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COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Current Students

Cougar Health Services is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to current WSU Pullman students. Current eligibility includes, all Washingtonians age 16 and up.

  • Appointments are required. Please schedule an appointment by logging in to the patient portal.
  • Bring your CougarCard or some form of identification.

Clinic Schedules

  • FULL Thursday, March 25 (Primer) and Thursday, April 15 (Booster) – Pfizer
  • FULL Friday, April 2 (Primer) and Friday, April 23 (Booster) – Pfizer
  • FULL Friday, April 9 (Primer) and Friday, April 30 (Booster) – Pfizer
  • FULL Friday, April 16 (Primer) and Friday, May 7 (Booster) – Pfizer
  • FULL Friday, April 23 (Primer) — Pfizer
  • FULL Friday, April 30 (Primer) – Pfizer
  • Friday, May 7 (Primer) – Schedule an appointment by logging into the Patient Portal.

Visit the Vaccine Locator to find open clinics in the community.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Fall 2021

Please review the April 28, 2021 announcement regarding COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

Information about how to submit proof of vaccination as well as the process to request an exemption will be communicated to students, faculty, and staff prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester.

Our Commitment to the Mental Health of our Black and African American Students

 

To our WSU Pullman Community,

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, and Tony McDade, among so many others have devastated our communities. We know the Black and African American communities are facing extreme physical and emotional trauma in these times. We stand in solidarity with those feeling anger, grief, fear, and sadness in response to the brutality that is adding to our anguish in this troubling and uncertain period in our history. We are aware of the impact of systemic oppression on the well-being of our students, staff, and faculty. We recognize that recent events will impact people differently based on their position in the historical context of our society, which has given rise to oppression.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to affirming and providing care to students who have been directly or indirectly impacted by trauma. If you are struggling emotionally, academically, or for any other reason, please know that we will continue providing teletherapy via Zoom or phone. We want to empower you to seek whatever help you need and what will be meaningful to you — whether that be in the form of counseling or referrals to other university and/or community resources. We are available for crisis, single-session counseling, and ongoing counseling to students who are located in Washington state. The way to initiate all appointments is to call our office at 509-335-4511.

Please take good care of yourselves and each other. Cougs help Cougs.

Counseling and Psychological Services


Self-Care Resources:

Counseling Resources for Individuals of Color:

  • The Washington Counselors of Color Network works to connect clients with counselors who understand the specific needs of people of color and various cultures. There are many resources for those on west side of Washington.
  • The Black Virtual Therapist Network provides an online directory of licensed Black therapists who are certified to provide telemental health services.
  • The Latinx Therapy directory is a bilingual database that connects individuals with therapists and other providers nationwide.
  • Black Mental Wellness, Corp, provides information on mental and behavioral health from a Black perspective.
  • Crisis Text Line, text STEVE to 741741 for support specific to college and university students of color.

WSU Resources:

Books for members of our community wanting to challenge themselves to learn more about racial inequality in our society and the steps they can take to becoming anti-racist:

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo
  • …But, I’m Not Racist (Tools for Well-Meaning Whites) by Kathy Obear
  • What is White Privilege, Really? By Cory Collins

Other resources for those who want to know what steps to take to become allies:

Handwashing: a small habit with a big impact

clasped hands under running water in a sink with soap suds

Washington State University is reminding students, faculty and staff that washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the tools identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for helping combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or flu. Handwashing prevents the spread of infections by reducing the number of germs introduced to our own bodies when touching our eyes, nose or mouth and reducing germs transferred to common objects like phones, hand rails, buttons, and door knobs.

Wash your hands often.

Washing hands at key times with soap and water is one of the most important steps you can take to get rid of germs and avoid spreading germs to those around you.

When you should wash your hands:

  • After using the bathroom
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

Do it right.

Follow these five steps every time you wash your hands.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum “Happy Birthday” twice or sing the WSU Fight song (without all the clapping of course).
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water aren’t available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

If you want to spread the word and not germs, you can get images, videos and posters to print and share at the CDC Health Promotion materials website. This information was provided by and adapted from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information visit https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

Vision Clinic Frame Show

three students wearing glasses
Three students wearing Vision Clinic sunglasses

 

Stop by the vision clinic for a special sale event for WSU students! Over 200 styles of frames and sunglasses will be available to try on and purchase. Students will receive a 25% discount on frames and sunglasses in stock.

Vision Clinic Frame Show
October 23, 2019 10 AM – 3 PM
Washington Building.

Drop by for giveaways and enter to win a free frame or sunglasses!  

For questions about the sale or our vision care services, contact our vision clinic.

Become a peer health educator

Photo of Cougar Health Services Peer Health Educators

Peer health educators are a diverse group of undergraduate leaders who work with us to educate and empower their fellow students. Students who participate in this program facilitate workshops, represent CHS at campus events, table, and collaborate with campus partners.

We consistently hear from students who are interested in peer health education programs, and studies show that students view peer health educators as credible and trustworthy sources of information. The program is supported by the Service & Activity Fee and will help increase our collaboration with students.

Students who participate in the program will receive a range of professional development opportunities, including training and hands-on experience. Peer educators will develop leadership and public speaking skills, foster positive working relationships, and gain foundational knowledge in a variety of health topics, including violence prevention, mental health, substance use, and sexual health.

The application for becoming a peer health educator will open March 27. Due to COVID-19, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis rather than having a strict close date.

Students who are accepted into the program will receive BACCHUS training on Sunday, August 30 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Students will then take an exam for their peer educator certification. The program has a one-year commitment with 25 hours of involvement per semester and bi-weekly meetings which occur on Wednesdays from 4:00 –6:00 pm.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Peyton Prothero.

Information Regarding Bacterial Meningitis

Medical professionals from Washington State University’s Cougar Health Services have received inquiries regarding reports of a case of meningitis on the WSU Pullman campus. There are many causes of meningitis, and although they are all serious, they are not all equally contagious. Please know that WSU does NOT have meningococcal meningitis on campus, which is the most dangerous form of meningitis for college students.

Cougar Health Services has been in contact with the Department of Health and have determined that there are no additional recommended preventive measures related to meningitis for campus members or close contacts of an ill student at this time. WSU campus members are not currently at increased risk for contracting meningitis.

As always, anyone with symptoms of illness or questions about their personal health should contact their healthcare provider for advice. Pullman students can contact Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575 or schedule an appointment at https://cougarhealth.wsu.edu/appointments/

For more information about meningitis: https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html

While meningococcal meningitis is not currently present on the WSU Pullman campus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do recommend that all adolescents receive a meningococcal immunization. Many WSU students have already received this vaccine. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/vaccine-info.html

Join the Culture of Respect campus team

 

The Culture of Respect initiative had a great start as we welcomed nearly 35 campus and community partners to the kickoff event February 27. This campus-wide initiative uses a framework focused on broad participation which allows us to come together and collectively develop goals and next steps for WSU Pullman.

The first step we are taking is completing the CORE Evaluation by the end of April. We are using this self-assessment to determine which aspects of the Culture of Respect framework are most relevant for our campus. As we review what WSU is already doing to prevent sex- and gender-based violence, we are able to assess how we can build off this strong foundation and how we can collaborate to address gaps we identify.

If you missed the kickoff event, check out this video of the presentation above.

If you would like to know more about the Core Evaluation or are interested in becoming a part of our campus team, please contact Tara Johnson, Health Promotion Specialist, at tara.l.johnson@wsu.edu.

April Peer Health Educator of the Month – Mari Irvan

Photo of Mari Web
Photo of Mari Web

 

Mari Irvan is a fourth year senior at WSU completing a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in human development. She joined the peer health education program in the fall of 2018. Her peers in the program nominated her for the April Peer Health Educator of the Month award. This award is given to peer health educators in recognition of their hard work and dedication to the program. We sat down with Mari to hear more about her time in the program and why she thinks other students would benefit from joining.

How has being a peer health educator been meaningful to you?

MI: Going into the program, I was excited about the opportunity to make a difference on campus and be involved in a club that promotes various aspects of health. Being in the program has opened my eyes to different opportunities after graduation and my trajectory has definitely changed.

I’m going to be trained as a community coalition coordinator working for the state to prevent substance abuse at the community level. And I don’t think that would have happened without this spark of interest.

How do you think being a peer health educator has built career skills?

MI: Throughout school, you get opportunities to stand up in front of a classroom and do a presentation. But something I didn’t expect from [being a peer health educator] was being able to gain skills in how to present in a very engaging way.

You learn how to get the audience to want to participate and to feel the information personally relates to them, no matter who they are. I think this makes presenting a lot more effective and fun for everybody.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned as a peer health educator?

MI: One of the most impactful things I did as a peer health educator was go through Mental Health First Aid training. I liked how it teaches you how to respond to someone who is having a crisis. This isn’t something covered in a lot of my psychology classes and it can be really difficult to respond in these situations.

What do you do in the moment? Or what do you do if you see someone who you’re really concerned about? How do you be direct and ask them ‘hey, are you ok?’ I think this is easier said than done. [What we learned] was very applicable and is something everyone should know.

What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a peer health educator?

MI: [Being a peer health educator] is a great opportunity to be a leader and to be part of something that is making a positive impact. You will be surprised at how much you learn as an individual about different aspects of health and safety. What I learned was super applicable for when I was starting to look for internships to complete my human development degree and for what I would do after graduation.

I don’t regret joining at all. It has been one of my favorite things I’ve done at WSU. I’m glad I was able to snag the opportunity before I graduated, and I would definitely recommend it.

Help us facilitate ‘Booze, Sex and Reality Checks’ for incoming students

Instructor speaking to a room of students
Instructor speaking to a room of students

 

Our Health Promotion team is offering an exciting opportunity to lead new Cougs through the Booze, Sex, and Reality Checks (BSRC) workshop. Incoming students under the age of 21 attend this evidence-based program as part of their Week of Welcome experience.

As a Facilitator, you will gain public speaking experience, receive training in motivational interviewing, and become equipped to facilitate group discussions. As Support Staff, you will participate in implementing Week of Welcome workshops and develop skills in customer service.

Opportunities Available

BSRC Lead Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

  • ROLE: Lead Facilitators take the lead in presenting content for BSRC workshops. Co-Facilitators assist Lead Facilitators during BSRC workshops and present basic content
  • WHO CAN APPLY: WSU staff or graduate students (undergraduate students can also apply for Co-Facilitator role)
  • PAY RATE: Will be discussed once application has been submitted

Support Staff

  • ROLE: Help set up workshops, sign-in students, direct students to correct workshop locations, and answer general questions.
  • WHO CAN APPLY: Anyone (undergraduate students encouraged to apply)
  • PAY RATE: $12 per hour

Job Requirements

BSRC Lead and Co-facilitator

  • Attend all 10 Facilitator trainings (8:30am – 12:00pm)
    • On Tuesdays – June 25th, July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd, and July 30th
    • And on Wednesdays – June 26th, July 10th, July 17th, July 24th, and July 31st
  • Attend 1 logistics training (2 hours long)
    • Either on August 8th or 9th
  • Available to facilitate workshops August 10th through August 17th

Support Staff

  • Attend 2 Support Staff trainings (8:00am – 5:00pm)
    • Both August 8th and 9th
  • Available to work full-time August 10th through August 17th

How to Apply

BSRC Lead Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

Applications for these two positions will be accepted through May 31st. If you are interested, apply here.

Support Staff

Applications for this position will be accepted until filled. If you are interested, apply here.

 

We hope you’ll join us this summer!

Questions?

Contact Health Promotion:

Phone: 509-335-9355
Email: cougarhealth.healthpromotion@wsu.edu

March Peer Health Educator of the Month – Nives Quaye

Photo of CHS Peer Health Educator Nives Quaye
Photo of CHS Peer Health Educator Nives Quaye
CHS Peer Health Educator Nives Quaye

Nives Quaye is a fifth year senior at WSU completing a B.A. in human development and a B.S. in biology, with an emphasis in basic medical sciences. She joined the peer health education program in the fall of 2018. Her peers in the program nominated her for the March Peer Health Educator of the Month award. The award is given to peer health educators in recognition of their hard work and dedication to the program. We sat down with Nives to hear more about her time in the program and why she thinks other students would benefit from joining.

How has being a peer health educator been meaningful to you?

NQ: Well I actually want to go into Public Health, and health education is one of the things I want to do in the Public Health realm. I want to do programming and health education, so I feel that these tie in perfectly with what my future goals are. I feel it has given me more knowledge about health education in general and how to present to people about sensitive topics.

How do you think being a peer health educator has built career skills?

NQ: It’s definitely given me some experience in public speaking and how to interact in a large group setting. I also went to some workshops with Tamera Crooks, [the leadership coordinator for student involvement], where I learned about how different personalities can be integrated in the workspace and about being able to collaborate better with partners and in group settings.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned as a peer health educator?

NQ: I would say learning how to use more inclusive language when speaking to people was really emphasized in this position. For example, learning how to say pronouns when introducing yourself in a group of people. In my other positions I’ve been in [on campus], we never really went as in depth as in this program.

What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a peer health educator?

NQ: I would say, if you are passionate about educating other college students about just regular things that affect them on a daily basis, then apply for this position. If you see yourself as always being a friend that’s being asked about certain things or you like being asked for advice and you feel these things come naturally to you, I would definitely say this would be a good position. [As a peer health educator], you would be able to tell others about different resources they can use to help themselves and have an impact on a large amount of people.