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

Student Health, Value-Added Benefits

In our previous blog, we saw some fundamental services to offer your students at an on-site student health center. However, these aren’t your only options. There are many ways to get creative in your offerings and offer a robust package of services tailored specifically for students.

Here are some of those additional services:

  • On-campus access to psychiatric consults for medication management
  • Specialty care such as Women’s Health Services, Orthopedic Services, Alternative care (acupuncture, nutrition, etc.)
  • Allergy clinics are offered at some health centers one or two days a week. Nurses can store the vials provided by students from their own doctors and often this meets their needs
  • X-ray services – this is especially important to campuses that have athletic programs, club sports, etc.
  • A student-focused educational resource room. Usually, these are programs that work in conjunction with students that volunteer and are a part of the health promotion degree program. Available resources may include:
    • Pamphlets
    • Online access to medical programs such as “Medline” or “Go Ask Alice”.
    • Places to lounge with a view to relax
    • Yoga balls
    • Sexual health info, condoms, etc.
    • Health management talks
    • Visits with therapy dogs, etc.
  • Group counseling
  • Yoga/stretch, meditation classes

These services are typically seen in health centers that serve larger populations and have bigger budgets, but that doesn’t mean smaller centers with smaller budgets should disregard them. There are multiple ways to provide effective and cost-efficient solutions for your students.


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.

Here is a list of basic services for college health centers:

  • Primary care medical services
  • Required immunizations as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • A campus-wide annual flu vaccine program
  • A campus-wide disaster response plan that is shared with students
  • Select prescription medications, either prepackaged by a pharmacy vendor or managed by a campus pharmacy.
  • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived tests onsite
  • Contract with an off-site laboratory for more extensive testing
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screenings
  • Mental health services on campus – we suggest a minimum of 5-10 visits with a licensed therapist each semester
  • A viable, afterhours procedure for students that become sick or injured
  • Access to comprehensive health insurance with a rich network of providers to minimize students’ out-of-pocket expenses in the health center
  • A tested referral network near campus for specialty care
  • Campus partnerships for educating students about available services
  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accreditation
  • Health education materials and resources
  • Public health response plan
  • Clinical Electronic Health Record that meets the needs of young adults with immunization compliance record keeping. The system should also allow for online appointments, appointment reminders, health reminders, and a method for students to access their records and send secure messages to their providers.

It’s important to remember that each campus is different. The services you offer will ultimately be based on your goals to meet the needs of your student population.


Be their strength. Innovative Approaches to Mental Health Resources for Students

International Students, Risk Management, Student Affairs, Student Health, Value-Added Benefits

Everyone experiences a range of emotions. There will be times when an individual is joyful, but other times they may feel angry or sad. It’s a normal part of life.  However, just because it is normal does not mean an individual doesn’t need support to make it through the rough times, especially when a student is feeling depressed or suicidal.

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