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  • 20 Mar 2020 4:50 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

    SPCHNA Spring Newsletter


    Dear SPCHNA Members,

    Every spring and fall, the President of the board sends out a newsletter to all its members. As the President of SPCHNA, I now sit down to write a newsletter at a very trying time in this country. So many changes and there continue to be changes, on a daily basis to our campuses, work and families.

    College Health has really been rocked within these last 2 weeks. Along the way, the ACHA, CDC, state health laboratories and our local health departments have been there to help provide guidance.  Many Colleges/Universities have closed their doors and sent most of their student’s home to reduce the spread of COVID 19. Student Health Centers have changed their polices and are now requiring all students’ to be screened by phone, prior to coming in for an appointment, and many have locked their doors to prevent community spread of the virus. Other College Health Centers are now practicing telemedicine. West Chester Universities Student Health Center, my workplace, is working with a skeleton crew and alternating staff on a weekly basis. Moreover, none of us knows how this will all play out.

    The landscape of College Health and campus life has changed traumatically.

    Due to the Public Health emergency, the spring SPCHNA conference that was scheduled to be at Bucknell has been cancelled. A lot of hard work has already gone into the planning and preparation for this conference, but it will not be wasted. The plan is to move this conference to spring of 2021. At this point, universities do not want large crowds gathering for any reason. In addition, unfortunately, the ACHA 100th year celebration scheduled for May has been cancelled. We just do not know when this crisis will be over and for everyone’s safety; we must comply with social distancing.

    The board has purchased Zoom and with that, we can have video conferencing, meetings, webinars, and on-line gatherings for any reason. The board will be meeting next week to discuss this further. We are even thinking of having “Tea-Time for Members”. It is in the planning stages, but we were thinking of inviting members to join the Zoom Gathering just so we can check in with each other and share ideas, thoughts, feelings with one another.

    Emails will be sent soon regarding voting for the next VP and Treasurer of the board. This has usually taken place at the spring meeting, but it will be online so be on the lookout for the ballots. Get your votes in as soon as you get the ballot please, deadline for voting May 1.

    These are trying times and changes are happening daily. Please keep safe! Enjoy time with your families but above all else, take care of yourself.


    Lenore M. Joyce, RN

    SPCHNA President

  • 18 Mar 2020 3:37 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

    ACHA Cancelled Annual 2020 Meeting.

    While extremely disappointing, it is understandable that during this public health emergency the risk to ACHA members is high for transmission of Corona Virus if gathering and meetings in large groups.  Official word is coming from ACHA on next steps and refunds etc.

    Stay safe,

    Dr. Catherine Healy-Sharbaugh, ACHA Chair of APC

    Lehman College,

  • 18 Mar 2020 3:35 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

    Hello All,

    I wanted to pass along some helpful advise from Ryan Patel, DO (OSU) who wrote a helpful guide to deal with our evolving Public Health Situation with the Corona Virus.

    Take good care and remember to get a break today, and go outside- Nature is still open!

    Best- Dr. Catherine Healy-Sharbaugh, Family Nurse Practitioner, ACHA Chair APC

  • 05 Mar 2020 7:16 AM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

    Please Note! The Meeting Schedule for ACHA 2020:

    • Sunday, May 24 – Pre-Conference Workshops
    • Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) – Opening General Session/Educational Sessions/ACHA Celebrates
    • Tuesday, May 26 – Exhibits and Posters Open
    • Wednesday, May 27 – Exhibits and Posters/Dorosin Lecture
    • Thursday, May 28 – Presidential Closing Session

    ACHA Meeting Blog: Celebrate ACHA’s 100th Anniversary at ACHA 2020!

    We are all so excited to be planning ACHA 2020! There’s so much to celebrate this year—our 100th anniversary plus the beginning of a new decade. 

  • 28 Feb 2020 7:29 AM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

    The Meningitis B Action Project is conducting a brief survey of healthcare providers to assess how the Meningitis B vaccine is being discussed and used in clinical practice. Please help us get our survey out by sharing it with any doctors and nurses you may know.

    Please share this 2 min, multiple choice, anonymous survey with any pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses who are currently working with adolescents. We are looking for providers who ARE and ARE NOT routinely vaccinating against Meningitis B. 


    They can take the survey here: 

    Survey closes on March 9, 2020. 


    A recent study found that many providers are not discussing the Meningitis B vaccine with their young patients. Our survey will help us understand why to help inform critical MenB education and policy efforts.

    Click below to share the survey directly via Facebook, Twitter or email! That's it. 5 seconds and done!

    Have 5 seconds?
    Click share, tweet or forward below, and you are done! 

    About the Meningitis B Action Project 

    The Meningitis B Action Project is a joint initiative by two mothers who each lost their young, healthy daughters too soon to a now vaccine-preventable disease, Meningitis B. In 2014, to educate the public about meningococcal disease and MenB vaccination, Patti and Alicia established their own foundations, The Kimberly Coffey Foundation and The Emily Stillman Foundation, named after their daughters. In 2017, both mothers joined forces under the Meningitis B Action Project to make sure other parents don’t needlessly suffer their same fate.

    The project aims to arm young adults and their parents with information to proactively talk to their healthcare provider about MenB and the MenB vaccine; encourage school and college administrators, as well as the medical community, to inform students and patients about MenB and the MenB vaccine; and to engage policymakers to ensure broader access to the MenB vaccine.

  • 26 Dec 2019 1:51 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)




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