New York State College Health Association

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News from NYSCHA

(Updated 1/8/18)

  • Greetings from NYSCHA President
  • NYSCHA 2018 Annual Meeting – Call for Programs is now open.
  • Congratulations to our NYSCHA 2017 Student Award Recipients
  • ACHA Awards  – Announced at the ACHA 2017 Annual Meeting
  • Conferences/Meetings of Interest
  • NYSCHA Job Listings
  • Handouts from NYSCHA Annual Meetings


Hello, everyone. It was great seeing so many colleagues in Burlington Vermont for the NECHA/NYSCHA 2017 Combined Annual Meeting in November. The presentations were varied and multidisciplinary. There was something to offer all attendees. I am grateful for the sharing and willing giving of information and expertise within our affiliates. As I reflect on another year, I would like to encourage you to think about ways of Giving Thanks and Giving Back to NYSCHA.
I became involved in the Board of Directors about 5 years ago: First as Liaison between the SUNY Health Services Council and the NYSCHA Board, then as President Elect and now as President. I was warmly welcomed into the group and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a wonderful group. I have attended NYSCHA and ACHA conferences for the last 25 years and shared experiences with colleagues and peers that are unique to college health.  

 Giving Thanks: Nominating a colleague for an award is incredibly easy and one small way of Giving Thanks for service, leadership, and innovative programs. These awards recognize the talents and accomplishments of our peers and our students. I encourage you to nominate someone for an award when you receive a message that the call for nominations is open. In March, you will have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding student or a student group for a NYSCHA Student Award.

Giving Back: My involvement in NYSCHA is one small way I can Give Back to the group that has been there for questions, conferences, and support during my years. While it is an honor to serve our community, the ability to work so closely with colleagues from across the state and across disciplines is incredibly rewarding. I encourage you to consider the many ways you can Give Back to NYSCHA. Here are some of the ways:

  1. Submit a program proposal for the NYSCHA 2018 Annual Meeting. This NYSCHA Annual Meeting is a perfect opportunity to showcase your expertise or an innovative project you or your institution is working on. The NYSCHA Call for Programs is now open. Proposals submitted by March 15 will be reviewed by the planning committee at its March meeting. The NYSCHA 2018 Annual Meeting will be held in Syracuse, New York, October 17-19, 2018.
  2. Run for a position on the NYSCHA Executive Board. Our elections take place in the fall. We usually have one or two openings for positions. The Board meets in person 3-4 times a year. Let me or any Board member know of your interest.
  3. Volunteer at the Annual MeetingWe are always looking for presiders to introduce speakers and keep time, as well as hospitality volunteers to help with check in and general inquiries.

Bottom line, there are many ways to get involved, and we would love to have you! Please do not hesitate to contact me about any of these opportunities or other ideas you have about Giving Thanks and Giving Back to our college health colleagues.
Most sincerely,

Rachel Bergeson, MD, President of  NYSCHA


NYSCHA 2018 Annual Meeting

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center, Syracuse, New York / October 17-19, 2018

The New York State College Health Association (NYSCHA) will host the NYSCHA 2018 Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center October 17-19, 2018. The Call for Programs is now open. Please consider submitting a proposal. Suggestions for topics of interest and potential speakers are welcome. Please share your ideas with the NYSCHA Conference Planner at All proposals received by Thursday, March 15 will be reviewed at the planning committee’s March meeting. Information for exhibitors and sponsors is now available on the NYSCHA Annual Meeting page. Contact the NYSCHA Exhibitor Coordinator at if you have questions about exhibiting at the NYSCHA 2018 Annual Meeting.

NYSCHA 2017 Student Awards 

Each year college health staff members have the opportunity to nominate individual students and student groups for a NYSCHA Student Award. The NYSCHA Student Awards recognize students and student groups that have contributed to the health of students on their campus and/or to the work of the New York State College Health Association or the American College Health Association. Nomination forms for the NYSCHA Student Awards will be posted on this site in mid to late March. Congratulations to our NYSCHA 2017 Student Awardees.

 2017 Outstanding Student Award

  •   Tristan Ford, University of Rochester

 2017 Outstanding Student Group Award

  •  SUNY Geneseo AOD Advocates Group, SUNY Geneseo

For information about the awardees, go to the NYSCHA Awards page,

ACHA Awards

Announced at the 2017 ACHA Annual Meeting

ACHA New Professional Award for NYSCHA

     Heidi Tanner, M.Ed., Hartwick College

Conferences/Meetings of Interest

We would be happy to post your announcement of a conference/meeting being held in New York State. Please send your announcement to Heidi Tanner at

Transgender Health and Wellness 2018

Monday, April 9, 2017 7:30am–3:30pm
Look for registration to open February 2018

As the U.S. becomes increasingly diverse, clinical care providers are seeking to learn more about providing patient-centered and culturally responsive care, including to transgender individuals. This one-day Transgender Health and Wellness 2018 conference will educate physicians, medical providers (including medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, social workers, etc.) and the community how to offer welcoming and affirming healthcare to transgender individuals.

For additional information and to be added to an email list for announcements and updates, please contact the Office for Inclusion and Culture Development at

Co-sponsored by University of Rochester Office for Faculty Development and Diversity University of Rochester Susan B. Anthony Center URMC Department of Psychiatry

Emerging Issues: Alcohol and Substance Use by Youth and Young Adults – Research and Evidence Based Practices Update

Thursday April 12,2018 7:30  am – 4:30 pm RIT Inn & Conference Center

This conference is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Collegiate Task Force  (FLCTF). For more information visit: or email Karen Pelc (Co-chair FLCTF) The conference will have ASL interpreters available. Please contact Jennifer Taylor for additional accommodations.

Key presenters include:

  • Amelia Arria Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development and the Office of Planning and Evaluation at the University of Maryland School of Public Health
  • Richard Lucey Jr. Prevention Program Manager in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section.
  • John Underwood Director/Founder Life of an Athlete-Pure Performance Human Performance Project
  • Kym Laube Member of Governor’s Cuomo’s New York Heroin Task Force and Executive Director of the Human & Growth Services, Inc., (HUGS,Inc.)

New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Clinical Education Initiative (CEI)

“The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) is designed to enhance the capacity of New York’s diverse health care workforce to deliver clinical services to improve health outcomes related to HIV, Hepatitis C (HCV), STDs, and drug user health. CEI provides a wide array of clinical education trainings, resources, and tools to clinicians at no cost! CEI offers conferences, onsite training, live webinars, intensive preceptorships, and provides other clinical education opportunities for health organizations across New York State. CEI’s educational programs are accredited for continuing education credits. CEI’s newly updated and innovative website ( houses various archived webinars and online clinical tools. The toll-free CEI Line enables you to speak with a clinician experienced with HIV, HCV, STDs, PEP, or PrEP; just call 1-866-637-2342.

Ready to get started? Visit and complete the brief onsite training request form. You will be able to review a list of CEI’s current training topics. CEI staff will follow up to discuss your organization’s clinical education needs and how CEI can best meet them.” Find additional information here.

2018 Funding Opportunities from ACHF

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 2!

The American College Health Foundation is pleased to be offering funding opportunities for the 2018–2019 school year. The deadline for applications is February 2, 2018. Award recipients will be announced at the 2018 ACHA Annual Meeting, May 29June 2 in Washington, DC. Email Kelyn Klein at with any questions.  

ACHF Student Travel Funding Opportunity 
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide partial funding support for travel and hotel expenses for one or more students to travel to the ACHA Annual Meeting. Recipients will be notified prior to the Annual Meeting; contact Kelyn Klein for more information.  Learn more or apply here.

FirstRisk Advisors Initiatives in College Mental/Behavioral Health Funding Opportunity 

ACHF is offering a $3,500 funding opportunity in conjunction with FirstRisk Advisors to support the development of creative initiatives that address prevention, early intervention and treatment for mental and behavioral health disorders among students. The goal of these initiatives is to reduce the risk of mental and behavioral illness and injury among college students and to enhance both individual and community health as a strategy to support student learning. 
Learn more or apply here.

Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Funding Opportunity 

ACHF is offering a $3,500 funding opportunity through the Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Fund. This funding opportunity supports the development of creative solutions to improve access to quality health care for all students.  Learn more or apply here.

ACHF Healthy Campus 2020 Funding Opportunity 

ACHF, through support from the Foundation Endowment Fund, is offering two $3,500 funding opportunities to ACHA members for the purpose of supporting a campus initiative to implement the goals of Healthy Campus 2020. Healthy Campus 2020 serves as a framework for improving the health of all students, staff, and faculty on campuses nationwide.  Learn more or apply here

Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)

Applications are now open for the Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)FPHLP is a 10-week summer residential program here at U-M SPH for underrepresented college students and recent grads who are looking for a meaningful introduction to public health. It is a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) to address the shortage of diversity in the public health workforce. No public health experience is required. We are thrilled to receive applications from students!

Online Training in Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention

In April 2017, the State University of New York and the City University of New York, launched an online training system to assist colleges and universities in training students in prevention of sexual, interpersonal, and related violence. The system is designed to run as a course in BlackBoard or another learning management system, and to communicate with Banner or PeopleSoft for tracking of course completion. Rather than a static video with one-size-fits-all content, this system allows and even demands customization and personalization by colleges so that your students are trained by their fellow students, as well as their faculty, staff and institutional leaders. Due to the support of the participating institutions and significant volunteer work by the working group members, we can offer the system at no cost.  Contact Rebecca Harrington at for more information.

NYSCHA Job Listings

If you would like to post a position on the NYSCHA web site, send the job description to Heidi Tanner at Announcements will be posted on the NYSCHA web site for 30-45 days.

Handouts – NYSCHA Annual Meetings

The handouts from the sessions are available on the Annual Meeting page of this web site. The handouts are organized by the session in which they were held.  We appreciate our speakers’ willingness to share their presentations with us.