assessment tools, publishes manuals and practical guidelines, and convenes an ongoing meeting of college and university presidents concerned with alcohol abuse.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
The Alcohol and Other Drug Education Project
Based on their ongoing work at Hobart and Smith, the Project directors offer workshops, consulting, and curricular materials for those interested in a "social norms" approach to campus alcohol education. (This approach focuses on distinguishing between actual rates of alcohol and drug abuse and students' perceptions of those rates, in order to encourage recognition that most students do not drink heavily).
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
With funding from the CDC, NAFEO has worked for several years to develop AIDS-prevention and peer education programs at over a hundred historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), as well as at community-based and governmental organizations. The Program offers technical assistance, leadership training, and some funding for local projects, and it assists in the creation of public health advertising campaigns.
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
Health Education Leadership Program
Funded by the CDC, HELP supports faculty and administrators, especially student affairs personnel, in trying to integrate HIV/AIDS-education into the college curriculum. It offers a variety of workshops, consulting, and materials, and it works with model programs on several campuses.
National Group Rides and Designated Drivers
Created in 1993, and currently numbering thirty chapters, National GRADD helps colleges and universities to launch "safe ride" programs, providing transportation for students who might otherwise participate in drunk driving. The organization provides various services for new and existing chapters, such as sample needs assessments, descriptions of model programs, and an on-line discussion group.
New York University
Health Education Professional Resources
This Web site is designed specifically for professional health educators, but it compiles various resources that might be useful to anyone interested in designing campus-based health interventions.
Northeastern Illinois University
Network for the Dissemination of Curriculum Infusion
Founded in 1987, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Network encourages colleges and universities to integrate topics related to substance abuse into regular departmental course offerings. It provides a variety of faculty training materials, workshops, and consulting services, as well as descriptions of model programs.
University of California, San Francisco
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
Founded in 1996, CCPH is a non-profit organization that brokers public health partnerships between colleges and universities and their neighboring communities, focusing especially on service learning. It aims to facilitate equitable relationships among student-, campus-, and community-leaders, and it also brings local projects in touch with foundations and relevant government agencies. Currently, it is working on a national study of campus health centers and their relationships with surrounding communities.
Especially For Students (and Their Professors)
Not your average college health Web site... 98Six provides basic health information, but specializes in frank, mature, and wide ranging discussion of sex & intimacy, drinking & drugs, stress, and other topics related to student health. A good companion resource for writing classes and others.
American Social Health Association
Hotlines & Resource Centers
In partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, ASHA offers free information and crisis counseling related to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
the National HPV and Cervical Cancer Hotline
the National Herpes Hotline
and the National STD Hotline
BACCHUS & GAMMA Peer Education Network
With more than 25,000 members, this is the key resource for peer education programs that deal with alcohol abuse and other health-related issues.
Facts on Tap
Created by the Children of Alcoholics Foundation and the American Council for Drug Education, Facts on Tap provides basic information, statistics, and advice on alcohol abuse, designed specifically for college students.
Go Ask Alice!
From Columbia University, this is the most popular health information site on the Web, attracting some 2.5 million hits per month. Designed especially for high school and college students, it provides answers to questions related to sexuality, alcohol, mental health, and many other topics.
The Had Enough Project
Founded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, along with Cornell University and the University of North Carolina, Had Enough encourages campus dialogue and student activism in response to binge drinking.