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This page is an index of ACHA and other resources on this topic. Resources include association projects, programs, publications, guidelines, and more. Additional information may be available under “External Resources.”

ACHA Resources

Emerging Public Health Threats and Emergency Response Coalition
This coalition provides multidisciplinary, multiregional education, advocacy, and research on emerging public health threats and emergency response.

Emergency Planning Guidelines for Campus Health Services: An All-Hazards Approach [pdf]
The purpose of these guidelines is to prompt college health professionals to action in either leading or assisting in the development of pandemic preparedness plans on their campus.

ACHA ILI Surveillance ProjectACHA Pandemic Influenza Surveillance
The ACHA Pandemic Influenza Surveillance Project was conducted from August 21, 2009 through April 30, 2010 to better understand pandemic influenza activity on college campuses. Initially, ACHA enrolled nearly 300 institutions of higher education, representing over 3 million college students, in a national weekly surveillance reporting system on pandemic influenza activity. Using CDC criteria for influenza like illness (ILI), each school reported new cases diagnosed by the campus medical service on a weekly basis. The peak level of voluntary institutional participation was 278 schools in mid-October 2009, representing over 3.3 million in population served.  By project’s end, the level of IHE participation in ILI reporting fell to 170 schools representing 1.9 million in population served.  The ACHA observed peak incidence of ILI disease in colleges was 29.0 cases per 10,000 population.  That level occurred during the reporting week of October 31-November 6, 2009.  The lowest observed incidence was 0.8 cases per 10,000 which occurred during the final week of surveillance (April 24-30, 2010).

The H1N1 surveillance project was an important milestone for college health.  Through the efforts of ACHA's national office and participating schools, the project resulted in an accurate representation of the epidemiology of the H1N1 outbreak on college campuses nationally.  The data was invaluable to schools, local and state health departments, and the CDC.

ACHA remains especially grateful to all of the colleges and universities that volunteered to be a part of the surveillance project. They helped to demonstrate the importance of college health, and its professionals, as valuable contributors to public health of our nation.

Pandemic Planning Annual Meeting Presentations

Educational sessions presented by the chair of the ACHA Emerging Public Health Threats and Emergency Response Coalition at the 2006 and 2008 ACHA Annual Meetings:

ACHA Task Force for Pandemic Planning Response to DHHS [pdf]
January 2007 response to the Department of Health and Human Services' allocation of scarce supplies of influenza vaccine and related issues.


External Resources

ACHA thanks its committee, coalition, task force, and section volunteers for providing resources and links concerning this topic. ACHA does not endorse or accept responsibility for the content or use of external websites.

Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education [pdf]
This U.S. Department of Education Action Guide, revised in 2010, offers higher education institutions a useful resource in the field of emergency management.

Addressing Emergencies on Campus [pdf]
This resource from the U.S. Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office offers guidance to school officials who may be reassessing their campus safety policies by offering a summary of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as well as pertinent provisions of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) that apply to postsecondary institutions. Information about protecting parents and students’ privacy rights, threat assessment teams, and HEA disclosure requirements concerning campus are covered

Balancing Student Privacy and School Safety: A Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act for Colleges/Universities
This U.S. Department of Education brochure provides higher education officials with guidance about balancing student privacy and safety in the context of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Specifically, this document describes the circumstances under which school officials are permitted to disclose education records without written student consent to maintain campus safety.

Flu.gov
Provides comprehensive government-wide information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities

DRU Listserv (for university and/or college emergency management professionals; hosted by the University of Oregon Emergency Management Program)

Federal Emergency Planning Agency (FEMA) Resources for Universities

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): Resources for Colleges and Universities (from CDC)
This website is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated. For updated information on the current flu season, see the CDC Seasonal Flu website.

Preparedness Resources for Schools (from CDC)

Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education [pdf]
This CDC toolkit provides information and communication resources to help students, faculty,
and staff implement recommendations from CDC’s Guidance for Responses to Influenza for
Institutions of Higher Education during the 2009-2010 Academic Year
.

World Health Organization Global Alert and Response

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ACHA-National College Health Assessment
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