FAQs

Questions


  1. What is the connection between Healthy Campus and Healthy People?
  2. Where do I find more information about Healthy People 2020?
  3. Why should I use Healthy Campus on my campus? Why is Healthy Campus important to my work? How will Healthy Campus benefit my institution?
  4. Our campus has never had a Healthy Campus initiative. Where should we start?
  5. Do I need to follow the exact objectives as written? Can I write my own?
  6. How do we set targets?
  7. How much does it cost to implement Healthy Campus 2020?
  8. I was hoping that I would see objectives in a topic area not addressed. Why do the objectives not include certain health topics?
  9. I do not work in the campus health center. How does this relate to my work?
  10. I am not a member of American College Health Association (ACHA). Can I still use Healthy Campus 2020?
  11. Why are there objectives related to faculty and staff? I thought Healthy Campus 2020 was for students.
  12. I work in a student health center and we do not provide services to faculty and staff. Can we still use these objectives and resources?
  13. How often does Healthy Campus get updated?
  14. What recommendations do you have for readings for continuing my education on Healthy Campus 2020?
  15. Why was a web-based format selected for 2020?
  16. Can I quote, reprint, or use content from Healthy Campus 2020?
  17. How do I cite Healthy Campus 2020?

Answers


Why Use Healthy Campus


1. What is the connection between Healthy Campus and Healthy People?

Healthy People 2020 is a set of nearly 600 evidence-based national health objectives spanning 42 topic areas that were written with the goal of improving the health of all Americans over the next 10 years. The American College Health Association convened the Healthy Campus Coalition, a multidisciplinary team that worked to determine the Healthy People objectives most relevant to the campus community and provide a national, campus-focused data source that can be used to measure, track, and benchmark. Topic areas and objectives were selected, and a comprehensive set of evidence-based tools and resources were adapted from Healthy People 2020 to support Healthy Campus 2020 efforts.    >> top

2. Where do I find more information about Healthy People 2020?

http://www.healthypeople.gov    >> top

3. Why should I use Healthy Campus on my campus? Why is Healthy Campus important to my work? How will Healthy Campus benefit my institution?

Healthy Campus topic areas and objectives provide institutions the opportunity to benchmark individual campus data against national data and targets.

Healthy Campus 2020 can assist campus professionals with:

  • Accessing tools and data to enable campuses to achieve national targets
  • Determining health priorities
  • Setting measurable health goals for their campuses and/or
  • Measuring success and areas of improvement using nationally recognized assessment tools and data sets    >> top

How to Use Healthy Campus


4. Our campus has never had a Healthy Campus initiative. Where should we start?

Beginning a Healthy Campus initiative is exciting and potentially overwhelming. We recommend using the MAP-IT (Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement and Track) framework.

  • Mobilize partners. Gather potential partners to discuss the vision and mission of the initiative. Consider all the stakeholders who should be involved.
  • Assess the needs of your community. What are your needs and strengths? Consider starting with health impediments to academic success.
  • Create and implement a plan to reach Healthy Campus 2020 objectives.
  • Track your campus’ progress with continued assessment.

If your campus collects American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) data, many campuses like to start by examining the identified academic impediments.    >> top

5. Do I need to follow the exact objectives as written? Can I write my own?

Healthy Campus 2020 does not represent all relevant and important health objectives for every campus. Healthy Campus topic areas and objectives were selected based on not only their relevance to college health but also the availability of a national, campus-focused data source. Campuses with unique needs may choose objectives beyond those listed within Healthy Campus 2020, particularly if campus-specific or local data is available to measure and track the additional objective(s). We recommend using Healthy People 2020 as a guiding document for objectives outside of Healthy Campus 2020.    >> top

6. How do we set targets?

Healthy Campus 2020 targets follow the example of Healthy People 2020 and are mostly set based upon 10% improvement. For your campus, start with an objective. For example:

Academic Impact-1.4: Reduce the proportion of students who report that their academic performance was adversely affected by sleep difficulties in the past 12 months.

If your baseline data showed that 20% of your students were affected, to find the target for your campus:

  1. Multiply the baseline amount by 10%
    20 x 0.10 = 2
  2. Because your campus wants to reduce the number of students impacted, subtract the amount in #1 from the baseline to find your target.
    20% - 2% = 18%.

For more in-depth information about target setting see the MAP-IT worksheet on Setting Targets.    >> top

7. How much does it cost to implement Healthy Campus 2020?

There is no cost to access the Healthy Campus 2020 objectives, resources, or tools. The cost of implementation of Healthy Campus 2020 on your campus varies widely. Your campus can determine a budget that is based on your campus’ needs and resources available to meeting specific objectives.    >> top

8. I was hoping that I would see objectives in a topic area not addressed. Why do the objectives not include certain health topics?

Based on feedback from ACHA members and other higher education professionals, the multidisciplinary Healthy Campus Coalition focused on the 11 topic areas most relevant to the college community AND with a national data source. To determine relevance, the coalition used rankings of the topic areas by ACHA members as well as ACHA-NCHA data. The coalition then gathered suggestions for data sources from experts in the specific topic areas. Finally, because of the academic nature of institutions of higher education, the coalition added Academic Impediments as the 11th topic area. For more details about how the topics and objectives were selected, go to: www.acha.org/HealthyCampus/about.aspx.

Campuses with unique needs may choose objectives beyond those listed within Healthy Campus 2020, particularly if campus-specific or local data is available to measure and track the additional objective(s). We recommend using Healthy People 2020 as a guiding document for objectives outside of Healthy Campus 2020.    >> top

Who Can Use Healthy Campus


9. I do not work in the campus health center. How does this relate to my work?

Healthy Campus 2020 extends beyond traditional interventions of education, diagnosis, treatment, and health care at clinical levels. Healthy Campus 2020 challenges institutions of higher education to create social and physical environments that promote good health. Fostering healthy environments and healthy behaviors requires tremendous collaboration between health care, academic, student affairs, and administrative colleagues.

You are encouraged to champion or be a part of Healthy Campus 2020, as all campus community members (faculty, staff, administrators, students, etc.) play an integral role in creating a healthy campus.    >> top

10. I am not a member of American College Health Association (ACHA). Can I still use Healthy Campus 2020?

Healthy Campus 2020 is free and available for public use. Also see Usage and Citation information.   >> top

11. Why are there objectives related to faculty and staff? I thought Healthy Campus 2020 was for students.

The vision of Healthy Campus 2020 is of campus communities in which all members live long, healthy lives. Institutions can choose to target efforts for particular populations and focus on specific objectives depending on the needs and resources of your campus.    >> top

12. I work in a student health center and we do not provide services to faculty and staff. Can we still use these objectives and resources?

Anyone can use Healthy Campus 2020 in part or in its entirety. A campus that works to create healthier physical and social environments will affect faculty, staff, and students regardless of topic area or objective.    >> top

More about Healthy Campus


13. How often does Healthy Campus get updated?

Baseline data is from 2010, depending on the specific data source. National data will be updated each year, allowing Healthy Campus 2020 partners to benchmark campus-specific data against national data and track the overall health of campuses nationwide.

Aligned with the Healthy People, topics and objectives are updated every decade.    >> top

14. What recommendations do you have for readings for continuing my education on Healthy Campus 2020?

The Healthy People 2020 website (www.healthypeople.gov) serves as a robust resource for implementing initiatives based on national objectives. We recommend the implementation area of the website, where you can find resources for planning and funding initiatives.    >> top

15. Why was a web-based format selected for 2020?

A web-based format was selected to increase access to and usability of Healthy Campus 2020.    >> top

16. Can I quote, reprint, or use content from Healthy Campus 2020?

The text of Healthy Campus 2020 is in the public domain, as is the Healthy Campus 2020 logo. Materials that are in the public domain may be linked to and reprinted without permission, as long as Healthy Campus 2020 is properly cited (see Suggested Citation).

Please note, however, that the American College Health Association name, acronym, and logo are not in the public domain and may not be depicted, reproduced, distributed, or transferred in any form or by an means, except with the prior written permission of ACHA. See the ACHA Copyright and Trademark Notice.

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17. How do I cite Healthy Campus 2020?

The suggested citation for Healthy Campus 2020 is:

American College Health Association. (2012, June). Healthy Campus 2020. Retrieved [Date URL was accessed], from [Specific URL].

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