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Benefits of Wellness Services to Students

Designated fees paid by all Northwest students enrolled in classes each semester fund the many services and initiatives that Wellness Services offers. Students benefit in the following ways:

Clinical Health Services

  • Students are not responsible for the costs associated with routine office visits, which include consultation, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations only.
    • Please note that students are responsible for the cost of the following type of services thatmay be associated with their office visit:
      • Procedures (including, but not limited to, toenail removal, stitches, wart treatment, etc.)
      • Lab Work (including, but not limited to, pregnancy tests, urine tests, blood work, pap smear testing, etc.)
      • Injections (including, but not limited to, vaccinations, IV fluids, etc.)
      • Medications
      Any charges for which a student is responsible that is not covered by their health insurance (if applicable) will be charged to the student's University account.
  • Patient education during visits to Wellness Services
  • Liaison with St. Francis Hospital Medical Staff and Hospital Emergency Staff and Mental Health Unit to promote access and quality care for students
  • Prevention and response to emergencies in the student population
  • Coordination of services with athletic department trainers, including physicals for all athletes

Personal Development and Counseling Services

  • Individual and group counseling sessions
  • Crisis management
  • Consultations
  • Outreach (campus, classroom, and community presentations)
  • Eating Disorders Team for Northwest students
  • 24-hour emergency resource for Residential Life and the campus at large in addressing students at risk

Prevention, Outreach and Education Services

  • Health promotion and health education opportunities for students (speakers, awareness weeks, campus activities, etc.)
  • Grant writing to obtain resources that address a variety of health, wellness, and safety issues
  • Peer Education program
  • Programs for students who have experienced difficulties related to alcohol use
  • Advisement of student groups
  • Notification of the campus community of health risks and recommendations related to illness
  • Collaboration with campus TV, radio, and newspaper to provide health and wellness information to the campus community
  • Coordination of a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program for the campus, including Sexual Assault Hot Line, advocacy services for victims, and University representation on the community Sexual Assault Response Team
  • Participation in all SOAR summer orientation sessions
  • Participation in Transfer Student Orientation
  • Programs during Advantage Week on health, safety and campus resources
  • Prevention of communicable diseases, including (but not limited to) tuberculosis, meningococcal disease, measles, influenza, hepatitis through vaccination and education
  • Coordination of health services in planning for response to bioterrorism and other emergency situations

Trainings

  • Certified Peer Education training for students (RA's, Peer Educators, Community Leaders, etc.)
  • Training for University employees on health and disease
  • Training for Missouri Academy Staff, students and parents in health issues
  • Training/Educational opportunities for students (University Seminar presentations, Residence Hall presentations, student group presentations, etc.)
  • Trainings for student groups on diverse health and wellness topics, upon request
  • Continuing education, training, and professional development for Wellness Services

Campus and Community Partnerships

  • Participation in the Behavioral Intervention Team to address at-risk students
  • Participation in the LAP/S committee to provide services for students with disabilities
  • Collaboration with International Involvement Center in providing services for international students, including education about health issues and insurance
  • Collaboration with departments within Student Affairs to enhance shared initiatives involving alcohol responsibility, diversity and inclusion, volunteerism, and violence prevention. 
  • Participation in Missouri Partners in Prevention (PIP), which is a state-wide organization directed at coordinating campus and community efforts to address alcohol and drug abuse
  • Participation in Maryville Partners in Prevention (MVPIP), which is a local group that strengthens campus and community efforts to address alcohol and drug abuse