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July 31, 2012

Ohio University joins in unique collaborative to improve student health 

Representatives from Ohio University recently attended a National College Health Improvement Project (NCHIP) learning collaborative session in Washington, D.C on improving the health of students by reducing harms associated with high-risk drinking.  

Ohio University has been a member of NCHIP since 2011.  

Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi, Interim Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones, Assistant Dean of Students Char Kopchick and Student Senator Mary Kate Gallagher represented the University among the 32 institutions from across the country that gathered. The three-day collaborative session was led by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College. 

During the session, the OHIO team presented the University’s progress in harm reduction, its strides in helping students make safer choices around alcohol and the use of Brief Motivational Interviewing in the Greek Community.  

Collaborative strategy-sharing sessions highlighted approaches to pre-gaming events, off-campus parties and other high-risk behaviors that the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates kill as many as 1,800 college students a year and contribute to many injuries, sexual assaults and academic failures. 

President Roderick McDavis stated that Ohio University’s participation in the NCHIP collaborative is beneficial to the University.  

“Ohio University is pleased to take part in such an important initiative,” McDavis said. “The University’s continued involvement in the National College Health Improvement Project highlights our dedication to the health of our students and presents a great opportunity to learn from other schools around the nation.”  

For more information about NCHIP, visit

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