April 4, 2018

Brooke Corliss

Pictured left to right: Cindy Carey (Peer Helpers Sponsor), Hanna Niccoli ( Peer Helper), Brooke Corliss (Sam & Louie’s Italia Restaurant certificate winner) , Tyler Szymkowicz (Peer Helper), and Christina Korf (Peer Helper)

April 3, 2018, Sterling, CO – Northeastern Junior College (NJC) not only cares about how students are achieving in the classroom, they care how the students are doing personally, emotionally and physically. In February, the NJC Peer Helpers spearheaded a campaign to find out the health needs of their fellow classmates by gathering data from the American College Health Association – National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) National Collegiate Student Health Survey. This survey will give NJC anonymous, aggregate information on a wide variety of student health concerns, ranging from sleep/eating patterns to drug/alcohol use, mental health concerns, and physical health.  This data will be used to assist the students at NJC. The survey contains approximately 300 questions that assess health status and health problems, risk and protective behaviors, access to health information, impediments to academic performance, and perceived norms across a variety of content areas.

Jessica Williams

Pictures left to right: Jessica Williamson (Fiesta Restaurant certificate winner), Tyler Szymkowicz (Peer Helper), Hanna Niccoli (Peer Helper), and Christina Korf (Peer Helper)

The questions asked will aid NJC in identifying the most common health and behavior actions that affect students’ academic performance.  This will allow the Peer Helpers and NJC to design health programs at all levels as well as give input into the decision making NJC does around allocating monetary and human resources to better serve the students.

Kaylee Traxler

Pictured left to right: Hanna Niccoli (Peer Helper), Kaylee Traxler (NJC Bookstore certificate winner), Tyler Szymkowicz (Peer Helper), and Christina Korf (Peer Helper)

The NJC Peer Helpers worked hard to get word out to the student body and it was a successful campaign as 27.5% of NJC students completed the survey.  This is a higher return than many of the 4-year universities in Colorado.  Each participating student received a credit card shaped flash drive with a message to remind them of the dangers of distracted driving.  Five students were randomly chosen and awarded a substantial prize. Brooke Corliss won a $50 gift card to Sam & Louie’s Italian Restaurant, Jessica Williams won a $50 gift card to Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, Kaylee Traxler won a $100 gift certificate to the NJC Bookstore, Madison Smith won a Fitbit Charge HR 2, and Cindy Watanabe won an 32 GB iPad.

Madison Smith

Pictured left to right: Hanna Niccoli (Peer Helper), Madison Smith (Fitbit winner), Tyler Szymkowicz (Peer Helper), and Christina Korf (Peer Helper)

The campaign would not be possible without funding from the Coalition of Colorado Campus Alcohol and Drug Educators Collaborate 2017-2019 Cohort grant. This grant allowed the NJC Peer Helpers to offer the five top prizes and continues to support NJC in the analysis of the results and the implementation of evidence-based best practices with the support of the CADE staff.

Cindy Watanabe

Pictured left to right: Hanna Niccoli (Peer Helper), Cindy Watanabe (iPad winner), Tyler Szymkowicz (Peer Helper), and Christina Korf (Peer Helper)