Harvard Health Services

Smith Center
Making an appointment
Urgent Care

Mental Health

GSD Support Services
Harvard Counseling
Harvard Support Groups
Resources Outside of Harvard

Athletics

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Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Time Management

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Ergonomics
Center for Wellness

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Harvard University Health Services

Smith Center
(75 Mt Auburn St)
(617) 495-5711
huhs.harvard.edu
M–F: 8am–5:30pm

HUHS in the Smith Center provides high-quality, comprehensive health care—including primary care, pediatric care, and mental health counseling—24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Other services include vision care, dental services, and a pharmacy, though not all covered by the HUSHP.

The confidentiality of all records and other medical information about patients at HUHS is protected to the full extent of the law. Written authorization from the student is necessary to release information to any third party except in highly unusual circumstances as required by law, or as indicated in the HUHS Notice of Privacy Practices.

Making an Appointment
Appointments can be made online by logging into the Patient Portal or by calling the HUHS main number. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of a scheduled appointment, or else you’ll incur a fee.

HUHS Patient Portal
huhs.harvard.edu/patient-portal

Urgent-Care and Emergency Services
If you are experiencing symptoms of a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. After-hours and weekend care for nonroutine, urgent medical concerns or symptoms are available through the After Hours Urgent Care Clinic, which is open nights, weekends, and holidays. When possible, try to call your primary care team or mental health provider for advice during regular office hours.

After-Hours Urgent Care Clinic
Smith Center 5th Floor
(617) 495-5711
M–F: 4pm–8pm
Sa–Su, holidays: 24 hours

Patient Advocate
Linda Cannon
is your Patient Advocate. She is available to discuss and assist with any HUHS-related questions, problems or concerns: navigating the health care system, available choices for your medical care, patients who feel they have encountered a problem, and special needs arrangements. All communications are confidential.

Linda Cannon
Patient Advocate
lcannon@uhs.harvard.edu
Smith Center 1st Floor
(617) 495-7583
M–F: 8am–4:30pm

Primary Care Services
HUHS provides complete, coordinated health care through a working relationship with a primary care team comprised of a primary care physician (PCP), nurse practitioner, registered nurses, and health assistants. Students are assigned a PCP and primary care team and may change their PCP at any time for any reason. Students with chronic medical conditions are advised to establish a relationship with the primary care team early in the academic year. It’s also good to provide the HUHS staff with copies of medical records of health care received at other facilities.

Adult Primary Care 3 North
(617) 495-8414
Adult Primary Care 3 East
(617) 495-2001

Member Services
Smith Center 1st Floor
(617) 495-2008
mservices@huhs.harvard.ed

Required Immunizations
Massachusetts has strict immunization requirements with which you must comply in order to register for classes. Immunizations help protect you from illnesses and contribute to the overall well being of our community. We encourage you to receive any required immunizations before you arrive at Harvard—as many health insurance plans will cover their cost. If you are unable to obtain these prior to your arrival on campus, you may arrange to get immunizations at HUHS for a fee.

Medical Records
Smith Center 4th Floor
(617) 495-2055
mrecords@huhs.harvard.edu

Travel Health Immunizations and Info
HUHS provides immunizations and related services, including expert counseling and advice for individual travel health needs on a fee-for-service basis. They recommend scheduling travel health appointments six to eight weeks before departure. (See “Traveling Abroad,” p. 167.)

Confidential HIV Testing
HUHS provides confidential HIV testing. AIDS Action Committee offers anonymous testing (see p. 77).

Mental Health

GSD Support Services

The student experience at the GSD is intense and rigorous, and at times can be stressful or overwhelming. All GSD students are highly qualified and often come from previous educational experiences where they were top of their classes. It can be difficult to realize that you may not be accomplishing your goals as easily as in the past. Additionally, students for whom English is not their native language may struggle more than they had expected communicating their ideas. Finally, the student experience is often a challenge even when everything is basically fine emotionally and physically. An unexpected life event such as an illness, a death or other stress can trigger emotional distress and/or set the student back academically.

During difficult times, it is good to know there are a number of resources at your fingertips within the GSD—for assistance with the English language, finding the right person to talk with at HUHS, or just someone to advise you on resolving an emotional difficulty.

If you are encountering problems with your courses and/or studio, your academic advisor and program director are there to talk you through your difficulties and help you work through possible solutions. If you do not feel comfortable approaching them and you are not sure where to go for advice, Laura can help you get started. She is the primary resource for GSD students with emotional, medical or disability concerns, difficulty with the English language, as well as any problems or issues within the GSD that you would like to discuss.

As Dean of Students, Laura monitors students’ academic status and progress and is available to discuss any problems that may arise, including grade appeals or sexual harassment complaints. She can refer students to additional sources for assistance as necessary. All conversations will remain confidential.

Laura Snowdon
Dean of Students
Gund 422
(617) 496-1236
lsnowdon@gsd.harvard.edu

Center for Wellness
The CFW offers holistic services, innovative programs and community outreach. Individual treatments include acupuncture, massage, Reiki and shiatsu. Programs include movement/exercise, yoga/pilates, safety classes and special workshops and events throughout the year. Discounted rates are available for students.

Center for Wellness
Holyoke Center
(617) 495-9629
cw.uhs.harvard.edu

Harvard Counseling and Mental Health

Students receive comprehensive outpatient care for a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress, crisis management, transitional issues, grief, and eating, sexual, or relationship concerns. Based on a students' needs, clinicians offer: individual counseling, group counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication evaluation, and evaluation for full or partial hospitalizations.

Smith Campus Center
4th Floor
(617) 495-2042
huhs.harvard.edu/services/counseling-and-mental-health

Harvard Support Groups

HUHS offers a wide range of support groups for students, faculty, and staff. For any concerns about discrimination, sexual harassment and/or sexual assault, contact Dean of Students Laura Snowdon- she is the Title IX coordinator for students.

Laura Snowdon
Title IX Coordinator
lsnowdon@gsd.harvard.edu

The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
The OSAPR provides confidential, 24-hour information, assistance and support for those who have experienced sexual assault and related forms of interpersonal violence, including sexual harassment and relationship abuse. All communications and services are completely confidential and no information about the victim will be reported to the police unless the victim requests it.

OSAPR
624 Smith Campus Center
Monday-Friday 9-5 – (617) 496-5636
24-hour information and support hotline  – (617) 495-9100
osapr.harvard.edu

The Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Services
AODS is a multidimensional resource for students or members of the larger Harvard University community who may have concerns about students – offering a wide range of programs and services aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with heavy, episodic drinking and substance abuse through prevention, education, intervention, policy development and coordination with treatment providers. AODS collaborates with students and staff throughout the University to create a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program focused on the health and safety of Harvard students.

75 Mount Auburn Street
6th Floor, Room 637
Cambridge, MA 02138
The University Ombudsman Office
The Ombudsman Office is an independent, neutral and confidential place for visitors to discuss their academic and workplace issues and concerns. Our office is informal, assures confidentiality, and is independent of University administration. The office is open to Harvard ID holders: faculty, fellows, staff, students and retirees.
Lydia Cummings, Ombudsman
617-495-7748
44R Brattle St., 117-118
Cambridge, MA 02138

Support Outside of Harvard

Listed below are local and national organizations, and websites that may potentially provide support, information and resources. The following info is meant to give you a framework for dealing with your current concerns and helping you decide how to make the best use of the professional services available to you.

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts was founded in 1983 as a not-for-profit, community-based health organization whose mission is to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic by preventing new infections and optimizing the health of those people already infected. Each June, AIDS Walk raises funds for groceries, rental assistance, and medical services. Though there is a $10 fee for anonymous HIV antibody testing, no student will be turned away due to an inability to pay. You will not be required to give any identifying information, and the fee will cover both pre- and post-test counseling appointments. Confidential HIV testing is also done by the primary care physicians at HUHS.

294 Washington St, 5th Flr, Boston
(617) 495-2139
aac.org

Anxiety and Depression Support

Samaritan Suicide Hotline is a befriending hotline for those who are alone, depressed, or in crisis. Samaritan’s goal is to reduce the risk of suicide and increase awareness about suicide prevention.

24-Hour Hotline
(617) 247-0220
samaritanshope.org

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Boston
dbsaboston.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and National Institute of Mental Health
nami.org
nimh.nih.gov

Anxiety and Depression Association of America 
adaa.org

More Mental Health Websites
hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry
mentalhealth.com
mclean.harvard.edu

Eating Concerns Support

The Cambridge Eating Disorder Center provides a comprehensive continuum of high quality, specialized services in a community setting to individuals suffering from eating disorders. Their philosophy is that eating disorders are multi-dimensional problems caused by a combination of factors such as an individual’s characterological components, physiological issues, difficult family and interpersonal relationships, and societal pressures.

3 Bow St
(617) 547-2255
info@cedcmail.com
eatingdisordercenter.org

National Institute of Mental Health 
nimh.nih.gov/health

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders 
anad.org

Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association (MEDA)
medainc.org

Rape & Sexual Abuse Support

CAMHS Experienced Rape Counselor University Health Services
(617) 495-2042

HPD Sensitive Crimes Unit
24-Hour Hotline
(617) 495-1796

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
barcc.org

Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery at Beth Israel Hospital
bidmc.org/violenceprevention

Substance Abuse Support

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. AA's primary purpose is to help alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety. There are no dues or fees for membership; the only requirement is a desire to stop drinking. También hay reuniones en Español.

Find a Meeting
(617) 426-9444
aabosmeetings.org

Narcotics Anonymous is an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. The name is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs, including alcohol. Understanding the therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel.

(866) 624-3578
nerna.org

Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groups
ma-al-anon-alateen.org

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
niaaa.nih.gov

Sober Living Help
soberrecovery.com

Cocaine Anonymous
caofma.org (MA site)
ca.org (worldwide site)

Cocaine Self Tests
ca.org/literature/selftest.htm
drugabuse.com/screening/cocaine-assessment-test

Athletics

Harvard Gym Membership
Outside of Harvard

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Time Management

Center for Wellness
The CFW offers holistic services, innovative programs and community outreach. Individual treatments include acupuncture, massage, Reiki and shiatsu. Programs include movement/exercise, yoga/pilates, safety classes and special workshops and events throughout the year. Discounted rates are available for students.

Center for Wellness
Holyoke Center
(617) 495-9629
cw.uhs.harvard.edu

Spiritual Life

Harvard Communities
Meditation
Quiet Spaces