Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campuses
Purpose of Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campus
The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campus status recognizes post-secondary public and private institutions of higher learning and career technology centers for their outstanding efforts and achievements in actively creating a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors.
Reasons to Apply to be a Certified Healthy Campus
- Help create a healthier Oklahoma
- Become one of the first in the nation to participate in a peer developed certification program
- Show pride in your campus health promotion efforts
- Be a leader in campus health promotion for your peer institutions nationwide
- Show students, faculty, and staff that the campus takes an active interest in their health and well-being
- Promote wellness
- Encourage healthy behaviors
- Establish safe and supportive environments
- Link health promotion efforts to the learning mission of higher education.
- Increase visibility of health promotion
- Demonstrate capacity to potential outside funders
All Oklahoma public and private colleges, universities and career technology centers are encouraged to apply to be a Certified Healthy Campus.
Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Learning
American College Health Association (ACHA) Standards for Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education was used as the guiding template for development. The six standards were given checklist items that fall within the scope of the intent of each standard. A summary of the ACHA standards can be seen at:
Application period opens August 1, 2012 and closes November 1, 2012. Certification will be announced in December and an awards ceremony will be held on February 28. Each application will be reviewed by the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Campus staff of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Applications will be scored in peer groups based on the total number of points awarded in each of the six sections. Three levels of certification (basic, merit, and excellence) will be awarded dependent upon total score distribution within peer groups. To obtain a level of Excellence, an institution must have a 24/7 tobacco free policy.
Tips for Completing Application
- Print a copy of the criteria first for review
- Do not start the application process until you are ready to complete (you will not be able to save)
- Criteria must be met at the time of submission
To review and print the 2012 criteria click here.
We’re excited that you have an interest in becoming a Certified Healthy Campus. Please note all applications must include the contact information for the person submitting the application as well as an administrator such as Vice President, Provost, Dean, Superintendent, Director, or other higher administration official. The web-based application is no longer available for 2012, but you can start getting ready for 2013!
If you have questions or need more information please contact Victoria Gaddis at 405-271-9444 ext, 56433.