ERIC Number: ED419574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges Tackle Student Health and HIV/AIDS. AACC Research Brief.
Ottenritter, Nan; Barnett, Lynn
This research brief summarizes the findings of a survey conducted in 1996 to determine the involvement of community colleges in the health of their students. The survey gathered information from 535 campuses concerning administration and leadership, curriculum, and community relationships. This report focuses on HIV/AIDS and the extent to which community colleges are offering information and services to prevent HIV infection and other student health problems. Findings indicated that alcohol/other drugs, exercise/fitness, and stress management are the most frequently addressed health issues in classes and presentations. Although 92% of campuses have an official budget for HIV/AIDS education, only 19% of mainstream classes include HIV/AIDS materials. More than half of the colleges have a non-discriminatory policy toward HIV-infected individuals, but only 17% have a campus HIV task force or similar group. In addition, nearly two-thirds of responding colleges have no on-campus reproductive health services. Of those available, services are mostly informational as opposed to offering services such as sexually transmitted diseases (STD) testing and birth control. Of the few colleges that offer HIV testing, three-quarters offer it for free, though more than one-third of the colleges thought 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. (YKH)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Ancillary School Services, Community Colleges, Community Involvement, Cooperation, Educational Research, Health Promotion, Health Services, Partnerships in Education, Prevention, School Community Relationship, School Surveys, Student Needs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (DHHS/CDC), Atlanta, GA. Adolescent and School Health Div.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.