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Updated April 7, 2021

News and Updates 

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccination: Don't Delay the First Dose

April 21, 2021
ACHA urges college students to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and not to delay initiation until they reach their summer destination. Read more

Pulse Survey Report: Mass Vaccination Efforts

April 7, 2021
ACHA’s COVID-19 Task Force conducted a pulse survey between March 15th and March 19th, 2021, to collect data related to plans for conducting on-campus mass vaccination clinics before June 1, 2021. Schools were asked if they plan to conduct a mass vaccination clinic, when they expect to do so, and who they plan to vaccinate.

Upcoming Webinars

Updated April 28, 2021

Welcoming International Students to Campus: Considerations for Travel, Vaccinations, Testing, and Quarantine
Friday, May 7, at 3:00 pm ET
Two international experts will discuss issues related to international students, including the current CDC guidance and additional considerations for students, staff, and faculty. The session will also cover international vaccine status, study abroad issues, Visa considerations, and Xenophobia and other concerns for international students. 

EQUITY SERIES SESSION 1: Connect Before You Correct: How to Host Listening Sessions to Inform COVID-19 Mitigation and Vaccination Strategies on Campus
Friday, May 21, at 3:00 pm ET
Join us as we discuss the necessity of acknowledging the totality of COVID-19's disparate impact on marginalized communities and the value of listening to these communities to better understand the root causes of mistrust in the health care system and vaccine refusal. Attendees will receive guidance on how they can examine their own practices and procedures—and biases and assumptions—to address the needs of marginalized communities in the short- and long-term.

EQUITY SERIES SESSION 2: Building Trust and Confidence for the Long Term: How to Design Campus COVID-19 Mitigation and Vaccination Strategies That Address the Needs of Marginalized Communities
Friday, July 9, at 3:00 pm ET
Join us as we discuss how campus personnel can leverage inclusive and expansive evidence-based practices to inform equitable mitigation and vaccination strategies. Topics to be covered include how to incorporate listening session results into campus mitigation and vaccination strategies; how to build trust and confidence by developing communications and practices, policies, and protocols that respond to the needs and experiences of marginalized communities; and how to partner with trusted community members to deliver credible messaging.

ACHA Resources

ACHA COVID-19 Guidelines and Briefs

 

Behavioral Change Approaches to Reduce the Spread of SARS-CoV-2

ACHA, in partnership with CDC, developed a document to provide 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. This compendium is part of a new ACHA project, the Higher Education COVID-19 Community of Practice (HECCOP). Tell us about the approaches that your campus has been successful in using to reduce transmission by filling out this form

COVID-19 Testing

On September 30, 2020, CDC released Testing, Screening, and Outbreak Response for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs). The ACHA COVID-19 Task Force will review its previously released briefs on testing in light of the CDC guidelines.

Checklists for Reopening Campus Medical Services Operations and Mental Health Service Operations

The ACHA COVID-19 Task Force has created two documents to assist with reopening operations, one specific to reopening medical services, and one to reopening mental health services. These resources were developed as a companion to the ACHA Guidelines: Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era, and are intended to assist directors and staff in assessing their readiness and preparation for reopening as well as serve as a guidepost for reinstituting and modifying services in the changed world of COVID-19.

The Impact of COVID-19 on College Student Well-Being

ACHA, in collaboration with the Healthy Minds Network, developed a new set of survey items related to students’ experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. The new items focused on students’ attitudes, concerns, preventive behaviors, and their perceived supportiveness of colleges and universities related to COVID-19. View a brief data report which presents results from 18,764 students on 14 campuses that participated in the surveys from late March through May 2020.

ACHA Survey Reports on Health Centers' Pandemic Operating Status and Response

ACHA's COVID-19 Task Force has been developing and administering surveys to collect critical data to assist in the study of the COVID-19 pandemic event. The results included in several of these reports, "The COVID-19 Pandemic's Effect on Campus Health Services," represent a snapshot of the college health services' operating status and response at the time the surveys were conducted, while others included lessons learned:

Weekly Update from COVID-19 Task Force

 

Archived Webinars, Q&As, and Events

Webinars, Workshops, and Q&As


Hot Topic: Commencement—Virtual, Hybrid, or In-Person? Public Health Considerations and Decision Making

Recorded March 26, 2021
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Hot Topic: COVID-19 Variants – Which Ones Should We Worry About and How Do We Deal With Them?

Recorded March 12, 2021
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Let's Talk Campus Vaccines: Routine, COVID-19, and Everything in Between

Recorded March 5, 2021. Hosted by American College Health Foundation with support from GlaxoSmithKline.
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COVID-19 Mitigation At Rural, Small and Medium Sized Institutions: Solutions From the Field

Recorded February 26, 2021
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ACHF Webinar: Case Studies: Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era

Recorded November 13, 2020. Sponsored by ACHF with support from Hologic.
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ACHA COVID-19 Task Force “Ask the Experts”: Creating Support Systems for Students in Isolation and Quarantine

Recorded November 6, 2020
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ACHA COVID-19 Task Force “Ask the Experts”: Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine—Systems for Small, Medium, and Large Colleges and Universities

Recorded October 23, 2020
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ACHA COVID-19 Task Force “Ask the Experts”: SARS-CoV-2 Testing

Recorded October 9, 2020
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CDC  and ACHA COVID-19 Task Force “Ask the Experts”: Wastewater Surveillance

Recorded September 25, 2020 
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ACHF Webinar: (Re)Introducing Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era

Recorded September 25, 2020. Sponsored by ACHF with support from Hologic.
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ACHA Reopening Guidelines Q&A: Focus on Contact Tracing

Recorded May 29, 2020
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ACHA Reopening Guidelines Q&A: Focus on Housing

Recorded May 22, 2020
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Reopening Campus Q&A: A General Overview of the ACHA Guidelines

Recorded May 15, 2020
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Public Health and College Health Working Together: Q&A

Recorded May 1, 2020
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COVID-19 Q&A: Topical Issues

Recorded April 17, 2020
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NFID COVID-19 Update: Preparedness and Response on U.S. College Campuses

Recorded April 15, 2020. Co-hosted by ACHA.
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Mental Health in the COVID-19 Era: Q&A

Recorded April 3, 2020
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Telehealth in the COVID-19 Era: Q&A

Recorded March 27, 2020 
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Update on COVID-19: Q&A

Recorded March 20, 2020 
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ACHA COVID-19 Webinar: Updates, Resources, and Guidelines

Recorded March 18, 2020. Hosted in partnership with Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).
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COVID-19 Virtual Summits


Vaccines

Mass Vaccination Guidance and Resources

The ACHA COVID-19 task force has gathered this list of resources to assist members in planning for mass vaccination clinics. See also this message from ACHA leadership regarding advocacy for SARS-CoV-2 vaccination of college health professionals.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Healthcare Professionals and Jurisdictions provides information on:

  • Product Info by US Vaccine
  • Clinical Considerations
  • Provider Requirements and Support
  • Training and Education
  • Recipient Education
  • Planning & Partnerships
  • Vaccination Toolkits
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Data Systems

At the above link, see the following items which may be especially useful for campuses and campus health centers:

COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Medical Centers, Clinics, and Clinicians
This toolkit includes ready-made materials you can use to inform your healthcare teams and other staff.

V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health checks after someone receives the COVID-19 vaccine. Once registered, the vaccine recipient will receive a daily text reminder to check in and answer survey questions about health. Depending on their answers, someone from CDC may call. V-safe will also remind recipients when to get the follow-up vaccination.

FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Updates and Resources

FDA provides updates and information on vaccines that have received emergency use authorization (EUA). See “COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Emergency Use” for more information on common side effects, fact sheets for health care providers administering vaccine, and FAQs for each of the vaccines that have received EUA.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

This page provides links to key COVID-19 vaccine resource pages from IAC, CDC, and other partners. 
See also: COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines: What Clinic Personnel Need to Know  

CDC Seasonal Flu Resources

CDC’s seasonal flu vaccination campaign materials are available to assist partners in communicating about the importance of vaccination. Includes digital and social media toolkits. Also provided are mass vaccination guidance.

Situation Updates

WHO Emergency Public Dashboard: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation
The World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergency Dashboard is a platform which aims to share information about public health events and emergencies. The data on the dashboard is refreshed every fifteen (15) minutes and data is accurate as at time of refreshing.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) is tracking the COVID-19 spread in real-time in an interactive dashboard with data available for download.

Statista
Provides retrospective counts of new U.S. cases by date.

COVIDView
A weekly surveillance summary of U.S. COVID-19 activity. The report summarizes and interprets key indicators including information related to COVID-19 outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as laboratory data.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington
Provides projections for all 50 states on when the projected peak of the pandemic will occur.

CDC Situation Updates:

 

Information and Resources for Campuses

See also ACHA Resources above.

CDC Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education

This interim guidance is intended to help administrators of public and private institutions of higher education (IHE) prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students, staff, and faculty.

CDC Guidance for Student Foreign Travel for Institutions of Higher Education

On March 1, CDC provided guidance to institutes of higher education (IHEs) for student foreign travel.

See the ACHA COVID-19 Task Force discussion of this guidance in the COVID-19 Update, March 5.

Communicating Information About COVID-19 to the Campus Community

CDC Communication Resources

CDC offers free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters. See this page to access current communication tools and resources available for use and distribution.

Event Planning Guidance

Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings

This document from the World Health Organization outlines key planning considerations for organizers of mass gatherings in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Information for Travelers

CDC COVID-19 Information for Travelers

State Department Travel Advisories

Institute for Disease Modeling COVID-19 InfoHub

The Institute for Disease Modeling’s (IDM) InfoHub contains epidemiological information and analyses about COVID-19 performed in the context of rapidly changing and dynamic circumstances. Critical information will be disseminated as quickly as possible. Features include this Glossary of Epidemiological Terms.

Resources for Health Care Providers

Information for Health Care Providers, First Responders, and Research Facilities

Nebraska Medicine: COVID-19 Resources for Providers

Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have led the world in treatment, training, and quarantine methods for highly infectious diseases since caring for patients during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. See their COVID-19 resources for providers.

Courses and Other Educational Resources

Online COVID-19 Course from WHO

WHO is providing a free, short online course: Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

ACCME Novel Coronavirus Education Resources: Accredited CME Activities

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has created a list of accredited continuing education (CE) activities and additional resources that can help the CE provider and clinician community respond to the novel coronavirus public health emergency. Many of these activities are available at low or no cost.

ACHA COVID-19 Webinar

ACHA, the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), and the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC) partnered for this webinar (held March 6, 2020) on the current state of COVID-19, practical considerations for your campus, and more. 

Protecting Health Care Workers

WHO Guidance on COVID-19 Outbreak: Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities of Health Workers

CDC: What Healthcare Personnel Should Know about Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection

Licensure and Telehealth

HIPAA and FERPA Information

 

Mental Health

See additional resources under Licensure and Telehealth.

Other Resources

Literature Hub

LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 1200 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.

Providing Facilities and Support to Hospitals

Tufts University is providing this Operational, Legal and Risk Considerations for Colleges and Universities outline that institutions can consider when entering into agreements to share their residential halls, grounds, and other campus facilities with hospitals, cities, and other entities in the fight against COVID-19. Tufts has also created this mathematical modeling tool to connect hospitals to nearby college campuses.

Patient Tools

CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker

The purpose of the Coronavirus Self-Checker is to help people make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19. This system is intended only for people who are currently located in the United States.

Other


 

ACHA Partners with Project N95

Project N95, a volunteer organization, is the national COVID-19 clearinghouse for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical medical equipment. They are a rapid response non-profit organization whose mission is to get critical equipment into the hands of frontline workers as quickly as possible. 

If you need PPE or medical equipment, we encourage you to submit a request for equipment to Project N95. When you submit this request, please make sure to note that you heard about Project N95 through ACHA. If you have questions, you can contact Project N95 at requests@projectn95.org.