CSU Health Center offers medical, counseling services on campus

Delaney Allen

Students can find many of their medical, mental health and sexual health needs met on the southeast corner of campus.

The Hartshorn building, north of Braiden Hall and east of the Colorado State University Recreation Center, used to conduct on-campus medical services. Now, the health hub is the CSU Health Center, located at 151 W. Lake St.

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Kate Hagdorn, the associate director of communications for the CSU Health Network, said in a 2018 Collegian article that the purpose of the CSU Health Network is to support student success through the different resources available.

The CSU Health Center website, as well as the CSU website and other portals like RamWeb, are a way for students to connect to useful resources on campus.

“I think that it’s important for students to remember that there are resources across campus, not just within the CSU Health Network, that can support their well-being,” Hagdorn said. “Student well-being is a University priority. It doesn’t just live at the Health Center.”

Counseling

Counseling services are available upon request at the CSU Health Center. Students seeking support must visit Counseling Services on the third floor of the Health Center, where they will meet with an on-call therapist who will connect them to the support services that are best for them.

Student fees provide access to a wide array of mental health support services at no extra cost to students. These services include individual and couples sessions, online services, groups, workshops and crisis support. Medical appointments can be scheduled through health.colostate.edu.

Relaxation pods

After a renovation in the summer of 2017, the Health Center now offers amenities such as a “relaxation pod” and a reflection room. The relaxation pods and reflection room are intended to help students reduce stress during the school year, said Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, manager of resiliency and well-being initiatives for the CSU Health Network, in a 2017 Collegian article.

The in-pod sessions are limited to 20 minutes at a time. Ephraimson-Abt also recommends calling ahead at 970-495-5246 to reserve a pod.

Workshops

The Health Center offers a wide range of workshops, such as therapy groups, stress-management workshops and skill-building workshops. Students can check the Health Center website throughout the semester to see workshop dates and more information.

Sexual health

The Health Center runs a program for discounted testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea during the Get Yourself Tested campaign, which will be announced at a later date.

The CSU Health Network educates students on consent, STIs, contraceptive methods and campus resources. Free condoms are always available throughout the Sexual Health Initiative, according to a 2019 Collegian article.

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The Health Center offers gender-specialized care, including women’s, men’s and transgender care.

Vaccinations

The CSU Health Center recommends that students receive their flu shot every year during flu season, especially during fall and winter months, and they provide immunization services for all students, according to their website.

Current immunization records are required for admission. Students who file an exemption from vaccinations for personal, medical or religious reasons may be subject to quarantine or exclusion from campus in the case of an outbreak. Immunizations are given to students on both an appointment and walk-in basis.

More information about vaccinations and exemptions can be found in a Health Alert published on the Health Center’s website.

Correction: This article has been updated to reflect current Health Center policies and services.

Delaney Allen can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @DelaneyAllen0.