University Health Services Now Offers Telehealth to Students

FSU Telehealth

Graphic courtesy of University Health Services.

Since Florida State University made the transition to remote learning for the remaining Spring 2020 semester, many departments and programs are working diligently to bring the services and amenities offered by the University to the homes of students. University Health Services (UHS), FSU’s on campus health and wellness organization, is no exception as they announce their new Telehealth services since online courses began.

Telehealth at FSU went live in March of this year. “We always explore our student’s requests, and this has been a popular one,” said Mari Kay Avant, UHS’s Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, about the highly-anticipated health service. 

So, what exactly is Telehealth? Telehealth is a remote resource available to bridge the gap between patients and their provider, whether they are located locally or outside the Tallahassee area. “Continuity of care is important and by offering this service, our providers are able to continue to provide healthcare, virtually.” Avant explained. 

The care students receive through Telehealth will match the great healthcare originally offered when visiting FSU’s Health and Wellness Center. “The same smiling, caring and passionate people are on the other end of the device,” said Avant. 

Telehealth can currently be utilized by students experiencing the following: upper respiratory infections, flu-like symptoms, heartaches, nausea/vomiting, UTI’s, tooth pain, ortho injuries, back pain, psychiatry, and more. A full list of services offered by Telehealth can be found here. While questions or concerns may arise about other conditions and circumstances, Avant reminds students and families that “when in doubt, reach out.”

“If you are unsure, please call. Our triage nurses are able to assess you over the phone and provide you with a plan of care,” said Avant. 

UHS is open to assisting students for any health-related questions or concerns and reminds the community that their services aren’t limited to sick visits. “This is also a good time to utilize your patient portal where you can receive lab results and send messages to your provider.” Avant added. This feature is located under the ‘My Health’ tab on the UHS website

While Telehealth is being introduced in a period of remote learning, Avant assures the community that it is here to remain a constant resource for FSU students. “At this time, the plan is to continue using Telehealth along with our face to face visits,” she spoke.

Telehealth uses a platform called Zoom to conduct remote appointments, so students must have access to a personal device that is equipped with audio and visual components. Services provided by Telehealth are available Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm, with staffing available until 5pm. These services are not available on weekends, but UHS does provide special After Hours Care information.

To schedule an appointment via Telehealth, students must follow these steps:

Step 1: Download Zoom to your personal device.

Step 2: Call 850.644.4567 to schedule with a UHS representative.

Step 3: Await email confirmation from uhs-telehealth@fsu.edu. This email will contain your consent form, appointment link, and password. Please note, your consent form must be completed prior to the appointment.

Step 4: At your scheduled appointment time, open your email confirmation containing your zoom link and password. Enter the appointment by clicking “join meeting”.  You will need to use both audio and video functions.

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Graphic courtesy of University Health Services.

For any additional questions about Telehealth or University Health Services, FSU students and families can reference the UHS website. To stay updated on UHS and its resources, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

CHAW and FSU kNOw MORE Bring Awareness to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Campus organizations are partnering to bring awareness and support to the Florida State community virtually all throughout the month of April for national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year, the theme for SAAM is “I Ask,” which is intended to convey how crucial consent is—especially in everyday actions. 

The Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness (CHAW), the kNOw MORE Student Advisory Board, Green Dot, and the Department of Student Support & Transitions have created an extensive calendar of events for students and faculty and staff to take part in.

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During the SAAM Kick Off Week of Action, CHAW and kNOw MORE encourage the FSU community to start SAAM by sending a message to survivors through the template posted on the kNOw MORE social media. 

The following day, the community is asked to upload a video explaining how consent is important while interacting with people every day. 

On April 3, CHAW and kNOw MORE is celebrating Green Dot’s 5th birthday! They ask for the community to post pictures in their Green Dot gear and send a video wishing Green Dot a happy birthday. 

The next day, kNOw MORE wants to see artwork that expresses support for survivors and raises awareness about SAAM. 

Then, kNOw MORE wants the community to share a selfie in which they communicate hope for a world without sexual violence. 

On April 6, kNOw MORE will feature a poll on their social media for followers to submit positive examples of consent and support towards survivors through songs, movies, and other aspects of pop culture. 

To end the SAAM Kick Off Week of Action, the community is asked to participate in FSU Teal Tuesday in which you wear teal or wear a teal ribbon all day in solidarity with survivors; don’t forget to share pictures using the hashtag #FSUTealTuesday

After the kick off week for SAAM, CHAW and kNOw MORE Student Advisory Board have worked diligently to include many virtual opportunities to bring productive conversations about consent and sexual violence to the FSU community. 

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On April 13, the community can take part in Connect with CHAW: I Ask for your Consent Q&A. The CHAW team will host an interactive question and answer session via Zoom regarding consent; questions can be submitted through the CHAW and kNOw MORE Instagram pages between 4/9-4/12 so they can be answered live. 

April 15 is Trauma Informed Day and CHAW will be hosting another Connect with CHAW: I Ask for a Trauma Informed Campus at 3pm. The community is encouraged to join this conversation and discuss how FSU student organizations can establish trauma informed spaces.

SAAM Syllabus Day is on April 16 and will consist of a Zoom discussion about the SAAM Syllabus at 3pm. This conversation is working to continue applying previous Sexual Assault Awareness month campaigns. The SAAM Syllabus can be found here.

On April 20, there will be a dialogue about the role FSU faculty and staff play while being trauma informed. This discussion will take place on Zoom at 3pm and will help faculty and staff understand how they can create supportive spaces for the community. 

Denim Day, a day in which the nation is asked to wear denim in order to take a stand against victim blaming, will take place on April 29. The FSU community is encouraged to share their photos with the hashtag #FSUDenimDay.

SAAM ends with National Take Back the Night, a global event organized by a foundation of the same name. The FSU community can register for this event here in order to hear speakers, poetry, and take part in healing activities.  

To follow SAAM events, you can check the CHAW Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or the kNOw MORE Facebook and Instagram.