Feb 022017

Dear colleagues,

My name is David Nagy, and I’m the new DSC Officer for Health and Wellness this semester. I will do my best to advocate for your health, both physical and mental, and share information that you may find valuable. In that regard, I have a message from the Officer for Student Life and Services; please read it and the attached flyer if you have the time:

Hello Doctoral Student Friends,

New semesters can be tough especially when the world as a whole is messy. If you are finding yourself overwhelmed we have something for you. What follows is a flyer called Everything is Awful and I’m Not Okay. Sometimes when we’re overwhelmed we need a reminder to deal with stuff. I have a copy printed by my desk and it helps.

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If you need, the Wellness Center offers counseling services and has walk-in hours on Mondays from 10:30-11:30AM. More information can be found here. It is okay to need help and reach out.

The Spring semester calendar is filling quickly so keep your eyes on the DSC website, Health and Wellness Officer website, and your email to stay abreast of what the DSC/GC is doing to help you.

And as always the DSC Lounge (5495) has condoms and safer sex supplies, aromatherapy oils, coffee/tea, tampons, and more.

Best Wishes,

Carlos M.

Mar 312016

Last Friday, Camilla Lee, RDN, shared some useful pointers on how to still eat well even on time and money budget. She’s given her permission to post the slides she made for our workshop, so I’ve posted it here: check it out! There’s some great tips on what are good staples to keep in the pantry, what kinds of foods you can make cheap and easy, and some recipes for quick and tasty sounding meals (I’m going to be trying some chia seed pudding or egg strata soon myself!).

Camilla works over Skype for nutrition consults and she is also a practitioner on Maven Clinic – a tele-health app for women: www.mavenclinic.com. A reminder that nutritionist appointments ARE covered under NYSHIP: you can search the Empire Plan’s Provider Lookup. Here’s an example search for “Nutrition Services” within 10 miles of the GC (remember to triple and quadruple check with the provider that they are indeed still NYSHIP-covered).

Also, check out the hashtag #gcfoodforgrads for tweets from the workshop itself.

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Mar 182016

In talking to students, I heard 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.

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.

Please clarify whether this provider is NYSHIP covered and/or sliding scale/grad student budget friendly!

I’ve also received requests on a variety of other topics, from info on having a pregnancy while on NYSHIP to how to deal with bedbugs. I’ve linked to a document where you can add information on these topics. Please do share what you know!

Some of the topics I’m looking for resources on include:

  • Mental health/general health apps and websites
  • Sliding scale health providers
  • Local support groups and group therapy
  • Tips/info on dealing with pregnancy on NYSHIP
  • Tips/info on dealing with non-NYSHIP insurance
  • Resources for dealing with bedbugs
  • Better sleep resources
  • CBT websites

Google doc to add resources:


Thanks in advance!

Mar 142016

Note that Co-Chair for Communications Hamad Sindhi and I are collecting resources to share in a handout with attendees of this workshop–resources to help students connect with the larger GC community as they put into practice some of what they learn in SCS workshops. In this case, we’re looking for writing workshops/writing groups/writing support groups throughout CUNY that students can turn to as they push toward that goal of getting the writing done. Please send any you know of to me (wellness at cunydsc.org) or Hamad (ccc at cunydsc.org).


March 17, 2016 (Thursday), 3:00pm-4:30pm

Room 9206

Facilitated by Karen Starr, Psy.D.

Do you need to start writing but don’t know where to begin? Feeling paralyzed by imagined judgmental readers? Having trouble making time to fit writing into your life? This workshop will offer practical strategies for moving forward.

Karen Starr, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who conducts writing and dissertation consultations.

Please note that no food or beverage will be allowed during this workshop.

**You must be a currently registered GC student to attend this workshop**

To register stop by the Wellness Center Student Counseling Services in Room 6422 to fill out a workshop application. The application has also been attached for your convenience, email and fax is acceptable.  For more information, please call (212) 817-8731.

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)




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Aug 272015

For a comprehensive and handy guide to deciphering the language of health insurance as well as advice for choosing a health insurance plan, look to this Student Health Insurance guide put together by the GC Student Affairs office.

Please contact and meet with Elise Perram, Associate Director of Student Affairs, to work through your options and for guidance on non-NYSHIP health insurance queries and concerns. She can help demystify the health insurance process and is an excellent resource for figuring out the steps you should take to make sure you are covered.

You can also take advantage of low-cost clinics in the area, or use services provided by the Wellness Center, including making an appointment with the nurse practitioner.

Elise Perram’s contact information:

Email: eperram@gc.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 817-7411

Office: Student Affairs, Rm 7301

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