Burwell, Cynthia; Dewald, Lori; Grizzell, Jim
June 2010
American Journal of Health Studies;2010, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p102
Academic Journal
Reviewing population-based assessments of health status, needs and assets of students and evaluating health improvement initiatives based on measurable goals and objectives is an effective practice and is required to create healthy campus communities and enhance academic performance. Healthy People 2010 (HP 2010) conducted a midcourse review, and in following the HP 2010 example, we conducted a midcourse review of over 170 objectives for this Healthy Campus 2010 midcourse review. The American College Health Association — National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) data from 455,732 college students at over 389 institutions of higher education, plus data from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse: Monitoring the Future (2006) survey, was used for this research study. These two data sets were used because there are no other data sets on the college age population. The authors calculated progress quotients to determine percent of target achieved for 87 objectives. This article describes progress toward achieving Healthy Campus 2010 goals and objectives as found in Healthy Campus 2010: Making It Happen (ACHA, 2000). The article lists related initiatives and explains the midcourse review process, how objectives were selected, and how targets were determined. The focus of this article is on progress quotients and percent of targets achieved for over 80 objectives from 16 of the 28 Healthy People 2010 focus areas (United State Department of Health and Human Services, 2001). Additionally, two sets of objectives were developed as key indicators of student health and academic performance. These included the top 10 for each of the following: health impediments, and medical and mental health. Results indicate that 6% of the objectives and sub-objectives met or exceeded the target, 37% moved toward the targets, 10% remained the same and 43% moved away from the targets, and 5% did not have data allowing calculations. The information presented in this article can be used by college health professionals in their development of community based interventions that can be targeted and tailored to the individual. The Healthy Campus 2010 midcourse review expands the understanding of the trends and health improvement initiatives.


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