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 AACC Research Brief 

-- National Study on Community College Health
-- Community Colleges Tackle Student Health and HIV/AIDS
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National Study on Community College Health

The national Bridges to Healthy Communities project of the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) helps provide education and information programs to prevent HIV infection and other serious health problems in youth and students. In 1996 and 2000, AACC conducted national surveys concerning administration and leadership, curricular and co-curricular programs, health services, and community collaboration. Results of the first survey are described in a 1998 publication, Community Colleges Tackle Student Health and HIV/AIDS. This research brief summarizes the findings of the 2000 survey which included most of the 1996 survey questions as well as more detail about community college health centers and services.

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Community Colleges Tackle Student Health and HIV/AIDS

The American Association of Community Colleges' Bridges to Healthy Communities project supports community colleges in offering information and services to prevent HIV infection and other serious health problems in students. The five-year project is part of a national higher education initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent and School health.

To determine the involvement of community colleges in the health of their students, AACC conducted a national survey in 1996. The survey gathered information from 535 campuses concerning administration and leadership, curriculum, and community relationships. This report summarizes the findings from that survey. Among the findings:

Alcohol/other drugs, exercise/fitness, and stress management are the most frequently addressed health issues in classes and presentations. Nineteen percent of classes outside of allied health, teacher education, and social/human services programs include HIV/AIDS materials. Another 13 percent have considered doing so. Ninety-two percent of campuses have an official budget for HIV/AIDS education. Written policies most frequently relate to alcohol/other drugs, sexual assault, disability awareness, and multiculturalism/diversity.

More than half of the college have a non-discrimination policy toward HIV-infected employees and students, but only 17 percent have a campus HIV task force or similar group. Nearly two-thirds of responding colleges have no on-campus reproductive health services. The most commonly offered reproductive health services on campuses are information-related describing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), safe sex, and abstinence. The least commonly offered reproductive health services are STD testing and distribution of condoms and other forms of birth control.

Of the few colleges that offer HIV testing, three-quarters offer it for free. More than one-third think that HIV/AIDS was not an issue on their campus. Community colleges most value county health departments, hospitals, and grassroots community organizations as partners for HIV/AIDS information, support, and referral, but 70 percent want more collaboration.

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