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How to Use the Campus Clinic

Last Updated on February 6, 2024

A healthcare professional at an HBCU Student Health Service center consults with a student.

From vaccines to emergency care, campus clinics help students stay healthy and succeed in school. Although hospitals have the specialists, testing facilities, and ongoing research necessary to treat major illnesses, HBCU student health services have highly trained professionals and medical students who understand the health problems in their academic community.  If you need student centered health care, your campus clinic is the best option for treatment.

Here are five ways to take advantage of your HBCU Student Health Services:

1. When You Need Immunization Shots

Whether you’re attending a major university or preparing for a semester abroad, your school may require immunization shots. Campus clinics provide vaccines for students and faculty, saving you time, money, and a trip to the hospital.

2. When You’re Trying To Maintain Your Student Health

Every student faces unique academic, social, and health challenges, and campus clinics are designed to meet those challenges head on. Your school may offer a campus wellness program, physical therapy, support groups, and emergency care to protect the health of their students and provide a better learning environment.

3. When You Want To Safeguard Your Mental Health

According to a recent study by National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four college students have a diagnosable mental health issue. When students refuse to seek treatment, they run a greater risk of dropping out, self medicating, or committing suicide than students who ask for help.

To address the underlying problem in their academic communities, more clinics are offering mental health services for their students. Your school may provide crisis intervention, on campus counseling, advocacy networks, and psychiatric services to help students succeed in school.

4. When You Have Women’s Health Issues

From contraceptives to comprehensive screenings, HBCU student health services actively address women’s health issues. Campus clinics provide specialized services for female students, including wellness exams, HPV vaccinations, STD testing, and referrals to outside specialists.

5. When You Want More Information On Student Health Insurance

You have multiple options when it comes to finding health insurance coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, students under the age of 26 can stay on their parents’ insurance. You also have access to the health insurance marketplace, where you can purchase your own policy. As an added benefit, many college campuses now offer their own health insurance plans.

HBCU Student health insurance provides policy holders with extensive coverage and lower premiums than traditional insurance options. Students can roll the cost of their policy into their student loans, postponing payments until after graduation. If you are interested in buying student health insurance, contact your campus clinic for more information.

HBCU Student Health Services FAQs

Can I access mental health services through HBCU student health services?

Absolutely! There’s a range of support, from counseling to psychiatric services.

What should I do if I don’t have health insurance?

Check with your HBCU student health services; they might offer campus plans or guide you through the insurance marketplace.

How can I get involved with the HBCU Wellness Project?

Reach out through the HBU student health services email or visit their office for more info.

Are there services tailored for women’s health?

Yes, from wellness exams to contraceptives, they’ve got you covered.

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