History, Impact & Outlook
A Student Health Service at UNM was started in 1929. The service was founded because “adequate medical attention and plans for safeguarding the health of students are important factors in any educational program. The conservation of student health by these means (a student health service) has proved to be a wise and an economic policy in other state universities.” (University of New Mexico Biennial Report, 1928-1929)
The Board of Regents approved a health fee to fund the service. From 1937 to 1939, the Student Health Service was administered through the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In 1952, the Student Health Center was assigned to the Division of Student Affairs. In 1960, the Center moved into a renovated building; the Center still resides in Building #73.
Health services have expanded greatly to meet the needs of the students. Over the ensuing years, we have used student input and utilization of services, balanced with available financial support, to add desired services for students. Acting on advice from the Student Health Leadership Council (SHLC), the Center’s name was changed in May 2008 from “Student Health Center” to “Student Health and Counseling (SHAC).” Care is taken to ensure that new and existing programs have been well utilized and directly benefited students.
On November 12, 2018, SHAC received a full 3-year accreditation from the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). AAAHC accreditation means that SHAC has met nationally recognized standards for provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. This includes participation in on-going self evaluation, peer review, and education to continuously improve its care and services. Accreditation shows SHAC's commitment to providing the highest levels of quality care to its patients. The organization also commits to a thorough, on-site survey by AAAHC surveyors, who are themselves healthcare professionals, at least every three years.
For information about current SHAC Services, see Scope of Services.