ACHF Partner Resources
ACHF is working to partner with non-profit organizations, foundations, and corporations to create a series of materials to benefit students and college health professionals. Here you will find a list of the resources that have been created in partnership with other entities. The Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to partner with other organizations that prioritize college health and student well-being.
Is there a specific type of resource or topic that you would like to have more information about? Email ACHF@acha.org with your ideas.
Are you a non-profit organization, foundation, or corporation looking to create resources for college health professionals or students? Email ACHF@acha.org to schedule a call to discuss how we can work together to ensure a healthy future for college students.
Framing Well-Being in a College Campus Setting: A Partnership with Aetna Student Health
The American College Health Foundation, with generous sponsorship from Aetna Student Health, has published a white paper entitled "Framing Well-Being in a College Campus Setting." The purpose of this project was to examine the state of the field of well-being at a diverse sample of institutions of higher education. Looking at well-being initiatives through the lens of both student and employee stakeholders, the researchers reveal new trends in creating cultures of care on campus. This paper presents major themes, lessons learned, and questions for the future of well-being and is appropriate for campuses looking to explore the transition from a health and wellness paradigm to a more holistic approach to campus well-being.
Download a free copy of the whitepaper [pdf].
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
Developed in partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, this brochure provides education for health care providers and includes a brief overview, treatment considerations for college students, insulin and technology information, nutrition and exercise considerations, sick day planning, and more.
Download a free copy of the brochure through the ACHA Store.
Protecting Students from MenB: A Partnership with Pfizer
ACHF, in partnership with Pfizer, has developed two educational brochures for key stakeholders to bridge the gap of knowledge regarding MenB and MenB vaccines. These materials were developed specifically for college students and campus health professionals/administrators.
Projects In Progress
Understanding Vaccine Coverage on College Campuses: A Research Partnership with Pfizer, Inc.
In an effort to improve the knowledge base for vaccine completion rates and overall vaccine coverage among U.S. college and university students, ACHF, with support from Pfizer, has created a vaccine coverage survey. This survey, administered from August through October 2020 collected data on vaccines recommended for adolescent/young adult college students by ACIP, including HBV, HPV, Influenza, MenACWY, MenB, MMR, Td/Tdap, and varicella vaccines. These preliminary vaccine data are the serving as foundational knowledge and will eventually be used to provide benchmarking data for US campuses. A report of the findings will be available early 2021. A second administration of the survey is expected to occur in July 2021.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Provider Education: A Partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Acknowledging that campus health professionals are well positioned to help guide young adults at risk of acquiring HIV towards healthy choices, ACHF has partnered with Gilead Sciences, Inc. to create several new pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) publications for use by campus health service staff. The brochures have been reviewed and vetted by a team of highly regarded ACHA members who specialize in campus sexual health promotion and clinical care and will be available December 2020.
- Descovy® Implementation Guide: This brochure outlines the management of college students using the newest PrEP medication on the market and specifically addresses the needs of college students. This guide was developed in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc.
- Advancing Access: This short handout provides information to providers and health care staff about Gilead’s Patient Assistance Program so that they can help their students enroll. This handout was developed in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc.
- Student Access Card: This handout is meant to be given directly to students who are enrolling in Gilead’s Patient Assistance Program on their own. It specifically addresses some of the confidentiality concerns common among college students. This card was developed with financial support from Gilead Sciences, Inc.
- PrEP Medication Comparison for College Health Professionals: This printable pdf outlines the differences between the two most common PrEP medications. This document was developed with financial support from Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Measuring Well-being In A College Campus Setting: A Partnership with Aetna Student Health
Building on the work featured in the "Framing Well-Being in a College Campus Setting" white paper, the American College Health Foundation is collaborating with Aetna Student Health on an innovative project tentatively entitled "Measuring Emotional Well-Being in a College Campus Setting”.
In the Fall of 2020 and Spring of 2021, ACHF will be piloting a recently developed online survey tool. The survey features validated and reliable measures of emotional wellbeing. The Emotional Well-Being questions are assessing the dimensions of: Community & Belonging, Coping & Stress Management, Purpose & Meaning and Subjective well-being and are designed to assess students, staff and faculty. This tool is the first instrument of its kind designed for use with faculty, staff and students and will enable institutions to take a whole campus approach in using shared measures and collecting data related to emotional health. A report of the findings is expected by June 2021.
Addressing Well-Being on Campuses: A Partnership with UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
ACHA-NCHA data continue to show worrisome mental well-being trends among college students. In an effort to address these concerns, UnitedHealthcare Student Resources group and ACHF agreed to a three-year partnership focusing on two projects. Both projects are expected to be completed by December 2021.
The first, entitled “Wellstart” aims to create an online resilience tool for first year students. Wellstart will be a fully animated, four-part modular program focusing on core issues facing first year students; intro to college, loneliness, identity, and stress. A strategies library will also be included. Campuses will be provided access to this program for free. The program is being designed to incorporate additional topics as needed.
The second project, entitled “Playbook: Your Resource for Campus Mental Well-being Initiatives” is a repository for campus mental well-being programming. It will include programs with just a theoretical basis for existing to programs that are fully evaluated and published. Administrators will be able to search by topic, cost and other variables to find programming that meets their school’s needs.
Utilizing Social Media to Increase HPV Vaccination: A Partnership with Merck
According to the CDC, more than half of adolescents have not started or completed the HPV vaccine series. ACHF has partnered with Merck to create two social media toolkits and an infographic intended to increase awareness about the importance of HPV vaccination among young adults and their families. These social media images, accompanying messages and infographic will be available for use by December 2020.
Implementing Sexual Health Best Practices on Campus: A Partnership with Hologic
In January 2020, ACHA released guidelines entitled, “Best Practices for Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in College Health Settings.” The intent of the paper was to consolidate other ACHA guidance on topics such as expedited partner therapy (EPT), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, trans-inclusivity, sensitive exams and trauma-informed sexual violence prevention along with guidelines and best practices presented by other national organizations as a way to assist colleges and universities in the provision of sexual health services both in health promotion and clinical care—specifically through the lenses of public health and medicine. Acknowledging that many campuses were having difficulty turning best practices into successful policies and programming, ACHF partnered with Hologic to create a new toolkit called the Implementation Guide for Best Practices in Sexual Health in College Settings. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide a step-by-step method to implement the best practices outlined in the guidelines. In addition, Hologic sponsored two webinars focusing on campus sexual health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The toolkit will be available by December 2020.