National College Health Assessment (NCHA)
JANUARY 24th 2019 TO FEBRUARY 15th 2019
- Open your McMaster e-mail
- Look for an e-mail with the subject “McMaster Student Wellness Survey”
- Follow the link to complete the survey
- Be entered to win 1 of 17 $100 Campus Store Gift Cards!
The AHCA-National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is conducted by the American College Health Association (ACHA). It is an internationally recognized research survey that collects data about students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. At the Student Wellness Centre, we’re dedicated to bettering the student experience through research, education, and sound practice. Participating in the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is one of the many ways we’re working towards helping McMaster stay well.
The survey contains questions on a wide range of topics including alcohol use, tobacco use, other drug use, mental health, sexual health, nutrition, exercise, and personal safety.
McMaster University has participated in the NCHA survey in previous years (2009, 2013, 2016); the implementation of the survey is coordinated by the Student Wellness Centre. A randomized sample of McMaster students are selected to participate, and will receive an e-mail to their McMaster e-mails with an invitation to participate. This year the NCHA survey will be sent out to 6000 randomly selected students.
The survey will be open from January 24th 2019 to February 15th 2019. Check your McMaster email to see if you’ve been selected to participate. Complete the survey and you’ll be entered to win 1 of 17 $100 Campus Store gift cards!
More About NCHA
The data collected from the survey helps to identify the wellness needs of the student population, as well as improve the services offered by the Student Wellness Centre and university. The survey data also informs education, programming, and policies at the university. We recognize the significance of having supports available to students, and work tirelessly to ensure a positive student experience.
The goal is to have a respondent pool that represents the size and diversity of McMaster’s student community. An extensive respondent pool will allow for a more complete and accurate data set, and this will enable us to better meet the needs of all students at McMaster. Every survey helps build a healthier Mac!
The survey has been used to consistently adapt the programming, services, and support offered by the Student Wellness Centre. Whether this means the introduction of new student workshops, the tailoring of wellness education resources to better fit student needs, or more directly answering the requests of students in the information they receive. The survey has consistently worked to better the Student Wellness Centre.
Here’s just a few ways the survey has impacted McMaster since 2016:
In 2016, 73% of McMaster students who completed the NCHA survey said that they were interested in receiving information on nutrition. This result helped inform programming at the Student Wellness Centre; specifically, a program called Food for Thought was developed. Food for Thought offers a series of fun and interactive classes for students, and provides opportunities to discover and experience how to cook healthy, affordable, and delicious meals.
In 2016, 76% of McMaster students who completed the NCHA survey said that they were interested in receiving information on how to help others in distress. This result showed the need for education and training related to mental health. The Student Wellness Centre offers safeTALK training to McMaster students, faculty and staff; safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.
In 2016, 82% of McMaster students who completed the NCHA survey said that they were interested in receiving information on stress reduction. This result showed the importance of providing students with information on stress management, as well as offering programs and tools related to stress reduction. The Student Wellness Centre recently updated their website, and it has pages and articles specifically related to stress management. The Student Wellness Centre also offers a number of programs to help relieve stress, such as SWELL Unplugged and Walk In Nature Sessions.
- Check your McMaster email.
- Look for an email from the “National College Health Assessment”.
- Click the survey link provided in either the invitation email or the reminder emails.
- Complete the survey questions.
- Submit your responses.
- Be entered to win great prizes!
What will the survey results be used for?
The survey results will be used to (1) identify the wellness needs of the student population, (2) improve the services offered by the Student Wellness Centre and university, and (3) inform education, programming, and policies.
What type of questions are included in the survey?
The survey contains questions on a wide range of health topics. These include: alcohol use, tobacco use, other drug use, mental health, sexual health, nutrition, exercise, and personal safety.
What if I don’t feel comfortable answering some of the questions?
The survey is completely voluntary, and you may skip any question that you do not want to answer. If you need support, please contact the Student Wellness Centre.
Who receives this survey and how will I know if I was selected?
6000 McMaster students will be randomly selected to participate in the survey. If you are selected to participate, you will receive an email to your McMaster email account. The subject line of the email will read “McMaster Student Wellness Survey”. Please note that the survey will come from an email account of ACHA-NCHA and not McMaster University.
How do I access the survey?
You can access the survey by clicking on the survey link provided in the invitation and reminder emails. You can complete the survey on a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Is the survey confidential and anonymous?
The survey is confidential, but it is not anonymous. The survey responses are made anonymous upon submission, but the survey is not administered anonymously. However, when you hit the “Submit Survey” button on the last page of the survey, the link between your email address and your survey response is destroyed. There will be no results about specific McMaster students made available, only the compiled data of the anonymous responses.
How long will it take to complete the survey? Do I need to complete all of it at one time?
The survey will take roughly 30 minutes to complete. You do not need to complete the entire survey at one time. You may begin the survey, take a break, and return to complete the survey at another time (your responses up to a page break will be saved).
Is there an incentive for completing the survey?
Yes! When you complete the survey and submit it, you will be entered to win 1 of 17 $100 Campus Store gift cards!
How will I know if my survey has been submitted?
When your survey has been submitted, you will receive a message thanking you for your participation and informing you that your responses have been submitted. You will also receive an email informing you that your responses to the survey have been recorded.
Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns related to the survey, please contact Taryn Aarssen firstname.lastname@example.org.
I didn’t receive the survey but I would like to provide feedback. How can I do this?
Although not all students will receive an invitation to participate in the survey, you can stay engaged with McMaster’s Student Wellness Centre and provide feedback through our website. Click here to learn more about how we’re helping Mac stay well.