Higher Education COVID-19 Community of Practice (HECCOP)

The Higher Education COVID-19 Community of Practice (HECCOP) is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-CK20-2003.


HECCOP is an inclusive and connected community of personnel and students from institutions of higher education working together to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission on college campuses and in their surrounding communities. Through peer-to-peer collaborative activities, members of HECCOP will come together virtually to share information and innovative solutions, build knowledge, develop expertise, and solve problems aimed at reducing SARS-CoV-2.

What Is a Community of Practice?

A community of practice is a group of persons who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting regularly.1 The three distinct elements that comprise a community of practice are 1) a community that enables interaction (such as discussions, collaborative activities, and relationship building); 2) an identity defined by a shared domain of interest (such as COVID-19 mitigation efforts within higher education communities); and 3) a shared practice of experiences, tools, methods, and ways of addressing recurring problems.

Resources and Tools

HECCOP includes the following resources and tools for institutions of higher education:

Compendium of Behavioral Change Approaches

This compendium, Behavioral Change Approaches to Promote COVID-19 Mitigation Behaviors Among Students, provides examples of behavioral change approaches implemented by colleges and universities to promote everyday strategies that reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2. ACHA is working to turn the existing document into a searchable online directory and is asking for IHEs to submit their programs and policies for inclusion in the directory.

Access the Compendium

Discussion Forum

The HECCOP online discussion forum provides a place to engage on topics related to COVID-19 behavioral mitigation strategies on campus (such as masking, handwashing, and physical distancing). In this online community, we invite you to learn from others, share what's working on your campus, and be a part of the conversation on the behavioral change approaches that can make our campuses safer. The forum, hosted in ACHA's online member community platform ACHA Connect, is open to both ACHA members and non-members, as well as stakeholders from all areas of campus (health and wellness services, student affairs, residence life, dining services, facilities, and more).


How to Join

ACHA Members:

ACHA members will be automatically enrolled in this forum and can unsubscribe at any time. To access this forum as well as many other discussion forums, simply log in to ACHA Connect.

We are providing free access to this forum for non-members who complete this enrollment request form. Once enrolled, non-members will have access to the HECCOP forum.

If you are not an ACHA member but would like to join, you’ll have access to the HECCOP community as well as many others, like the main discussion forum where over 4,000 college health and wellness professionals are having daily conversations and sharing documents and resources. If your school is a member, then you are eligible for an individual membership at no cost. 

Webinar/Workshop Series

ACHA is hosting a series of webinars and workshops to provide opportunities for higher education personnel to discuss behavioral strategies to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission. In these webinars/workshops, presenters will share solutions from the field to promote timely COVID-19 behavioral risk mitigation and examine the role of partnerships in campus and campus-community mitigation response. Leadership, ethical, and equity considerations related to behavioral mitigation strategies will be addressed in these sessions. Recordings of past events are available.

HECCOP Event Directory

Student Ambassador Toolkit

This Train-the-Trainer Toolkit will be available soon.

Steering Committee

A growing list of partner organizations includes:

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I)
  • COVID Collaborative
  • NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)
  • NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation