Summit Agenda

Day One Agenda  |  Day Two Agenda

All attendees will participate in the COVID-19 Primer and a Presidential Panel on the first day. Breakout sessions on day one will focus on section specific issues. Breakout sessions on day two will focus on issues to be addressed collaboratively, culminating in tabletop drills during which you can work through real life scenarios with similar-sized institutions.


Schedule is subject to change without notice.


12:30 pm–12:35 pm

Welcome Remarks

Devin Jopp, EdD, CEO of ACHA

12:35 pm–12:50 pm

Keynote Address

Title: Keynote Address
Presenter: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel

12:50 pm–1:40 pm

Presidential Panel

Title: COVID-19 Conversations with Presidents

  • Elaine Maimon, PhD, MA, President, Governors State University (2007-2020)
  • Mark Mitsui, President, Portland Community College
  • Michael Sorrell, EdD, President, Paul Quinn College

Moderator: Ted Mitchell, President, the American Council on Education

Description: This session will allow health and well-being professionals to hear directly from a variety of college presidents about their reopening decisions; how they’re weighing competing needs of students, faculty, and staff; and what their biggest worries are for the 2020-2021 school year.

1:40 pm–2:20 pm

General Session

Title: COVID-19 Primer
Presenter: CDC Representative

2:20 pm–2:30 pm


2:30 pm–3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

(by discipline)

Evidence-Informed Health Promotion Practice in a Virtual World

  • David Arnold, Assistant Vice President of Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives, NASPA
  • James Lange, PhD, Executive Director, Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, The Ohio State University

Moderator: David Anderson, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development, George Mason University, and ACHA COVID-19 Task Force Member

Description: Many of our evidence-informed health promotion interventions and practices are grounded in a face-to-face model. Now that much of our work is transitioning to virtual practice, what guidance exists to help us make this transition? Presenters will share state of current guidance and pragmatic suggestions for practice.


Maintaining the Student Health Services’ Mission in the Face of COVID-19

  • Cynthia Burwell, EdD, RKT, MCHES, FACHA, Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, and Director, Center of Excellence in Minority Health Disparities, Norfolk State University
  • Joanne Clinch, MD, Clinical Director, Student Health Service, Wake Forest University
  • Tara Girard, RN, BSN, Director of Health and Wellness Center, Beloit College
  • Guy Nicolette, MD, CAQSM, Executive Director and Assistant Vice Chancellor, University Health Services, University of California, Berkeley

Moderator: Michael Huey, MD, FACHA, Former Associate Professor, Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory School of Medicine; Past President, ACHA

Description: Every one of us has had a job/life that has been "All COVID-19, All the Time" for the past 4+ months. In this session, we will look at how to reclaim and reinvigorate your core Student Health Services, Counseling and Health Promotion/Well-being mission while continuing to manage your COVID-19-driven response to the re-opening of your campus. In order to be successful, you will need to develop staff commitment, strategic partnerships and the realization that “You can’t do everything, so what stays in and what gets sidelined for now?”

Planning for Now: College Mental Health Reopening Challenges

  • Diana Cusumano, LMHC, NCC, Director of Campus & Wellness Initiatives, The Jed Foundation (JED)
  • Sharon Mitchell, PhD, Senior Director, Student Wellness, and Director, Counseling Services, University at Buffalo; President, AUCCCD

Moderator: Jamie Davidson, PhD, FACHA, Associate Vice President for Student Wellness University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Description: In this panel presentation, the panelists will highlight and list, from their vantage points, several of the major challenges for mental health services as campuses reopen in the fall of 2020. Following the panelist presentations, the moderator will facilitate a discussion with the panel, highlighting and clarifying aspects of those presentations. In the final part of the program, attendees may submit questions or comments for consideration by the panel.

3:30 pm–4:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

(by discipline)

Using Rapid Data Collection to Address Equitable Well-Being during COVID-19             

  • Darby Roberts, PhD, Director, Division of Student Affairs, Texas A&M University
  • Allison Smith, MPA, Assistant Director, Population Health, New York University, Co-Director, National College Depression Partnership

Moderator: Michael McNeil, EdD, MS, Chief of Administration, Columbia Health

 Access to and use of real-time data are essential to informing an effective campus response during this rapidly evolving pandemic. Traditional needs assessment and program evaluation methods are insufficient when trying to manage emergent and complex challenges. Presenters will share practical strategies for and examples of rapid, timely, meaningful, and fair collection and analysis of data that can catalyze effective and innovative solutions for how campuses address health, well-being, and equity during COVID-19. 

ACHA Health Services COVID-19 Checklist: A Guide to Planning Service Operations for Fall 2020
Presenter:  Anita Barkin, DrPH, MSN, NP-C, FACHA, Former Director of Student Health Services at Carnegie Mellon University; Former Deputy Director of North Central Public Health District in Georgia
Moderator:  Gerri Taylor, MS, APRN-BC, FACHA, Former Associate Dean for Health, Counseling and Health Promotion and Director of the Health Center at Bentley University

Description: Dr. Barkin will guide participants through the recently released Student Health Service checklist, which has been developed as a companion document to the ACHA Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era guidelines. Dr. Barkin will discuss the intended uses of the checklist and how it may be tailored to meet the specific needs of each student health service (SHS) in addressing COVID-19. Dr. Barkin will allow time for Q&A from the audience.

Honoring the Service of Clinicians, Faculty and Staff—How Do We Take Care of Them Too?Presenters:

  • Craig Rooney, PhD, Program Director & Counseling Psychologist, Office of Clinician Well-Being, University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care
  • Alex Sabo, MD, Chair & Program Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Berkshire Medical Center, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School

Moderator: Alan Lorenz, MD, Physician, Rochester Institute of Technology; Current Chair, ACHA Mental Health Section

Description: The long-duration emergency of a worldwide coronavirus pandemic has challenged our ability to cope with uncertainty and danger. Those who work at universities have been challenged simultaneously at work and at home. Clinicians, faculty and staff face fear of virus contagion to self and others and have been under extraordinary pressure to adjust to new ways to deliver class content and maintain relationships with students. Drs. Rooney, Sabo, and Lorenz will review best practice approaches to supporting these individuals.


12:30 pm–1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions


COVID-19 Health Communication Strategies

  • Jennifer E. Austin, MPH, Director of Communications, Assistant Director of Administrative Services, Cornell Health
  • Laura Beth Santacrose, MPH, Assistant Director, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives, Cornell Health

Moderator: Julie Edwards, MHA, Director, Health Promotion, The University of Chicago

Description: Effective health communication strategies will be critical for healthy campus operations during the fall 2020 semester. Presenters will share their approach to health communication strategies and provide examples including a COVID-19 social norms campaign. Presenters will give guidance for practitioners in how to apply health communication strategies to COVID-19 in varying contexts while staying grounded in theory.

New Stresses and Developmental Issues in the COVID Era

  • Christopher Corbett, PsyD, LP, Director of Counseling and Student Support Services, Savannah School of Art & Design, Chair Elect, HEMHA
  • M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Faculty Member, Erikson Institute for Education and Research, Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center

Moderator: Bryant Ford, PhD, Associate Director, Counseling Center, Dartmouth College

Description: In this panel presentation, Drs. Corbett, Fromm, and Ford will review the pandemic stresses of isolation, aloneness, and complex loss and how these stresses will likely lead to higher rates of mental disorders and significant effects on identity development in young people. Following initial presentations, there will be a moderated discussion about the implications for campus needs and services as well as implications for identity development, both of which are central to the mission of institutes of higher education.

Dashboards and Measures for Success in Monitoring Campus Health

  • James R. Jacobs, MD, PhD, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Vaden Health Center, Stanford University
  • Lindsey Mortenson, MD, UHS Medical Director, University of Michigan

Moderator: Joel Schwartzkopf, PA-C, MPAS, MBA, Administrator, Colorado State University Health Network

Description: Creating your own dashboard of critical measures will allow you to monitor how well your health service and/or your campus is meeting the needs of students, faculty and staff after reopening. Using agreed upon metrics will allow you to identify needs, resources, trends and problem areas and will allow administrators to use data to make critical campus decisions. Measures can be compared to your goals, identified targets, or organizational standards. Using key metrics allows you to build on your strengths, monitor your performance, and to focus on needed improvements in a timely manner.

1:30 pm–2:30 pm

Breakout Sessions


The Intersection of Race, Justice and Health: How We Help Our Campuses Heal and Grow

  • Raphael Coleman, PhD, MPH, Director, Alice! Health Promotion, Columbia Health, Columbia University
  • Kelechi Fluitt, PhD, MA, Director of Outreach, Howard University
  • Sinead Younge, PhD, Professor, Morehouse College

Moderator: Micah Griffin, PhD, MS, MHA, Director of Health Programs, City University of New York- Kingsborough Community College

Description: Racism has historically impacted the health outcomes of Communities of Color, in particular Black communities adversely. Recent research highlighting the disproportionate effects of COVID-19, recent events such as the surge of police violence, and the subsequent #BlackLivesMatter protests have called to attention the need for college health professionals to examine the role campuses have in addressing these social justice issues. This discussion will focus on antiracist practices campuses can implement to be more inclusive and socially conscious.

Telehealth/Telepsych Challenges for College Health

  • Joy Himmel, PsyD, LCPC, NCC, RN
  • Mei Wa Kwong JD, Executive Director, Center for Connected Health Policy

Moderator: Michael Deichen, MD, MPH, Associate Vice President, Student Health Services, University of Central Florida

Description: Telehealth has been a viable means of providing quality health and mental health care for some time. However, not until the 2020 pandemic forced campus health and counseling to shift almost entirely to telehealth has it become a mainstay of practice in these settings. This presentation will help campuses navigate this new normal of telehealth by providing the most up to date information on telehealth rules and regulations and best practices as outlined in AAAHC accreditation.

Student Concerns on COVID-19 Campus Life
Presenter: TBD
Moderator: Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, Director, The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic, the pivot to remote learning, abrupt campus restrictions and closures, and the economic fallout have impacted students financially, academically, socially, spiritually, mentally, and physically. This panel of students will describe the toll the pandemic has taken on their academics and their lives and will also discuss their concerns, needs, expectations, and aspirations for the upcoming fall

2:30 pm–2:45 pm


2:45 pm–4:00 pm

Breakout Sessions


You've Prepared, Then Things Go Wrong: A "Live but Virtual" Tabletop Exercise
Description: In this functional exercise (essentially a "tabletop exercise" for a virtual symposium), health and well-being leaders from different campuses will face an evolving scenario and "think out loud" as they deal with the crises and curveballs related to re-opening during COVID-19. Attendees can choose to attend a functional exercise for large (over 15,000 students), medium (5,000-15,000 students) or small (under 5,000 students) campuses.

Large School (>15,000) Participants:

  • Jake Baggott MLS, FACHA, Associate Vice Chancellor & Executive Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Deborah Beck, MPA, EdD, FACHA, Executive Director of Student Health Services and Healthy Carolina, University of South Carolina
  • Jamie Davidson, PhD, FACHA, Associate Vice President for Student Wellness University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Sarah Van Orman, MD, MMM, FACHA, Chief Health Officer, Student Health, University of Southern California

Facilitator: Lee Pearson, DrPH, MS, Associate Dean for Operations and Accreditation, University of South Carolina

Medium School (5,000-15,000) Participants:

  • David Clark, PhD, Associate Vice President of Campus Life, Emory University
  • Joanne Clinch, MD, Director of Health Services, Wake Forest University
  • Sara Lee, MD, Executive Director, University Health and Counseling Services, Case Western Reserve University
  • Sharon Rabinovitz, MD, Director of Clinical Services, Emory Student Health, Emory University
  • Mari Ross-Alexander, PhD, LPC-MHSP, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness, North Carolina Central University


  • Megan Koeth, MPA, MA, Director of Resiliency, Public Safety Administration, Case Western Reserve University

Small School (<5,000) Participants:

  • Vanessa Blowe, MD, Director Spartan Health Center, Norfolk State University
  • Peter Forkner, PhD, Director, Student Health, Counseling and Wellness, Bentley University
  • Ilene Hofrenning, MSN, FNP-BC, Health Center Director and Nurse Practitioner, Framingham State University
  • Annette Smiach, MSN, FNP-BC, CSN, Seton Hill University Health Services


  • Gerri Taylor, MS, APRN-BC, FACHA, Former Associate Dean for Health, Counseling and Health Promotion and Director of the Health Center at Bentley University 

4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Tabletop Exercise   Summary Reports
 and Closing Remarks


Presenters: Devin Jopp, CEO, ACHA, and Kim Webb, MEd, LPC, FACHA, Director, Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention Center, Washington University in St. Louis; President, ACHA

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