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American College Health Association Workshop Explores Practical Uses
for Research Data on College Student Health, Behavior, and Learning

Baltimore, MD -- November 1, 2005 -- Collecting and applying research data on the health of college students will be addressed at the American College Health Association (ACHA) workshop, "Using the ACHA-National College Health Assessment to Examine the Health Status and Health Needs of Your Students." The workshop will be held December 1-2, 2005 in Washington, D.C. at the Academy for Educational Development Conference Center.

The American College Health Association developed the ACHA-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) to assist health service providers, faculty, researchers, and student affairs professionals in collecting data about students' habits, behaviors, and perceptions on the most prevalent health topics: alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; mental and physical health; weight, nutrition, and exercise; personal safety and violence; and sexual health. The survey now provides the largest known comprehensive data set on the health of college students -- approximately 245,000 students at 400 colleges and universities have participated.

The workshop will explore data collection using the ACHA-NCHA, as well as how to then use the data to enhance the health and academic success of college students. Topics will include: top health-related issues affecting students' academic performance; law and policy perspectives surrounding student suicide; developing services to address specific populations; using data to increase resources for clinical and prevention services; and using data to develop programs addressing tobacco, alcohol, and mental health issues.

Sessions and panel discussions will be presented by noted professionals in their respective fields who have experience in research methodology, health promotion programming, and key campus issues. The workshop's keynote speaker is Cheryl M. Callahan, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and past president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Gary Pavela, JD, Director of Judicial Programs at University of Maryland-College Park, will be a plenary speaker. Morton Silverman, MD, senior advisor for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, will also be a featured speaker.

The American College Health Association, the nation's principal advocate and leadership organization for college and university health, represents a diverse membership that provides and supports the delivery of health care and prevention and wellness services for the nation's 16 million college students. Ongoing efforts such as the ACHA-NCHA help the association advocate for student health by integrating the critical role of college health into the mission of higher education. For more information, visit



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