What Is ACHA’s College Health and Well-Being Data Hub?

The American College Health Association (ACHA)'s College Health and Well-Being Data Hub (“ACHA Data Hub”) is a multi-year project designed to help advance educational achievement and health equity among young adults attending institutions of higher education throughout the United States. ACHA created the Data Hub in response to the growing need for a composite view of college health and wellness across college campuses. The project is ACHA’s first truly comprehensive effort to bring together student healthcare data that can be harnessed by stakeholders at all levels to support student achievement most effectively.

The ACHA Data Hub offers a national college health data warehouse and analytical tool that links:

  • Health care utilization at campus-based health centers;
  • Administrative data on campus-based services and programs;
  • Information about the campus health environment including key policies;
  • Population health survey data including health risk behaviors;
  • Student demographic data including academic performance; and
  • Institutional demographic characteristics

The ACHA Data Hub will leverage Microsoft PowerBI to deliver pre-designed interactive reports, linking multiple data sources, while also giving users the ability to create customized reports. Within each report, users will be able to apply several institutional and student-level filters, save customized reports, and export data visualizations. With access to the ACHA Data Hub, you will be able to benchmark your institution to similar institutions to inform sound decision-making and identify improvement opportunities.

Project Goals and Objectives

The purpose of the ACHA Data Hub is to enable data-driven decision-making that results in the improved health of college students nationwide. ACHA Data Hub objectives include:

  • Integrating existing ACHA data and other data sources from institutional members nationwide, into a robust data visualization and reporting tool.
  • Empowering institutions to monitor data trends in student health & well-being and glean insights from connecting student behavior data with policy and administrative data.
  • Providing access to integrated data to improve college health and well-being centers’ quality and efficiency through enhanced benchmarking tools and the sharing of results of data-driven interventions.
  • Enabling data-driven decision-making by measuring health status and outcomes against academic performance and retention.

Data Sources

The Data Hub will connect and build upon several existing projects and data sources. These include:

  • ACHA Institutional Profile Survey (ACHA-IPS): starting in late 2018, all ACHA institutional members are asked to submit information about the scope of health and wellness services at campus health and counseling centers, staff and administrative support, and wellness programs and policies. Additional information focuses on facility metrics, budget, service eligibility, and billing. Institutional members will be asked to update this information annually for the most recent academic year.
  • The ACHA-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) has been administered to over 2.4 million college students since 2000 and provides robust national information about college student health status, health risk behaviors, health attitudes, and challenges to their academic performance. The ACHA Data Hub will offer a robust data visualization tool for NCHA participating schools.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS provides campus-level data about institutional characteristics. Each institution in the IPEDS system has a unique IPEDS identification number and is the ID used to link data sources within the Data Hub.
In future years, we aim to integrate additional data sources into the ACHA Data Hub to expand insights about how to improve the health and well-being of college campus communities. These might include:

 

  • ACHA Well-Being Assessment
  • ACHA Sexual Health Services Survey
  • Electronic health record data from member institutions
  • Student health insurance claims data