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A Message from Terry Lyons on COVID-19
 

A Message from Terry Lyons on COVID-19

International Students, Student Health

The coronavirus (COVID‐19) outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. As you work hard to keep your students safe and protected from the outbreak, we want you to know that we are working hard to be there for you.

Already, we’ve seen the impact of the pandemic on colleges and universities including school closures with online instruction requirements and cancellation of study abroad programs. We, as well as many of you, have received an influx of questions from students and parents regarding coverage for testing and treatment of COVID‐19.

The AHP team is prepared and fully staffed to partner with you and our health insurance partners to provide quick and accurate responses to these inquiries. We will continue to be available through normal communication channels to CARE for you and your students. The health and safety of our employees, students, and clients is our priority.

To ensure our employees are in the best position to navigate issues arising from COVID-19, AHP has created a Care Task Force Team, comprised of company leaders across all departments. This team touches base daily to discuss the latest developments as well as any changes that need to be made to current work practices so we can continue to deliver exceptional service to our clients.

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College Health Centers: Valuable Services to Meet the Needs of a Student Population

Student Affairs, Student Health, Value-Added Benefits

College Health Centers want to offer comprehensive services regardless of size and budget.

There are certain services that all health centers should consider implementing to meet the needs of a student population and others (that may not be a necessity, but) can still bring value to students if you have a large enough student population and budget.

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The Dangers of Vaping

Student Health

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a national outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). However, these aren’t the only ones taking action. Colleges and universities nationwide have banned vaping on-campus. In addition to implementing an on-campus ban, campus-wide anti-vaping campaigns are also used to help reduce use among students.

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The Current State of Transgender Health Care Coverage

Costs and Coverage, Student Health

As a student health professional, and a health care professional in general, it is one’s duty to show compassion and understanding for students who seek care. This can be especially true when providing support and treatment to individuals who suffer from gender dysphoria.

Gender dysphoria occurs in individuals who experience a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify. Since the transgender segment of the college student population is growing, and it is often during the college years that individuals begin the transition process, it is more important now than ever that, as college health professionals, we take a deeper look into their physical and behavioral health needs and how we can work together to tailor college health programs to be a helpful and compassionate resource.

According to a 2016 article from the New York Times, data collected from federal and state agencies estimated there are 1.4 million adults who identify as transgender. The total number of transgender individuals in the United States is likely much higher, considering this number does not include children and those who have not reported their gender identity. The data also shows that 18 to 24-year olds were more likely to identify as transgender – the age range of a traditional college student. And that number is growing.

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