CoVAC Events 2022-2023

We will be adding events on a rolling basis, so please check back often.

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The Trustworthiness Series
Health Literacy Series
Archive of Digital Media Marketing Training Series for College Personnel
Archive of Digital Media Marketing Training Series for Student Ambassadors
Archive of Other Events


CoVAC is offering an exciting line-up of professional education to begin in January. Information about the availability of CE credit is forthcoming.

Storytelling: A technique to build professional resilience and student wellbeing

2.0 units of CME, CHES and MCHES available. This activity has been submitted to Montana Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Montana Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Storytelling can help us reconnect with our purpose, motivate others to engage in protective health behaviors, increase trust with the communities we serve, and help build the case for college health. 

Up to 40 college health professionals will have the opportunity to participate in a small cohort workshop experience over two hour-long sessions led by Matt Lewis, PhD, an expert on the use of narrative. In the first session, participants will learn about the benefits of storytelling, and practice developing their “story of self.” In the second session, participants will learn to engage the campus community in storytelling to advance student health and wellbeing initiatives. Continuing education credits are pending. 

Because space is limited, those interested must complete a brief application. We will select applicants based on the following criteria:

  • Firm commitment to attending both sessions in one of the cohorts
  • Comfort discussing your own experience working in campus health, particularly over the last two years
  • Demonstrated interest in implementing storytelling strategies to advance student health and wellbeing on your campus
  • Geographic and institutional diversity

Those selected to participate must commit to being present at both sessions of their cohort. Two separate cohorts will be offered:

Wednesday Cohort: April 12th and April 26th, 3-4 pm ET 

Friday Cohort: April 14th and April 28th, 12-1 pm ET

Applications are due by March 16th 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT. Accepted applicants will be notified by end of day March 17th.

Please contact Claudia Trevor-Wright, Project Director, at with any questions.


The Trustworthiness Series – The Foundation for Health and Wellbeing on Campus

Significant portions of Gen Z report mistrust of higher education. To be successful in any public health or student wellbeing initiative, campus leaders and health professionals must demonstrate trustworthiness to the community. This series will help participants understand and apply the principles of trustworthiness to their work, and educate campus leaders on the importance of cultivating and protecting students’ trust. Register here:

The Importance of Trustworthiness in College Health and Higher Education

January 27, 2023; 12-1 PM ET  
Jennifer Bretsch, MS, CPHQ, LSSG, Manager, Health Care Quality and Public Health Initiatives, Director of Programs, AAMC Center for Health Justice, Association of American Medical Colleges 
Shannon Calderone, PhD, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Washington State University, College of Education; Rahul Choudaha, PhD, Managing Director of Higher Education, Morning Consult

The 10 Principles of Trustworthiness  

February 10, 2023; 12-1:30 PM ET  
Philip M. Alberti, PhD, Senior Director, Health Equity Research & Policy, Founding Director, AAMC Center for Health Justice, Association of American Medical College

Applying Principles of Trustworthiness to Peer Education Programs

March 24, 2023; 12-2 PM ET 
Jennifer Bretsch, MS, CPHQ, LSSG, Manager, Health Care Quality and Public Health Initiatives, Director of Programs, AAMC Center for Health Justice, Association of American Medical Colleges 
Claudia Trevor-Wright, MA, JD, MCHES CoVAC Initiative  

Facts or Fakes? Promoting Health Literacy Skills with Your Students

Nearly 40% of Gen Z prefer to get their health information from Tik Tok. This five-part webinar series will provide tools for campus personnel to use when working with students to help them navigate misinformation, disinformation, and the infodemic. Register here:

Health Literacy 101

January 10, 2023; 12-1 PM ET
Moderator: Tiffany Martinez-Durant, MS, MCHES, UNM Student Health and Counseling Education and Outreach Manager, Member of CoVAC Initiative Standing Review Committee
Speaker: Jennifer Dillaha, MD, Director of the Arkansas Department of Health and the State Health Officer for Arkansas and member of the National Academies Roundtable on Health Literacy

Recording, slides, and handouts available here.

Digital Wellbeing and Mental Health: Helping Me is Helping We

February 21, 2023; 12 – 1 PM ET
Moderator: Keith Anderson, PhD, FACHA, Member of CoVAC Initiative Standing Review Committee
Speaker: Joseph T. Yun, PhD, Artificial Intelligence Architect, Office of the CIO Research Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Affiliate, Pitt Cyber and The Collaboratory Against Hate University of Pittsburgh

Debunking Fake News

March 7, 2023; 12-1 PM ET
Moderator: Anita Barkin, MSN, DrPH, NP-C, Member of CoVAC Initiative Standing Review Committee
Speakers: Joel Breakstone, PhD, Director, Stanford History Education Group; Jevin West, PhD, Associate Professor, Co-founder, Center for an Informed Public, Information School, University of Washington

Confronting Misinformation in our Circles of Influence

April 18, 2023; 12-1 PM ET
Moderator: Sarah Van Orman, MD, MMM, FACHA, Associate Vice Provost for Student Health, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, CoVAC Initiative Advisory Committee Co-Chair
Speaker: Claire Wardle, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health and Co-Director, Information Futures Lab

Managing the Infodemic: Getting Started

May 9, 2023; 12-1 PM ET
Moderator: Giang T. Nguyen, MD, MPH, MSCE, FAAFP, Associate Provost for Campus Health and Wellbeing, Harvard University, Executive Director, Harvard University Health Services, CoVAC Initiative Advisory Committee Co-Chair
Speakers: Chris Voegeli, PhD, MPH, Behavioral Scientist and Acting Vaccine Confidence and Demand Lead, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Immunization Services Division, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ;Tina Purnat, Team Lead for Infodemic Management in the Unit for High Impact Events Preparedness, Department of Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO)

ARCHIVE Meet Them Where They Are: Digital Media Marketing Training Series

CoVAC partnered with Youth Marketing Connection to offer a series of monthly training opportunities for college personnel to learn best practices in digital media marketing for student audiences. All sessions were recorded and are posted here for viewing.


Building on Your Experience/Lessons Learned

Recorded May 3, 2022

Paid Social Media Campaigns

Recorded April 5, 2022

Social Media—Introducing New Campaigns (Mid-to-Advanced Level)

Recorded March 8, 2022

Social Media—Establishing a Presence (Intro Level)

Recorded February 8, 2022

Gen-Z Communication, Behaviors, Overview

Recorded January 11, 2022


ARCHIVE - Upping Your Social Game: Digital Media Marketing Training Series for Student Ambassadors

CoVAC partnered with Youth Marketing Connection to offer a series of monthly training opportunities for peer educators to learn best practices in digital media marketing for student audiences. Sessions were recorded and are posted here for viewing. 


Lessons Learned

Recorded May 11, 2022

Managing Burnout + Staying Organized

Recorded April 13, 2022

Planning + Executing On-Campus Events

Recorded March 16, 2022

Social Media Best Practices

Recorded February 23, 2022

Conflict De-Escalation

Recorded January 19, 2022

Other Past Events

Institutional Level Solutions to Reduce Employee Burnout

Many methods for addressing burnout put the burden on the individual to develop personal resilience. What might be done at the institution/community-level to reduce the conditions that produce burnout in the first place? In this free webinar, you will learn community-level strategies for ameliorating burnout. A faculty researcher and senior administrator panel will discuss how policies, cultural norms and leadership reduce burnout on their campuses, and they will offer suggestions for how you can advance solutions at your institution. This is a collaborative event with ACHA, ACE, and CUPA-HR.


Public Health Messaging Can be Funny Too!

The Communications team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health balances important public health messages with humor and pop culture trends in their Instagram posts, memes, reels, and more. CoVAC Digital Media Consultant and MPH student Ari Villanueva interviews Nick Moran, Associate Director of Audience Development, in this short video with tips for other campus communicators.

Through Struggle and Perseverance: The Disabled Student Experience on a COVID-19 Campus

Two years have passed since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic and campuses are still working through strategies, resources, and support in response to all that the pandemic has shifted in higher education. Disabled students arguably have faced the most challenges in relation to how they have responded to COVID-19 and managed their academic progress as well as their own health and wellness during the pandemic. And yet, disabled students arguably have persevered the most throughout all of the challenges of the past two years, even highlighting the ways in which COVID-19 illuminated how ableist and disability-unfriendly campuses were prior to the start of the pandemic. This recorded webinar explores the ways in which disabled students have traversed the past two years, supports that may exist on your campus for disabled students, and how you can be a support in their pursuit of health and wellness.

Presenter: Spencer Scruggs, Director of Student Accessibility Services at Trinity University



Data Highlights of COVID on Campus

In this presentation recorded on January 20,2022, Christine Kukich, MS, Research Analyst at ACHA, and Gary Langer, President, Langer Research Associates, share Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 data highlights from two sources: the ACHA-NCHA and a series of Axios-Ipsos polls.