DePauw Health and Wellness Center: A Guide For First-Year Students

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As the Fall 2022 semester gets underway, students are beginning to feel the effects of their busy schedules. Close contact with other students in classrooms and dormitories can increase the spread of the common cold and other illnesses, which may cause students to seek help from the DePauw Health and Wellness Center. However, making an appointment with a wellness center can be intimidating, and many first-year students may not be aware of the resources the clinic provides.

DePauw Health and Wellness first partnered with Hendricks Regional Health, Putnam County Hospital and LHD Benefits in 2015 to “creating a university campus with a wellness center unlike any other in the region,” he states DePauw Health website. Since then, the wellness center has served as the student health office, offering resources to students at little to no cost. Kelley Wood, a nurse practitioner at the clinic, listed several services provided to students, including “visits related to injury or illness, annual physicals, wellness coaching, allergy shots, counseling and referrals for medical therapies for gender reassignment and immunizations. .” Students can also contact the Wellness Center if they test positive or suspect they have COVID-19.

The wellness center offers specific resources to music school students and student athletes. According to Wood, music students can benefit from “auditory evaluation” and treatment for “musculoskeletal and repetitive use injuries.” Similarly, student-athletes can turn to the clinic for treatment of “musculoskeletal injuries”.

DePauw Health and Wellness strives to help students protect their sexual health. Wood explained that the clinic offers “gynecological exams, sexual health consultations, STI/STD testing. . . and referral for HIV PrEP” at no additional cost to students. She also noted that services such as “consultation and prescription of contraception” and “specialist referral” are available for a fee, which is charged to the student’s account or the client’s insurance.

Sophomore Jade Tatom described her experience with the DePauw Wellness Center as a positive one. “The staff are always so nice and really willing to listen to you,” she said. However, she added that “getting in can be really hard [to an appointment] due to the limited number of employees.”

Sophomore Maya La Croix also has a positive experience at the clinic. When asked if they would recommend DePauw Health and Wellness to freshmen, La Croix said, “Definitely. Go there to get your flu shot or get tested for STDs. If you feel non-urgent pain, go there first!”

The DePauw Health and Wellness Center is accessible through the northeast entrance of the Lilly Center building. Students can make an appointment by calling (765) 658-4555 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information, visit the DePauw Health and Wellness Center website (https://depauwhealth.org/).

As seen on https://thedepauw.com/depauw-health-and-wellness-center-a-guide-for-first-year-students/

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