UC SAN DIEGO STUDENT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
September 12, 2014
ALL STUDENTS AT UC SAN DIEGO
SUBJECT: || Student Health and Well-being Services – Important Information You Need|
Student Health and Well-being has several initiatives, programs and
services we want to call to your attention.
At Student Health Services (SHS) we provide you with a real "Medical
Home", complete with personalized care from your own primary care
provider and group team. You will be able to schedule visits by calling
your primary care group directly, and will have access to prompt care by
a skilled provider.
The Best Health Insurance Option You Can Find: Enrollment in the UC
Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) is automatic for all registered
students as part of the registration process. Students who are already
covered by other insurance may be eligible to apply for a Health Fee
Waiver. Those students who do not submit a waiver by the waiver deadline
are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP. The cost for the UC SHIP is $544
per quarter for undergraduate students or $1,067 for graduate students. This incredible plan provides generous benefits to covered students such
as access to Student Health Services (SHS) with zero out-of-pocket for
most services, including primary care visits, routine immunizations and
lab tests. SHIP benefits for 2014-2015 have changed. For services
outside of SHS but within the UC Health System’s network of specialists
and facilities, there is no annual deductible and the plan offers
90-100% coverage after low copays. For more information about plan
benefits, fees, referral requirements, waiver procedure and waiver
deadlines, please visit:
UCSHIP Health Waiver
A new Health Fee Waiver must be submitted each new academic year. So
even if you waived SHIP last year and your insurance has not changed,
you still need to do a Health Fee Waiver again for 2014-2015. The waiver
criteria has changed for 2014-2015. The deadline to waive UCSHIP
without a late fee is September 26, 2014 and the late waiver deadline
ends on October 3, 2014 ($50 late fee applies).
Planning on waiving SHIP?
Consider enrolling in our Reduced Access Fee for Tritons (RAFT). It is
the most cost effective way for students who waive UC SHIP to take
advantage of convenient on campus medical care at SHS during the
academic year (fall, winter and spring only). For $50 per quarter, RAFT
provides prepaid access to scheduled visits, in-house labs and x-ray
services at SHS. All registered students have access to SHS regardless
of whether they have UC SHIP or not, but RAFT gives students who waive
UC SHIP the peace of mind that they can be seen at SHS for many of their
primary care needs right on campus without the worry of high costs.
Students who waive UC SHIP but do not purchase RAFT will be required to
pay the full cost of all services at SHS. Please visit
http://studenthealth.ucsd.edu/raft.shtml for more information.
It is highly recommended that all students are up to date on the basic
childhood vaccines before starting college. This past year there have
been outbreaks of measles, mumps, pertussis, and meningitis on college
campuses in California. Vaccination against Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A,
polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap), Measles, Mumps,
Rubella, Human Papillomavirus, Meningitis, and Varicella are advised. Students are recommended to follow-up with their primary care providers
prior to entry of school to have a full review of their immunization
record. For more information regarding childhood vaccinations and
vaccines recommended for the college aged student:
MENINGITIS: The CDC recently updated recommendations to include a
booster shot to protect from infection. While meningococcal meningitis
is rare, it is very serious and can be fatal, and we strongly recommend
immunization. If you were vaccinated once before age 16 and are
currently 21 or younger, we strongly recommend that you receive a
booster. For more information, visit
PERTUSSIS: Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, recently made resurgence across
the U.S., and can be fatal for infants who become infected. To prevent
yourself and others from contracting this serious illness, we strongly
urge you to receive the Tdap vaccine before coming to campus this fall.
FLU: Student Health Services will be offering multiple flu vaccination
clinics this fall. Flu shots are free to students with SHIP, and will be
provided at low cost to students with other insurance. Visit our website
at http://studenthealth.ucsd.edu for updates regarding flu-shot clinic
TB Screening-It's Required!
All incoming students are expected to complete the online tuberculosis
screening questions via TritonLink and, if necessary, send in a
clearance form by their healthcare provider in order to avoid delays in
their registration. Tuberculosis is a potentially serious disease and
San Diego is a high-risk area. Therefore, we are undertaking this effort
to protect our students from infection and illness.
Alcohol Risk Reduction
We have a number of resources at UC San Diego to support students who
choose not to drink, to help those who drink avoid high-risk drinking,
and to assist those with alcohol use problems. Evidence shows, that as a
first-year student, the first few weeks of the fall quarter are critical
to your academic success. Don't let alcohol interfere with your
successful transition to campus life and ultimate academic success, or
limit your options for the future. This is an exciting time for you,
and we want you to enjoy and remember every minute of it. NEW this fall
quarter is Triton Fest! Triton Fest is a series of 6 large scale, late
night events. These fun events will be held Fri and Sat night of the
first 3 weeks of the quarter. Watch for more information about these
exciting events; it will be a great opportunity to have fun and meet new
people. For safe party tips, and information on local and state laws
related to alcohol use and abuse, visit
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is an integral member of the Student Health and Well-Being cluster.
CAPS is committed to promoting student mental health and well-being that
is conducive to growth, flourishing, academic achievement, and lifelong
learning. CAPS provides confidential psychological counseling services,
group counseling, workshops, and forums for students free of charge.
CAPS also provides urgent and emergency counseling services for students
in crisis. In addition, the CAPS staff and our Wellness Peer Educators
provide many outreach presentations to students on mental health and
well-being topics such as stress management, healthy lifestyles,
assisting students in crisis. We also host campus-wide events such as
National Depression Screening Day. For more information about CAPS,
please visit our website at: http://caps.ucsd.edu, or call them at (858)
Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC)
SARC offers free and confidential services for students affected by
sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Services include:
24/7 crisis support, counseling, assistance with reporting options, and
accompaniment to police, medical forensic exams, and court. In addition,
SARC offers programs on consent, healthy relationships, bystander
intervention, and much more! Visit http://sarc.ucsd.edu for more
UCSD's lounge for student well-being is located in Price Center Plaza
(next to Jamba Juice), where students can enjoy a variety of FREE weekly
wellness programs! Discover healthy lifestyle tips. Explore free
programs like stress management workshops, healthy cooking demos, and
fitness classes. Connect with campus-wide wellness resources. Relax with
fun-loving therapy dogs, creative craft workshops, chair massages, and
more! Learn all about what The Zone has to offer at www.zone.ucsd.edu.
UCSD is a Smoke and Tobacco-free Campus
This means that smoking or vaping is NOT allowed anywhere on campus.
This will contribute to a healthy environment for all staff, students,
faculty and visitors. Please visit http://smokefree.ucsd.edu for
complete information about this Systemwide policy. If you are a student
and a smoker who would like to quit, Student Health Services can help.
You can make an appointment with a Health Educator at Student Health
Services by calling (858) 822-5926. Smoking cessation appointments at
SHS are free, and cessation aids are available.
Thank you for choosing UC San Diego. We look forward to helping you
achieve your academic and personal goals by keeping you well.
All the best this academic year,
Karen J. Calfas, Ph.D.|
Student Health and Well-being