Pacific Coast College Health Association Research and Grants Committee

Golden Gull Award for Best Practices in College Health

2017 Golden Gull Award Recipient:
Student Health Center at the University of California, Irvine

In October 2016, the Student Health Center at University of California, Irvine (UCI) initiated revolutionary way for students to access hormonal contraception. UCI’s Access to Online Birth Control program improves student access to evidence-based contraceptive health services in a safe, confidential, and convenient way by allowing students to make an online request for birth control, 24/7. This innovative approach eliminates traditional barriers to securing contraception.

Through the program, a physician or nurse practitioner reviews online requests to determine each patient’s suitability for hormonal contraception. As part of their request, a patient submits a self-report screening and a blood pressure reading taken within the last year. According to current evidence-based recommendations, few tests are required to safely initiate hormonal contraceptives and to continue their use among college students.

UCI’s Access to Online Birth Control program continues to thrive, and as of last July, 458 students had used the service. Further evidence of the program’s success is that one-third of the first 100 patients made their request after clinic hours. In the program’s fourth month of operation, 16% of patients made requests during weekends, a testament to the program’s high accessibility.

To learn more about the program, email Brigette T. Lao at

Past Recipients of the Golden Gull Award

Best Health Education and Promotion Practices
“Bouncing Back: Building Resilience and Supporting your Wellbeing”
Simon Fraser University, Health Promotion

Best Health Education and Promotion Practices
“Rest & Relaxation”
San Jose State University, Wellness and Health Promotion

Best Clinical Practices
“Strategic Breathing Initiative”
Lane Community College, Health Services

Best Health Education and Promotion Practices
“C.H.E.W. Cooking Healthy, Eating Well Cooking Classes”
San Jose State University, Wellness and Health Promotion

Best Counseling Practices
“Suicide Prevention Brochure”
University of Arizona, Counseling and Psychological Services

Best Clinical Practices
“Student Wellness Case Management”
University of Nevada Las Vegas, Health Center


The Golden Gull award was established by PCCHA in 2001 to recognize exemplary, innovative, and inspirational practices within four areas of college health: Clinical Services, Consumer Services, Counseling Services, and Health Education and Promotion Services. This award encourages the creation of programs to improve college health practices and advance the health of students.

If you have any questions about the Golden Gull Award or any of PCCHA’s awards, please contact Brian Davies, PCCHA Awards Chair, at (208) 459-5066 or