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Since 1920, the American College Health Association (ACHA) has linked college health professionals throughout the nation (and more recently around the globe), forming a powerful, collaborative networking base. This unique synthesis of vision and knowledge, of practice and policy, can guide and support you and your health service, your health programs, and your professional development.
Our Mission Statement
The American College Health Association will provide advocacy, education, communications, products, and services, as well as promote research and culturally competent practices to enhance its members' ability to advance the health of all students and the campus community.
To be the recognized voice of expertise in college health.
As a college health professional, ACHA offers you the opportunity to:
Update your skills and increase your knowledge
Change policy and shape the future of the college health field
Evaluate your students' health needs
Get involved with the issues and interests most important to you
Network with your peers
Build an effective campus health service
Access health information for your students
Sustain and advance your professional development
Board of Directors
ACHA is governed by a Board of Directors, which consists of 18 members and, as the chief operating body of the association, develops procedures to implement the policies of the association as established by the Assembly of Representatives, and provides general direction for the association's activities. The board is comprised of the Executive Committee, four members-at-large, six regional representatives, and two student representatives.
Members of the Board (except the Executive Director) are elected by ACHA members.
ACHA is divided into 11 regional affiliate organizations. Each affiliate organization is governed by its own elected affiliate officers, who provide guidance and leadership to members and help forge strong partnerships with colleagues on the state or regional level. ACHA members receive concurrent membership in the affiliate organization at no additional cost.
Click here to find out which affiliate you belong to and learn more about affiliate activities!
Members may choose to join and participate in one or more of the association's nine sections, which reflect the professional diversity of the individual members of ACHA. The sections play a pivotal role in the program planning of ACHA's annual meeting, held each spring. The section leaders of ACHA are elected to represent the individual members participating in the sections.
Advanced Practice Clinicians
Nurse-Directed Health Services
ACHA's numerous committees, task forces, and coalitions offer members an opportunity to contribute to the field of college health and become an integral part of the association. These groups address a diverse range of exciting issues pertinent both to ACHA and to the health of college students, and they are vital instruments for the association's mission, work, and governance as well.
Click here to learn more about the many ACHA groups that you can get involved in!