Healthy Campus 2020
Healthy Campus 2020 is a national effort by the American College Health Association to improve overall health on college campuses nationwide. It was adapted from Healthy People 2020, a set of nearly 600 evidence-based national health objectives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the goal of improving the health of all Americans over a 10 year period. By aligning with these national efforts, UTC utilizes best practices and data sources throughout the country to prioritize health on our campus.
Healthy Campus 2020 provides objectives to assist participating campuses in improving the health of all students, staff, and faculty. To determine the success of Healthy Campus here at UTC, it is important for us to measure and track progress over time.
The objectives in Healthy Campus 2020 are derived from Healthy People 2020 and were selected based on their relevance to college health and the existence, with rare exception, of a national data source to measure and benchmark. Paralleling Healthy People 2020, national Healthy Campus 2020 targets were established based on 10% improvements.
The national student objectives are comprised of 11 topic areas and 54 objectives. Topics and objectives reflect the major public health concerns impacting college students in the United States and were chosen based on their ability to motivate action, the availability of data to measure progress, and their relevance as broad public health issues. For example, five objectives with the greatest combined frequency and severity of impact, based on data gathered by the ACHA-NCHA II college assessment, are an example of student objective inclusion: stress, sleep difficulties, anxiety, cold/flu/sore throat, and work.