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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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Open Enrollment 101

Costs and Coverage, International Students, Student Affairs, Student Health

In the months leading up to the start of a new semester, Open Enrollment is a focal point for many. This is the time that students can voluntarily enroll in their Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). It is important for this process to be as easy as possible so all students that need the plan get enrolled before Open Enrollment ends. There are many options offered to students to ensure a simple transition into their SHIP. Below are a few examples of the choices available to students during the Open Enrollment period.

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