Parent & Family Habif Health & Wellness Guide 2022-2023

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Dear parents and families, The health and well-being of your student are incredibly important. The transition to university life can be exciting but also stressful, bringing many great experiences, along with challenges inside and outside the classroom. The strong academic program at WashU is augmented with outstanding student support through a variety of departments in the Division of Student Affairs. The staff of the Habif Health and Wellness Center wants to make sure your student’s transition into college is as smooth as possible. Habif is an accredited, integrated health center located on campus providing medical, mental health, and health education and prevention services to all full-time undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students. We would like to share our health and wellness resources with you to help you support your student’s health at WashU. Habif’s Medical Services staff of doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and medical assistants supports a wide range of primary and urgent care needs. We also offer pharmacy and radiology services, nutrition support, reproductive health services, and referrals for other specialty medical services. Mental Health Services consists of a diverse team of clinical psychologists, professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, and psychiatrists offering a range of services, including consultations, workshops, group therapy, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Medication management can be provided to students who have been prescribed psychiatric medication. The Health Promotion team offers a variety of programs and communications throughout the year designed to help students live their healthiest lives while at WashU. Topics include alcohol and other drug use, mental health, and sexual health. We look forward to welcoming your new student to campus and supporting their care during their time at WashU. Please review the information in this guide for information about satisfying health record and immunization requirements, transferring records and prescriptions, and continuing mental health care. We also offer information concerning conversations we encourage you to have with your student before they arrive on campus. If you have any questions or additional areas where we may support your student, please reach out to us at Best wishes for a healthy summer. Sincerely,

Cheri LeBlanc, MD Executive Director, Habif Health and Wellness Center

Health History and Immunization Information In order to keep our campus healthy and lower the risk of communicable diseases, all incoming students are required to provide the Habif Health & Wellness Center with important and necessary health documents. These include immunization records and health history as described below.

Proof of immunization •

Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4), including a booster if the first dose was given before age 16.

Two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) after one year of age, or proof of immunity (blood tests).

A COVID-19 vaccine. Visit for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19.

For international students: All students entering from countries where tuberculosis is endemic will also require tuberculosis testing.

See for the latest details on these and other immunization requirements and related information.

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Health history information The health history form collects emergency contact information, a medical history, as well as medication and allergy documentation and becomes part of your student’s confidential health record. All information is submitted via the Student Portal at

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WashU students who have not completed these health document requirements prior to move-in will not be allowed to enter their residence hall.

University Health Insurance Waiver Process All full-time, degree-seeking students at WashU are required to have health insurance, and your student will be automatically enrolled in the university’s health insurance plan. This coverage has an annual premium charge that will be applied to your student’s account. The fully funded health plan runs from August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023. See details at If you wish to opt out of this insurance, there is a waiver process that opens July 1, 2022 and must be completed by September 5, 2022. In order to waive out of the student health insurance plan, current insurance coverage must meet the university’s specific criteria. That list can be found on the Habif Health & Wellness Center website at International students: Students entering with an F1 or J1 visa are not eligible to waive out of the university-provided plan unless they have current insurance coverage provided by a domestic employer plan through a North American-based insurance company Questions regarding student health insurance or the waiver process can be directed via email to or by phone at 314-935-6666.

Mental Health Services Availability of counseling while at WashU Our brief individual counseling model is designed to help students manage immediate problems and provide short-term therapy. These services are ideal for issues that have arisen recently or that are expected to resolve relatively quickly. MHS also offers a strong group counseling program with many helpful options. For students who may need more open-ended counseling services, the MHS staff can facilitate a referral for counseling in St. Louis, close to campus. Common examples of issues that may be more appropriate for a referral to professional counseling off campus are outlined in our Scope of Services statement at

Continuing mental health care while in St. Louis If your student currently attends weekly therapy or could benefit from longer-term counseling beyond one semester, we recommend finding a therapist in the St. Louis area to best meet these needs. If your student currently takes medication for mental health-related concerns, please contact your prescribing physician/provider prior to their arrival on campus to arrange for continued prescription coverage while your student is at school. Most students find this arrangement generally easier than switching providers. Follow-up visits can be scheduled in advance with your prescribing physician/provider during break periods when your student plans to be home. If your student would like assistance transferring their mental health care, please have your student call 314-935-6695 or email We recommend that your student contact us over the summer prior to arrival on campus. The Jed Foundation has an excellent “Transition of Care Guide” for transitioning mental health care from home to school that can be found at transition-of-care-guide. In addition, there is a searchable database of therapists located near the WashU campus available at

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Preparing Your Student to Live at WashU Understanding their health history A good time to have conversations with your student about their health is before they attend college. This may include processes and procedures, ways to access medical care, and ensuring they understand their health history. Your student should be able to discuss the following independently: •

Their health history, including major diagnoses or past surgeries

Medications they take regularly

Any allergies or reactions to medications, foods, or other substances

Family medical history

Transferring prescriptions For your student’s convenience, prescriptions for medications can be transferred to the Quadrangle Pharmacy located on-campus in the Habif Health & Wellness Center. For more information, visit

Building a first-aid kit You should equip your student with some over-the-counter medications and basic first aid supplies that they can use ndependently. Some suggested items include:

ace bandages

current prescriptions

adhesive bandages

fever/pain relief

antibiotic ointment


anti-itch/bug bite ointment

upset stomach relief

cold packs/heating pads

hand sanitizer

cough/cold/allergy relief

Keeping proper documentation When coming to campus, students should bring: •

Copies of immunization records and a recent physical exam

Copies of insurance cards

Medical, dental, vision, and prescription plans

Tip: If your student has a smart phone, have them take a photo of the insurance and prescription cards (front and back) to keep easily on-hand.

Need to transfer your student’s prescription to the on-campus pharmacy? Find the form at

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A Conversation with Your Student About Alcohol and Sexual Violence As you prepare to send your student to WashU, there are two key issues we would like you to discuss with them: alcohol use and sexual violence. By the end of July, they will receive several emails concerning two mandatory risk-reduction programs addressing these issues. All incoming students must complete the programs before the start of classes. You might wonder why we require these or why you are receiving this information. Sexual violence, under-age alcohol consumption, and high-risk drinking are serious concerns for colleges and universities across the country, including ours. Research has shown that when parents and family members speak with their students about behavioral expectations and high-risk situations, it can lead to a healthier college experience. If you have not already done so, please discuss with your student their attitudes and behaviors toward alcohol, as well as the impact alcohol can have on communication and relationships. It is essential to have clear consent when engaging in sexual activity. Alcohol misuse does not cause sexual violence, but clear consent cannot be given when one is incapacitated by alcohol.

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Later this summer, your student will receive emails with links to courses related to these issues.

When talking with your student, you might consider the following points: •

Deciding to abstain from alcohol use or sexual activity are healthy choices that many students make.

Moderation is essential if students choose to drink alcohol. From our experience, the most serious consequences occur when students consume large quantities in a short amount of time.

If students ever feel that they or one of their friends are in immediate danger because of alcohol use or other drug use, the Washington University Emergency Support Team (EST) is available 24/7 at 314-935-5555. Please take time to review our Medical Amnesty and Active Bystander Protocol with your student at

If your student has concerns about their own habits or behaviors regarding alcohol, Habif staff includes a Health Promotion Specialist available for free consultations.

Students in recovery from substance use can join the WashU Recovery Group by emailing

Students with prescription medication are encouraged to consult with their physician before choosing to consume alcohol.

Washington University offers several options to support students who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking. We have programs and resources to support reporting and recovery. Visit,,, and for more information. We hope that all students will build healthy relationships during their time with us and intervene when they observe concerning behavior among their peers.

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Important Health & Wellness Resources Habif Health and Wellness 314-935-6666

Dining Services (including a registered dietitian) 314-935-7098

Disability Resources 314-935-5970

Emergency Mangagement (including COVID-19 information) 314-935-8300 888-234-2863 (Toll-free)

Recreation 314-935-4619

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center (RSVP) 314-935-3445

Title IX at WashU

Washington University Police Department (WUPD) 314-935-5555

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