Category Archives: Student Health

Award-winning SHOES Project builds on two years’ successes to combat mental illness and depression

East Carolina University students have partnered with campus departments to present the SHOES Project from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 8 near the cupola on the ECU Mall.

SHOES, which stands for Students Honoring Others’ Everyday Struggles/Stories, is a program intended to help ECU students who may be dealing with challenging times. College students may experience depression, anxiety, stress, addictions or thoughts of self-harm, but may feel isolated and unable to manage their response.

“Our hope is that this program and its profound effect on helping others with their struggles, providing them with education and resources, along with hope, encouragement and positivity, will help the masses in being more aware of mental health issues in adolescents and young adults,” said Waz Miller, director of residence life.

The SHOES project was first held in 2016. It won the state and regional Program of the Year award from the South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, and went on to be chosen as the Program of the Year by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. The program was shared with other campuses at the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International conference in Rhode Island in June.

Shoes with notes bring awareness to mental health issues

Shoes are scattered across the ECU Mall with anonymous notes during the 2017 SHOES event, a project which aims to bring awareness to mental health issues. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Thursday’s event will feature a display of 400 pairs of shoes, each attached to a story of someone struggling with a family situation, medical condition, mental health issue or other obstacles, which have been collected from ECU and Hope Middle School students.

In addition to the shoes on display, the So Worth Living student organization will have a Worthy Wall, a chalkboard wall where students can write down the reasons why they are worthy of being loved. Student radio station WZMB 91.3 FM will broadcast live during the event.

ECU students and staff will distribute thousands of positive messages on buses and in campus buildings during the SHOES Project. There will also be a resource table, and the Center for Counseling and Student Development will have a counselor on site for participants who would like someone to talk to in a confidential setting.

There will also be a giant purple bear named Soks and hot chocolate and cookies donated by Campus Dining. Participants can share their photos and thoughts using the hashtag #ECUSHOES.

“This is a time of year when students may get stressed, lonely and need a lift,” Miller said. “This is a collaborative effort to bring more awareness to mental health and other issues which college and younger students are facing.”

In the event of rain, the project will be moved to Thursday, Feb. 15. For more information, contact Waz Miller at millerc@ecu.edu.

 

-Contact: Will Bullock, ECU Residence Hall Association advisor, bullockw17@ecu.edu, or Troy Nance, SHOES event coordinator/RHA President, nancet15@students.ecu.edu

Student Health Services Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

East Carolina University’s Student Health Services (SHS) has been re-accredited through 2020 by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

ECU’s SHS offers primary health care services to enrolled students and handles more than 30,000 student visits each year in clinics on main campus and the health sciences campus.

Accredited since 2002, the designation means SHS has met nationally recognized standards for quality health care through an independent, external evaluation. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC.

“This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care organization,” said Dr. LaNika Wright, director of ECU SHS. “Pursuing accreditation shows our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality care to our patients, and the same high level of quality in our business practices. Achieving accreditation by AAAHC is proof that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party.”

Organizations seeking the three-year accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

“Going through the process reiterates that we are a health care organization in pursuit of excellence,” Wright said. “We hold ourselves to high standards and desire to provide the highest quality of care. SHS is comprised of some of the finest employees on ECU’s campus and I am proud to be a part of this team.”

For more information, call LaNika Wright at 252-328-6841 or visit www.ecu.edu/studenthealth.

 

Contact: LaNika L. Wright, director of ECU Student Health Services, wrightla@ecu.edu or 252-328-6841

Student Health Prepares for National Accreditation

 LaNika Wright, SHS Director, is presenting her game called “The Government” to Dr. Armen, SHS Medical Director. (contributed photos)

LaNika Wright, SHS Director, is presenting her game called “The Government” to Dr. Armen, SHS Medical Director. (contributed photos)

ECU Student Health Services hosted an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, AAAHC, fair on March 7, 2017 for all SHS employees. The fair was a fun, creative way to help prepare employees for the upcoming AAAHC survey on June 5th and 6th, 2017. Additionally, the fair included interactive games on several AAAHC chapters such as patient rights, quality of care and quality improvement. All participants who successfully completed all the games had the opportunity to put their name in for a drawing to win homemade baked goods, gift card, and ECU ball cap! SHS staff gave positive feedback on the fair and noted it was a, “fun atmosphere with interactive learning.”

LaShae Locke created and ran her game named “RESPECT,” which helped inform players on AAAHC standards of respecting patient rights.

LaShae Locke created and ran her game named “RESPECT,” which helped inform players on AAAHC standards of respecting patient rights.

AAAHC is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979. Their primary purpose is to develop standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation process, education and research. The AAAHC Accreditation is a voluntary process which involves an onsite visit for surveyors to measure health care organizations’ quality of services and performance against nationally recognized standards.

In addition to the fair, SHS preparation for AAAHC accreditation is an ongoing process. Other preparation efforts include mock inspections, education sessions, self-assessment of AAAHC standards, and monthly chapter captain meetings. SHS was re-accredited by AAAHC in 2014 and our accreditation certification demonstrates our commitment to provide the highest level of quality of care to our students. Below are some scenes from the AAAHC Fair.

Kim Joyner used her “Swashbuckling with Captain Kim” game to inform providers and staff about the AAAHC standards on quality improvement and risk management.

Kim Joyner used her “Swashbuckling with Captain Kim” game to inform providers and staff about the AAAHC standards on quality improvement and risk management.

 

 

-by Kim Joyner, Student Health Services

Student Health Services prepares for national accreditation

At the Student Health Services fair, left to right, graduate assistant Sara Ridder, Graduate Assistant, and quality improvement manager Kim Joyner,  present a game called, “Swashbucking with Captain Kim” to Nadya Majette Elliot, health promotion project manager and Joyce Bullock, health information.(Contributed photos).

At the Student Health Services fair, left to right, graduate assistant Sara Ridder and quality improvement manager Kim Joyner, present a game called, “Swashbucking with Captain Kim” to Nadya Majette Elliot, health promotion project manager, and Joyce Bullock, Health Information. (Contributed photos).

East Carolina University’s Student Health Services hosted an AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) fair March 11 for health services employees as a way to prepare them for the June AAAHC survey for national accreditation.

The event offered interactive games that educated participants on issues such as patient rights, quality of care and quality improvements. Participants who successfully completed all games had an opportunity to enter a drawing to win homemade baked goods and rain gear.

At left, Kenzie Bundy, Health Information, plays “Save Billy’s Kids,” presented by Greg Morris, Pharmacy.

At left, Kenzie Bundy, Health Information, plays “Save Billy’s Kids,” presented by Greg Morris, Pharmacy.

Student Health Services’ preparation for AAAHC accreditation is an ongoing process that, in addition to the fair, includes mock inspections, education sessions, self-assessment of AAAHC standards and bimonthly chapter captain meetings. SHS was re-accredited by AAAHC in 2011. The accreditation certification demonstrates commitment to provide the highest level of quality of care to ECU students.

AAAHC is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979. Their primary purpose is to develop standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation process, education and research. The AAAHC Accreditation is a voluntary process which involves an onsite visit for surveyors to measure health care organizations’ quality of services and performance against nationally recognized standards.

Pictured left to right, Justin Elliot, Administration, discusses the rules of “We’ve got this in the Bag-go!” presented by Ellen Goldberg, Nursing.

Pictured left to right, Justin Elliot, Administration, discusses the rules of “We’ve got this in the Bag-go!” presented by Ellen Goldberg, Nursing.

Healthy lunches, education highlight National Nutrition Month


East Carolina University’s Campus Dining Services and ARAMARK will highlight National Nutrition Month in March with healthy lunches at Todd and West End Dining Hall on March 19 and March 26, along with suggested menu combinations nightly throughout the month in both dining halls.

The celebration is part of a national campaign through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With a theme of “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” the campaign encourages the development of a personalized healthy eating style that incorporates individual preferences, lifestyles, health concerns, and cultural and ethnic traditions.

“National Nutrition Month highlights the importance of making informed food choices that work for each individual’s lifestyle and nutrition needs,” said Janie Owens, the ARAMARK registered dietitian with ECU Campus Dining Services.  “We are committed to providing the campus community with a menu that features a variety of healthy options and supports consumers’ changing preferences.”

The March 19 and 26 lunches will feature tips and educational information about the importance of building a healthy plate by following the recommendations of ChooseMyPlate.gov to create “Pirate Approved Plates.” Menus will feature many whole grain options and lean proteins. Lunches are $8.50 and may be purchased through university meal plans.

Additional information about National Nutrition Month activities on campus is available at www.ecu.edu/dining. For suggestions related to ways students can “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” visit www.eatright.org.

Student Health prepares for national accreditation

The East Carolina University Student Health Services hosted an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Fair March 10 for its employees.

Designed to prepare employees for accreditation surveys scheduled for June 21 and 22, the event included interactive games on such topics as patient rights, quality of care and facilities and environment. Game winners were eligible to participate in drawings for prizes. Read more…

Student Health Prepares for National Accreditation

The East Carolina University Student Health Services hosted an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Fair March 10 for its employees.

Designed to prepare employees for accreditation surveys scheduled for June 21 and 22, the event included interactive games on such topics as patient rights, quality of care and facilities and environment. Game winners were eligible to participate in drawings for prizes.

Preparation for accreditation is an ongoing process. Other preparation efforts include mock inspections, educational sessions, self-assessment of AAAHC standards, bimonthly chapter captain meetings, and updating policies.

AAAHC accreditation is a voluntary process which involves an onsite visit for surveyors to measure an ambulatory health care organization’s quality of services and performance against nationally recognized standards. Student Health Services was re-accredited in 2008.

Pictured above from left to right Cathy Buria, graduate assistant, and Kim Joyner, quality improvement manager, present a game called Swashbuckling with Captain Kim to Amy Viverette, insurance coordinator. (contributed photos)

From left to right is Jolene Jernigan, director, and nurse Charlene Hettinger playing a balloon game.

Left to right, Noel Wallace, lab technician, is playing the Health and Nutrition Education Survivor game presented by Latasha Gibbs, intern, Shawnte’ Elbert, health educator, and India Christian, intern.

Left to right, Selena Anderson, insurance coordinator, and Claire Martin, nurse, play the Fishing Rights game presented by Dr. Shirley Williamson.