About the HECCOP Project

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. Program content is solely the responsibility of ACHA and does not necessarily reflect the official views of CDC.


HECCOP is a collaboration of diverse disciplines within higher education. HECCOP leverages the expertise and resources of its members to create and cultivate a community of practice for institutions of higher education (IHEs) on the topic of COVID-19 behavioral mitigation efforts. Through peer-to-peer collaborative activities, members of HECCOP come together virtually to share information, build knowledge, develop expertise, and solve problems aimed at reducing SARS-CoV-2.

HECCOP focuses on COVID-19 behavioral mitigation efforts, such as masking, handwashing, physical distancing, and testing. The community includes students and college health and wellness professionals as well as those in residence life, dining services, student affairs, athletics, recreation, facilities, and more.

To support the Community of Practice, ACHA is offering:

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.


Our vision is to create an inclusive and connected community of campus personnel and students working together to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission on college campuses and in their surrounding communities. Continuing onward, we seek to sustain our community of practice to address post-pandemic needs.

HECCOP Mission

Our mission is to reduce SARS-CoV-2 on college campuses and in their surrounding communities by leveraging the expertise and resources of HECCOP members to strengthen COVID-19 behavioral change mitigation efforts.