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Health and Wellness Committee

No one is immune to the benefits of a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management. Even though these concepts are tried and true, it is not uncommon to push them aside. However, creating easy means to take time to focus on health has the ability to benefit every participating student.

The Graduate Student Senate Health & Wellness Committee has been working together with University Health Services, University Counseling Services and the Athletics Facility to ensure graduate students are getting the care they need. The initiatives our group is focusing include-

  • Improving health care and health insurance benefits

  • Improving awareness and changing perception to seek counseling

  • Address students concerns in regards to amenities of athletic facilities

How can I learn about the healthcare provided for graduate students at Case Western Reserve University?

  • To learn more about the Student Medical Plan, please visit the official Case Western Reserve University Health Service webpage.

  • For questions regarding what the GSS is doing to improve healthcare for graduate students, or to get involved yourself, contact the committee chair at gss-hcc@case.edu.

  • For specific questions regarding medical advice, billing, and specific, personal, or confidential health concerns, you should contact University Health Service either by e-mail or by calling (216)368-3050.  

  • For emergencies, you should call the emergency hotline at 216-368-2450.  The GSS Healthcare Committee cannot provide professional medical advice for students.  Please contact a physician for such inquiries.

How can I learn about what services University Counseling Services offers at Case Western Reserve University?

  • To learn more about counseling services, please visit the official Case Western Reserve University Counseling Services webpage (https://students.case.edu/counseling/)

  • Individual, group and couples counseling are available options

  • For specific questions about services or to make an appointment, please call (216)368-5872 (M-F 8:30am-5pm) (https://students.case.edu/counseling/counseling/appointments.html)

  • Appointments are available at their main location in Sears Building 220 or at the University Health Services

  • For urgent counseling, no appointment is needed- call (216)368-5872

  • After hours emergencies:

    • Case Police: 216-368-3333
    • UCS Counselor On-Call: 216-368-5872, then select the phone number option for Emergency Care.
    • The GSS Healthcare Committee cannot provide professional medical advice for students. Please contact a counselor for such inquiries.

Community Support in the Greater Cleveland Area

  • Mental Health 24-hour Referral: (216)623-6888
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800)273-8255
  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Hotline: (216)619-6192

Who do I contact if I have suggestions about the Athletic Facilities?

  • A suggestion box is available in the Veale Athletic Center, next to the towel check desk.

  • You can e-mail suggestions to the Athletics Facilities Manager, Kristin Conway( kec76@case.edu) while the Athletics Facility website is being updated

  • If you have any suggestions in regards to athletics that involves or affects graduate students, please contact the committee chair at gss-hcc@case.edu and your suggestions will addressed or forwarded to the appropriate person

  • For more information about services, sports, sports clubs and intramurals sports that are offered, please visit the CWRU Athletics webpage (http://athletics.case.edu/landing/index)

Health and Wellness Committee Charge:
The duties, powers, and responsibilities of the Health & Wellness Committee shall be to:
1) Use available survey and financial data and other information to prioritize areas to be targeted for improvement in the areas of health and wellness.
2) Represent graduate student interests as decisions are made regarding health and wellness benefits for graduate students and their dependents.
3) Communicate information regarding health and wellness benefits on campus, including (but not limited to):
   a) Maintaining the GSS Health & Wellness Committee's webpage, in conjunction with the GSS Information Officer, as appropriate.
   b) Taking a proactive role on health and wellness issues and benefits by working closely with health/wellness-care offices on campus, including (but not limited to) University Health Services, University Counseling Services, Institutional Research and the health insurance carrier covering graduate students and their dependents.
   c) Working with other GSS Committees to plan events that promote health and wellness on campus.

About the Chair: Stacey Chung.

Find more details about her here.