ACHA Issues New Guidance on Protecting Vulnerable Populations Amid COVID-19 PandemicSeptember 4, 2020 |
by B. Denise Hawkins
Along with careful and ambitious plans to reopen for the fall semester amid a pandemic have come pledges from campus leaders to keep all of their students safe. But new guidance from the American College Health Association (ACHA) urges college officials to also protect, support and engage those who are most vulnerable in the campus population as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences.
In its Supporting Vulnerable Campus Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic guidelines, ACHA names African American/Black, Asian American, first generation/low income, international, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Native American, and undocumented students, as well as students with disabilities as groups that have not only experienced the pandemic’s disproportionate impact, but the economic fallout, racism and health disparities that have been at the intersection of the public health crisis. This list, authors point out, is not exhaustive, and students may fall into multiple categories.