The University of Alabama Student Health Center hosted the 2013 Southern College Health Association Conference at the Baytowne Conference Center in Sandestin, Fla., April 17-20. The Student Health Center is operated by the College.
Several faculty and staff of the College were involved in the planning of the conference including eight SCHA Executive Planning Committee members and nine SCHA/ACHA Program Planning Committee members. In addition, CCHS faculty and staff presented nine different breakout sessions at the conference on topics ranging from tanning beds and their link to melanoma to insurance billing in a student health center.
“Ride Your Wave and Chart Your Course” was the theme of this year’s conference. “We are focusing on the needs of the individuals and their colleges and universities as we chart the course to improve the services of student health care,” says John Maxwell, SCHA president-elect.
The SCHA, a regional affiliate of the American College Health Association, is a professional organization that colleges and universities join to work together to promote health, including preventive and health promotion programs, on behalf of their students. The annual conference supports this mission and strives to enhance, through presentations, lectures, panel discussions and formal and informal networking opportunities, the ability of college health professional to provide quality care.
This year’s conference included several networking opportunities, vendor exhibits and more than 30 different breakout sessions and featured three keynote speakers: C.M.A. “Max” Rogers IV, MD; Ivana Grahovac, MSW; and Len Kravitz, PhD.
Rogers, a former fighter pilot in the United States Marine Corps and an obstetrician and gynecologist, combines his previous military experience in the “high reliability” world of military fighters with his practice of medicine to concentrate on patient safety and quality improvement.
At the conference, he provided a talk titled “Systematic Approach to Providing High Reliability Health Care in the Age of Customer Service.” Rogers says that high reliability teams and processes are absolutely necessary and “our only hope for achieving flawless health care.”
Grahovac is director of the Center for Students in Recovery at the University of Texas at Austin and is leading the first university system-wide expansion of collegiate recovery to the eight other University of Texas system institutions. At the conference, Grahovac shared tips on “Building Sustainable, Welcoming, and Inclusive Collegiate Recovery Communities.”
Kravitz, a health and fitness expert, presented an address titled “Exercise – The Magic Bullet,” where he spoke about the updated physical activity guidelines for health, the benefits of regular exercise and strategies to help clients and patients adhere to exercise programs.
Kravitz has served as the coordinator of Exercise Science at the Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences at the University of New Mexico since 1999. He is recognized internationally for his contributions to the fitness and health industry and is a published author.
The SCHA’s membership includes 137 universities and colleges in the Southeastern states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi, as well as schools from the West Indies, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Next year, the conference will be hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology and held in Atlanta, Ga.