Who We Are

Since 1920, the American College Health Association (ACHA) has served as the voice for student health and wellness. Through advocacy, research and education, ACHA stands at the forefront of issues that impact the health and wellness of our college students. ACHA represents nearly 800 institutions of higher education and the collective health and wellness needs of 19 million college students. ACHA serves nearly 12,000 individual college health and wellness professionals and leaders of all disciplines united together to advance the health and wellness of college students. Membership in ACHA is your key to unlocking tremendous vision and knowledge that can enrich your campuses’ health and wellness services, your professional development, and efforts toward creating a culture of wellness on your campus.

Our Vision

Health and well-being are foundational to college student success. ACHA's vision is to be the recognized voice of expertise in college health.

Our Mission

To serve as the principal leadership organization for advancing the health of college students and campus communities through advocacy, education, and research. 

ACHA creates and supports an environment where students, faculty, and staff thrive by:

  • Committing to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility and an evolving approach for continued support of DEIJA in college health and well-being.
  • Building greater acceptance and recognition of the critical role of college health and well-being in building healthy campuses.
  • Sharing knowledge between multiple disciplines with a unified focus of advancing the health and well-being of college students and  their communities.
  • Developing  multi-faceted, data-driven, whole-person approaches to holistic campus health and well-being in collaboration with their communities.
  • Focusing on inclusive and evolving research, education, networking, and advocacy to achieve these outcomes.

Our Values

ACHA promotes interdisciplinary collaboration within and across campuses to ensure care of the whole person and  help cultivate an overarching culture of well-being.

ACHA provides opportunities to understand  and celebrate diverse lived experiences and backgrounds, and incorporates these into our media, resources, and programs. 

ACHA regards education as critical to professional success and personal development.

ACHA aspires to guarantee fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement to all, and to eliminate barriers to participation and success. Equity is everyone’s responsibility.

ACHA relies on expertise based in evolving science, fact, and validated research.

ACHA seeks to create a welcoming, inclusive environment that embraces all individuals.

ACHA promotes justice in access and provision of healthcare, mental health care, and health promotion on campus and in our communities. 

ACHA leads from the front, focuses on the future, and does not shy from publicly addressing tough issues. We aspire to reflect in our leadership the wide array of backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives of our members.

ACHA creates and supports environments intentionally centered on well-being, where students, faculty, and staff are able to grow, thrive, live authentically, and support one another.

Strategic Plan

The mission, vision and values set forth above are integral to ACHA’s strategic plan that guides the long term direction of the association. Learn more about who we are by reviewing our strategic plan.