Why it Matters...

Being of sound emotional and physical health supports college students experience and likelihood of graduating on-time.  A college degree contributes to improved health outcomes and financial independence.  In response, the UCLA Division of Student Affairs and Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center (The Ashe Center) strives to provide quality, accessible, and state-of-the-art healthcare and education to support UCLA students’ development.  The ACHA-National College Health Assessment (NCHA) serves as a tool for students to evaluate current services and utilization by collecting informative data about students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions.  Having data about students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions results in knowledge driven approaches to designing and improving health and wellness services and resources on campus.

What We Did...

The Student Affairs Information and Research Office and the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center (The Ashe Center) administered a confidential, web-based survey to an invited sample of four thousand undergraduate students and two thousand graduate students.  Survey questions included measures of mental wellness and physical health.  This report highlights findings describing mental health impediments to academic performance, use of mental health resources, substance use, and sleep habits.  In addition, students described their exercise habits, sexual activity, safety behaviors, and perception of campus safety, vaccinations, and health insurance provider.  Descriptive analytic techniques were performed to illustrate findings and data useful for strengthening healthy campus climate and campus wide health promotion and prevention services and initiatives.

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