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The Checkup

A Quarterly Newsletter from UMB University Health Services
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Wednesday 8:30 AM - 7 PM

(by appointment only 5:00 PM - 7 PM)

Thursday & Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Weekends & Holidays Closed 

Location: Quinn Building, 2nd Floor

Contact Us

University Health Services

(617) 287-5660

24/7 Mental Health Crisis Hotline (855) 634-4135

Upcoming Events

Sexual Health Resource Fair

September 26th, 11 AM - 2 PM, Campus Center 1st Floor Terrace

In honor of Sexual Health Week, join University Health Services and several on- and off-campus organizations for a time of sexual health education and advocacy. Sexual health is an important part of our overall health and well-being. Whether you are having sex or abstaining, looking to seek out specific resources, or are just browsing, we hope this fair will provide you with knowledge, resources, and support to make decisions that feel right for you - now and in the future.

Click here for more upcoming events!

Counseling Drop-In Hours

The Counseling Center will be piloting "Drop-In Hours" for staff and students to come by, ask questions, gather resources, and learn more about how to connect to services.

Housing & Residential Life

Residence Hall East, 1st Floor

Wed 9/6,  4-6

Wed 9/13, 4-6

Wed 9/20, 4-6  



Campus Center 2315

Wed, 9/27 3-5

Wed, 10/4 3-5

 Wed, 10/11 3-5

Meet The Staff

In each issue, the Check Up will introduce you to a new member of the UHS team in ‘Meet the Staff’. Get to know your providers and learn some interesting facts.

Erica Moses, MSN, FNP-C

Assistant Director of General Medicine & Nurse Practitioner

Favorite Animal:

River Otters (have you seen the parent and baby snuggle?!?) 

Professional Interests:

Reproductive health, wellness, and chronic disease management.

Looking Forward to Most This Semester:

Seeing Beacon around campus more! 

Go-To Self-Care Habit:

It’s a tie between sleep and exercise.

Fun Fact Most People Don’t Know:

I have watched my other favorite movie, Little Women, every Christmas for the last 24 years (and I know all of the words by heart) 

Favorite Spot On-Campus:

Harbor Walk 

Counseling Center Groups

Please feel free to email the counseling center with any questions about groups at [email protected]. If you have any idea of a group that you think might be of interest to UMB students, let us know! Groups for Fall 2023 include:

• The Well Healing Circle • STEM Support Group • Social Anxiety Group •

• Drop-in Anxiety Support Group • Rising Tides •

• Affinity Space for Asian and Asian American Students •

View Group Descriptions...


Getting Started

Each issue of The Checkup will explore a specific issue/question related to equitable access to healthcare. If you have a question you would like to see addressed, send it to: [email protected]. 

Q: How do I make an appointment with General Medicine? 

A: Easy! You can web book through your “My Beacon Portal” account, call us, or just stop by the office. 


Q: Wait, I don’t have the School Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), can I still go to UHS? 

A: YES! General Medicine bills insurance like a normal medical office - open to all students regardless of what insurance plan they have. (PS... the Counseling Center is completely free of charge!) 


Q: What if I need care on the weekends, late at night or need to see a specialist, but have the SHIP? 

A: No Problem! UHS has 24/7 nurse triage available every day. If you need an in person visit that can’t wait until UHS reopens, SHIP is widely accepted at many medical offices, hospitals and urgent care clinics (it is a really good plan!!)


Q: I have SHIP, how do I know what it covers? 

A: I’m glad you asked! Click below for more information.

More Info...

Beacon Buzz

Click through the resources below for relevant news and information pertaining to our community’s health!

CDC Recommends Updated COVID Vaccine
COVID Act Now: Track the Virus Near You
Tips and Information to Help You Thrive
10 Healthy Fall Foods - And the Best Ways to Eat Them
The Health Benefits of Micro Workouts

Clinician's Corner

In each Clinician’s Corner, our staff will share their thoughts and expertise on a topic relevant to Beacons. Have a topic that you would like to see addressed? Email [email protected]. 

Written by Dr. Kim Santora and Dr. Kara Lustig

Welcome back to campus, students! Maybe you will find excitement in these next weeks, but we also know there will also be anxiety, insecurity, stress, and doubt. 

Emotions are normal, healthy, and part of being a human in the world. Thinking about feelings as “positive” or “negative” is a false dichotomy and unhelpful. Emotions are energy that your body experiences as it processes information from the world, and believe it or not, they are typically about your body trying to predict danger and keep you safe. But human nervous systems are so good at safety, that they sometimes react more strongly than a situation requires. For example, it is normal to feel anxious starting at a new school, or in a new class or major (all new things make our bodies more alert!).  

It won’t work to tell yourself not to feel something painful (that can even make things feel worse). So instead, be curious about where your feelings are coming from and why they might make sense in the experience or in the context of your life. Remember though that emotions are not facts and that they are prone to error. Remind yourself that emotions don’t last forever and that we all struggle with difficult emotions sometimes. Consider that a little bit of stress is even good for performance. Don’t try to hide painful feelings and consider trying to connect with others who get it (check out our group list)! 

Counseling can be helpful if you continue to feel stuck with feelings that you don’t understand, or you can’t cope with them safely. We are here and hope you can take good care of yourself and others this fall semester. 

Healthy Jokes

How do you make a tissue dance?


If you’re feeling lonely, stressed or just have things on your mind, on Togetherall, you can get anonymous support from a community of real people who understand.

Click on the icon below to join today!

Community Spotlight

The Checkup will highlight a community resource each issue. If you have an organization that you would like to see featured, send to [email protected]

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, kink, polyamorous, and queer communities. The Network/La Red’s 24-hour hotline, 617-742-4911 provides confidential emotional support, information, referrals, safety planning, and crisis intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender (LGBTQ+) folks, as well as folks in kink and polyamorous communities who are being abused or have been abused by a partner. They also offer information and support to friends, family, or co-workers on the issue of domestic violence in LGBTQ+ communities. All hotline staff are trained in domestic violence, peer counseling, crisis intervention, and safety planning. You don’t have to leave or want to leave your relationship to get support.

617-742-4911 (voice) • 800-832-1901 (Toll-Free)

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