Health care providers discuss college health

Washington State University Health and Wellness Services will host the Pacific Coast College Health Association (PCCHA) annual meeting in Spokane, Oct. 21-23.

The meeting is an opportunity for college health care providers and educators from the West Coast region to fulfill continuing-education requirements, network and get up-to-date on current topics in college health.

“It is especially important for the smaller university health service professionals to have this opportunity to exchange ideas and problem solve with other college health people,” said HWS nurse Ruth Nice.

Topics to be covered at the meeting include eating disorders, stress reduction, meningococcal outbreaks, sports medicine, antidepressants and drug use prevention.

“It benefits WSU students by keeping WSU HWS staff updated on college health and health promotion. In other words, we want to know the latest research and methods in order to provide the best possible care to our students,” Nice said.

Business supporters of the meeting include Associated Insurance Plans International Inc., Aventis Pasteur, Barr Laboratories, The Chickering Group, DRx-The Doctors’ Dispensing Network, Highland Campus Health Group, Med Pro Software, Media Highway, Modern Laboratory Services Inc., Nuesoft Technologies, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Pharmedix, Point & Click Solutions, Renaissance Agencies, Somerton Student Insurance Services, Student Resources and Surge LLC.

In conjunction with the meeting, a Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Summit will be held Oct. 20. Linda Langford, associate director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, will provide current research and recommendations on campus sexual violence prevention.

Both events will be at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane. For more information, visit www.capps.wsu.edu/PCCHA. For more information about PCCHA, visit www.acha.org/PCCHA.

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