ACHA to evaluate Willamette’s health care model

by Jennifer Lawrence,

Update Oct. 14, 2016: Thank you to those who were able to participate in a session for the ACHA review. If you were not able to attend a session or would like to provide more feedback, please fill out this feedback form. Your input is critical to the review process.

In light of students’ evolving health care needs and regulatory changes under the Affordable Care Act, Bishop Wellness Center has contracted with the American College Health Association to evaluate the university’s health care delivery model. ACHA will review opportunities for improvement, savings and additional resources for health care services at Willamette.

Beginning Oct. 9, two highly qualified and experienced college and hospital health care administrators will visit campus for three days to conduct interviews and perform research. Willamette’s Campus Life staff will contact campus community members during the coming weeks to coordinate interviews with students, faculty and staff in mid-October.

With this research and community input, reviewers will also evaluate the feasibility of a partnership with Salem Health or other entity to support our health care needs. We expect the analysis to continue through the end of November.

We encourage students to participate fully to ensure that the reviewers have as much information as possible to make their recommendations.If you are selected, please share your perspective by participating in interviews or focus groups.

With the input of Bishop Wellness Center staff, the campus community and the report from ACHA, Campus Life leadership will consider recommended changes to the university’s health care services.