Travel Health Coalition

If you would like to learn more about this group or have a question related to this topic, contact the chairperson listed below.

The purpose of the ACHA Travel Health Coalition is:

  • To establish effective communication channels among those who participate in College Travel Health including an active listserv through ACHA Discussion Groups and a means of direct contact of all members in cases of health urgencies/emergencies related to international travel (in the past this has included SARS, Ebola and Zika)
  • To develop a roster of individuals of multiple disciplines who will offer to share their expertise in the field of College Travel Health as needed.
  • To develop a Resource List of Travel Health publications, periodicals, websites, and organizations that would be available to any ACHA members.
  • To develop a means of sharing specific programs developed at individual institutions (e.g. online Travel Health Course)
  • To create a template for basics of beginning a Travel Health Clinic in a College or University Setting.
  • To begin addressing the question of establishing standards for a College Travel Health provision in various resource settings, with the goal of moving forward with establishing standards of care for the field.
  • To create a subgroup who has interest in research aspects of College Travel Health including effectiveness of pre-travel counseling/education, current state of traveling students, developing a database for Student Travel, and other ideas.

Please note: Any ACHA individual member (Regular, Student, Associate, or Emeritus) may join a coalition; however, only Regular Individual and Student Members may vote or hold office in a coalition.

Catherine Ebelke, PA-C
Chair
Montana State University, Bozeman
cebelke@montana.edu

Coalitions provide a multi-disciplinary, topic-oriented organizational mechanism with broad geographic representation for continuing education; advocacy; knowledge; standards; and professional development. They enhance channels of communication among members with different professional backgrounds to address common issues in college health and expand membership participation opportunities in the association. Coalitions serve as an information and consultative resource for ACHA members and other communities of interest, and help create informational and educational resources, guidelines, and/or best practices. They are available to advise the Board of Directors on relevant policy issues and plan, solicit, or facilitate programming at ACHA and affiliate annual meetings.