• News from the President

    March 2013

    ACHA 2013 Annual Meeting – Boston, MA

    We are in the final planning stages for the annual ACHA meeting to be held in Boston with the theme – Service to Others, Compassion for All to be held from May 28-June 1 at the Marriott-Copley Place – make sure to register and make your reservations soon as we expect a record attendance for a program filled with of great speakers and innovative ideas.  This is the first time in many years that the meeting is being held in our region, allowing many of our staff to attend – we would love to see you there!! To register: www.acha.org/annualmeeting13/

    ACHA Board Meeting – Feb. 2013

    Joleen Nevers, MAEd, CHES, AASECT (our Region V Representative) and I recently attended the winter ACHA Board of Directors’ meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.  I am happy to say that we had a very successful beginning to our strategic planning initiative.  ACHA is taking this step to focus the organization’s attention on the most important issues for our members.  I hope to report more about the ongoing process after the next board meeting, which will be held in Boston at ACHA’s Annual Meeting.

    ACHA 2013 Award Winners

    Join me in congratulating John Miner (Williams College) who was selected as an ACHA Fellow, Denise McGoldrick (Amherst College) who was selected to be the recipient of the E. Dean Lovett Award and Barbara McCall (Castleton State) who was selected for the NECHA Affiliate New Professional Award.  We are grateful to those who took the time to send in nominations for these awards.  We have so many talented members – it is so nice to see them recognized.  Please join us for the awards dinner on Thursday, May 30 to celebrate these hard working professionals!

    • ACHA Fellow
    • John Miner, MD is a psychiatrist and co-director of Psychological Counseling at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. He has been at Williams College since 1997. He has served on the board of NECHA and also has been chair and an active member of the ACHA and NECHA program planning committees for many national and regional meetings. He has been a major force behind mental health programming at both the national and regional level. John has been a major proponent for increased collaboration between counseling and medical services, and has helped many of our colleagues take steps to accomplish this.  He is a superb clinician and is sought after for consultation on difficult cases.  He graciously shares his expertise with others and has been a role model for many.  He most recently was the recipient of the NECHA President’s Award in 2011.
    • E. Dean Lovett Award
    • Denise McGoldrick, MS, MCHES is a well-respected leader in health promotion and college health and is currently the Director of Health Education and Assistant Dean of Students at Amherst College in Amherst, MA.  She has been an active volunteer in NEHEN, NECHA and ACHA for many years.  She has represented health promotion on the annual conference planning committee for 8 years. She was elected to the NECHA board of directors in 2009 as member-at-large, and has continued as secretary and is now the president-elect of NECHA. Denise is a tireless volunteer and has served on the ACHA credentialing committee and assisted in approving CHES requirements for regional and national conferences. Denise has also been an active member of the New England Health Educator’s Network (NEHEN), a group of health educators from New England that meets twice a year and has an active listserv.
    • NECHA Affiliate New Professional Award
    • Barbara McCall, MPH, CHES has been the Coordinator of Campus Wellness Education at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont since the spring of 2011.  In a very short time, she has transformed the health promotion programming at the college.  She created a “store” in the Wellness Center with discounted health supplies, many tabling and poster campaigns and a wellness website.  She has also developed many evening workshops for students on topics including nutrition, stress reduction, resiliency, sleep, sexual health, smoking cessation and others.  She has provided leadership in her role as co-chair of the Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force, implementing BASICS training for many and e-check up for incoming students. She has made a significant impact on the wellness of the college health community at Castleton State in just two years.

    Other news from the ACHA Board meeting:

    • ACHA is considering drafting a statement in support of same sex marriage.  Two members of the Board were charged with developing a statement – stay tuned for more information about this.
    • The board continues to discuss restrictions on speakers who stand to benefit financially from speaking at the national conference.
    • ACHA has replaced the former “consultation” services that they offered with a new program called “Peer Review Assistance Program” – see details on the ACHA website.
    • The Board members participated in a 12-hour strategic planning exercise as they reviewed the former strategic plan, goals and objectives, and developed the beginnings of a new strategic plan.  This plan will continue to be developed at the next board meeting in Boston in May with hopes that soon a strategic plan will soon be in place – one which is a “living document”, responsive to the needs of the organization members and the changes in society.