Open to a limited number of invited attendees, the Leadership Day 2009 program provided an opportunity for current and emerging ACHA leaders to learn the skills involved in a strategic planning process and how to use those skills in forming a strategic plan for ACHA leadership development. Participants were also able to develop skills useful in strategic planning efforts on their own campuses.
Presenter Alice Cahill, MS, MPH, MSN, MEd, discussed how strategic planning is an integral part of college health. Through introductory presentations, active engagement in multi-disciplinary smaller groups, and larger group report-outs, participants could better understand the strategies that should be addressed and included in the ACHA Leadership Development Strategic Plan. Following the strategic planning portion, participants discussed and examined their particular roles/responsibilities and the opportunities available to build bridges for success in the association.
Opening General Session
The Opening General Session featured a keynote address by keynote speaker Claire D. Brindis, DrPH, the Interim Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is also the Co-Director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Institute at UCSF.
In her address, Dr. Brindis identified major demographic trends and changes expected to occur in the in the upcoming decade. She described how college health professionals can play a critical role in impacting lifelong health status and the role of college health as a tool for helping diverse young people transition to becoming effective health care consumers.
Following the keynote address, Jane Seward, MBBS, MPH, Deputy Director of the Division of Viral Disease at the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, discussed the on-going H1N1 virus situation.
Click on thumbnail to view larger photo: 1-ACHA President Chad Henderson, 2-Keynote Speaker Dr. Claire Brindis, 3-Dr. Jane Seward of the CDC
Attendees were able to enjoy appetizers and socializing with colleagues at the Diversity Reception, which took place Wednesday, May 27. This reception was co-hosted by the Ethnic Diversity Coalition and the Allies for LGBT Health Coalition and featured Nick Gorton, MD, an emergency room physician at Sutter Davis Hospital (Davis, CA). A published author and distinguished healthcare professional, Dr. Gorton spoke on “A Place at the Table,” inspired by the title of a 1993 publication by Bruce Bawer.
ACHA Awards and Fellows Dinner
This year’s award recipients and fellows were honored in a lovely ceremony on Thursday evening. The honorees told both touching and humorous tales of their experiences in college health and thanked their colleagues and families for their ongoing support.
A complete list of recipients and a downloadable copy of the program from the ceremony are available here: ACHA 2009 Award Winners & Fellows Program (.pdf) .
Also recognized were the recipients of the annual grants established through the American College Health Foundation. Those recipients are:
UnitedHealthcare StudentResources Initiatives in College Mental and Behavioral Health Grants Awards:
Rice University, Houston, TX - “Campaign to Raise Resiliency at Rice”
Emily Page, Director, Wellness Center
The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN – “The Soul of Resilience”
Amy M. Kelly, MD, MPH, Director, Health and Wellness Center
Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Grant Awards:
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, “The Art of Balancing”
Melissa Lopez, BSN, MPH, Director of Student Health Services
Framingham State College, Framingham, MA, “Project Cosmo”
Pamela Lehmberg, Nurse Practitioner
Click on thumbnail to view larger photo: 1-Fellows inductees, 2-Awards recipients, 3-Affiliate New Professional Award recipients, 4-Grant recipients
ACHA Assembly of Representatives
The 2009-2010 ACHA President Jim Turner, MD was formally sworn in at this year’s Assembly of Representatives. For a listing of the new ACHA Board of Directors, click here.
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ACHA Exhibit Hall
More than 90 exhibitors set up shop in the Exhibit Hall, which saw a steady stream of traffic throughout Thursday and Friday. Attendees enjoyed meeting representatives and sampling products from companies and nonprofit organizations. See the list of 2009 Exhibitors.
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Click on thumbnail to view larger photo: 1-Dr. Alejandro Martinez with the Dorosin family, 2-Members of the HEMHA alliance, 3-Poster sessions, 4-Wall of Remembrance, 5-Meeting attendees