Student Health Services: First Steps in Changing Our Focus from One that Serves those Students on an Episodic Basis to One that Is Centered On the Health Needs of the Entire Population

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154071
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Presentation
Title:
Student Health Services: First Steps in Changing Our Focus from One that Serves those Students on an Episodic Basis to One that Is Centered On the Health Needs of the Entire Population
Abstract:
Student Health Services: First Steps in Changing Our Focus from One that Serves those Students on an Episodic Basis to One that Is Centered On the Health Needs of the Entire Population
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Freitag, Mary Ann, DrNP
P.I. Institution Name:Saint Xavier University
Title:Instructor
[Evidence-based Practice Session Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this project was to conduct a needs assessment of Saint Xavier University's (SXU) students in order to identify health behaviors that are unique to SXU's population. Methods: The American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) was used. It has approximately 300 items that collect precise data about students' health habits and health behaviors. The ACHA contacted the students to participate in the NCHA through a letter of invitation/consent sent via email. In order to explore the influence of socioeconomic status, students were grouped according to whether or not they had received a federal Pell grant. Categorical variables were analyzed by chi square test and continuous variables by t-test. Results: Twenty-five percent (n=557) of SXU's returning undergraduate population (n=2205) participated in the ACHA-NCHA. Eight hundred and sixty (39%) of returning undergraduates were Pell recipients. The mean body mass index (BMI), defined as weight/height2, among the national ACHA-NCHA respondents was 24.6 wt/ht2. Student perceptions on reported weight were disproportionate compared to actual BMI data. Pell recipients had a higher BMI compared to non-Pell recipients (27.2 wt/ht2 vs. 25.7 wt/ht2, respectively, P  < 0.05). Within the top five academic impacts, there were no differences in terms of incidence among all SXU students, but Pell grant recipients were more likely to report a negative impact on their academic performance. Conclusion: With 39% of its undergraduate population eligible for federal Pell grants, this study provides an opportunity to create an evidence-based health promotion student service that targets a specific population, that promotes behavioral changes; thus  leading to the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors, thereby creating an opportunity to make a connection between student health and student retention at SXU.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleStudent Health Services: First Steps in Changing Our Focus from One that Serves those Students on an Episodic Basis to One that Is Centered On the Health Needs of the Entire Populationen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154071-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Student Health Services: First Steps in Changing Our Focus from One that Serves those Students on an Episodic Basis to One that Is Centered On the Health Needs of the Entire Population</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Freitag, Mary Ann, DrNP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Saint Xavier University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Instructor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">freitag@sxu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Evidence-based Practice Session Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this project was to conduct a needs assessment of Saint Xavier University's (SXU) students in order to identify health behaviors that are unique to SXU's population. Methods: The American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) was used. It has approximately 300 items that collect precise data about students' health habits and health behaviors. The ACHA contacted the students to participate in the NCHA through a letter of invitation/consent sent via email. In order to explore the influence of socioeconomic status, students were grouped according to whether or not they had received a federal Pell grant. Categorical variables were analyzed by chi square test and continuous variables by t-test. Results: Twenty-five percent (n=557) of SXU's returning undergraduate population (n=2205) participated in the ACHA-NCHA. Eight hundred and sixty (39%) of returning undergraduates were Pell recipients. The mean body mass index (BMI), defined as weight/height2, among the national ACHA-NCHA respondents was 24.6 wt/ht2. Student perceptions on reported weight were disproportionate compared to actual BMI data. Pell recipients had a higher BMI compared to non-Pell recipients (27.2 wt/ht2 vs. 25.7 wt/ht2, respectively, P&nbsp; &lt; 0.05). Within the top five academic impacts, there were no differences in terms of incidence among all SXU students, but Pell grant recipients were more likely to report a negative impact on their academic performance. Conclusion: With 39% of its undergraduate population eligible for federal Pell grants, this study provides an opportunity to create an evidence-based health promotion student service that targets a specific population, that promotes behavioral changes; thus &nbsp;leading to the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors, thereby creating an opportunity to make a connection between student health and student retention at SXU.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:43:21Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:43:21Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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