Standard 7. Continuing Professional Development and Service
7.1 Apply ethical principles to the practice of health promotion.
When I first started in college health promotion, I realized pretty fast that resources for health promotion in general, and alcohol education specifically, were limited. My unit was presented with an opportunity to apply for funds for risk reduction and education related to alcohol. The funder was one of the biggest beer corporations in the world. We discussed it in a staff meeting and we all agreed that though the additional money would be a huge boost to our efforts we could not ethically accept funds from a company that actively encouraged young people to drink. That moment provided me with the foundation of always asking about the “why” and “how” of health promotion work. It should always be rooted in the ethical principles of serving our students to the best of our professional ability in alignment with our institution’s mission. As a Health Promotion professional, I am obligated to ensure that my work meets and even exceeds the standard of my profession.
– Francesca Maresca, Rutgers University
7.2 Participate regularly in professional development.
I feel that professional development is just as important to those who have been in the field for numerous years as it is to new professionals. Due to the changes in trends, new and emerging research, and ever changing student body, it is our responsibility as health promotion practitioners to continuously polish the tools and skills necessary for successful prevention initiatives. I have evolved tremendously as a professional by participating in the many opportunities offered by ACHA. As a new professional in college health, joining ACHA and attending the Annual Meeting was the best thing I did to help jump start my career. I learned to identify best practices suited for the complexities of working with college students, which helped me build my confidence to advocate for resources and services for their unique health needs. Years later, and I’m still learning and growing as a professional by being involved in the various committees offered through the HP section.
– Marie Cascarano, Montclair State University
7.3 Contribute professionally to the field.
Assisting others to develop the required competencies for effective health promotion practice is crucial to sustaining our profession. We, as current professionals, know what types of expectations future employers may have regarding new a professional’s knowledge and skill level. There is currently no program specifically for students who are interested in becoming health promotion professionals in institutions of higher education. Prospective professionals enroll in degree programs which may not include all the competencies required. In order to meet this need, my department developed a curriculum and training program for graduate assistants who are interested in entering health promotion in higher education. To determine the competencies to include in our training we reviewed documents including the ACHA Guidelines for Hiring Health Promotion Professionals in Higher Education and the ACHA Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education, along with several others. We then identified several key factors as important training areas that graduate assistants should receive over their time of employment with our office. A rubric was developed which outlines the experiences and types of activities graduate assistants will participate in over the course of an academic year. This document can then be used by the graduate assistant in the writing of their resume and cover letters during future job searches. By having this type of training plan in place, we are setting ourselves up to have high quality and well trained colleagues in the future.
– Alicia Czachowski, Health Promotion Specialist, Columbia University
7.4 Contribute professionally to the field.
Since the beginning of my career, I have always held an interest in the connection between health promotion and cultural competency. I have immersed myself in professional opportunities that have helped me improve my efficacy in culturally competent health promotion. One of my most cherished experiences was serving as Chair of the ACHA Ethnic Diversity Coalition. Over the years, my experiences in the field have taught me that becoming culturally competent is more of a journey than a destination. There is always more to learn.
– Vladimir Oge, Director, Health Promotion, Georgia Institute of Technology
The opportunity to participate on the HP Section’s Publications Review Committee to revise the Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education has been without a doubt one of the most professionally rewarding activities I have undertaken. Joining this committee has allowed me the privilege of contributing to the evolution of such a significant document for my field and as a bonus I have met and learned from many outstanding colleagues across the country. I greatly look forward to continuing my involvement with the HP Section in the years to come!
– Polly C. Paulson, Health Promotion Supervisor, University of California, Davis
As a new professional in the field, I was looking for ways to be more involved and engaged in the Health Promotion community. My involvement in the HP Section’s Member Development Committee has exceeded my expectations by enabling me to connect with others in the field and have opportunities to take leadership in professional development initiatives. Through this experience, I have been able to meet with and learn from others in the field who share my approach and philosophy, which has had a positive impact on my motivation and quality of work at my institution. I am excited for the future potential to expand my involvement in the HP Section.
– Jenifer Zanzonico, Health Promotion Specialist, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
As a new professional in health promotion in higher education, joining ACHA and volunteering for a HP Section Member-at-large position was one of the best things I did for myself and our program. I met a great group of other professionals who shared a vision of including the campus community as a whole in health promotion efforts in higher education. Together, we founded the ACHA Coalition for the Health and Wellness of Faculty and Staff and are working on expanding the field. It’s fantastic to have the support and encouragement of others around the country engaged in the same work.
– Kathy Wagner, Health Educator, Princeton 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