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(Updated 01/10/2017)


NECHA/NYSCHA 2017 Combined Annual Meeting

NECHA/NYSCHA 2017 Combined Annual Meeting
November 1-3, 2017 • Hilton Hotel, Burlington, Vermont

The New England College Health Association (NECHA) is hosting “Bridging the Gap: Collaborating to Succeed,” the NECHA/NYSCHA 2017 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting will be held from November 1-3 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, Vermont. NYSCHA members are encouraged to submit proposals to present. Submitting a program proposal is a great way to showcase your expertise or an innovative project you or your institution is working.

The Call for Proposals for the NECHA | NYSCHA 2017 Annual Meeting, “Bridging the Gap: Collaborating to Succeed,” is NOW OPEN! This year’s event will be held in Burlington, VT on November 1-3, 2017–We hope you’ll join us! For more information about the Annual Meeting, including the Call for Proposals, click here. NECHA President-elect Laurie Gallimore, BS, RN, is serving as this year’s Annual Meeting Program Chair. She and her multi-disciplinary planning committee will soon be reviewing proposals and setting the stage for NECHA/NYSCHA 2017. Please contact Laurie with your thoughts as we strive to make sure this year’s event meets your expectations and more! Deadline for initial online submission is Thursday, March 2.

For more information, visit the NECHA website at:

The American Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control

The American Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control has launched its second request for proposals (RFP) for the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) grant program – providing 50 grants of up to $20,000 each to applicants from colleges and universities.  Applications will be accepted from all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

TFGCI was launched in 2016 with support from the CVS Health Foundation to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policies at institutions of higher learning across the nation.  This effort addresses a critical need, with more than 1 million college students projected to eventually die from cigarette smoking,  and is part of the CVS Health Foundation’s BeTheFirst initiative — a five-year, $50 million commitment to deliver the first “tobacco-free generation.”

In addition to significant financial grants, all awardee campuses will receive technical assistance throughout the policy planning and implementation process.  Technical assistance will be provided through one-on-one consultations with TFGCI field specialists, online resources and webinars.

The RFP deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by 5pm ET.  The materials and details regarding the program and application can be found on

NYSCHA 2016 Annual Meeting

NYSCHA 2016 Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who completed the Overall Evaluation and the program evaluations for the NYSCHA 2016 Annual Meeting. Your suggestions for topics to consider for 2017 will be shared with the NECHA planning committee. If you have additional ideas for topics and/or speakers, be sure to share them with the planning committee or with the NYSCHA conference planner who will forward your ideas to the NECHA Conference Planner. For those of you applying for continuing education credits, you should have received your CE certificate by mail. If you did not receive your certificate, email for assistance.


Awards – Announced at the 2016 ACHA Annual Meeting

ACHA New Professional Award for NYSCHA
Sara Gleisle, MS, CHES, The College at Brockport, SUNY

Sara currently serves as the Assistant Director of Prevention and Outreach Services at The College at Brockport, SUNY. Prior to working at Brockport, Sara worked at the UHS Health Promotion Office at the University of Rochester. Her knowledge of the health field, creative ideas, enthusiasm, and ability to collaborate with others are skills she has brought to both of her schools. Sara utilizes a public health approach in developing student programming toward general health, sexual health, and violence prevention. Sara’s colleagues are impressed with her strategic thinking, assessment skills, interactions with students, and especially her dedication to inclusivity.

Best Practices in College Health Award
LiveWellNYU, New York University

“LiveWellNYU” was recognized for its exemplary, innovative, and inspirational practice in the area of health education and promotion services in college health. “LiveWellNYU” serves as a comprehensive, university-wide, multi-dimensional framework that leverages evidence-based, population-level public health interventions combined with innovative engagement strategies to empower NYU students to be active partners in their health and well-being. The LiveWellNYU brand is framed as a for-students by-students grassroots movement built around more universally accessible types of content, modalities, and opportunities that are already of primary interest to students and students view as enriching their overall quality of life.

NYSCHA Student Awards 

NYSCHA 2016 Outstanding Student Group Award
Stony Brook University SHAC – HPV Cancer Risk Awareness

Supported by Stony Brook University’s Cancer Center, Stony Brook University’s Gynecologic Oncology, the Long Island Tobacco Action Coalition, American Lung Assn., and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, this month-long effort to engage our students in the conversation about health, life-long health, and decreasing cancer risk culminated in the workshop, HPV Cancer Risk Awareness Workshop, which was presented by Dr. Joyce Varughese-Raju, Assistant Professor, Gynecologic Oncology at Stony Brook Medicine on April 11, 2016. Over 300 packets of information identifying cancer/HPV risk were distributed; 9 student groups supported/attended; 9 students received certification/attended BASICS training; two interns linked to Tobacco Action/identified interest in supporting ongoing awareness efforts; two student groups investigating future presentation raising awareness of peer cancer risk linked to HPV; two student groups have expressed interest in hosting campus screening, Fall 2016, of the HPV awareness film “Someone You Love.”

NYSCHA 2016 Outstanding Student Award
Abigail Dubovi, University at Albany, SUNY

Abigail Dubovi, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY, received this award in recognition of her work with the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program. She took the lead in building infrastructures in Middle Earth to launch a new, evidence-based Peer Wellness Coaching service that is being pilot-tested this semester. Abigail has been involved in the President’s Advisory Council on the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Related Risk Behaviors as well as a presenter at the NYSCHA 2016 Annual Meeting and other regional and national conferences focused on college student health. She is an outstanding example of the dedication and professionalism.


 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

No-Cost Customizable Online Training for Students and Staff in Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention:

In April 2017, the State University of New York and the City University of New York, will launch 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. And best of all, 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.

We will offer two webinars in November and December to introduce the resource, and two webinars in February to roll it out. You can register for any of the webinars and register your campus as a participant at this website:

Please contact Rebecca Harrinton for more information

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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 from Previous 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.