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The Campus COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative (CoVAC) and the Higher Education COVID-19 Community of Practice (HECCOP) are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement, CDC-RFA-CK20-2003. Webinar and other program content are solely the responsibility of ACHA and do not necessarily reflect the official views of CDC.

  • Risks and Rewards: Young Adult Decision-Making in COVID Times and Beyond

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/13/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    As students return to campus, now is the time to plan for addressing those students who may engage in risky behaviors as they enthusiastically try to make up for lost time. Since many campus policies rely on students to make their own personal risk assessments when deciding when to mask and whether to get vaccinated, campus staff are increasingly important in assisting students in their decision-making processes. Join us for this webinar featuring Elizabeth Cauffman, PhD, Professor of Psychological Science, Education and Law, to learn how young adult brain development influences a range of protective health behaviors, from vaccination to risk-mitigation to harm-reduction in substance use, sexual behavior and more and how we can use this knowledge to create developmentally appropriate health promotion. Learning outcomes Campus personnel will be able to: Apply knowledge of young adult brain development to encourage health promoting behaviors Describe the role of rewards in incentivizing positive student behaviors Explain peer and parent influences on young adult decision-making Contrast young adults’ emotion-driven behavior with the more self-regulated behavior of adults

  • COVID-19 Social Media Best Practices

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/05/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Social media platforms are an effective avenue for colleges and universities to reach their students, faculty, and staff alike. These platforms are also an efficient way for institutions to keep their community informed about COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination strategies on campus. As vaccination rates among 18-24 year olds remain a challenge to achieving community immunity, colleges and universities must ensure that they are providing good and credible information to students where they are - especially online where misinformation is abundant. We will examine best practices and effective strategies in engaging campus communities using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and TikTok. Participants will be able to: • Articulate basic social media communication strategies • Compare and contrast the strengths of different social media platforms • Describe examples of high performing social media content related to COVID-19 for the general population and on college campuses A limited number of registrants may also request to participate in a small group workshop following the webinar from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. The small group workshop participants will apply the knowledge and skills from the webinar to their own social media practices, and have the opportunity to create draft social media content they can use. You may request to join a small group workshop by completing the form linked in your Webinar confirmation email. Please note that completing the Request form does not guarantee you a spot in a workshop. We will accommodate as many requests as possible. Participants will be notified by July 22, 2021 if they will be offered a spot.

  • Partnering with Students to Reduce COVID-19 Risk

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Student Ambassador programs can be a powerful strategy in campus COVID-19 risk mitigation plans. Get a first look at the new ACHA toolkit for Creating COVID-19 Student Ambassador Programs and hear from campus personnel and students from established COVID-19 student ambassador programs. Learn how to apply for a mini-grant to enhance your peer-to-peer COVID-19 risk mitigation efforts this fall!

  • Equity Series Session 2 - Building Trust and Confidence for the Long Term: How to design COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination strategies on campus responsive to the needs of marginalized communities

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/09/2021

    Join us for the second session in the HECCOP and CoVAC Equity Series. Objectives: • Campus Personnel will understand how to leverage inclusive and expansive forms of evidence with an equity-minded lens to inform mitigation and vaccination strategies. • Campus personnel will understand how to incorporate listening session results into mitigation and vaccination strategies on campus. • Campus personnel will learn the importance of including communication and practices, policies and protocols responsive to the needs and experiences of marginalized communities in building trust and confidence. • Campus personnel will be able to apply the approach of partnering with credible trusted community members to deliver credible, trustworthy messaging.

  • Managing COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation on Campus

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/17/2021

    Join the CoVAC Initiative for a presentation on the impact of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, frameworks for assessing and responding to vaccine misinformation, and examples of how to respond to vaccine misinformation in a campus community. Featuring presenters from the Virality Project, the Internet Observatory, and Boston University.

  • Equity Series Session 1: Connect Before You Correct: How to Host Listening Sessions and Develop Trust to Mitigate COVID-19 and Decrease Vaccine Hesitancy in Marginalized Communities

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/21/2021

    Join us for the first session in the HECCOP and CoVAC Equity Series. In this session, the presenters will discuss the necessity of acknowledging the totality of COVID-19's disparate impact on marginalized communities and the value of listening to these communities to better understand the root causes of mistrust in the health care system and vaccine refusal. Attendees will get guidance on how they can examine their own practices and procedures - and biases and assumption - to address the needs of marginalized communities in the short- and long-term, beyond COVID-19.

  • Welcoming International Students to Campus: Considerations for Travel, Vaccinations, Testing and Quarantine

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/10/2021

    In this webinar, listen to experts from the field as well as the U.S. Department of State and the CDC discuss the issues related to international students, including the current CDC guidance and additional considerations for students, staff, and faculty. The session will cover: Current CDC guidance, International vaccine status, Study abroad issues, Visa considerations, Xenophobia and other concerns for international students

  • SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance Testing: What Colleges and Universities Need to Know from Dr. Michael Mina and Dr. Michael Deichen

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This is the recording of the ACHA Higher Education COVID-19 Community of Practice webinar with two nationally recognized experts on Friday, April 23 at 3 PM EDT. Dr. Michael Mina will address rapid testing along with other types of surveillance testing currently available and Dr. Michael Deichen will share how the University of Central Florida has used rapid testing among other mitigation strategies. Recently updated CDC guidance can be found at

  • The Power of Partnerships: UC Davis

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/09/2021

    This is a recording of the April 9 webinar in which health services and student affairs staff and a student from UC Davis discuss how they leveraged partnerships to develop innovative approaches to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the surrounding community.

  • CoVAC Initiative: Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine Information and Q&A Session

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/07/2021

    Join Patricia Novy, PhD, Senior Director of Medical Affairs at Moderna, for an introductory discussion on the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine. Dr. Novy will present the science behind mRNA vaccine development, the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine's safety and efficacy profile, likely side effects with a focus on younger populations, vaccine distribution operations and logistics, and best practices in vaccine administration. There will be extensive time for Q&A.