NCHA

The National College Health Assessment is Coming to Cal State LA!

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What is the National College Health Assessment (NCHA)?

The American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a survey designed to assess student health behaviors.

Why is the NCHA Coming to Cal State LA?

The California State University Office of the Chancellor (CSU) is conducting a systemwide NCHA implementation. Through the NCHA, the California State University Office of the Chancellor (CSU) and Cal State LA campus stakeholders hope to learn more about student outcomes, including student engagement, student learning and student retention. We hope that our research will help us better understand student health and improve wellness programs.

How is the NCHA Completed?

An invitation email will be sent to the Cal State LA emails of 7,000 randomly selected students. The NCHA is completed online and typically takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and confidential. Students may answer only some questions, or choose not to participate in the survey at all. Any reports or publications based on this research will use only group data and will not identify students or any individual as being affiliated with this project.

Is There an Incentive for Participation?

All students who submit a survey by the submission deadline — November 30, 2018 — will be automatically entered in a random drawing for campus bookstore gift cards. A total of twelve gift cards will be awarded – two $100, two $50 and eight $25 gift cards. In addition, students may benefit by knowing they have assisted in providing accurate information regarding health and wellness behaviors on our campus.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Participation?

The minimal risks associated with participation in the NCHA include psychological discomfort. Some students may experience psychological discomfort due to the content of certain questions. For example, there are questions regarding illegal substance use, interpersonal violence, and sexual behavior. Students may refrain from answering any question that makes them uncomfortable. If needed, care and resources are available through the Cal State LA Student Health Center (SHC) at 323.343.3302 or www.calstatela.edu/studenthealthcenter.

What Privacy Protections are in Place?

Loss of confidentiality is a minimal risk. Strategies used to protect student privacy and confidentiality include data encryption and high-end firewall systems. Reports resulting from this study will not identify individual students as participants. The data shared with the Student Health Center and the CSU will not contain any unique identifiers. Reports, publications and presentations based on this research will only use group data.

Who Do I Contact if I have Questions?

You may contact the study’s investigators if you have questions or concerns about the survey:

  • Principal Investigator: Monica Jazzabi, MD, Director, Cal State LA Student Health Center: 323.343.3342
  • Co-Investigator: Joanna Gaspar, MS, MPH, Senior Health Educator, Cal State LA Student Health Center: 323.343.3341

THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS IN RESEARCH. ADDITIONAL CONCERNS AND COMPLAINTS, OR QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR RIGHTS AS A RESEARCH PARTICIPANT, SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH (Phone number: 323-343-5368).