ACHF now provides seven awards and one writing prize on an annual basis. Four of these will be offered for the first time in 2014. Together, the awards provide funding for projects focusing on healthy education, behavioral and mental health issues, wellness solutions, and innovative practices in college health (including culturally competent practices and initiatives to help implement the goals of Healthy Campus 2020).
Could any of these awards help support a program at your institution?
NEW! Aetna Student Health Award – $5,000 award to support the creation of novel wellness solutions and programs that address issues specifically related to the overall well-being of college students
Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Awards – two awards of $2,500 each to support the development of innovative practices that improve access to quality health care for students
NEW! Healthy Campus 2020 Award – $2,500 award to support campus initiatives to implement the goals of Healthy Campus 2020
NEW! Stephan D. Weiss Student Mental Health Award – $2,500 award to promote and improve the quality of mental health support for college students (available to undergrad or graduate student applicants enrolled at ACHA member institutions)
NEW! Student Health 101 Award – $2,500 award to support new efforts to improve and promote health education programs on college campuses
UnitedHealthcare StudentResources Initiatives in College Mental and Behavioral Health Award – $5,000 award to support the development of creative solutions and programs to address issues specifically related to mental and behavioral health issues affecting college students
Stephan D. Weiss, PhD Mental Health Fund for Higher Education Writing Prize – $1,500 prize for the lead author of a pivotal publication in college mental health
It’s important to note that until recently, ACHF funding opportunities were referred to as grants. It was brought to our attention that some institutions require applicants who are applying for grant funding to complete lengthy internal documentation.
This process takes up a considerable amount of time, and time is something busy college health professionals don’t have much of. To make the application process less cumbersome, the term has now been changed to “awards,” but the program is otherwise unchanged – except for the addition of four new awards, of course! We hope that by making this change, many more deserving applicants will be able to apply for ACHF funding.
These awards are available exclusively to ACHA members or college health professionals at a member institution. The Weiss Student Mental Health Award is available only to student applicants.
For more information on specific awards, visit “How to Apply for Funding, Awards, and the Weiss Writing Prize.” Be sure to submit your applications by January 31, 2014!