Nov 202015
1) A student recently asked me about the experience of being pregnant/giving birth on NYSHIP, and they asked me to send out a call for tips and recommendations on this front. If I can get some information on this, I can put that information on the website for them and for other students who are pregnant or looking into pregnancy (other information that would be useful, while we’re at it!: resources for dealing with *ugh* bedbugs, resources for students who aren’t on NYSHIP).

2) I’m trying to put together a page of sliding-scale providers–therapists, acupuncturists, nutritionists, etc who are willing to work with us as grad students at a reduced rate. Anybody you know of and would recommend in this category, please send my way. I’d appreciate it! And, of course, recommendations of NYSHIP providers you’ve had good experiences with is always welcome: students have often told me they rely on this list for finding providers they feel they can trust, and there’s definitely room for more providers in all categories, especially LPNs and mental health providers:

3) In an effort to reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues (which plague graduate students at particularly high rates), I’m also seeking out narratives about students’ experiences with mental health issues, as well as with getting treatment for those issues. See more information here:
Thanks in advance for your generosity in sharing resources and stories ❤️
Oct 192015

A GC student has drawn my attention to a potential mental health resource for those without insurance/who want to bypass insurance: Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy offer full-time students a rate of $25 per psychotherapy session.
Some more information from their website,

Clients in our low-fee clinic see licensed professionals who are in our advanced clinical training programs, and sessions are videotaped for supervision.
One-time intake fee: $35/$50 Couples
Full-time Student fee, for appts. before 5pm: $25
Individual Therapy: $35
Couples Therapy: $50
*Individual & Couples therapy fees are raised annually by $5 per session, with a ceiling of $50 for individual therapy and $65 for couples therapy.

Moreover, GAP graduates “will see clients on a sliding scale basis, and are providers for a wide range of managed care mental health plans.”

See attached flyer below for more details (and look here for their website:

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Jul 102015

(A reminder, too, that NYSHIP covers MMR shots now–you can get one for free at a covered CVS Caremark clinic.)


Fall 2015 MMR Clinic (for new incoming students)

Thursday, August 20th

Walk-in 10am-1pm / 2pm-4pm

Room 6422, Wellness Center

This clinic date is subject to change/cancellation and will run as long as supplies last.

Immunization Requirements (complete information/forms)


NYC DOH Walk-In Immunization Clinics

Closest to the Graduate Center:

Fort Greene Health Center
295 Flatbush Avenue Extension, at the corner of Willoughby Street, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(Near the Fulton Mall and Long Island University, not on Flatbush Avenue Proper)
Adults and Children 4 years of age and over
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Directions: A, C & F to Jay Street, or 2, 3, 4 & 5 to Nevins Street, or R, Q, B & M to DeKalb Ave.

As always, please encourage your students to submit immunization documents to the Wellness Center as soon as possible.  Registration for classes will be delayed until the immunization requirement is satisfied.  We recommend students submit documentation at least 6-8 weeks in advance of registration.

 Thank you

Wellness Center

The Graduate Center

City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6422

New York, NY 10016

212-817-7020 (p)

212-817-1602 (f)


May 152015

In talking to students at the Wellness Festival, I heard a few people stress how helpful they found having the student-recommended doctor list. This list, found here, includes MDs, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, dentists, and other doctors that students have gone to and had good experiences with; many are NYSHIP covered (though you should check and double check this before making an appointment! Coverage can change), but those who are not are often willing to work with sliding scales or cut GC students a deal.

Some helpful constituents have recently suggested PTs and gynecologists, who I have added to the list as well.

But I’m looking for more GC students willing to share their knowledge. Have you had a positive experience with a doctor, clinic, NP, or other medical practitioner that you would like other GC students to know about? Please use the contact form linked at the right side of this page.

  • Psychologists/psychoanalysts/other mental health providers (this one particularly! We have a very limited list, currently).
  • Acupuncturists, chiropractors, PTs
  • Nurse practitioners (who are now covered by NYSHIP because of ACA)
  • Doctors outside the NYC area, for those students living in NJ, Philadelphia, and other places.
  • LGBTQ-friendly practitioners
  • Specialists in various fields as well as general practitioners
  • Alternative kinds of practitioners
  • Any doctors that you think GC students would benefit from knowing about.

If you note any outdated/inaccurate information on the page as well, please let me know so I can update the page.

In health! Charlotte

Apr 132015

The Graduate Center is extending through May 1, 2015, the option for currently registered GC students to avail themselves of primary care health services at Institute for Family Health (IFH) clinics as described in the January 6, 2015, memo below.  Primary care health services and charges for uninsured, underinsured, and insured students, respectively, are detailed in the memo.  Students are reminded that this arrangement is conditioned on the requirement that students who do have health insurance provide their insurance information when requesting services.  The Graduate Center’s Wellness Center/Student Health Services Nurse Practitioner will resume seeing patients the week of May 4.   



January 6 – April 13, 2015 [Extended through May 1, 2015]


Because the Graduate Center’s Wellness Center / Student Health Services Nurse Practitioner will be on medical leave from January into April, “stop-gap” primary medical care services will be made available at selected Institute for Family Health (IFH) clinics to uninsured and under-insured registered Graduate Center students.  The funding for this “stop-gap” measure has been made available by the Graduate Center administration; Graduate Center students who do have health insurance can of course also avail themselves of Institute services–but as insured patients– and may be eligible for other programs, including, in some cases, low-cost prescriptions, as applicable.  Please read through the following “Q & A.”:  


Selected clinics (see listing at end of this announcement) of the Institute for Family Health (IFH), whose mission “is to provide access to high quality, patient-centered primary health care targeted to the needs of medically underserved communities.”  The IFH clinics are public clinics staffed by family physicians, family nurse practitioners, social workers, and other specialists providing a full range of primary care services, including reproductive health care and prenatal care. 


a)  Primary medical care services, including ob/gyn services, provided by nurse practitioners and/or resident physicians.  (Please see the rest of this section and the following section, “HOW,” below, for specific details of costs).

b)  For students with health insurance, the clinics will bill the insurance and the insured student will be responsible for paying to the clinic the co-payments charged by the clinics as authorized by the respective insurance plans.

c)  For uninsured students, there will be no co-payment or other charge for the primary medical care visits.

d)  Access to very low-cost clinic prescription formularies for students without prescription coverage.

e)  “Fast-tracking” at the selected IFH clinics.*

Please take note that fees for lab work will be the responsibility of the student and/or of the student’s health insurance provider, if applicable.


1.  Students will be required to show a currently validated Graduate Center I.D. card or present a letter from the Office of the Registrar certifying their current enrollment.  (Students may obtain these letters by requesting them in person from the Office of the Registrar, Room 7201, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue).

2.  The Graduate Center will receive what are called “de-identified” medical bills in order to enable the Graduate Center to be billed for uninsured student visits to the clinics without violating confidentiality.

3.  Students who wish their medical records to be released to the GC Wellness Center/ Student Health Services to be kept on file there will need to provide the clinics with a signed consent for release of information specifically requesting this transfer of medical records.


The following Institute Family Health clinic locations will be available for Graduate Center students (please call the particular clinic or consult the website links below for a particular clinic’s hours.  Note that some of the clinics have evening and weekend hours.

Family Health Center of Harlem                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1824 Madison Avenue                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            New York, NY 10035



Philips Family Practice                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               16 East 16th Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   New York, NY 10003


Sidney Hillman Family Practice
16 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003


East 13th St. Family Practice
113 East 13th St.
New York, NY 10003


Amsterdam Center
690 Amsterdam Avenue (at 94th St.)
New York, NY 10025


Walton Family Health Center
1894 Walton Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453


Mt. Hope Family Practice
130 West Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453


Stevenson Family Health Center
731 White Plains Road
Bronx, NY 10473


Questions about the short-term services outlined above may be directed to Director of Student Affairs Sharon Lerner at 212-817-7413 / 7400 or to the Graduate Center’s Wellness Center/Student Health Services Administrative Coordinator, Ms. Cheri Betancourt, at 212-817-7020.  

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