July 28 and 29, 2020
12:30 pm-4:30 EDT pm each day

The American College Health Association is hosting our first ever virtual summit, COVID-19: Planning for Now, Building for the Future, on July 28-29, 2020, from 12:30-4:30 pm EDT. As we prepare to resume academic instruction, now is the time to think creatively about keeping our students, faculty, and staff physically and mentally healthy and what campus health and well-being looks like on the other side of COVID-19.

Join ACHA, industry experts, and your college health colleagues to delve into the many topics that must be considered when preparing for the fall, complete with valuable, actionable takeaways. By attending the summit, you'll be able to:

  • Collaborate with other institutions during breakout sessions.
  • Work through real-life scenarios in tabletop drills with similar-sized institutions.
  • Gain access to recordings of the event to reinforce what you've learned and view breakout sessions.

The summit is powered by ACE Engage, a new peer-to-peer online learning platform created by American Council on Education (ACE) experts to help solve higher education leaders’ problems and transform higher education through collaborative, actionable strategies. ACE Engage is home to a community of leaders with a shared mission: to enhance student success and achieve institutional goals.

Keynote Speaker

We're pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel. Dr. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, Co-Director of the Health Transformation Institute, and on leave as Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. From January 2009 to January 2011, he served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House. From 1997 to 2011, he was chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He is also a breast oncologist.

Dr. Emanuel received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, he joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School. He has since been a visiting professor at UCLA, the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Kovitz Professor at Stanford Medical School and visiting professor at New York University Law School. Dr. Emanuel has written and edited 15 books and over 300 scientific articles. He is a regular guest on CNN and MSNBC, and often publishes pieces in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post.


General Schedule

All attendees will participate in a COVID-19 Primer and a Presidential Panel. 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.

Full details on sessions will be posted soon.

Day 1 (Tuesday, July 28)

12:30-12:35 – Welcome
12:35-12:50 – Opening Remarks/Keynote Speaker Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel
12:50-1:50 – Presidential Panel
1:50-2:00 – Break
2:00-2:45 – COVID-19 Primer
2:45-3:30 – Section specific breakout sessions (3 sessions available)
3:30-3:45 – Break
3:45-4:30 – Section specific breakout sessions (3 sessions available)

Day 2 (Wednesday, July 29)

12:30-1:15 – Collaborative breakout sessions (3 sessions available)
1:15-1:30 – Optional mindfulness break
1:30-2:15 – Collaborative breakout sessions (3 sessions available)
2:15-2:30 – Optional movement break
2:30-3:45 – Tabletop exercises – 3 sessions available based on school size (under 5,000, 5,000-15,000, and greater than 15,000)
3:45-4:15 – Closing remarks

Registration Fees

Registration ends July 21, 2020. 

  • ACHA Member: $199
  • ACE Member: $199
  • Non-Member: $350
  • Student (attestation): $40

ACHA is offering a Professional Courtesy Scholarship for campus faculty and staff who have been furloughed or laid off due to the pandemic. Please email Carolyn Lesesane to determine if you qualify for this special rate.


Collaborating Organizations

Thank you to the following organizations who are collaborating with ACHA on this event.