Standard 3. Collaborative Practice
3.2 Seek and cultivate interdisciplinary campus and community partnerships that advance health promotion initiatives.
Interdisciplinary partnerships are essential to advance the health of students on college campuses. At Lehigh University our Peer Health program underwent a complete transformation, requiring regular meetings with students, key informant interviews with faculty and staff and countless discussions with a national network of peer health coordinators at various colleges and universities. The end result is a best practices peer health program that will have the campus-wide buy-in and support necessary to address priority student health issues. With faculty, I proactively connected with health-related academic programs and specific Lehigh professors having declared interests, expertise and or research aspirations in public health. Developing mutually beneficial relationships with faculty (e.g., ADHD research interests and non-medical use of prescription drugs) has been instrumental in advancing health promotion initiatives by advocating for a shared vision of health and re-focusing health as everyone’s responsibility. Staff involvement and continual collaboration at Lehigh has also been critical. For example, providing training on the Socio-Ecological Model has garnered improved credibility for my program, provided a new evidence-based tool colleagues can use in their own settings and has helped standardize inter-departmental terminology and methodology when analyzing and addressing health issues.
– Peter J. Costa, Director of Prevention Strategies, Lehigh University
3.4 Utilize campus and community resources that maximize the reach and effectiveness of health promotion initiatives.
One of the Ohio State University’s Office of Student Life Student Wellness Center’s strengths is uniting with students, staff, faculty, and community members to enhance and expand their services. One of the key ways the student wellness center staff does this is through the Student Life Wellness Collaborative that includes students, staff, and invited faculty. Generation Rx is represented on this collaborative along with over 20 student organizations and 20 student life and academic departments. The Collaborative meets monthly throughout the school year and discusses and learns about wellness issues.
Several collaborative prevention events are fostered within this collaborative. For example, over the 2011-2012 school year, Student Wellness staff partnered with students from Undergraduate Student Government and Generation Rx (College of Pharmacy) to develop and implement a number of activities to raise awareness and to further educate OSU students around the misuse and abuse of prescriptions drugs.
In addition to partnering on the development and implementation of these various educational programs on the OSU campus, Student Wellness staff and Dr. Ken Hale, Assistant Dean for Professional and External Affairs at the College of Pharmacy, also connected with Ohio Drug Free Action Alliance staff, Cardinal Health staff, and other Columbus community and national prevention leaders to plan a Collegiate Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Conference held on the OSU campus in the summer of 2012. This conference attracted nearly 100 participants who were inspired to enhance and expand prescription drug abuse prevention efforts on their campuses.
– Connie S. Boehm, Director, Student Wellness Center, The Ohio State University
Standards in Action!
- Standard 1: Alignment with the Missions of Higher Education
- Standard 2: Socioecological-Based Practice
- Standard 3: Collaborative Practice
- Standard 4: Cultural Competency
- Standard 5: Theory-Based Practice
- Standard 6: Evidence-informed Practice
- Standard 7: Continuing Professional Development and Service