April 2022

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Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
April 24-30, 2022

Since lab professionals often work behind the scenes, few people know that the critical testing they perform every day saves lives, reduces morbidity, and helps control the cost of care. Meet the UHS Lab professionals who serve the UC Berkeley community!
April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month

April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month, and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff will be hosting events throughout the month that will equip our community with information on how to prevent sexual assault, create a stronger culture of consent, and how to best support survivors.

UC Berkeley is dedicated to preventing and addressing sexual harassment and sexual violence on campus. We believe in fostering a culture that prioritizes consent and respect, and responds to and supports survivors and their allies. As part of these efforts, we are working to engage all members of the university community to create a healthy and inspiring environment where violence in any form is not tolerated.

Do You! Week is a week-long series of events at UC Berkeley to promote a campus alcohol and other drugs (AOD) culture that supports all who study, live, work & play in the campus area. Complete the AOD survey for a chance to win a $10 Target gift card.

  • 4/11 - Harm Reduction Tips for Party Throwers and Goers
  • 4/12 - Why and How We Advocate for Harm Reduction Expansion at UC Berkeley
  • 4/13 - Collegiate Recovery Support at Cal
  • 4/14 - PartySafe Practice at Sather Gate: Education, Games, Prizes, Supplies!
  • 4/15 - Collegiate Recovery Support at Cal

Mindfulness Meditation Drop-In

Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5:00 pm | Ongoing until May 10, 2022 | Facilitated by Kin Ming Chan, Ph.D.

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of focusing your mind on the present moment to become more aware of thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they occur without judging them. In this weekly drop-in group, participants will learn general mindfulness meditation skills by doing a variety of mindfulness exercises together, discussing their experiences doing the exercises, and considering ways to apply mindfulness in daily life. The drop-in format is flexible to allow students to join at any point and still gain insight/benefit from collective wisdom. Learn more >

Additional mental health resources:

Bears in The Kitchen: Oven-Baked Enchiladas! 
When:
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022, from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Description:
  • Cookalong with the UHS Nutrition team as they virtually demonstrate how to make homemade enchiladas!

Get a FREE Ingredients Kit:
  • The Basic Needs Center's Food Pantry will be offering the main ingredients for FREE, while supplies last. Go to pantry.berkeley.edu to see up-to-date pantry hours and join the virtual line.

Sign up:
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 15
No drugs down the drain! UHS accepts expired medications through MED-Project. If you'd like to bring your prescription in, please call the UHS Pharmacy in advance to make arrangements. This medication drop-off site is open to the public.

Call the UHS Pharmacy to Arrange a Drop-Off: (510) 642-3249

Reminder for Graduating Seniors with SHIP: Coverage ends on July 31, 2022
Whether you are graduating or leaving UC Berkeley for a period of time, it is important to think about your health insurance options. SHIP cannot be continued after the last day of coverage following graduation, but here are some options that might be available to you:

  • If under the age of 26, one may be able to stay under a parent or guardian's insurance plan as a dependent
  • Covered California or State-Exchange Plan
  • Medical or Medicaid
  • Purchase a private insurance plan
  • Enroll in one's employer-based insurance plan
  • Blue Shield of California concierge service can be utilized

The ending of SHIP is considered a qualifying event that opens a 60-day special enrollment period for you to enroll in other insurance plans. Learn more >