News Archive 2017

National Eating Disorders Association logoEating disorders walk this weekend

October 10, 2017

Lace up your sneakers and join UHS in supporting the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) walk Sunday, Oct. 15, starting at 9 a.m. on Goodell Lawn. Register online by 3 p.m. Friday or the morning of the walk.

Photo of therapy dog with studentsGot stress? They've got dogs!

October 4, 2017

Chill out with a furry friend at the Peer Health Educators' Paws Program, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom and W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

Announcement iconColumbus Day hours – Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

October 2, 2017

Walk-in Care, Pharmacy: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Lab, Radiology, 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

All other departments closed.

For 24/7 medical and mental health advice, call (413) 577-5000. In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Announcement iconWe're renovating!

September 15, 2017

The project is expected to begin during the week of September 18, and continue for approximately one week.

During this time, our ground floor entrance will be closed. Please use our main entrance.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Flu bug U graphicWalk-in flu clinics

September 7, 2017

Protect yourself with a flu shot at an upcoming walk-in clinic!

  • Open to the UMass Amherst campus community
  • No cash payment needed
  • Bring your insurance ID card with you

Around campus:

  • Thursday, Oct. 5, 3 – 7 p.m., Commonwealth Honors College, W. Event Rm.
  • Friday, Oct. 13, 3 – 6 p.m., North Village Apartments
  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 1 – 4 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., North Apartments, Building D
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 4 – 7 p.m., Berkshire Dining Commons
  • Friday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., Webster Lounge
  • Friday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Commonwealth Honors College, W. Event Rm.
  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., Van Meter Lounge
  • Friday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hampshire Dining Commons
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 3:30 –  6:30 p.m. Recreation Center

In UHS room 302:

  • Friday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 1 – 4 p.m.

STI and HIV testing graphicWalk-in STI, rapid HIV testing clinics

September 7, 2017

Get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV at campus clinics this fall – no appointment needed. Testing is the only way to know!

Fall, 2017

  • September 11: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center 163
  • September 27: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., UHS, ground floor
  • October 10: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center 165
  • November 1: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., UHS, ground floor
  • November 14: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center 163
  • December 1: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center 163
  • December 11: 2 – 5 p.m., UHS, ground floor

Important:

  • STI tests screen for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Don't urinate for 1 – 2 hours before the test.
  • HIV testing involves a finger prick. Results are ready in 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Syphilis tests can be ordered at walk-in clinics; testing is done at the UHS Laboratory.
  • Testing is open to all UMass Amherst students. Bring your insurance card; other payment options available.

Sleep Fair graphicSleepless at UMass?

September 7, 2017

Changing your sleep can change your life! Stop by a sleep fair, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1 – 3 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom for activities, vendors and freebies. From 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Rebecca Spencer, Ph.D. explains what sleep does for you, what happens when you don't get enough, and how to overcome sleep challenges.

Photo of Medical Reserve Corps volunteer at workEmergency preparedness

September 1, 2017

September is national Emergency Preparedness Month. Learn about planning ahead and what to do in emergencies with help from the UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps.

Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 4

August 21, 2017

Announcement iconWalk-in Care, Pharmacy, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Lab, Radiology, 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

All other departments closed

For 24/7 medical or mental health advice, call (413) 577-5000. In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Fall semester hours

August 21, 2017

Effective August 31, 2017

For immediate needs

Walk-in Care:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Except holidays

Text service
To wait where you're most comfortable, text “clinic” to (413) 944-8562. You’ll receive a response text with your number and a reminder text when it's almost your turn to be seen.

For acute minor illnesses & routine care

General Medicine clinics: 
Monday – Friday,
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Except holidays

Questions? Need help?

Call the Triage Advice Nurse, (413) 577-5229 during health center hours.

After-hours medical & mental health advice

(413) 577-5000

Other UHS department hours

Photo of a health insurance policyStudent health insurance requirements

July 18, 2017

Massachusetts requires college students to have comprehensive health insurance. Learn about the Student Health Benefit Plan and what you need to do before the end of the add/drop period.

Announcement iconCCPH temporarily relocating

At the end of July, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) is temporarily moving from Hills North to the second floor (North Wing) of Bartlett Hall. Services will be provided at this location through the 2017 – 2018 academic year. CCPH offices in New Africa House remain open as usual. View a campus map.

Mental health crisis response is relocating to 415 New Africa House. For urgent help, go to the office weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or call (413) 545-2337. On weekdays after 5 p.m., weekends and holidays, call UHS, (413) 577-5000 and ask for the CCPH clinician on-call. In an emergency call UMPD, (413) 545-3111 or 911.

If you have questions or concerns, call (413) 545-2337.

Announcement iconIndependence Day – Tuesday, July 4, 2017

June 19, 2017

UHS is closed.

For 24/7 medical or mental health advice, call (413) 577-5000. In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Photo of person doing CPR12 minutes can save a life

June 14, 2017

If someone's heartbeat or breathing have stopped, 12 minutes can mean the difference between life and death. It takes first responders an average of 8 – 12 minutes to respond to a 911 call, according to the American Red Cross. If you know how to do CPR or use an automated external defibrillator (AED), you may be able to keep someone alive until help arrives. Learn CPR basics or find certification classes near you

Vaccine being drawn from a vial into a syringeNew students: required immunizations

June 13, 2017

Starting at UMass Amherst this fall? State law requires you to have certain immunizations and submit proof before coming to school. Here's what to do.

Announcement iconMemorial Day  – Monday, May 29, 2017

May 25, 2017

UHS is closed.

For 24/7 medical or mental health advice, call (413) 577-5000. In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Graduate student support groups

May 19, 2017

The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) is hosting two grad student support groups beginning in June; both meet 3:30 – 5 p.m. in New Africa House. A group for students working on their dissertation or thesis meets Thursdays; a general group gathers Tuesdays.

Technicians at work in the UHS laboratoryUHS lab earns sentinel site designation

May 3, 2017

The UHS lab has been recognized as a sentinel site by the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory. Sentinel labs have the capacity to analyze or refer potentially hazardous specimens. They work with public health providers around the world to enhance emergency preparedness. More...

Announcement iconDelayed opening: Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 2, 2017

Power will be out from 8 a.m. – approximately 9:30 a.m. for building systems tests. No services will be available during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Summer hours

May 1, 2017

Effective May 14 – August 30

For immediate needs

Walk-in Care:
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, closed
Except holidays

Students with therapy dog at the Paws Program stress reduction eventGot stress? They've got dogs!

April 18, 2017

Chill out with a furry friend at the Peer Health Educators' Paws Program, Wednesday, April 26, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom and W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

Tobacco-Free UMass logoBanish the butts on Earth Day

April 18, 2017

Join the Tobacco-Free Ambassadors for an Earth Day campus cleanup. From 8 am. – 4 p.m., stop by their table on the Student Union North Lawn to help out, see what tobacco does to the environment and learn about becoming tobacco-free.

Peer Health Education logoApply now for Peer Health Education internships

Be creative, have fun and make a difference! PHE internships are one-year, six-credit opportunities open to UMass Amherst undergrads from all majors. Learn more...

Announcement iconPatriots' Day hours: Monday, April 17

April 10, 2017

Walk-in Care, Pharmacy:  11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lab, Radiology: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. All other departments closed

For 24/7 medical and mental health advice, call (413) 577-5000. In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

MRC hosts animal-assisted crisis teamMedical Reserve Corps logo

March 31, 2017

Meet the Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response team and Brinkley, one of the many animals that help people when disasters strike, at the April 11  UMass Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) meeting. Come to Skinner Hall, room 12 at 5:30 p.m.; check out more on the MRC  events calendar.

Tobacco-Free Ambassadors at Relay for Life

Tobacco-Free UMass logoMarch 31, 2017

Stop by the Five Colleges Relay for Life at Boyden Gym Friday, April 7, 3 – 6 p.m. to play games, get information on becoming tobacco-free, and more.

Photo of a simulated vaccination being givenEmergency drill tests campus, community readiness

March 30, 2017

The UMass Medical Reserve Corps, UHS, Environmental Health and Safety, and the Office of Emergency Management are hosting an emergency drill Thursday, April 6, to test plans for a mass vaccination clinic. More...

Announcement iconSpring break hours: Sunday, March 12 – Saturday, March 18

March 1, 2017

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Radiology, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: closed

For 24/7 medical and mental health advice, call (413) 577-5000. In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Spring break packing list

Student shopping at UHS Pharmacy

February 27, 2017

Sunscreen, aloe, lip balm, first aid... Stock up and save on over-the-counter health and wellness items at the UHS Pharmacy!

Hands-on health

February 24, 2017Medical Reserve Corps logo

The UMass Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has plenty of  hands-on opportunities to learn about keeping yourself, your friends, family, pets, and the community safe. Check out the updated  events calendar.

Stay healthy, UMass

February 23, 2017

Drawing of a person covering a coughFlu season is peaking throughout the country. On campus, we've seen students with a variety of illnesses, including the flu, stomach bugs, the mumps and the common cold. Prevention is your best defense! Check out the CDC's flu-fighting suggestions and mumps fact sheet; our Public Health page also has useful information.

New providers at UHS

February 23, 2017

UHS welcomes clinical nutritionist Molly E. Barnes, M.S., R.D., and physician assistant Marissa L. Gray, P.A.-C. to our team of college health experts.

Peer Health Education logo

New: Peer wellness coaching

February 22, 2017

Invest in your wellbeing with the Peer Health Educators’ new wellness coaching program. Meet one-on-one with a trained peer coach who’ll help you identify your strengths, set wellness goals and guide you toward achieving them. Free sessions are held at locations across campus. Learn more and register.

Got stress? They've got dogs!

Photo of students with a therapy dogFebruary 22, 2017

Chill out with a furry friend at the Peer Health Educators' Paws Program, Monday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom and W.E.B. Du Bois Library. There'll also be free acupuncture with a provider from UHS.

Cancellation  – Thursday, February 9, 2017

Walk-in screenings for a research study on Epstein-Barr virus, scheduled for tonight, 5:30 - 8 p.m., are canceled due to the weather.

Announcement iconCancellations – Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Walk-in screenings for a research study on Epstein-Barr virus, and the Medical Reserve Corps' active threat training program, both scheduled for this evening, are canceled due to the weather.

Hands-on health

Medical Reserve Corps logoFebruary 2, 2017

The UMass Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has plenty of  hands-on opportunities to learn about keeping yourself, your friends, family, pets, and the community safe. Check out this semester's events calendar.

Epstein-Barr study screening canceled

January 31, 2017

Announcement iconTonight's walk-in screening for a research study on Epstein-Barr virus is canceled due to the weather. Come to the next scheduled session, Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Live well – apply now

January 11, 2017

Wellness Defined Residential Community logo

Live with other wellness-minded people this fall!  Apply by Sunday, Feb. 19 for housing in the Wellness Defined Residential Community.

Announcement iconMartin Luther King Jr. Day hours – Monday, Jan. 16:

January 9, 2017

Walk-in Care, Pharmacy: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  •  Lab, Radiology: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. All other departments closed

For 24/7 medical and mental health advice, call (413) 577-5000. In a life-threatening emergency, always call 911.

STI and HIV testing logoRapid STI, HIV testing

January 3, 2017

Walk in and get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center room 163
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 : 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., UHS, ground floor
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center room 163
  • Wednesday, March 8: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., UHS, ground floor
  • Tuesday, March 28: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center room 163
  • Wednesday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., UHS, ground floor
  • Tuesday, April 25:  11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center room 163

STI tests screen for gonorrhea and chlamydia. HIV testing involves a finger prick; results are available in 20 – 30 minutes. Clinics are open to all UMass students; bring your insurance card. Testing is conducted by UHS and sponsored by the Stonewall Center.

Illustration of health insurance policyInsurance info for new, transfer students

January 3, 2017

 If you're taking five or more credits, you're automatically enrolled in, and charged for, the Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). Students who already have insurance may be eligible to waive the SHBP; the deadline is the end of the Add/Drop period. What you need to know...

New, transfer students: required immunizations

January 3, 2017

College students are required by state law to have certain immunizations before coming to school. Proof of immunization must be submitted online before the end of the Add/Drop period. Here's how...

3-D image of mumps virusMumps: What you should know

January 3, 2017

Mumps is making headlines, as new cases reach higher-than-usual levels nationwide and in our state. UHS monitors for mumps, but has not diagnosed any cases.

Two doses of MMR vaccine, which are required before starting college, are important in helping prevent mumps

Winter-ready vehicle graphicIs your car winter-ready?

January 3, 2017

Snow, ice, cold – it's that time of year in our area! Make sure you and your car are ready with these tips from the Centers for Disease Control.

Announcement iconIntersession schedule: Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 – Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

Dec. 12, 2016

Intersession hours:

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: closed

Hours vary on holidays and campus closure days:

  • Monday, Dec. 26: closed
  • Thursday, Dec. 29 and Friday, Dec. 30: Walk-in Care, Pharmacy: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Lab, Radiology: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. All other departments closed
  • Monday, Jan. 2: closed
  • Monday, Jan. 16:  Walk-in Care, Pharmacy: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  • Lab, Radiology: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. All other departments closed

For 24/7 medical and mental health advice, call (413) 577-5000. In a life-threatening emergency, always call 911.