As a parent of a college student you play a key role in your student’s health and wellness. Even though your child may be miles away from home, you will still be a primary source of health information for them. We hope the following information will assist you in helping your student make a healthy transition to college life.
1. Immunizations, Health History and Physical Examinations
- Make sure your student has updated immunizations and documentation of these immunizations has been provided to Student Health Services.
- While a routine physical exam is not required by the Northeastern State University, many parents choose to have this done before their student leaves for college. Athletics and health science colleges have their own requirements for physical exams and/or health statements.
- Make sure your student knows his or her health history. If your student has a chronic or recurrent health problem, send a summary letter from your local physician with your student. Ask your student to schedule a get-acquainted visit with a Student Health Services provider at which time, that summary letter can be turned in and discussed.
- Give your student a list of his/her current medications and allergies.
- If your student is under age 18, Oklahoma law requires we have your consent to provide medical care and treatment for most conditions. Please call SHS at (918)444-2126 for form.
2. Health Insurance
- Even though Northeastern State University only requires students with a F1 Visa to have health insurance, we strongly suggest that all students be covered by an Insurance plan.
- Provide your student with an insurance card which includes policy numbers, billing address and pharmacy information and encourage your student to carry the card at all times. (A photocopy of the front and back of your card is sufficient.)
- Inform your health insurance company that your child will be away at college and find out if there are network providers here and what the level of coverage is.
- Provide your student with your pharmacy plan card, if you have one. Tahlequah offers multiple pharmacy options such as Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Reasor’s.
3. Decision-Making Skills
- Spend time talking with your son or daughter about decisions he or she is likely to be faced with at college such as alcohol and other drug use, managing time, getting adequate sleep, stress, nutrition, fitness, sexual behavior, and financial responsibility.
- Let them know what your expectations are and that you will be available to listen.
- As your student's health care provider, we are legally required to protect the privacy of their health information. If your student is 18 years of age or older, we cannot provide you with any of their health information, including billing information, unless they sign a Consent to Release Information Form. For the form or any questions or concerns, please call Sarah Swarer at (918) 444-4735.
4. Suggestions for a Basic Health Care Kit to Send With Student
- Supplies such as Band-Aids; thermometer; ace bandage for strains or sprains; sunscreen; etc.
- Medications for pain and/or fever relief like acetaminophen or ibuprofen; antibacterial hand sanitizers; antibiotic cream like Bacitracin; hydrogen peroxide; anti-diarrheal such as Imodium; antihistamine for itching or allergies like Benadryl; etc.
5. Care for Ongoing Conditions
- Have a plan in place on how your child will manage any chronic conditions he/she may have.
We are here to help your student succeed by providing quality healthcare, education and health promotion.