Guidelines, Recommendations, and White Papers
Many guidelines and standards are available to assist health services with benchmarking and implementing best practices in all the disciplines offering health services to students. Some of those guidelines can be found here.
Additional information may be found at the following links:
College Health Surveillance Network: The College Health Surveillance Network (CHSN) is the first ever college health database using electronic medical records. The CHSN is gathering health information on over 600,000 students from 19 colleges across the US, giving a clearer picture of student utilization of college health services.
Additional resources can be found at Agency for Health Research and Quality.
Many accrediting organizations, including AAAHC and the Joint Commission, require robust quality management/assurance programs. Most suggested programs involve identifying a problem through continuous review of clinical and operational performance, collection of essential data, data analysis, a plan for improvement or a solution, implementation of the plan, and measurement of the intervention impact. ACHA’s Framework for a Comprehensive College Health Program states that “utilizing standards such as those provided by ACHA, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), AAAHC, and the Joint Commission can provide college health programs with resources and guidance to provide high quality and diverse programs to the campus community.”