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2009 Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Chrys Kosarchyn will give a presentation at the national conference of the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) on April 4

February 24, 2009

Dr. Chrys Kosarchyn, Professor of Health Education, will give a presentation at the national conference of the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) on April 4 in Tampa, Fla. Her presentation, in which she will be joined by Dr. Diane Allensworth of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is "Developing a Framework for a Health Promoting University." It is based on an ongoing project in collaboration with the CDC and the AAHE that she began during her sabbatical in the spring 2008 semester. In the project, with which she will be involved for at least another year, Dr. Kosarchyn is "developing a ‘Framework for a Health Promoting University' based on the World Health Organization's ‘settings' approach to health promotion (e.g., the university being one ‘setting') and the ecological model of health behavior that will help address the health of college students," she said. As a result of her work on this project, Dr. Kosarchyn was selected as the AAHE's representative on the American College Health Association (ACHA) Working Group for "Healthy Campus 2010/2020." The ACHA document Healthy Campus is "used extensively at Longwood to help plan, develop, implement and evaluate health promotion efforts on our campus," she said. "But, like the Healthy People 2010 document it is based on, it must be updated to the 2020 version. I have been meeting via conference calls since June 2008 with the other members of the Working Group, and our efforts are progressing nicely."