Health and Wellness wants student participation in nationwide survey

Queens’ Health and Wellness Center  is conducting a survey focusing on campus health issues, and they are encouraging all traditional undergraduate students to complete it. Students can complete this survey, which is being done in cooperation with the American College Health Association (ACHA),  until March 1.

Students who complete the survey will be put in drawings for gift certificates and gift baskets.Eliza Wireback | The Queens Chronicle

Students who complete the survey will be put into drawings for gift certificates and gift baskets.

How to take the survey

All traditional undergraduate students over the age of 18 should have received an email from the ACHA in early February, said Jill Perry, director of Student Health and Wellness Services. There is a link to the survey in the email.

It will take about 20 or 30 minutes to complete and will look at a multitude of areas, including nutrition, immunizations, mental health, sexual health and violence, as well as alcohol and drug use, said Perry.

While students will need to divulge personal information, all individual details are destroyed and only the aggregate data is kept, Perry said.

Why it’s important

The major themes that appear in this survey’s data set will affect Health and Wellness’ missions for the next years, Perry said.

Two years ago, when the survey was last completed, Health and Wellness staff noticed that their suicide prevention scores were lower than the national average.

“So, we said, ‘we’re not doing a good job of this,’” she said. “So, we have done a much bigger push to let students know…what does depression look like, how you can help a friend, what are the resources.”

This year’s survey will let them know how successful that effort has been and also will tell them what new areas they need to focus on in the coming years, Perry said.

What students receive in return

Those who complete the survey will have a chance to win prizes.  Students have already won Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, various gift baskets and movie theatre tickets, according to a Feb. 23 RexText.

More prizes will be announced this week, the email says, adding that the winner of the $200 American Airlines gift card will be announced at Student Life’s “Real Talk” open forum on March 3, at 9 p.m. in the Crown Room.

Completion of the survey is also an FYE credit, Perry said, adding that some teachers are offering students extra credit for doing the survey. Students could use the survey’s confirmation email as proof of survey completion, she said.

 

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