Sharing Our Story: Addressing Non-Academic Barriers to Ensure Student Success
Dr. Jeanne Harris-Caldwell, HSACCC President - On behalf of the California Community Colleges Health Services Association, and the more than 2.1 million community college students, I want to welcome you to our organization and encourage you to share our mission of Health Services to support and foster student access to quality health service programs within the California Community Colleges. Your work is critical to the success of our students.
Our roles within Student Health Services (SHS) vary greatly across our programs but our purpose to enhance student success by supporting and promoting quality health service programs throughout the California Community College system is universal. Our commitment to ensuring we reach the Chancellors strategic goals is stronger than ever today. Many of us are increasingly seeing basic needs not being met for our students who are coming to us with food and housing insecurities in addition to the physical and mental health needs thus requiring us to provide overarching case management for our student population.
Making a difference in the lives we serve is simply what we do every day. Yet, many of our colleagues are unaware of the programs or value we bring to our campuses on a daily basis. As your President I encourage all of you to let your voice be heard, to actively market your programs, understand the Department of Education Title V requirements, legal requirements, and Federal HIPAA & FERPA laws. Ensure that you continually perform student outreach, undertake essential grant work to supplement your programs, and continually inform your colleges and communities how truly critical our work with our students are. Furthermore, without active program endorsement, administrators, legislators and key decision-makers will fail to realize how essential our work is in keeping students engaged, enrolled and able to persist, achieving the overall goal to complete degrees and certificates; in short, achieving consistent and measurable student successes.
As I write my first President’s Message, your 2018-2019 HSACCC Executive Board is working hard to compose and share our essential story with the CCC State Chancellor’s Office by highlighting specific exemplary service models; creating innovative ways to allow students to access health information through projects such as CANVAS, as well as working with individual colleges and districts to ensure that all health services are appropriately staffed and maintain the standards within Title V by hiring qualified nursing directors. In addition, our Board has been actively working to provide guidance and support for additional opportunities for funding through programs such as the LEA – Medi-Cal and Family Pact. Lastly, much work has been done with leadership within the American College Health Association to strengthen membership between our organizations and collaborate with the application of college health best practices. We also endeavor to continue the work of our previous executive boards by describing the essential work we do in student health across the California Community College system
In closing, early next year I invite you to join us for our 2019 Annual Conference; Feb 27 through March 1, 2019 at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, located at 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262. I am honored to serve as the 2018-19 President, I look forward to working with each of you and in celebrating the successes that we will make happen together
Dr. Jeanne Harris-Caldwell RN MSN CCRN PHN