Continuing and Expanding Care through TeleHealth

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to impact our student community, we want to assure you that USC Student Health will continue to provide care—even expanding access through TeleHealth—during this time.

USC Student Health will remain in operation; we will be part of the health care response community, and in alignment with other Keck Medicine of USC care centers, we are launching TeleHealth as a measure of providing care while also following public health guidance on social distancing.

Video Q and A with Dr. Sarah Van Orman and Dr. Broderick Leaks

Dr. Sarah Van Orman, Chief Health Officer and Associate Vice Provost for Campus Health, and Dr. Broderick Leaks, Director of Counseling and Mental Health Services, answer questions about expanded services through TeleHealth, and staying connected in the era of social distancing.

Program Expansion for Students

Expanded hours for counseling, new advocates for survivors of sexual assault, opioid awareness programs, telehealth options, and more are available to keep our communities safe, healthy, and thriving.

Expanding Support for Sexual Assault Survivors

A new trauma-informed program at USC Student Health offers personalized support for USC students. “We’re on call 24/7. We’ll go to the hospital with you; go to court with you; help if you need help navigating social services or seeking financial assistance,” says Katt Morales. “We are 100% confidential and we are survivor-centered.” Morales, one of five new advocates, recently moved into this role after having served as a Student Health call center responder. “Everything we assist with is based on the decisions the survivor makes. We are here to help them with the healing process.” The program is the latest in a series of enhancements to USC Student Health services in the last few years, including a systemwide transition to trauma-informed care and leading-edge prevention efforts such as affirmative consent workshops required for all new undergraduate students. Read more at USC News.

Health Alert: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

USC Student Health advises persons who recently traveled from Wuhan (in the past 14 days) or have had close contact with some suspected of having an infection with the novel coronavirus to watch for flu-like symptoms (fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat and cough, fatigue, headaches); and if experiencing symptoms, use a face mask, and call 213-740-9355 (WELL) to come in and see a medical provider. If you are asymptomatic (not experiencing symptoms) you do not have to be seen by a provider.


Health alert: Flu Activity

Health alert: 1/10/2020 Flu activity is currently elevated and is increasing throughout Los Angeles County. Flu shots will be available at the USC Student Health booth at the Farmer’s Market every Wednesday through the end of February. Ask about arrangements for “house calls” for group flu shots at student residential/dining locations around the UPC campus; email or call 213-740-9355 to arrange immunizations.

Opioids & Naloxone

Did you know? On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Drugs in this category include the prescription medications oxycodone, percocet, vicodin, morphine, fentanyl, among others, as well as heroin. Naloxone (nasal spray Narcan) can reverse the effects of an accidental overdose. Get involved, learn more about opioid overdose intervention that may help save a life, contact to learn more about trainings.