National College Health Improvement Project
(NCHIP) Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking
Between 2011 and 2014, Cornell joined with colleges and universities from around the country to address the problem of high-risk drinking. The NCHIP Learning Collaborative used evaluation and measurement techniques to identify and implement strategies to tackle high-risk drinking and the associated harm.
Cornell's campus improvement team (see members, below) spent 18 months working with researchers and scientists from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), bringing public health solutions and quality improvement methods to bear on the problem of high-risk drinking. They used outcomes-based research (based on the Plan, Do, Study Act model— PDSA) to discover what programs work best, where they work, and why.
Learn more about Cornell's perspective by watching a short video clip at the bottom of this page.
Cornell aims and strategies in action
- What do the data say about drinking at Cornell?
- Who experiences the most harm?
- What can be done to change the picture?
We made progress! View the latest data report from Cornell's NCHIP team (pdf)
The three documents below were used (in a poster format) to help share Cornell's story with other NCHIP collaborators. We plan to draw upon lessons learned in future campus collaborations.
June 2011 poster
View Cornell's June 2011 poster (pdf, 1.11 MB)
January 2012 poster
View Cornell's January 2012 poster (pdf, 2.28 MB)
July, 2012 poster
View Cornell's July, 2012 poster (pdf, 999.66 KB)
View Cornell's June 2013 poster (pdf, 444 KB)
Cornell's NCHIP team involved cross-campus collaboration, including the following individuals:
Travis Apgar; Associate Dean of Students; Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living
Sarah Balik; student; Executive Vice President, Student Assembly
Geoffrey Block; student; Member, Student Assembly
Alexandra Boehrer; student; Executive Director, Cornell University Emergency Medical Services
Joe Burke; Associate Dean of Students; Director, Residential Programs
Janet Corson-Rikert; Assistant Vice President for Campus Health; Executive Director, Gannett Health Services
Greg Eells; Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, Gannett Health Services
Marne Einarson; Associate Director, Institutional Research and Planning
Colin Foley; student; President, InterFraternity Council
Mary Beth Grant; Judicial Administrator
Catherine Holmes; Associate Dean of Students, Student Activities
Kent Hubbell; Dean of Students; Professor of Architecture
Deborah Lewis; Alcohol Projects Coordinator, Gannett Health Services
Tim Marchell; Director of Mental Health Initiatives, Gannett Health Services
Susan Murphy; Vice President, Student and Academic Services
Brendan O'Brien; Director, International Students and Scholars
Kirsten Post Eynav; Health Educator, Gannett Health Services
Eric Silverberg; student; President, Cayuga's Watchers
Carlin Van Holmes; student; President, PanHellenic Association
Kathy Zoner; Chief, Cornell University Police
For more information
Contact Tim Marchell, PhD
Director of Mental Health Initiatives
Gannett Health Services
Addressing the Problem of High-Risk Drinking: Cornell and NCHIP
"Dartmouth President Hopes to Apply Public Health Lessons From Rwanda and Peru to Binge Drinking," Libby Sander, The Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 12, 2012)
Cornell's "Target Safety & Success" campaign aims to challenge student misperceptions about high-risk drinking.