Ryerson Health Data
At Student Wellbeing, we are always looking for the most efficient and effective ways to serve our students. Collection and monitoring of reliable student data enables us to understand, first hand, the significant health priorities of this population and assist us to design better campus-wide health promotion efforts and health and wellness services.
Every three years, Ryerson partners with numerous other colleges and universities in Canada to conduct a comprehensive student health assessment.
The ACHA-NCHA II is an online survey examining students’ behaviours, perceptions, and habits about a variety of health and wellness topics. This survey is administered by the American College Health Association (ACHA).
- Health, health education, and safety.
- Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
- Sex behavior, perceptions, and contraception.
- Weight, nutrition, and exercise.
- Mental and physical health.
- Impediments to academic performance.
As a unit, we are always looking for the most efficient and effective ways to serve our students. Collection and monitoring of reliable student data is necessary to inform our health promotion decisions. Hearing from our student community will enable us to understand, first hand, the significant health priorities of this population and assist us to design better campus-wide health promotion efforts and health & wellness services.
The response proportion was 18.9% (n=691). This sample size is large enough to generate significant insights within a 95% confidence interval and a +/-4 margin of error.
5,000 Ryerson students were randomly selected to participate in the assessment. The sole selection criterion is that student participants must be over the age of 18. Random selection allows for a sample that represents the different nationalities, genders, ages, academic levels, cultures, and family status that exists within Ryerson.
Yes. In Spring 2016, for the first time ever, 41 institutions participated in a Canada-wide effort to gather student health data using the ACHA-NCHA II.
Juannittah Kamera (RN, BScN, MScHPPH)
Health Promotion Programs Coordinator l Student Health & Wellness
416-979-5000 ext. 4295
41 Canadian postsecondary institutions chose to participate in the Spring 2016 ACHA National College Health Assessment. In total, 43,780 surveys were completed across Canada. A reference group was created out of Canadian institutions that employed random sampling techniques and agreed to have their data included. The mean response rate within this group was 19% and the median was 19%.
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How Health Promotion uses the data
The results of the assessment have helped the Health Promotions Department to:
- Identify the most common health and behavior risks affecting students' academic performance.
- Design evidence-based health promotion programs with targeted educational and environmental initiatives.
- Create social norms marketing campaigns by comparing students' actual behaviors to their perceptions about peer behavior.
- Provide needs assessment data for campus and community task forces on various health topics, such as mental health, physical health, etc.
- Have readily available graphs and data for policy discussions and presentations with faculty, staff, administration, and board members.
- Impact the campus culture by opening a dialogue about health with students and staff.
- We are happy to share data about particular health issues or sub-populations in academic classes, faculty meetings, student organization meetings, or other forums.
How Ryerson Community Members are Using the Data
- The mental health findings from the NCHA are informing the work that the Ryerson Mental Health Advisory committee is doing in creating a mental health strategy for the campus.
- Ryersonian journalists have used the data in their newspaper articles and TV newscasts.
Who can Access the Data
We are happy to share data about particular health issues or sub-populations in academic classes, faculty meetings, student organization meetings, or other forums. It is helpful for us to track who used the data and how; as such we request that anyone who we provide it to e-mail a copy of their final product to firstname.lastname@example.org. The data can be used in a variety of ways and below are a few suggestions.
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