Eager to engage students in risk mitigation but unsure how to begin? Our toolkit will help you create a student ambassador program to promote healthy behaviors using positive reinforcement.
Thoughtful, compassionate response to the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing. Even on campuses with high vaccination rates, there may be situations or settings where risk mitigation behaviors are still necessary. On campuses with low to moderate vaccination rates, individuals will need to assess personal and community risk on an ongoing basis and may choose to engage in risk-mitigation behaviors even if not required to do so. And, campuses will need to be responsive to variants, outbreaks, waning effectiveness of vaccines and seasonal flu. Student ambassadors can be a powerful component of an overall campus risk-mitigation strategy.
This toolkit was published August 2021 as part of the ACHA and CDC Higher Education COVID-19 Community of Practice (HECCOP) project.
Our toolkit includes the following components:
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Creating a student ambassador program can help promote healthy behaviors and stop the spread of COVID-19. Student ambassadors can be a powerful force for behavior change on campus. That’s why the American College Health Association (ACHA) developed this guide and the Student Ambassador Toolkit — to help you create a student ambassador program that works for your campus.
As students come back to campus, everyone probably has a lot of questions about COVID-19 — like how to socialize safely and follow campus guidelines. As a student ambassador, you can help answer those questions by creating your own educational materials about COVID-19 prevention, with help from this guide.
As a student ambassador, you’ve made a commitment to educate your campus community about COVID-19 and help everyone stay healthy and safe. One way to do that is to lead a COVID-19 prevention workshop on campus. By leading a workshop, you can teach other students how to follow campus guidelines, socialize safely, and cope with the stress of readjusting to campus life. You can use this lesson plan to develop your own interactive workshop.