Join the Student Health Leadership Council!
Interested in... Health issues concerning UNM students? Building your resume? A career in health care? Council members advise SHAC administration about services, patient eligibility, health insurance, policies, etc. Join our team of UNM health leaders! Apply online. For more info, call SHAC at 277-3432.
Student Health 101 is an online magazine publishing health and wellness content tailored for today's college students. This monthly magazine is published by College Health Services, LLC, and it's circulated to over 500,000 students each month on over 200 campuses. Content is created with the input of a 1,000 member Student Advisory Board, and it's reviewed by a Medical Advisory Board. UNM issues contain customized info for UNM students and parents. Click here for the latest issue.
Online Mental Health Screenings
Between studying and exams, we all struggle with stress. To help you identify if your stress or blues may be a sign of an underlying mental health condition, complete a free, anonymous online screening. Screenings are provided so that you may quickly and easily find out whether or not a professional consultation would be helpful. If you have been feeling down or stressed, check it out by taking a screening. For more info, students can call SHAC Counseling Services at 277-4537.
SHAC will offer free flu shots for UNM students (18 years old or older) at the SHAC Allergy & Immunization Clinic, Monday thru Friday, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM (while supplies last).
An appointment is not necessary to get a flu shot; students can report directly to the A&I Clinic. Note: SHAC is closed on all official UNM holidays (and campus closures due to weather/unforeseen circumstances).
SHAC's "Take One for Raymond" flu shots are dedicated to the memory of UNM student Raymond Plotkin, who passed away from the H1N1 virus in 2009. Raymond’s parents established the “Take One for Raymond” Initiative and Scholarship Program to encourage everyone to get their seasonal flu shots.
For information, call the SHAC Immunization Clinic at 277-7925.
This report reflects the objectives and accomplishments of UNM Student Health and Counseling for July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
New Appointment Hours (effective August 13, 2012)
Based on student feedback, SHAC will change its hours of operation starting on Monday, August 13, 2012. SHAC will be open Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. (The last appointment of the day will be at 5:30 PM.)
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Spring 2012 Student Health Survey!
Allergy & Immunization Clinic Offers Appointments
To accommodate student schedules and reduce waiting time, the Allergy & Immunization Clinic will offer appointments Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM, starting on Monday, August 13, 2012.
To schedule an appointment, call the Reception Area at (505) 277-3136.
For more information, call the A & I Clinic at (505) 277-7925.
The SHAC Healthy Weight Program is designed to assist students in making a healthy lifestyle behavior change, thus improving their quality of life. The Program has a $45 non-refundable participation fee and is designed to encourage students to eat effectively, add activity and sustain skills year after year. The team is composed of a Health Educator, Nutritionist and Personal Trainer. Students participating in the program will receive an individualized healthy weight plan and will actively participate in their personal achievement. Program enrollment will start on August 27, 2012. Click on the link above for information. See also SHAC Promo Flyer.
In response to student input, SHAC now offers consultations with a Nutritionist. Below is a brief breakdown of costs for Fall 2012:
- First visit only - cost $15
- All additional visits are purchased as a package:
- Package A: $27 for three additional visits
- Package B: $54 for six additional visits
- Package C: $81 for nine additional visit
For information or to schedule an appointment, call (505) 277-1074.
Counseling Services Workshops
Counseling Services offers a variety of psycho-educational and skill building workshops each semester at NO CHARGE to UNM students.
For information or to register online, click here. Or, call Counseling Services at 277-4537.
Condom-Mint is an extended condom distribution program implemented to ensure UNM Students have access to condoms on Main Campus.
For complete info, see Health Education's Condom Mint page.
Public Health 4 M4M: A night dedicated to gay & bisexual men
Fast, easy, FREE & no appointment necessary! Third Tuesday of the month, 5:00-8:00 pm. Free / confidential services include: Screening tests for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia; hepatitis A & B vaccination; and men's health information. Stanford Public Health Office, 1111 Stanford Dr. NE. Information: Ken Mangano, 841-4150, or www.nmhivguide.org.
Provost’s 2012 Outstanding Workgroup Award
On April 9, 2012, the SHAC Allergy and Immunization Clinic was awarded the Provost’s 2012 Outstanding Workgroup Award due to their organization and execution of SHAC’s annual Flu Shot Clinics, as well as their wonderful customer service skills.
Congratulations to the following SHAC staff: Jo Antreasian, LPN; Nikki Beneke, RN; Cindy Hart, RN; and Susan Schwerin, RN.
PAWS Award Winners
The Staff Council's Rewards & Recognition Committee manages a monthly recognition program for staff called the PAWS (People Appreciate Wonderful Staff) Award. Two SHAC staff won this award in Spring 2012: John Maguire, Marketing Rep. (January 2012); and Patricia McCormick, Sr Pharmacy Tech (February 2012). Congratulations, Patricia and John!
Student Health Survey - Prize Winners
Thank you to all of the students who participated in the SHAC Student Health Survey in March 2012. Results will be compiled and published in Fall 2012. Congratulations to the following students who won prizes:
- 1st Prize: iPad - Mario Campos
- 2nd Prize: $250 Lobo Cash - Eric Tegmeyer
- 3rd Prize: $100 Lobo Cash - Jason Sedillo
For more information, contact Malissa Lyons at SHAC Health Education & Prevention at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 277-7947.
Affordable Care Act: Know Your Care
Know Your Care is dedicated to educating the American people about the Affordable Care Act’s life-saving consumer and patient protections that are already benefitting millions of Americans and will benefit millions more in the coming years as additional provisions are implemented. One of the act highlights is that it allows students up to the age of 26 to remain on their parents' health care insurance. For information, visit www.knowyourcare.org
June Is Migraine Awareness Month
Most people experience headaches from time to time, yet symptoms, impact, and triggers for headaches are as individual as you are. With that said, finding relief is personal. Better than treating a headache once you have one, is exploring ways to prevent them. Read all about it in Student Health 101. For more information, visit the National Headache Foundation.
Skin Cancer Awareness & Prevention
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases. But it causes most skin cancer deaths. The chance of developing melanoma increases with age, yet it is still one of the most common cancers in young adults. However, if detected and treated early, melanoma is often curable. May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Check out a powerful video called "Dear 16-Year-Old Me" made by real people whose lives were touched by melanoma.
Skin Cancer Prevention Tips:
Brain Tumor Awareness Month
Primary brain tumors – those that begin in the brain and tend to stay in the brain – occur in people of all ages, but they are statistically more frequent in children and older adults. May is “Brain Tumor Awareness Month” and Grey Ribbons are the color to wear. Become an advocate and join us in supporting Brain Tumor Awareness Month. For info on pediatric brain tumors, visit the following links:
Patient Satisfaction / Comments
What do UNM students say about SHAC services? Click here for sample comments received during fall 2010.
"Hot Topics in Health Care!" Conference
Oct. 10-12, 2010, Albuq., NM, Embassy Suites Hotel
UNM SHAC hosted the combined Annual Meeting of the Southwest & Rocky Mountain College Health Associations, on October 10-12, 2010.
The conference provided educational opportunities to a variety of health providers.
SWCHA Past President Beverly Kloeppel, SWCHA New President James Allen, and SWCHA President Elect, Glen "Rick" Gray at the 2010 Annual Meeting "Hot Topics in Health Care" in Albuquerque.
For more information about the SWCHA / RMCHA 2010 Meeting, visit the Southwest College Health Association's web site at www.swcha.org.
Smoke Free Campus Initiative
Per UNM Business Policy 2250, TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS effective August 1, 2009: The University of New Mexico is committed to wellness, prevention, and providing a healthy environment in which to learn, work, and visit; therefore, smoking and the use of tobacco products are prohibited on all University property except in a small number of designated outdoor areas authorized by the University President. Please visit http://www.unm.edu/smokefree/ for a map of designated smoking areas and a copy of the policy. Your compliance is greatly appreciated.
Would you like to quit smoking? The Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP), Student Health & Counseling (SHAC), and Employee Health Promotion Program (EHPP) offer free cessation services which include: nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine gum and patches), one-to-one cessation counseling, Freedom from Smoking classes, and referrals to community resources as appropriate. A combination of nicotine replacement therapy and cessation support increases the likelihood of a successful and permanent transition to being tobacco free. To access free services and materials, contact:
Or, call the New Mexico Quit Line at 1-800-784-8669.
Student Affairs Lobo "Louie" Awards: Jo Antreasian Selected as Employee of the Year
Complete with Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy, UNM President, David Schmidly and Dr. Eliseo Torres, Vice President for Student Affairs, the Division of Student Affairs celebrated its annual "Louie" awards on April 7, 2010. These awards are given to staff and student employees from within the Student Affairs Division and from the general UNM community, nominated by the UNM community, who exemplify the very best in providing great service to our students.
Three SHAC employees were nominated for an award this year: Jo Antreasian, Coordinator, Clinical Programs; Margie Marquez, Clinical Assistant, Reception Area; and Peg Spencer, Physician. Jo Antreasian won the award for Employee of the Year. Congratulations to Jo and to all of the nominees and winners! For more information about the Louie awards, visit the Student Affairs web site.
Random Acts of Kindness
Scientific studies show that acts of kindness result in significant health benefits, both physical and mental. Kindness... Pass it on! For inspiration, see:
Student Health Center (SHC) becomes...
Student Health & Counseling (SHAC)!
To ensure that the campus community is aware that UNM students can come to the SHC for both medical and counseling services, the Student Health Center changed its name to Student Health & Counseling (SHAC), effective 5/25/08.
To all UNM students: Welcome to SHAC!
honored with Best Workgroup Award
SHAC Counseling Services received UNM’s annual “Best Workgroup” award from the Provost’s Committee for Staff in April 2008. We are fortunate to have a great group to offer students a welcoming, safe, and therapeutically nurturing environment. SHAC appreciates this recognition from the Provost’s Committee. For more information about Counseling Services, call 277-4537 or visit http://shac.unm.edu/counseling.html.
Plan early for all of your travel needs! SHAC health practitioners and staff can help you determine which vaccines and meds are necessary for international travel, depending on individual needs, activities, and destinations. It’s recommended to plan early—at least six to eight weeks prior to your departure date, if possible. A 30-min. appt. is required for travel consultations and scheduling immunizations. Info & Appts: 277-3136
Emergency Contraception (Over-the-Counter)
Plan B ® Emergency Contraception is available at the SHAC Pharmacy without a prescription for consumers age 18 or older. However, a prescription is needed for women 17 and younger. Must show government-issued ID with photo and date of birth. For info, call the Pharmacy at 277-6306.
Gardasil Vaccine Available at SHAC
Gardasil vaccine protects recipients against 4 types of HPV (Human Papillomavirus), including the two types that cause most cervical cancers and the two types that cause the most genital warts. It is FDA approved for women up to 26 years of age for the prevention of HPV infections. Gardasil is a 3 vaccine series with the first injection followed by another in 2 months and the last in 6 months. (The series will have to be restarted if not completed within 1 year.) UNM students can check with their insurance provider to see if they have coverage for this. For more info, call the SHAC Immunization Clinic at 277-7925.