Inside UNC Charlotte — September 2013 — Student Health Center

Stephen Ward: More than 26,000 students consider
UNC Charlotte’s 1,000 acre campus their home away from home. At the corner of Cameron Boulevard
and Mary Alexander Road, you’ll find the UNC Charlotte Student Health Center. Its mission
is to promote health and wellness by providing health care education and outreach services
to all UNC Charlotte students. David Rousmaniere: Our building opened in
2007. It tripled the size of our previous building and we are already renovating it
because we’re making room for an additional provider. We have five full time physicians
all board certified. We have four nurse practitioners and physician assistants. We have a full time
psychiatrist, one of the few in North Carolina to have that.
Dr. Robert L. Jones: I’ve been a doctor for 23 years. I’m a family physician by training
and I think that family medicine really fits student health very well because as a family
physician you’re trained to take care of all variety of things. I think in some ways we’re
unique as a student health center. We have a good number of providers that all come from
various walks of life. They come from different backgrounds. Some have worked in emergency
rooms, some have worked in urgent cares, others have worked in family medicine practices or
internal medicine practices and come with a good variety of experience. What I’d like
for folks to know about the health center is all of the things that we do here. It is
very different than the usual experience of a primary care office out in the rest of the
world. So, in this building, we have a full service lab, x-ray capability and radiology
department, immunizations, a travel clinic, physical therapy, a full service pharmacy
and so in a very real way this could be a one stop shop for most students and it is
not at all uncommon for me to see a patient, send them to the lab, they come back, I write
them a prescription, they get the prescription filled, they make an appointment for physical
therapy all before they checkout and they’ve gotten all of that done all in this one place
and it really doesn’t happen anywhere else. David Rousmaniere: We have a full-service
pharmacy, it accepts all insurance cards and files all insurance and it has all pharmaceuticals
that any student would require plus a wide range of over the counter medications. There
is a requirement that all students meet certain immunization requirements and our immunization
department handles that for all incoming students. We also will do the travel immunization that
is required for anyone that has to go abroad. It is a requirement that all students that
are undergraduate that are taking six hours or above and graduate students taking three
hours or above have health insurance and our insurance office manages that requirement.
The Student Health Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory
Health Care. This assures that we maintain the highest level of health care standards.
Leslie Robinson: The center for wellness promotion offers a variety of free services for students
on campus: sexual health education and outreach, interpersonal violence and healthy relationships
education and outreach, alcohol education and one on one tobacco cessation counseling.
The Center for Wellness Promotion offers many signature events throughout the year. One
of the first ones when school starts in the fall is OctSober Fest. It’s OctSober, obviously
a play on October Fest but this is an alcohol free spin on that event. Another event that
we do in the fall is World AIDS Day to provide free testing HIV, AIDS, and Syphilis testing
to students on campus and again its an event where we have many student organizations come
and take part and really join in in celebrating and bringing awareness to different events..
Shawnte’ Elbert: The Collegiate Recovery Community is one of our newest services here for the
university here. The community provides academic enrichment for students. We provide scholarships
for students who are at least six months in sobriety. We also offer peer education as
far as peer-to-peer mentoring and we also offer a 12 step program through our AA, NA,
and now this coming fall our Al-Anon meetings. UNC Charlotte is the first in the North Carolina
system of universities and colleges to offer a Collegiate Recovery Community and because
of that we’ve been contacted by other universities to get an idea of how we set our program up
here, some of the services that we offer, and how we were able to furnish a great room
down here for students and that’s all because of IKEA of Charlotte. The space is fairly
small and so IKEA specializes in furnishing small spaces and so they believed in our vision
and our mission for our students providing them a safe environment that they could come
and feel that they were surrounded in a place that was safe, sober, and free for them here
on campus. So, any student can become involved in collegiate recovery community. They can
just come and volunteer, come and attend some of the 12-step meetings or come to some of
the outreach events. Dr. Robert L. Jones: So, I think that the
Health Center here does a very good job of seeing all patients from all walks of life.
So, anybody who a student on this campus is welcome here and is I think well taken care
of here. David Rousmaniere : UNC Charlotte is a very
exciting place to be and we’re very proud to be part of the university.
Shawnte’ Elbert: So, we want you all to be excited about wellness and all of the opportunities
that the Collegiate Recovery Community, the Center for Wellness Promotion, and the Student
Health Center offer you here at UNC Charlotte.

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