NECHA Happenings - January 2020
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A Message From NECHA’s President
Elizabeth Drexler-Hines, MPH, MCHES

President, New England College Health Association

Happy New Year!

I hope that you were able to spend time with family and friends over the holidays and also had time to rest and refresh.  If anyone is feeling like me, I appreciate the renewal of a new year. I also recognize all of the hard work that lies ahead of us in college health for the year.  This past week was very busy and it was also a good reminder that staying energized and refreshed for another semester is going to take some effort on my part.  For me, that is a commitment to getting back to a daily mindfulness practice. For you, that may be something different. But I do hope that you are also able to incorporate those things into your daily work life, in any way possible, that keeps you passionate, healthy, and able to love the work that you do.

I am also looking forward to the opportunity to incorporate some of the things that I learned at the Annual NYSCHA/NECHA meeting this semester.  From new information about cannabis, assessment strategies, and exploring restorative justice practices, the information that I took from the meeting has me approaching my work with new perspectives and practices.  I am always grateful for the amazing work that comes from our network of professionals and the willingness to share it. 

I am sure that there are many of you out there who are also doing this work and I hope that you will share it as well. If you’re thinking: “I may have something to share, but it’s not a big project or study.” or “I’m not sure if I have enough for a session.”  Please consider submitting a proposal anyway!  There is a team of volunteers who review all of the submitted proposals and who can also help you if you have questions or need assistance with adjustments.  P.S. Did I mention that the meeting is in Newport, RI? 

You can take a look at the submission form here: and the deadline is March 15th (no exceptions).  The semester goes by quickly so I always say that the deadline is “fast approaching” even though it’s January.

If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please feel free to contact me or anyone on the Board:

Best wishes for the new year,


Call for Proposals for the NECHA 2020 is NOW OPEN! 

This year’s NECHA Annual Meeting, Health Equity: Light The Way, will be held in Newport, RI on November 4-6, 2020 and we hope you’ll join us! For more information about the Annual Meeting, including the Call for Proposals, click here.

NECHA President-elect Tanya Sullivan, DNP, APRN, CNP, is serving as this year's Annual Meeting Program Chair. She and her multi-disciplinary planning committee will soon be reviewing proposals and setting the stage for NECHA 2020. Please contact Tanya with your thoughts as we strive to make sure this year’s event meets your expectations and more! Deadline for initial online submission is March 15, 2020.

For more information on the Call for Proposals and for information on this year's track leaders and ways to be involved in the planning committee, please click here.

DUE 1/15: Affiliate New Professionals Award Nominations

This award recognizes ACHA members who have provided service to the field of college health for FIVE years or less and who have made significant contributions to their institutions and/or affiliate.

We encourage you to take some time to also reflect on the past few years and give a colleague the recognition they deserve. Nominate them TODAY for the Affiliate New Professional Award -- deadline is January 15th, 2020. 

How to Nominate a Candidate for Affiliate New Professionals Awards

  • Write a letter of nomination.
  • Have at least one colleague write a letter of support.
  • Send all letters to the NECHA President, Elizabeth Drexler-Hines by January 15, 2020.

Click here for more information on the award and check out the many other ACHA award opportunities

Meet the NECHA Board of Directors

Emily Rosenthal, MPH, LMSW is currently the Secretary for the NECHA Board of Directors and the Coordinator of the Wellness Center at Southern Connecticut State University. She has over ten years of experience working in public health, the last five in higher education. At SCSU, she oversees the design, development and implementation of campus wide health promotion and prevention programs.  She is the principal investigator of 3 active grants, focused on tobacco, alcohol and opioids. She has a bachelors degree in psychology from Harvard University and masters degrees in public health and social work from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Important Dates

ACHA New Professionals Award Nominations Deadline

Early March
Registration for NECHA Annual Meeting Opens

NECHA Call For Proposals Deadline

5/24/20 - 5/28/20
ACHA Conference: Celebrating 100 Years

11/4/20 - 11/6/20
NECHA Annual Meeting
Job Postings
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NECHA Happenings January 2020

Please contact Sarah Cavicchi, NECHA Administrative Director, with any questions.

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