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Dear UW Parent or Guardian,
Welcome to the University of Washington! I would like to tell you briefly about the health services available to your student at Hall Health Primary Care Center, commonly called “Hall Health.”
We are a multi-specialty group practice closely associated with UW Medicine, the clinical arm of the UW School of Medicine, one of the finest medical schools in the country. We have over 30 practitioners representing the fields of family medicine, internal medicine, primary care sports medicine, gynecology, travel medicine, and mental health.
We see both UW students and members of the university community; about 70% of our visits are by UW students. UW students who pay the quarterly Services & Activities Fee along with their tuition are eligible for many valuable health services at no further cost. Between the services we provide, and those available within UW Medicine, we are able to meet the health care needs of nearly all UW students. If your student has any medical condition for which he/she would like our help on an ongoing basis, it is best for them to set up a visit with one of our providers by calling (206) 616-2495.
Unlike in the Fall of 2009, we are not facing an epidemic of influenza at the start of our school year. We advise all students and patients to continue with habits such as “covering your cough” and handwashing to help reduce the spread of respiratory illness. When it becomes available, we will be offering influenza vaccines and recommend that all students get one. See our web site for more information about influenza prevention.
Hall Health Center works closely with the Office of Student Life, and among their Departments is Health and Wellness; to learn more about this service, read on for an article written by Shannon Bailie, the Director of Health and Wellness for the Office of Student Life.
In August, Hall Health began a year long renovation project. We have been planning this effort for over 2 years, and have worked extensively with student groups to develop our plans. We will be operating all of our usual services during this time and we look forward to serving you and your family. Please send us feedback via our website.
David C. Dugdale, MD, FACP
Financing your student's education is always a major concern for parents of incoming students. Understanding how Hall Health Center bills your medical insurance will help alleviate much of the stress of student medical care. Based on our experience here in the Billing Office, we have formulated some guidelines for parents to best ensure that their students receive the best healthcare with the least costs out of pocket for you:
If Hall Health isn't contracted with your insurance:
A few years ago the Division of Student Life created a new unit – Health and Wellness – to address the health and mental health concerns of our students. Health and Wellness works closely with other units on campus, including Hall Health Primary Care Center, to better serve those who may be struggling with issues impacting student success here at the University.
Health and Wellness has established four distinct programs that focus on prevention and intervention, the broadest of which is the Consultation and Assessment Program. In addition, we also oversee the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Information Service, Alcohol and Other Drug Education, and the Suicide Intervention Program. Students who are connected via one of the Health and Wellness programs receive the support and assessment associated with the broader scope of the consultation program.
Often students are struggling with multiple stressors and our team works to diffuse the most immediate concern while paying attention to contributing factors that may continue to pose problems with students if they go unaddressed. We utilize the full range of services in Student Life, often drawing on colleagues from other departments like Financial Aid, Disability Services, and the Registrar’ Office, just to name a few, for assistance and support of our students. The relationships we build across campus, within the academic departments, and in the community allow us unparalleled access and the ability to work with students on a truly holistic level.
Comprehensive information on the services provided by Health and Wellness such as alcohol and drug education, suicide intervention, and sexual assault and relationship violence resources, as well as individual dimensions of wellness, is available online at http://www.washington.edu/provost/studentlife/healthandwellness/. You can also reach us by phone at 206.543.6085, or by email at email@example.com.
Vaccines have been approved for the next influenza season, the FDA announced recently.
The big news?
The recommendations were published by the CDC and are available online. More detailed information follows.
Especially For Younger Children
One of the most frequent problems experienced by college students is fatigue. Students have a busy and demanding lifestyle that often leaves precious few hours for rest. One essential tool in combating fatigue is an adequate amount of restful sleep. While this may vary with different individuals, a minimum of 7 hours can be a good starting point to aim for.
Here are ten tips offered by the Better Sleep Council on how to maximize the benefit of your valuable sleep time:
Authored by: Health Promotion Department
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Insurance & Billing
Hall Health is federally required to protect all students' medical information -- even from their parents. If you would like to discuss a billing or student health issue with Hall Health, you can gain access to your student’s account by having him or her submit the Authorization form: from UW Medicine, which is available online or at Hall Health.
If you have any questions, please call our Billing Office at (206) 616- 1881.
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