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.

Download (PDF, 506KB)

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 112015


Wednesday, March 11th & 25th


NOTE: new time, please arrive promptly

Wellness Center, Room 6422

Please note that this is not a workshop or ongoing group.  Informal discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Daniel Rothenberg, of the Student Counseling Services, Wellness Center.

You must be a currently registered GC student to participate.  Please bring your GC I.D. with you (must have the current validation sticker).  If you wish to sign up in advance, please see attached.

For more information, please call (212) 817-8731. For a calendar of all upcoming workshops, please visit our website at http://cuny.is/wellnesscenter

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)





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Feb 042015


January 6 – April 13, 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.


1. 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).

2. 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.

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

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

5. “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 validatedGraduate 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).
  1. 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.
  1. 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.  


Dec 092014

Zen Buddhist Guided

Meditation Sessions

Organized by Ashna Ali, Officer for Student Life and Services:

Mindfulness and Strategies for Finals Relief!

  • Tuesday, December 9th, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Rm. 5414
  • Tuesday, December 16th, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Rm. 5414

As an extension of finals relief stations, we now have Chan/Zen Buddhist Meditation, a simple and straightforward approach to understanding your mind, cultivating clarity and seeing through to the bottom of stress and anxiety.

Venerable Chang Wen is the director of the Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pinebush, NY. He was fully ordained at the Dharma Drum Sangha University of Taiwan in 2006, and has served as a counselor and facilitator of numerous intensive meditation retreats in Taiwan and New York.

Venerable Chang-Zhai Fashi studied Chan (Zen) Practice at the Dharma Drum Sanha University of Taiwan and was fully ordained in 2010. She came to the U.S. in 2012 and serves in the Chan Meditation Center in Queens, New York.

No registration required. Please arrive five minutes in advance. This event is free.

Dec 092014

Overwhelmed by the end-of-semester madness? We’ve got your back (for massages, at least). The DSC is sponsoring Finals Relief Stations this fall to help you rest, relax, and refresh while studying, writing, and grading.


All Graduate Center students


Finals Relief Stations with free 10-minute chair massages, earplugs, and napping stations


Mina Rees Library, First floor beyond the elevators


Monday, December 15th, 11am-3pm

Tuesday, December 16th, 11am-3pm


As an extension of the Finals Relief Stations, we are offering the following events:

Zen Buddhist Guided Meditation Sessions: Mindfulness and Strategies for Finals Relief!

  • Tuesday, December 9th, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Rm. 5414
  • Tuesday, December 16th, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Rm. 5414

“Scholarly Postures”: Learn about proper neck, shoulder, and spinal alignment, as well as stretches and massage techniques to help counter the pain of poor posture.

  • Friday, December 12th, 1pm-2:30pm, Rm 5414

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