Student Health is there for students

Hope Austin

UMKC’s center for Student Health and Wellness, located at 4825 Troost Ave., provides students with helpful and convenient services, such as treatments and consultations.

“Student Health can do almost anything your primary care can do,” said Scott Thompson, administrator of Student Health and Wellness. From the stomach flu to mental health issues and preventative care, Student Health and Wellness offers treatment for students at a low cost. Most appointments that do not require lab work are free.

“We’re always trying to offer services for as low [a price] as possible,” Thompson said.

A UMKC shuttle can transport students to and from the Volker Campus to the Student Health and Wellness center in the Troost building, but Thompson feels students may be better served by having health services located on the Volker campus.

UMKC Student Health and Wellness no longer features an on-site pharmacy. “We were losing money with the pharmacy open,” Thompson said.

“We would have to be on campus in order to utilize the pharmacy.”

The pharmacy filled prescriptions written by UMKC health care personnel and by non-UMKC affiliated physicians, and Thompson said a pharmacy located on campus would encourage more students to get their prescriptions from UMKC.

It may be years before a Student Health and Wellness is able to change its location. In the meantime, Thompson wants to focus on more tangible goals, such as expanding the options of birth control available to students.

“We want to add to services down the road,” said Thompson.

Currently, Student Health and Wellness provides prescriptions for birth control pills, the patch, Depo-Provera injections and the NuvaRing. In the future, Thompson hopes that Student Health and Wellness can administer IUDs and Nexplanon, a form of birth control that is implanted into the arm.

The Student Health and Wellness center is open on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-6:30 p.m. Due to budget restrictions, having student services open for longer hours is “not feasible,” according to Thompson.

The Student Health and Wellness center offers an after-hours resource guide to help students locate health services in the area.