There are significant gaps of understanding in the degree of health disparities within college student populations and its connection to academic achievement. Student status is often neither collected nor reported in most national population health samples of young adults. Physical health and mental health are often considered to be contributors to student retention, but their intersection with social determinants is rarely studied within higher education.
The role that high quality, comprehensive college health programs, campus community engagement on health and robust campus policies can play in addressing the needs of populations of students who arrive on our campuses with unmet health needs is not known. Very few college health centers and campuses routinely integrate evaluation of health equity into their programs and services.
Connected College Health Network is guided by five key elements:
The project will connect and build upon several existing projects. These include: