ACHA 2018 Fellows & Award Recipients

ACHA Fellows

Jamie Shutter, MSEd, CHES, FACHA
University of Texas at Austin

Jamie Shutter has been active in the field of college health for 30 years and is currently the Executive Director of University Health Services at the University of Texas at Austin. Jamie began her career in college health 30 years ago as a “health advocate” and graduate assistant under the direction of Pat Fabiano at Southern Illinois University. As a young professional at the University of Texas, she developed edge-forward health and well-being campaigns expressly for LGBTQ+ students, spearheaded the first sexual assault prevention program at UT, and created a campus health promotion resource center that became a national benchmark. Later, she established and led the Wellness Network, a healthy campus coalition committed to assessing and addressing the health and wellness needs of students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas at Austin. To connect a 50,000-student population with their health resources, Jamie established an innovative Public Information Team of communication, design, and technology professionals that has been replicated in institutions and departments nationwide. In response to students’ needs, Jamie supported the creation of the UT Center for Students in Recovery, which was one of the first comprehensive collegiate recovery programs in higher education.

Jamie has been a member of ACHA since 1989 and has been very active in a variety of officer positions in the association’s Administration and the Health Promotion Sections. She served on the Program Planning Committee for the ACHA 2006 Annual Meeting in New York City and the ACHA 2015 Annual Meeting in Orlando. She has presented several sessions at national annual meetings. Her colleagues at Texas and across the nation prize Jamie’s leadership acumen and trust her vision for college health. She serves on the University of Texas System Student Health Advisory Committee (2012-2018), the UT Student Affairs Leadership Team (2011-present) and as the immediate past ACHA Administrative Section Chair. In acknowledgement of her dedication, Jamie has received the coveted UT Eyes of Texas Award in 1994, the Parent’s Association Merit Award in 1998, and the UT President’s Award for Outstanding Supervisor in 2011. She also was recognized as an honorary member of the UT Senate of College Councils in 2017.

ACHA Award Recipients

ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award

John M. Dorman, MD
Stanford University (Retired)

John Dorman served as a staff physician at Stanford University from 1973 until the fall of 2017. Officially retired, he now works part-time to help as needed. John served in the U.S. Public Health Service for two years on Staten Island, NY, to satisfy his obligation during the Vietnam War, and then completed a pediatric residency in Boston, where he developed a passion for adolescent medicine. This passion for adolescent medicine is what sparked his interest in applying for the position of staff physician at the Stanford University Student Health Service in 1973. At his position at Stanford, John was eligible for sabbaticals every 3-4 years and thus traveled with his family to Nepal, Mississippi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), Europe, and the Middle East and served as a medical missionary, usually providing medical care for needy patients in remote areas. John says one of great things about his 44 years at Stanford is that it keeps him young. He has been most impressed with the remarkable people he has met rather than with the diseases they had. John’s first ACHA conference was in 1978 in St. Louis, Missouri, and he has only missed a few annual meetings since! John says there is no other organization that is as dedicated to health care for college students than ACHA, and some of his best friends have been those he sees only for those few days each year at the ACHA annual meetings.

Edward Hitchcock Award for Outstanding Contributions in College Health

M. Jacob Baggott, MLS, 1SG (USAR Ret.), FACHA
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

For nearly 34 years, M. Jacob Baggott or better known as “Jake,” has significantly contributed to the health and well-being of students through his work within college health, wellness, and higher education. He currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Development, Health and Wellness, an organizational structure that includes Wellness Promotion, Student Health Services, Student Counseling Services, Disability Support Services, Veterans Services, and Campus Recreation. Prior to coming to UAB, Jake served in leadership roles for nearly three decades at Southern Illinois University (SIU), including serving as the chief of staff to the chancellor and a progressively successful 25-year career as an administrator in the Student Health Center. He led the development and implementation of an innovative and highly successful self-funded student insurance program from 1995 until 2010. He also has provided leadership in the planning and construction of comprehensive, multi-disciplinary student health and wellness facilities at both SIU and UAB.

Jake has served in numerous leadership positions at the ACHA affiliate and national level. He served as the Vice-President and President of Mid-America College Health Association between 2001 and 2003 and in 2004 was elected as the Region III Representative to the ACHA Board of Directors. He continued on the ACHA Board as Member-at-Large and joined the Executive Committee as Treasurer in 2010. Jake became President-elect in 2014 and served as ACHA President during from 2015-2016. He concluded his ninth year of Board service as Immediate Past President in 2017. Jake has been actively involved in advocacy for the Association since 2008 on multiple issues. Additionally, he is the Program Planning Chair for the ACHA 2019 Annual Meeting in Denver and is the current Vice President for the Southern College Health Association. Jake is an inaugural faculty member of the ACHA Leadership Institute and a Peer Reviewer for the Association. In 2012, Jake was named a Fellow of the American College Health Association.

Ruth E. Boynton Award for Distinguished Service to ACHA

ACHA Addressing Sexual Assault Task Force
Kim Webb, MEd, LPC, Washington University in St. Louis; Mary A. Wyandt-Hiebert, PhD, MCHES, CWHC, CA, University of Arkansas (Co-chairs); Stephanie Hanenberg, MSN, FNP-C, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Board of Directors Liaison); Deborah Beck, RRT, MPA, EdD, University of South Carolina; Trent Claypool, PsyD, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Amy Hoch, PhD, Rowan University; Jen Jacobsen, MA, MPH, Grinnell College; Aimee Janssen-Robinson, MEd, CHES, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; Susan Pasco, PhD, LCSW-R, Syracuse University; Deborah Stewart, MD, California State University

In 2014, ACHA President Sarah Van Orman appointed co-chairs for a new task force charged with the mission of developing guidance to address sexual assault on college campuses. Subsequent ACHA Presidents Jake Baggott (2015-16), Jamie Davidson (2016-17), and Michael Huey (2017-18) have continued their support of the task force and their charge. Members of the task force were chosen after they submitted letters of interest in response to a call for participation sent to the ACHA membership. The selection of the task force was selective and intentional. The goal was to build a multi-disciplinary team of highly educated and esteemed individuals committed to working to create comprehensive guidance addressing the pervasive issues of relationship and sexual violence that impact all campuses. From day one, the engagement and commitment of the task force membership has been unprecedented. Over a period of three and a half years, the group has provided excellence, offering evidence-based practices and guidance to create trauma-informed systems of care that would benefit all campus constituents. The result of this hard work includes a position statement: Sexual and Relationship Violence on College and University Campuses; ACHA guidelines: Addressing Sexual and Relationship Violence on College and University Campuses; and finally, the toolkit: ACHA Guidance for Addressing Sexual and Relationship Violence: A Trauma-Informed Approach. All bodies of work have approached sexual and relationship violence on college campuses from a public health lens using a trauma-informed approach and have considered the various resources of our diverse campuses as well as the intersections that impact this work.

Ollie B. Moten Award for Outstanding Service to One's Institution

Heather Zesiger, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Emory University

Before recently transitioning to a role in the School of Public Health, Heather Zesiger was the Senior Director of the Office of Health Promotion in Emory Campus Life for over twelve years. During that time, Heather led efforts to co-create health with students and support them to “Be Well Excel.” Heather is recognized on campus and nationally for her commitment to student well-being and health promotion in higher education. From 2009 –2010, Heather served as chair of the ACHA Health Promotion Section. She co-authored ACHA’s 2016 guidelines, Opioid Prescribing in College Health. Additionally, in 2015 she was a delegate to the conference to co-author the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting University and Colleges, which calls upon post-secondary schools to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally. Heather was a Woodruff Fellow during her MPH studies at Emory. Prior to building her career at Emory, Heather was the health educator at The New School in New York City and before pursuing graduate studies, she worked in public affairs consulting and environmental education in Washington, DC. Her research interests include student opioid misuse, the impact of racial microaggressions on student well-being, and the defining characteristics of health promoting universities.

Miguel García-Tuñón Memorial Award in Human Dignity

Sharon J. Glezen, MD, FACP
University of Vermont

Sharon currently serves as a Student Health Services physician at the University of Vermont Center for Health and Wellbeing. Prior to her move to Vermont in 2016, she was privileged to spend the first quarter century of her career at the University of Rochester University Health Service. Sharon benefitted from an outstanding residency experience in primary care internal medicine at the University of Rochester. In 2014, she completed the inaugural certificate program in LGBT Health Policy and Practice at the George Washington University. This was instrumental in helping her develop curriculum for University of Rochester medical students in LGBT health care, reflecting her longstanding commitment to increase the numbers of providers with skills necessary to provide culturally competent care to LGBT patients. Sharon has been instrumental in educating college health providers and has presented at New York State College Health Association, New England College Health Association, and ACHA conferences on the provision of health care for transgender and gender non-conforming patients in a college health setting. She served for three years as ACHA’s liaison to the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Sharon is a member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Passionate about providing young people with accurate information about sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity, she served for many years as a teacher in the “Our Whole Lives” sexuality curriculum for youth of various ages at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester.

Best Practices in College Health Award – Clinical Services Category

“Influence of Text Messages on College Students’ Influenza Vaccine Rate”

Haverford College

The Center for Disease Control recommends an annual influenza vaccine for all persons over 6 months of age; yet, a disappointing rate of only 26% of adults over 18 and 40% of college students vaccinate for seasonal influenza. These rates are far from the 70% target set by the government’s goal for Healthy People 2020. Without vaccination, young adults risk illness and campus wide school outbreaks with serious academic consequences. Providers must contemplate the multitude of variables influencing students around vaccinations and re-think how to promote vaccines. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to assess the influence of e-Health text messages linked to an educational health portal on Haverford College students’ influenza vaccine rate. Data collected over an 8-week period from the present year (2015) on Haverford’s campus of 1,227 students, in which students were sent a weekly text message, compared to a historical control group from the prior year, in which only 15% of students received a vaccine. The project participants (N=129) were undergraduate students at a traditional liberal arts college. At the completion of the project, 251 vaccines calculated given by Haverford’s Health Services Staff compared to 90 vaccines the prior year. The project resulted in a 2.72- fold change in vaccination rate, and 10% were first timers, which suggest that naïve students vaccinate when reminded and informed of the benefit. College Health Services promotion of the influenza vaccine to students should include text messages.

Best Practices in College Health Award – Health Education and Promotion Category

“Intervene: Cornell’s New Evidence-Based Bystander Intervention Video and Workshop”

Cornell University

Sexual violence, high-risk drinking, hazing, emotional distress, and bias are prevalent problems on college campuses. Using a public health approach is critical to addressing these complex problems, which have an impact on individuals, organizations, and the community as a whole. While there are nuances to each problem, bystander intervention is an effective and versatile strategy that recognizes the important role community members play in helping to interrupt and prevent harm. Campuses often have limited resources and time to spend addressing these pervasive health-related challenges, and there are very few evidence-based approaches for campuses to use. In response, Cornell University’s Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health developed a 20-minute video and corresponding 60-minute in-person facilitated workshop entitled “Intervene.” The video models how students can successfully engage in pro-social bystander behavior, utilizing a variety of strategies to intervene in seven distinct situations: sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, emotional distress, hazing, racial bias, and an alcohol emergency. A randomized controlled trial of undergraduate and graduate students (n = 1,310) was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the video as an intervention for increasing people’s self-reported likelihood to engage in pro-social bystander behavior across the seven situations. Results showed that participants who viewed the video online reported higher likelihood at four weeks post-viewing to intervene in situations involving hazing, intimate partner violence, racial bias, and sexual harassment than did their control group counterparts. “Intervene” is the first video-based bystander education intervention shown to be effective—even four weeks after viewing—at increasing the likelihood of college students to intervene in multiple problematic social situations. Providing access to this free video online represents a cost-effective prevention and communication strategy that can be employed by other colleges and universities.

Best Practices in College Health Award – Health Education and Promotion Category

“Wellness Coaching for Academic Success”

University of Florida

GatorWell Health Promotion Services’ “Wellness Coaching for Academic Success” program at the University of Florida was piloted in 2010, launched in 2011, and has seen many changes and enhancements since its inception. Certified through Real Balance Global Wellness Services Inc., Wellness and Health Coaches meet one-on-one with students to identify areas of their health and wellness that are impacting their academic success and work with them to develop goals to change their behaviors in order to improve their health and wellness and in turn their academic success. This exemplary and inspirational program empowers students to make and sustain positive lifestyle behavior change that will positively impact their overall wellness and academic success and potentially serve them throughout their life-course. The program is currently evaluated through an iPad-based post-session questionnaire at the conclusion of each session. Evaluation results are consistently favorable with over 99% of students satisfied with their wellness coaching experience and over 98% of students reporting they would recommend the service to a friend. Wellness Coaching has the potential to not only impact individual student lives, but the broader campus community as well.

Affiliate New Professionals Award

Central College Health Association

Amy Schlichting, MS, MA
Doane University

Amy Schlichting currently serves as Doane University’s health educator, a position that combines both her passions: higher education and wellness. As health educator, the primary objective on her job description is to improve student retention through the reduction of high risk behavior. She has implemented both a “Back to School Bash” to kick off each semester and ‘Wellness Wednesdays” over the lunch hour each week; developed partnerships with athletic teams and Greek organizations; incorporated BASICS sessions into the campus judicial process; and launched Certified Peer Educators on campus. Over the past 12 years, Amy has worked with hundreds of people to help them improve their overall health, and never tires of hearing success stories. Amy strives to help others find the motivation to live their best life, and looks forward to growing Health Education on collegiate campuses.

Mid-America College Health Association

Andrea Joy Levinson, MD, MSc, FRCPC
The University of Toronto

Andrea Levinson is the Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Health & Wellness at the University of Toronto, where she has practiced for the past four years. She is responsible for the provision and management of psychiatric services to students, primarily from the St. George campus (where a total of 67,000 students are enrolled). She supervises all the psychiatric activity at the service, acts as a resource for the university community on mental health issues across the campus, and teaches in the Psychiatry Residency Program at The University of Toronto. Andrea has extensive experience in youth psychiatry, having founded an early intervention clinic for young people with new onset bipolar disorder at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH). Currently, she is also a staff psychiatrist at CAMH.

Mid-Atlantic College Health Association

Catherine (Catie) Brocker, NP-C, MSN
Marymount University

Catherine Brocker serves as Student Health Services Director at Marymount University (MU). Aside from her role as director of the health center, she is also responsible for health education programming and promotion on campus where she has led numerous initiatives to improve the health and well-being of MU's students. During her time at MU, she expanded clinic services offerings, implemented electronic health records, and most recently lead the center's efforts to obtain Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accreditation. She will be presenting on MU's journey to accreditation at the ACHA 2018 Annual Meeting. Catherine was recognized for Outstanding Leadership by MU Staff Council for excellence in creating a positive environment for colleagues and enabling staff to deliver highly effective work. Catherine is also active within her regional affiliate, the Mid-Atlantic College Health Association, serving as Executive Board Secretary (2016-2017), Vice President (2017-2018), and regional representative program planner for the ACHA 2018 Annual Meeting.

New England College Health Association

Kristina J. Mereigh, MPH
Smith College

Kristina Mereigh currently serves as the Director of Wellness Services at Smith College, where she is responsible for health promotion, education, and programming. She also manages Smith's holistic medicine: acupuncture and nutrition. Kris' passion is holistic and identity-humble health promotion. Her tenure at Smith has included campus-wide empathy based programming, peer mental health campaigns, and introducing the rhetoric of wholeness for the use in campus marketing. Kris has founded two, active health promotion teams that facilitate peer health education and campaigns. She serves as an active promoter of mental health and wholeness on the campus and sits on several committees targeting issues of loneliness and belonging, both on campus and with the Five College Community. She is currently collaborating with dining and athletic services to create safer, more inclusive communities and spaces that promote wholeness and accessibility for all bodies, with the goal of increasing belonging and reducing body shame/disordered eating. As a new professional in college health, Kris has taken strides to further her career by presenting at the New England College Health Association's annual conference on empathy-based health promotion and is currently pursuing a certification in wellness consulting. Kris' colleagues admire her strong work ethic and her commitment to advocate for all of her students by fighting for campus-wide social justice and equity through her evidence based programming. They also admire her passion and her commitment to the integration of health services into the greater Smith College community.

New York State College Health Association

Anne C. Jones, DO, MPH
Cornell University

Anne Jones is a primary care and public health physician and serves as both Director of Medical Services at Cornell Health and Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Cornell University. She is Board Certified with the American Osteopathic College of Family Physicians (ACOFP), and served as Chief Resident at the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. She has practiced full-spectrum primary care internationally and in rural underserved areas, in federally qualified health centers in the New England and Northeast regions. She joined the Cornell team in 2013 as Assistant Director of Medical Services, and served in this role until 2016, when she was appointed as Interim Director of Medical Services.  She was named Director in July 2017. Anne is an active alumna of Cornell, devoting her time to alumni mentorship and externship opportunities. She writes about and speaks at Cornell and beyond about osteopathic medicine, the importance and joy of primary care, and the need for continual improvement of health care in a changing world.

Ohio College Health Association

Megan Nichols, BSN, RN
The University of Akron

Megan Nichols currently serves as a registered nurse at The University of Akron Health Services. In addition to her office and lab duties, she spends time with students to provide education and to promote healthier lifestyle choices such as proper nutrition, vaccination, smoking cessation, and safer sexual practices. Megan helps to connect students with resources on campus and within the community to best meet their health care needs. Prior to her career in primary care and college health, Megan worked in heart and lung transplant, orthopedics, and critical care.

Southern College Health Association

Jackie Knight, MPH, CHES
University of South Carolina

Jackie Knight serves as the Assistant Director for Healthy Carolina Initiatives at the University of South Carolina, where it is her role to apply evidence-based public health practice for the community within the campus setting. Jackie is responsible for the research, planning, implementation, and coordination of policies, systems, and environmental strategies that foster a healthy campus environment for all. In her time with the institution, she has been an integral part of establishing the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, implementing Walkability and Bikeability assessments to inform campus masterplans, co-chairs the Food System Strategy Committee, contributes to strategic plans for Student Health Services, and reports on progress towards the organization’s Healthy Campus 2020 objectives. In addition to these duties, she also oversees all grant and award pursuits, as well as post-award management on behalf of Student Health Services. In her almost five years at the University of South Carolina, the organization has been awarded and she has managed several external funding opportunities and national recognitions. Jackie’s colleagues appreciate her infectious positivity, drive, and passion for stewarding and uniting partners around a shared vision of a healthy campus environment in which to live, learn, work, and play at the University of South Carolina.

Southwest College Health Association

Dena George, MD
Texas A&M University

Dena George has been at the Texas A&M University clinic for over one-and-a-half years and in her positions has been able to: lead continuing medical education for the medical staff on a regular basis, assist in a cultural transition for the clinic to move towards cohesion and improve focus on who and how we serve, introduce the concept and lead coaching workshops to grow individuals, and teach medical students and pharmacy students as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Texas A&M Medical School. Most recently, Dena has started coaching on customer service and helping people identify phenomenal and move one step closer towards it. Outside of the clinic, Dena blogs on Facebook in order to coach individuals working to improve their lives and also works as a hospitalist. Prior to her time at Texas A&M University, she received fellowship training in Hospitalist medicine, served as a Family Physician in the United States Army, and served as Residency Faculty in the Darnall Army Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program.

American College Health Foundation Awards

ACHF Healthy Campus 2020 Award

“University of California, Riverside Healthy Campus Initiative”
Julie Chobdee, MPH
University of California, Riverside

University of California, Riverside (UCR) is taking an integrated and comprehensive approach to elevate health and well-being on campus. The Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI)—part of the larger systemwide Healthy Campus Network supported by University of California President Janet Napolitano—invests in improving the health and quality of life for our UCR campus community. As an educational institution, UCR is committed to providing an environment that both supports and encourages the health and well-being of our campus community. Through collective action and input from the UCR community, the UCR Healthy Campus Initiative identifies health priorities and advocates for policies, services, and environments that systemically support health and wellness and cultivating an environment of well-being where positive health choices are a part of everyday life.

Making the healthy choice the easy choice requires changing the surrounding environment and culture to support and sustain positive behavior change. UCR’s Heathy Campus Initiative forms partnerships with staff, faculty, students, and the surrounding community to develop, implement, and institutionalize policies and environments essential for sustainable behavior change. UCR’s Healthy Campus Initiative’s nine key priority areas include: healthy eating and nutrition; physical activity; mental health; communications and marketing; built environment; preventive health; substance use and addiction; culture change; and metrics/quality improvement. The design and implementation of the UCR Healthy Campus Initiative is guided by Healthy Campus 2020, and the strategies and action plans to improve the health and well-being of the UCR campus are based on the Socio-Ecological Model. Award funds will be used to supplement the HCI Project Grant Program for UCR students, staff, or faculty to design and implement a year-long project that supports one of the nine key HCI priority areas, meets Healthy Campus 2020 objectives, engages the campus community, and promotes health and well-being.

Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health

“Elevating a Community to Wellness: An Evidence-Based Approach”
Stephan M. Brooks, MPH, PAPHS
Clarion University

The Health Improvement Program (HIP) at Clarion University is an adaptation of the Pittsburgh University Diabetes Prevention Program-Group Lifestyle Balance (DPP-GLB). HIP has been condensed to be delivered over one academic semester by a group of certified peer-educators. This group of peer-educators, collectively referred to as SWAT (Student Wellness Ambassador Team), will conduct biometric and biochemical screenings, deliver lifestyle questionnaires, and be assigned participants with whom they will have a one-on-one relationship throughout the semester, ensuring their participant remains motivated and continues to meet goals. SWAT members will conduct weekly educational presentations on the topics of nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle management. Participants are expected to attend all meetings, stay in touch with their lifestyle coach, and provide nutrition/physical activity tracking sheets on a weekly basis. This program came to fruition following a semester’s long initiative to provide HbA1c screenings to students. Through a collaborative effort with West Virginia University, Clarion University conducted screenings—free of charge—to students. Due to the high prevalence of diabetes/prediabetes, we determined it was necessary that a program be designed to address this issue.

FirstRisk Advisors Initiatives in College Mental/Behavioral Health Award

“Hear Me Out” Mental Health Matters
Jacqueline Knight MPH, CHES
University of South Carolina

Be Real. Be There. Mental Health Matters at UofSC is an award-winning health communication campaign that was initially developed with the intention of de-stigmatizing mental health, increasing bystander accountability for talking to peers about concerns, and promoting the programs, services and resources available to the campus community for supporting mental and emotional well-being. “Hear Me Out” Mental Health Matters will expand this initiative through the development of a podcast that will highlight true stories of resiliency and grit from students, faculty, and staff at the University of South Carolina. According to findings from Edison Research, podcasting continues to rise in popularity with a growing audience year after year; in 2017, 42 million Americans listened to podcasts, a rate that is five times more than those who go to the movies. For eight weeks during each semester, a campus member will be interviewed and asked to share their personal experience with resiliency, grit, or aiding others in need. Listeners will be incentivized to complete an evaluation after each episode and a final survey to assess changes in behaviors and perceptions around resiliency and mental health stigma with the intended aims of improving student resiliency and decreasing the perception that receiving mental health treatment is a sign of personal failure; ultimately impacting stigma culture around mental health and emotional well-being.