American College Health Association (ACHA)
- Homepage: http://www.acha.org
February 2003: "Since its inception in 1920, the American College Health Association has been dedicated to the health needs of students at colleges and universities. It is the principal leadership organization for the field of college health and provides services, communications, and advocacy that help its members to advance the health of their campus communities.
Today, ACHA's membership has grown from the original 20 institutions of higher education to more than 900....ACHA also serves more than 2,400 individual college health care professionals..."
August 2008: "To encourage vaccination on campus, Merck provided the American College Health Association with an unrestricted grant to train its officers to speak about the new vaccine and to create kits to discuss cervical cancer and promote the vaccine for college health services. The association now recommends the shot for all female college-age students, even though many in that group already have HPV, rendering the vaccine less useful."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/health/policy/20vaccine.html
November 2007: "In a 2006 study, 39 percent of undergraduate women said they relied on oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, said Mary Hoban of the American College Health Association. But no one can be sure how many of the more than three million women on college campuses nationwide who are estimated to use such contraceptives have been affected by the price increases."http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/health/22contraceptives.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Dr. James Turner M.D. Person Sep 10, 2008
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 19, 2009 Report: HPV vaccine may be going to the wrong women
QUOTE: some doctors now question whether the [HPV] vaccine has been overpromoted to affluent women who need it least instead of patients most at risk of dying from the disease.
USA TODAY Aug 19, 2008 Drug Makers' Push Leads to Cancer Vaccines' Rise
QUOTE: In two years, cervical cancer has gone from obscure killer confined mostly to poor nations to the West’s disease of the moment... The lightning-fast transition from newly minted vaccine to must-have injection in the United States and Europe represents a triumph of what the manufacturers call education and their critics call marketing.
New York Times Nov 22, 2007 Big Rise in Cost of Birth Control on Campuses
QUOTE: Some Democratic lawmakers in Washington are pressing for new legislation by year’s end that would reverse the provision, which they say was inadvertently included in a law intended to reduce Medicaid abuse. In the meantime, health care and reproductive rights advocates are warning that some young women are no longer receiving the contraception they did in the past.
New York Times Mar 02, 2007 More colleges banning smoking
QUOTE: At least 43 campuses from California to New Jersey have gone smoke-free, a trend that is accelerating, according to Americans for Non-smokers' Rights. Most have been community colleges and commuter schools, but more large universities with student housing are debating campus-wide bans...
USA TODAY Jul 26, 2005 Students use ADD drugs to study: Driven: The pill abusers say they need the edge they receive from the medication
QUOTE: To pharmacists and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) patients, the popular psychostimulant she took is known as Adderall. To students across the country, it is a miracle study aid.
Feb 11, 2003 Rare but Deadly Ailment Catches College Freshmen Unprepared
QUOTE: Some legislators and college administrators are reluctant to require a vaccine that does not completely protect against a disease that is rare to begin with.
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