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SRU ONE OF TWO SITES IN NATION SELECTED FOR ACHA HEALTH
ROCK, Pa. – The American College Health Association has
awarded Slippery Rock University's McLachlan Student Health Center
one of two national needs assessment grants which are being used to
conduct a review of the center's operation related to building and
strengthening capacity to prevent HIV infection and outline other
important health problems among youth.
grant is part of ACHA's Building Healthy Campus Communities
Project, a cooperative agreement between the organization and the
Division of Adolescent and School Health of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
am excited we have been selected to participate in this educational
endeavor," explains Linda Beatty, health center director. "Once the
process, which is already under way with focus groups and staff
interviews, is completed, we will have more tools to work with
students in providing information about HIV infection as well as
other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. I
see this as an opportunity for myself and our staff to expand our
knowledge and to learn new ways of transmitting information to
students. The yearlong process will bring about important changes
that can affect our students' health," she adds.
assessment includes an intensive review of the center's current
health information programs related to the specific topics. The
program includes development of a needs assessment plan, including
both qualitative and quantitative methods of receiving input from
health center staff, students and other key stakeholders. A needs
assessment plan will be implemented by the McLachlan staff and as a
final step ACHA will offer a day-long strategic planning session
with health center staff regarding the report's findings and
workout final details of the strategic plan to be implemented to
enhance the center' cultural competency. The program would be ready
for campus use by fall 2004.
is a member of the American College Health Association.
university's health center was the first Pennsylvania State System
of Higher Education universities to earn accreditation from the
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
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