Data & Strategic Planning

This page is updated as report drafts and new data become available.  

The Health Need-Disparity Gap at HSU Overview (2 pages)

Why do health fees at HSU need to go even higher to meet students' needs? Get a quick understanding of the Physical/Mental Health Need-Capacity Disparity HSU students face and the four primary factors affecting cost and access, including systemic barriers and geographic location that dramatically affect student safety, quality of life, and retention.   

Student Mental Health Need at HSU Executive Summary Presentation (24 Powerpoint Slides)

Presented to Associated Students on Feb 19, 2018 and the Faculty Senate Feb 20, 2018 these slides offer an overview and executive-level summary of existing services areas, the Physical/Mental Health Need-Capacity Disparity HSU students face that dramatically affect student safety, quality of life, and retention, and the Spring 2018 Health Fee adjustment consultation process. If you're interested in a presentation in your area, please contact us to schedule.

2018 Student Health and Wellbeing Services Full-Time Equivalent Student (FTES ) Capacity (1 Page)

This summarizes the existing capacity to provide Student Health and Wellbeing services to students across the broad domains of Counseling, Medical, Psychiatry, and Health Education & prevention, including target services level definitions and summaries of the current model. 

2017-2018 Mental Health Services DUC Chart and DUC-DOVE Outcomes Table (2 Pages)

This graph models Mental Health Services Student Demand, Utilization, and Capacity (DUC) alongside historical and required staffing capacity levels. The table displays Mental Health Services Demand, Utilization, Staffing Levels, Capacity, Gap between Demand/Capacity, and Outcomes comparing both historical and required future staffing levels over the next five years. 

2018 Health Fee Increase Requirements Financial Breakdown Summary (5 Pages)

This summarizes the positions necessary to meet required capacity and the impact on health operations fees, as well as deferred building maintenance and related health facilities fee projections. 

2017 Economic Analysis of Mental Health Services at Humboldt State University (2 pages) 

This summary memo prepared by economist Daniel Eisenberg, Ph.D. on behalf of the Healthy Minds Network team ( outlines (conservatively) loss in tuition revenue for HSU and reduction in total expected lifetime earnings of students incurred annually due the lack of capacity for additional mental health services. 

2017 Healthy Minds Benchmarking Report on Prevalence of Mental Health Concerns among HSU students 

Prevalence of Suicidal Behaviors and Prescription Medications Use Summary Graphics (2 pages) 

This document presents graphically key findings from a 2016-2017 study (N=1717 out of a random sample of 4000 HSU students, a 43% response rate) on the prevalence of Mental Health Concerns at HSU, student needs, knowledge of services, and related help-seeking behaviors compared with over 100 universities nationally, and 10 peer institutions with similar enrollment, geographic region, and classification as HSU. 

Descriptive Findings Report for HSU Data (23 Pages)

This report presents the results of a 2016-2017 study (N=1717 out of a random sample of 4000 HSU students, a 43% response rate) on the prevalence of Mental Health Concerns at HSU, student needs, knowledge of services, and related help-seeking behaviors. Among the most striking results are the findings that 61% of HSU students screen positive for some level of depression (compared with under 40% nationally), 68% mild or elevated anxiety, and 13% report suicidal ideation in the past year, with 9% reporting a plan. This all confirms or expands on other data reports including the ACHA National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). 

2017 Student Health & Wellbeing Services SWOT Analysis (1 Page)

This summarizes the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats for the Student Health and Wellbeing Services unit and its component divisions.

2017-2018 Medical Services DUC Chart (1 Page)

SH&WS receives over 20,000 visits a year from HSU students. Over 16,000 of those are with our Medical Services team. Please check back in November for 2017 for the 2017-2018 draft report. This graphs models Medical Services DemandUtilization, and Capacity (DUC) alongside historical and required staffing capacity levels. 

Equity Data on Service Utilization by Racial/Ethnic Identity (8 Pages)

SH&WS takes an empirical approach to equity, believing it's not just enough to "be do gooders", we must also "do good". These summary graphs present the results of our examination of service provided in both initial visits and return visits broken down to compare under-represented and non-under represented groups. We also examined mental health-related items as part of our 2017 Healthy Minds study. Data show URG use SH&WS at a slightly lower rate than NURG initially, and that these differences are not attributable to stigma, knowledge of services, or need. Once students use our services URG and NURG return at roughly the same rates for follow-up visits. 

2018 HSU Health Fee Adjustment Report and Five Year Strategic Plan for Student Health & Wellbeing Services

Please visit to contribute between Feb 1 and March 9, 2018 and check back end of Spring 2018 for updated report information. This document will summary details of the empirically-informed rationale for needs, alternative ideas attempted or unavailable, and foreseeable services impact of insufficient health operations and facilities funding as well as the results of the 2018 campus-wide consultation process. 


Other Resources

Summary of DUC-DOVE Method (5 Pages)

The DUC-DOVE Method is so termed for its five principal components, Demand, Utilization, and Capacity, as well as the key Disparities between these items and Outcomes that result from failing to resolve such disparities, how such current or potential outcomes align with a hierarchy of Values, and subsequently Executing the values-based strategic plan to achieve the desired outcomes. This document summarizes terms and describes using this method to determine whether to increase or decrease capacity, marketing, or to address other external barriers, as well as weighing the trade-offs in setting reasonable capacity.

5 Stages of Grief about Health Need-Capacity Gap (1 Page)

After reviewing the data, how do you manage your own reactions to the dramatic gap between students needs and available capacity? Or, perhaps, you're asking yourself "how do I help articulate my steps toward acceptance to others?". Based on the grief model developed by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, you may find this chart which explores outlines the 5 Stages of Grief about the Health Need-Capacity Gap resonates with your own experience.