Students take advantage of health services

Valley students do not have to travel away from campus to seek both medical and psychological help.

Byline: Jasel Rico, Staff Writer

If Monarchs are ever feeling a check-up is past due or just want to make sure their health is in order, the Valley College Health Center, located by the North Gym, offers medical and psychological help for any students seeking it.

Medical services are given to students who are enrolled, have valid picture identification, and have paid all health student fees though, some tests or check-ups might require a small payment depending on the student. Walk-ins are welcome, but to avoid a wait students can make an appointment for any of these services: physical exams, tests for Tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases. Although these services are helpful, some students, such as  31-year-old Valley radio and television major Darryl Matthews, wish that there were more benefits for students who are uninsured.

“There aren’t enough services for students that don’t have insurance,” said Matthews. “They need to expand their service. For a lot of students it’s the only option. We can’t afford real insurance.”

The health center offers psychological services for students that feel or have any personal or academic stress, depression, abuse, and anger. The individual counseling or crisis intervention are offered.

Students seeking sexual contraception such as birth control pills will need to see their own doctor, however condoms are available at the health center.

“There are resources like the Family Pact Program, it’s a state funded program,” said Dr. Nodal. “What they do if you qualify and a lot of students do because they don’t make a lot of money, for females they provide the free pap smear screening for sexually transmitted disease and any kind of birth control.”

All exams and services are private and confidential to all students and information provided at any visit is strictly protected.

Appointments are available Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The phone numbers to schedule appointments are: (818) 947-2918 for medical and (818) 778-5708 for psychological.

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