University Health Services is a health care facility located in the Deweese building at Kent State University. It provides non-emergent outpatient care to all eligible students, faculty, and staff, including: examination and treatment for illness and minor injuries, women’s health care, laboratory, x-ray, physical therapy, pharmacy services, and health education. They have physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed psychologists, pharmacists, physical therapists and radiographers.
“So, University Health Services is a very impressive student health center. There have been many times when I’ve been asked the question, ‘Oh you mean it’s a nurse in a room’ and many times that’s what people think of when they hear a student health center. And that is the farthest thing from where we really represent we’re very similar to a private physician’s office,” Dr. Jennifer D’Abreau said.
Acting as the Interim Chief University Physician of UHS, Dr. D’Abreau sat down to explain her role, and that of others, in an interview.
“I chose Kent State for a couple of reasons. At the time when I first graduated from my residency and family medicine I was doing obstetrics as well delivering babies. And I taught at the Akron General family medicine program and was incorporating O.B. as part of that teaching responsibility…I started working at Kent State in night teaching in 2000… And I really loved it. I loved the students,” she said.
Health Services offers medical care that ranges from immunizations to physical rehab. It is available during the week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
All students, including the international students, have access to Health Services. Most health insurance is accepted, but if you have any concerns call (330)672–2322.
“I think that’s a really good service on campus. We try to keep our cost low for the students so that the ability to pay is not a barrier to care,” Dr. D’Abreau said.
Students are very busy during the school year. A heavy work-load can make students stress out and become sick. Two students were able to sit down and explain their individual experience with UHS.
Jessica Chunat, 19, is a sophomore at Kent State majoring in architecture. Originally, she is from Brunswick, Ohio, and come to Kent because her grandfather is an alumnus.
“I really like being close to my family and being able to have them come up…and it also helps that my grandfather went here in the 60's. So when he comes here to visit campus and go eat and everything, he loves to bring us and loves to show us around campus,” she said.
Chunat discovered UHS by searching online for the nearest OBGYN. Her first time using the service was freshman year. Chunat was “really nervous” to go see a doctor alone, being used to her mothers presence.
“I discovered the University Health Services just through Googling health services near Kent, Ohio, I needed to go to a doctor and I wasn’t sure what to do because my mom wasn’t here,” Chunat said.
After using the services, Chunat started regularly visiting her doctor, Kim, who helped Chunat feel adjusted to campus. She described Kim as “very engaged” in their sessions and willing to help.
“She made sure I knew all the resources that I needed and where I could go if what they had didn’t help me,” she said.
Katheryn Monsewicz, 20, is junior at Kent State majoring in journalism. Her mother is a Kent alumnus, inspiring Monsewicz to attend.
“When I first came to is just exploring it I was I took note of the fact that we had health services because I have a history of anorexia nervosa. I have been anorexic for a little over eight years and about three of the four actually four of those years were prior to coming into cat. So I knew I would eventually need help and I made myself aware that there were health services but I didn’t go to use them until my mother told me that she could feel the bones at my back again,” she said.
Walking into freshman year she started using the services with two different doctors. They formed a plan and began working toward that goal.
“if you’re experiencing problems that go beyond physical you’re experiencing just bad thoughts. And any way you go see the medical center and there and go see them first before you see psychological services because they will send you to psychological services but they’ll probably hook you up with the right psychiatrist psychologist and then you kind of get everybody knows who you are and it’s easier to get help that way,” Monsewicz said.
Scott Dotterer is the coordinator of the office of Health Promotion at UHS. He has been there for about 25 years, because he enjoyed “working collaboratively” in the community where he used to attend college.
“I just enjoyed the environment, the target audience and thought this would be a great way to collaborate among other departments on campus, work with faculty and of course work with student organizations on different health related events,” Dotterer said.
The Health Promotion office has events such as: Alcohol Awareness day, National Depression Screening Day, The Great American Smokeout, World Aids Day, Lifeshare Blood Drive, National Eating Disorders day, and more.
“We will go out to these different types of events and we will provide information on all of university health services as well as a wide range of educational materials in different promotional items from university health services,” he said.