Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of November 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 semester.
New Student Resources
Important: Required Information
Submit Your Health Forms
We do not accept forms via email. You must submit forms via the Patient Portal, or if you choose to submit paper medical forms, please send them by U.S. mail or fax. We will begin review of required health forms in mid-June and contact you regarding any missing items. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be flexible with deadlines and work with you to complete your file.
Health Insurance Pre-Registration
You must call 413-582-2800 before arrival to register your medical insurance with our laboratory partner at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Students with the student health plan will have access to their insurance ID number in August. See the Gallagher Student Health website for further details.
Students with Known Health Conditions, Complex Concerns and Food Allergies
Please contact our office and speak to a nurse. We encourage you to book a new patient appointment to get acquainted. If you have food allergies, contact the office of Disability Services and carry an EPI-PEN at all times. Students requiring allergy shots must seek a local allergy provider; we do not provide allergy shots.
Who We Are
We are a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to helping all students stay healthy and whole. We see students of all genders and identities, regardless of insurance, by appointment. We offer fun, informative workshops throughout the year.
We provide routine preventative health care such as sports and travel physicals; general check-ups; clearance exams for volunteer work or internships; reproductive and sexual health exams; contraception; and related health education. We offer problem-oriented care for sickness and injuries, nutrition consultation, and acupuncture services. We have a lab on site.
Our mental health counselors and psychiatrists provide ongoing private and group counseling to support mental health needs and medication management as appropriate.
Our wellness team provides one-on-one appointments and special workshops designed to help all students live full, balanced lives and find their own unique ways of thriving.
|Schacht Center for Health and Wellness||21 Belmont Avenue
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063
|After-hours Answering Service and Nurse||413-585-1260|
|Counseling Service (including after hours)||413-585-2840|
Additional Helpful Contacts
|Smith Students’ Aid Society||Anne White|
|Student Health Insurance Plan||800-456-3753|
|Cooley Dickinson Hospital Urgent Care Clinic||30 Locust Street
(walking distance from campus)
63 State Street
90 Main Street
Academic Year Office Hours
|Pelham Medical Services||Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Medical Appointments||Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m.–4:20 p.m.
Wednesday: 1–4:20 p.m. (nurse available 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.)
|Cooley Dickinson Laboratory at the Schacht Center||Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; 1:30–5 p.m.
No appointment necessary. Students must have a valid order for lab testing.
Students must pre-register their insurance before lab tests can be performed. Please call 413-582-2800 to pre-register. Students are responsible for any costs not covered by their insurance.
|Counseling Service||Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon, 1–4:30 p.m.|
|Wellness Services||Open Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 3–5 p.m.|
When the medical service is closed, a nurse is available for phone consultation: 413-585-1260. A counselor is available by phone: 413-585-2840. Urgent care is also available.
If the Schacht Center is closed, contact the after-hours nurse (413-585-1260) or counselor (413-585-2840) before seeking urgent care or going to the emergency room, if possible.
If needed, urgent care without an appointment is available at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and a number of area urgent care providers. Campus police can provide urgent transportation to Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
When College Offices Are Closed
When Smith academic and administrative offices are closed due to weather or other emergencies, the Schacht Center is closed. A nurse is available for phone consultation: 413-585-1260. A counselor is available by phone: 413-585-2840.
Medical and Counseling Services Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Please refer to our news announcement about Thanksgiving care for details.
We strongly encourage all students to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan. The plan provides comprehensive coverage on campus and throughout western Massachusetts. The plan is effective August 15–August 14 every year. All students are automatically enrolled in the plan, and are required to complete the online decision form on the Gallagher Student Health website by the posted deadline. Further information about the insurance plan, waivers, and related deadline will be posted on or about July 1 the Student Financial Services office.
Questions related to waiving or accepting Student Health Insurance should be directed to Gallagher Student Health or Student Financial Services via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE
The Schacht Center no longer offers allergy immunotherapy treatment, including injection or sublingual therapy, commonly referred to as allergy shots. In keeping with best practices for patient safety, students requiring allergy therapy are better served by local allergists.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ALLERGY SHOTS
A comprehensive guide to resources on general health, vaccines, LGBTQIA+ health and wellness, reproductive and sexual health, healthy relationships and more.
Congratulations and welcome to Smith! You probably know that you're going to learn a lot in your classes and you're going to make friends and generally have an amazing time here at Smith. What you probably don't know is that the most important thing you're going to learn over the next four years are not the things you learn in the classroom, but the things you learn while you're trying to get good grades, have great relationships, figure out what to do with your life, and generally try to be a person while also being a student. The most important things are about balancing your own needs with the needs of the people around you; the most important things are about aligning your day-to-day life with your core identity and motivations.
It'll take a while for that paragraph to make sense. In the meantime, here are my top five basic wellness tips for first-years:
- Person first, student second, everything else comes third. When in doubt, prioritize this way.
- Eat stuff that looks the way it looked when it was alive—whole fruits and vegetables, unprocessed meats (if you eat meat)—and minimal sugar. Those are pretty much the only rules you need to follow in order to eat healthfully. Students who eat more fruits and vegetables have higher GPAs—seriously, survey research confirms this.
- Get some exercise. ANY exercise. Walk around the block or join an athletic team, whatever works for you. Physical activity is the single most efficient strategy for dealing with stress.
- Make sleep a priority. Students who get more sleep have higher GPAs! Sleep makes your brain sticky, so you remember what you hear and see. Sleep deprivation makes your brain slippery, so everything just slides away. Get seven hours a night. Do it.
- For two minutes a day, every single day, slow down and pay attention to your breath. While you're brushing your teeth, waking up or going to bed, between classes, before or after a meal, enjoy two minutes to sit still and pay attention to your breath. The beauty of the human brain is the way it connects unrelated ideas, so your mind will wander, which is normal and healthy. Let those thoughts go and return your attention to your breath. This mindfulness practice will train you to be in control of your brain, so that your brain is not in control of you. Two minutes a day. It'll change your life. (And raise your GPA!)
Check out the other info on this website and on our various social media pages. And you can always contact me at email@example.com.
Wellness Services Director