Introducing Health and Wellness Resources | June 20, 2023
In today's email, we introduce departments whose primary focus is health and wellness and which are supported by the Student Health and Wellness Fee. Please take your time to explore the information here and on our website. Feel free to contact any of the departments with further questions.
Located on the Medford/Somerville campus at 124 Professors Row across from Fletcher Field, Health Service is your place for primary health care. The services provided are completely confidential. In-person and telehealth visits are available, and students have access to medical advice after hours and on weekends.
Students can make an appointment by visiting the Patient Portal or calling 617-627-3350. (Tip: Put this number in your phone!)
Health Service provides a range of offerings including:
Counseling and Mental Health Service (CMHS)
Counseling and Mental Health Service offers consultation and time-limited individual and group counseling. All services are confidential. The office is located at 120 Curtis Street on the Medford/Somerville campus, and SMFA students are also able to receive mental health services on site at 230 The Fenway.
Psychiatry care for those currently in counseling is available and charged at rates much lower than those available in the community. Students who have UnitedHealthcare Student Resources as their insurance provider are covered for on-campus Psychiatry services.
If you are looking for longer-term psychotherapy or your needs fall outside our Scope of Care, please use CMHS' community provider referral page to begin contacting providers around Tufts or at home to determine availability and fit.
You can make an appointment to meet in-person or virtually with a CMHS counselor by calling 617-627-3360 during office hours. You can also schedule a visit or Ask a Counselor telephone consultation online or by dropping by the office.
In an after-hours emergency, the Counselor on Call can be reached by calling CMHS at 617-627-3360 and following the prompts.
In addition to short-term counseling, CMHS provides a number of other services. We invite you to explore them on our web page.
We also invite you to review a list of frequently asked questions about our services.
Additional Suggestions From CMHS
To help make your transition to Tufts as smooth as possible, we recommend the following:
If you are currently in counseling and/or psychiatric care, find a local provider for ongoing treatment. It is important to begin looking for providers in the local community over the summer, as their availability is best at this time. Your insurance company can help you find an in-network provider in the state of Massachusetts.
Medication management: If you are currently taking psychiatric medications, get a 3-month supply of your prescriptions from your provider to cover your needs while looking for a local provider and/or pharmacy.
Identify a local pharmacy: Contact your insurance company to find the best pharmacy options for you in the area. We have a CVS and a Rite Aid in Davis Square. Inman Pharmacy delivers to Health Service two times per day during weekdays, and Capsule Pharmacy delivers to student housing.
Transfer your prescription to the local pharmacy of your choice: Once you have identified a pharmacy, contact them for information about which prescriptions can be transferred and how to get that arranged.
Center for Awareness, Resources, and Education (CARE)
Located inside the Campus Center, CARE is a free and confidential resource for all students impacted by sexual misconduct.
At CARE, staff have conversations with students about their social and sexual lives, including topics such as sexual health, safer sex, hookups, relationships, and sexual misconduct (harassment, assault, stalking, or relationship abuse).
All services are free and available to students with any identity or immigration status. Currently, CARE services are offered only in English.
Students will also see CARE staff, student Sex Health Reps, and Green Dot students around campus leading trainings for student organizations/teams, tabling with sex health supplies, and hosting campus-wide events. Please note that only professional staff (not students) are confidential resources.
Health Promotion and Prevention
Health Promotion and Prevention (HPP) is dedicated to health education and prevention initiatives for Tufts students. HPP works with a variety of students and groups to develop initiatives related to sleep, stress management, nutrition, and certain chronic illnesses.
To meet or discuss any topics with the Director of Health Promotion and Prevention, you can schedule a 30-minute or 60-minute appointment.
We want to remind all first-years that the deadline to send your final transcript to Undergraduate Admissions is June 27.
Also, make sure to send your official AP, IB, and/or A-Levels scores to Tufts by August 1.
Consider enrolling in optional Tuition Insurance: Tuition Insurance protects financial commitments if you elect to take time away from your studies through a Medical Leave. Enrollment in the Tuition Insurance Plan will be open until the first day of classes, September 5, 2023.
Thursday, June 22, 9 a.m. ET – International students and their families are invited to meet with the Tufts International Center staff and review important information for incoming international students.
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