Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Coalition

If you would like to learn more about this group or have a question related to this topic, contact the chairperson listed below. Please search by last name in the Membership Directory to locate an email address or contact them through the online member forum ACHA Connect [login required].

The purpose of the ACHA Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Coalition is:

  • To maintain an active group of multi-disciplinary individuals committed to enhancing the efforts to identify alcohol and other drug use as a leading health and safety issue on our respective campuses.
  • To be a mechanism for the exchange of information, resources, and tools to address the many impacts that student ATOD use and abuse has on a college campus.
  • To identify and disseminate best practices addressing ATOD issues.
  • To provide continuing education, advocacy, and professional development across ACHA.

Vision and Goals

In the Spring of 2010, the ATOD Coalition developed a Vision and Goals Statement to guide the work of the group.  They also developed a comprehensive set of objectives specific to marijuana [pdf] .  It is the intention of the Coalition to develop additional objectives relevant to all ATOD issues.

ATOD Coalition Vision
ACHA will be a recognized source of accurate, unbiased ATOD use, abuse, prevention, and treatment information accessed and used by college health professionals in the development of appropriate, effective interventions for promotion of related college health issues.

ATOD Coalition Goals
The ATOD Coalition goals related to ATOD are to support and encourage institutional efforts on college campuses to:

  1. Reduce negative consequences (physical, emotional, and academic) related to ATOD use;
  2. Advocate for research, outcome studies, and demonstrated effective interventions;
  3. Disseminate information to membership; and
  4. Build a consensus within the Association regarding appropriate goals and objectives relating to ATOD use on campus.

Please note: Any ACHA individual member (Regular, Student, Associate, or Emeritus) may join a coalition; however, only Regular Individual and Student Members may vote or hold office in a coalition.

Volunteer LeaderOrganizationPositionAlpha by Last Name
Jonah Neville, MS, CHES, CWHCWake Forest UniversityCo-ChairNEVILLE, JONAHATOD
Gabriella ButtryUniversity of GeorgiaCo-ChairBUTTRY, GABRIELLAATOD
Nancy Russell, DNP, FNP-BCJohns Hopkins UniversityBoard LiaisonRUSSELL, NANCYATOD
Taylor KlennerAmerican College Health AssociationStaff LiaisonKLENNER, TAYLORATOD

How to Join this Coalition

Getting involved in a coalition is a great way to:

  • Join forces with other college health professionals to work on the issues most meaningful to you.
  • Stay abreast of the latest news on specific issues.
  • Assist ACHA in promoting healthy campus communities and advancing the health of college students.
  • Maximize your membership investment.

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Coalitions provide a multi-disciplinary, topic-oriented organizational mechanism with broad geographic representation for continuing education; advocacy; knowledge; standards; and professional development. They enhance channels of communication among members with different professional backgrounds to address common issues in college health and expand membership participation opportunities in the association. Coalitions serve as an information and consultative resource for ACHA members and other communities of interest, and help create informational and educational resources, guidelines, and/or best practices. They are available to advise the Board of Directors on relevant policy issues and plan, solicit, or facilitate programming at ACHA and affiliate annual meetings.