New to Campus? Run Here!

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Runners know that the best way to explore a new place is to get out and run. But having an idea of where to start is always a good idea. Luckily, Bloomington has a wealth of great places to run.

For students of Indiana University, campus is the natural starting point. IU has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, and just wandering the shady paths in the rough square formed by Indiana Avenue, 3rd Street, Union Street, and 17th Street is an enjoyable way to log a few miles. For a basic campus loop just under three miles, try running 3rd Street to Union Street to 10th Street to Indiana Avenue.

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From campus, you can easily reach other parts of the city, including the B-Line Trail and Bryan Park. An easy 4.5-mile loop takes you through the heart of Bloomington’s downtown, south on the B-Line, and then over to Bryan Park and the quiet neighborhoods south of campus before finishing up on Jordan Avenue and through campus to the Showalter Fountain and 7th Street.

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If you are interested in running on natural surfaces, you are in luck. Just northeast of campus lies the IU cross country course. When the cross country course is not in use for meets, community members are welcome to run, walk, and even cross country ski its wide grass paths (in winter). The best way to reach the cross country course on foot is to run east on 10th Street, cross carefully at SR 45/46 (there is a traffic light and crossing signal, but it’s a big, busy intersection, so please be cautious!), and then follow the paths next to the CIB building to Range Road. You can enter the cross country course across from the IU Data Center. There is also some permit parking available there.

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For those interested in testing their speed in a road race, one of the biggest local 5Ks is Hoosiers Outrun Cancer, which benefits the IU Health Olcott Center and takes place this Saturday, September 17. Bloomington also has a spring half marathon, the Hoosier Half Marathon on April 8. For a calendar of local races, visit the Magnificent 7 Race Series online.

I’ve just barely scratched the surface of the running possibilities in Bloomington. Each of the routes I suggested is almost endlessly adjustable, and can connect to spots that are farther afield, like the Jackson Creek Trail, Olcott Park, Clear Creek Trail, Polly Grimshaw Trail, Griffy Lake trails, and more. The area around Bloomington is also known for its public lands and trail systems. To find more ideas, consider using tools like MapMyRun and Strava to look up local routes. More importantly, to find running friends and take advantage of local knowledge, try looking into one of the area’s running clubs, such as the IU Run Club, Bloomington Area Runners Association, or Indiana Female Fellraisers.

Miranda Addonizio received an M.A. in Journalism from Indiana University. She has been a runner for twenty years, twelve of those in Bloomington, and took up ultramarathoning in 2014. Miranda has also served on the executive committee of the Bloomington Area Runners Association. She blogs occasionally at www.readmuchrunfar.com.

On World Suicide Prevention Day

By Dr. Nancy Stockton

It’s World Suicide Prevention Day which gives us a chance to talk about a topic that most of us may not spend much time contemplating. There are reasons for this.

Suicide can be such a difficult subject to think about or grasp, when most of us, most of the time are in full throes of various life forces. We have much that we are excited about, much that we are living for – be it a special life event such as an anniversary, a wedding or birthday celebration or more simple things such as a concert or special dinner that we take pleasure in anticipating. We eat lots of kale, exercise, meditate in order to try to prolong our lives and experience a variety of pleasurable activities. Our psychological strength is continuously reinforced enabling us to cope with the many vicissitudes of life.

What are some of the hard to understand things that frustrate and countermand this powerful life force, that lead people to lose it, block it, fail to experience it? There are many, and we are slowly learning more about them. They include chronic physical illness, depression, being forced into positions of psychological helplessness, feeling hopeless. People who have not been allowed to develop a sense of resilience, who have always been told and shown what they can’t do, who have been told consistently that they are failures have a harder time developing the ability to bounce back from serious disappointments. If people feel so bad that they are isolating themselves, this can make their situation worse, and  keep them from support and hearing corrective feedback from others. Loneliness is not a cause but can be an enabler of other forces leading to suicide.

All of these factors can lead people to experience periods of despair, hopeless and perceiving no way out of their misery. If such moments are complicated by drug and or alcohol use people’s judgment can be further impaired. If means of death, such as firearms or pills are available the risks are higher.

There are some elements unique to young people that make them more vulnerable to suicide risk. First, we are learning that the human brain is not fully developed until the mid-twenties, causing many young adults to have poorer judgment and be more impulsive. They have had less time to develop resilience and protective factors. Some have a much harder time recovering from a relationship breakup, cruel treatment by another, an academic or job performance disappointment. Some have not had enough experience with failure to know how to cope with it. They may be more vulnerable to unthinking abuse of a substance. So again, if a profound disappointment is combined with poor resilience, available substances to abuse, and means of death this  can tragically make a few more vulnerable to impulsive suicide. Further, a few may be more likely to emulate a high status peer or celebrity. Suicide ‘contagion’ can occur.

What can we as a caring society do about this? While there are no facile answers, we can learn to look out for each other, to listen carefully to each other, to not be afraid to ask if friends or family members are feeling so bad that they are contemplating suicide. We can talk with them, refer them to professionals (like us!), try to remove the easy means of death, if appropriate, and ultimately call for emergency assistance if that is indicated.

IU Health Center is one of the sponsors of this year’s Bloomington Out of Darkness Suicide Walk for Prevention which will take place at Memorial Stadium at 2:00 p.m. on October 2. Consider joining in to learn more.

Sexploration in September

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The first of September’s Sexploration events, 80 Seasons of Love: Rent and HIV Over 20 Years, a panel discussion in collaboration with IU Auditorium’s presentation of RENT, will take place Thursday, September 8, 1:00-2:15 p.m. in the IU Auditorium Lobby. This event is free and open to the public.

The face of HIV has changed dramatically since the groundbreaking musical debuted in 1996. As part of the IU Health Center’s Sexploration series, Kathryn Brown, a health and sexuality educator with IU Health Center’s Health & Wellness, will moderate a discussion about how perception and treatment of this disease has evolved over the last two decades. Kathryn will be joined by:

Emily Brinegar, MSW, LSW, who been working in the field of HIV services and prevention since 2000. She originally began working as a care coordinator for people living with HIV and for the last 10 years she has been the coordinator of prevention services for IU Health Positive Link.

Dr. Diana Ebling, medical director at the IU Health Center who has been with the Health Center since 1988.

Terry LaBolt, musical director for IU’s Musical Theatre program in the Department of Theatre and Drama and Contemporary Dance. Terry was the musical director of the department’s 2010 production of Rent and has been living with HIV for many years.

Dr. William L. Yarber is professor of applied health science, adjunct professor of gender studies, senior director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, and a senior research fellow at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at IU. Dr. Yarber was a pioneer in researching and writing about HIV/AIDS, having authored four school AIDS/STD prevention curricula beginning in the late 1980s.

Additionally, IU’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion is celebrating its 10th anniversary with special guest Dr. Ruth, the second September event in our Sexploration series. The event will take place Wednesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Ruth Westheimer, better known as “Dr. Ruth,” will discuss a life spent in sex education as part of the Bloomington Sex Salon, a monthly community-based speaker series on the topic of sex research, education and advocacy.

The lecture will celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Center for Sexual Health Promotion, based in the Department of Applied Health Science in the School of Public Health-Bloomington. The center is a collaborative of sexual health scholars from across the university and partner academic institutions who work toward advancing the field of sexual health through research, education and training initiatives.

“Dr. Ruth, for many people, has been an important figure in how the world views talking comfortably about sexual education,” said Debby Herbenick, host of the Bloomington Sex Salon and director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion. “She’s dedicated half her life to talking about sex and educating people about it. We are excited about the opportunity to have her here and to celebrate the anniversary of the center.”

Tickets for this event are $10 and can be purchased at the theater box office, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., online at buskirkchumley.org or by phone at 812-323-3020.

“Let’s Talk” Lowers Counseling Accessibility Barriers

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As a student, one may confront issues that affect his or her ability to succeed in both personal life and in the classroom. Often it can help to talk to a willing ear. Other times one may need more advanced help. Either way, Let’s Talk, a new collaboration between Indiana University Health Center’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and several multicultural centers, has students covered with two new programs.

Beginning today, students can utilize the services of Let’s Talk Now and Let’s Keep Talking at five multicultural locations on campus—Asian Culture Center; First Nations Educational and Cultural Center; La Casa, Latino Cultural Center; Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center; and Office of International Services.

Let’s Talk Now is a free and confidential informal conversation with an emphasis on self-understanding and finding solutions to students’ problems, particularly those encountered by multicultural students. In addition to a walk-in conversation with a consultant, Let’s Talk Now connects students to other accessible campus resources, both informally and formally.

The second element to Let’s Talk is Let’s Keep Talking, for when students need more than a friendly chat. Professional counselors are available to meet and address more complex issues.

“Let’s Talk lowers barriers to counseling, especially for multicultural students who might be hesitant to seek it elsewhere,” said Dr. Nancy Stockton, CAPS Director. “This two-part program gives students an alternative to going to the Health Center itself, directing them to more convenient locations to chat informally—and possibly formally—about problems the students experience.”

Let’s Talk is loosely based on Cornell University and Gannett Health Services Counseling and Psychological Services’ program of the same name.

“This initiative is especially important for traditionally underserved student populations,” said Muhammad Saahir, CAPS counselor and program coordinator. “The services we now offer to our campus excite me as a clinician as we literally meet people where they are,” he said.

Counselors come from a variety of backgrounds, including Dr. Wei-Cheng (Wilson) Hsiao, a CAPS psychologist who is fluent in Mandarin. Hsiao is based in the Asian Culture Center and Office of International Services locations.

“Being an Asian and a former international student who is now an early career clinical psychologist, I am honored to have the opportunity to work with students to overcome their barriers—especially those which are cultural or language-related,” he said.

Additional formal counselors include Saahir, based in Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center and First Nations Educational and Cultural Center; Shelena Davis, based in Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center; and Luciana Guardini, an Argentina native based in Office of International Services and La Casa, Latino Cultural Center.

“Feeling connected to others is a key aspect in emotional healing. It helps us bounce back from adversity,” said Guardini. “Let’s Talk is a great opportunity to cultivate and strengthen connections between the students and CAPS services. This presence in the cultural houses will facilitate access to a safe and confidential space for students to build the connections needed to thrive and succeed.”

The diverse group of consultants which make up Let’s Talk Now come from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, rotating annually under the supervision of Dr. Paul Toth, a staff psychologist with CAPS.

“We are extremely excited to be part of this initiative,” said Mai-Lin Poon, Associate Director, International Student Life. “We hope students will utilize these free and confidential services to talk about a range of issues they may be facing; from homesickness to test anxiety. Services like these not only lower the physical accessibility barriers, but also demystify how the counseling process works.”

Expansion to other locations is in early stages. Current participating locations and hours are available at go.iu.edu/letstalk.

Cook With Katie – Labor Day Edition!

CookWithKatie_logoBy Katie Shepherd

Hi! Happy Labor Day and welcome back to #CookwithKatie! Today I want to talk about one of my favorite local food scenes—the Bloomington Farmers’ Market! If you’re new to Bloomington (or Indiana) and want to check out local food, this is a great place to start. It’s open April to November on Saturday mornings (downtown on Morton Street next to City Hall) and the Tuesday Market is available June to September from 4-7 p.m. I just love walking outside and perusing the vendors while being able to talk to the people who grew my food.

Although it’s now September and the semester is underway with cooler weather on the horizon, it’s still a great time of year to find fresh produce grown locally. Eating fruits and veggies while they are in season is the best way to ensure peak ripeness (a.k.a. best taste!) with the best retention of nutrients.  Also, your food is most economical when it’s purchased in season. It costs a lot less to move a cantaloupe from Jackson County to Monroe County than from Florida to Indiana! If you want to learn more about what’s in season annually in Indiana, check out this great calendar from The Indiana Department of Agriculture and Purdue University.

For today’s recipe, I’ve chosen something very simple—green beans—a pretty standard vegetable in many Hoosiers’ diets. I think the most common way to eat green beans for Hoosiers is the canned variety, sometimes with a little bacon added. Steaming them and adding a little butter, salt, and pepper is fairly common too. But for today’s recipe, we are going to roast them. I love roasting all sorts of vegetables, because it adds a rich deep flavor, and I like being able to put something in the oven for 20 minutes and not have to tend to it over the stove. So…LET’S GET COOKING!

Today’s Recipe: Roasted Green Beans

060Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Start with around one pound of green beans. Rinse them in a colander and snip the ends. You can roast the beans whole or cut them into pieces–this is totally a personal preference. Next, spread the beans on a baking sheet and add approximately one tablespoon of olive oil (one tablespoon is one quick swizzle—no need to measure!). Next, add in ¼ cup of pecans. Adding nuts to this dish adds another depth of flavor and texture, plus some protein. You could also substitute almonds or walnuts, but I personally love the taste of roasted pecans. Toss the green beans, oil, and nuts together so the oil evenly coats the beans. Spread this mixture evenly across the baking pan, so the dish cooks evenly. Note: using olive oil in a recipe instead of butter replaces saturated fat with heart healthy unsaturated fats.

Place those beans in the oven! I usually roast green beans for 20-25 minutes, turning the veggies mid-way through to ensure even cooking. The dish is done when you start to see some caramel color on the vegetables, and the pecans have a deeper brown color to them. I finish off my dish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for some additional flavor.

For a balanced meal, pair your green beans with grilled chicken (or any other lean protein) and a whole grain side such as brown rice or roasted potatoes. Bon Appetit!

Introducing #CookWithKatie and Her Veggie Zucchini Lasagna!

CookWithKatie_logoHi! My name is Katie Shepherd. I am a registered dietitian through Health and Wellness Education. I’m married, a mom to two outrageous toddlers, and a lover of all things food. I’m super excited to start my bi-weekly cooking recipe column, #CookWithKatie. As a dietitian at the health center, one of my primary roles is to meet with students individually. Frequently, students ask me if I have any websites, blogs, or cookbooks I would recommend. I have quite a few that I enjoy, but often times I find cookbook and blog recipes fairly complicated and too involved. Many of the students or employees we see have limited cooking experience, want to eat healthy but don’t know where to start, and have little time and less money (at least the students!). Regardless who you are, I think we all can relate to not having enough time on our side. With these things in mind, I plan to bring to you easy recipes that won’t break the bank. So…LET’S GET COOKING!

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Today’s Recipe:  Veggie Zucchini Lasagna

My mom has a garden. She visited me last week and inundated my fridge with gorgeous swiss chard, zucchini, beets, zucchini, yellow squash, and more zucchini. Did I mention she brought me zucchini? Of course it just so happens I can’t get my kids to touch the stuff. So, as these cute little squash sit in my fridge, I try to think of new ways to prepare them that won’t end with scraping sautéed zucchini off kiddie plates and into the trash.

I recently saw some zucchini muffins recipes on the internet. You grate zucchini and mix it with your traditional muffin ingredients, add chocolate, and voila, you’ve hidden vegetables inside a baked good! But…I can’t serve muffins for dinner. That said, I could still grate the zucchini, mix it with spaghetti sauce, add cheese and noodles, and maybe, just MAYBE, I’ll have a tasty concoction that the whole family can enjoy (or at least me and the hubs will like it). Well, let’s give it a try.

Time to #CookWithKatie!

IMG_2147Preheat your oven to 350. Grate the zucchini/yellow squash. This step is important because I want the veggies to cook thoroughly, and if they are small, this is more likely to happen. Also, my children are less likely to notice the vegetables exist. I used a box grater and grated 2 yellow squash and 1 zucchini, and this seemed to be enough veggies for a 9 x 13 pan.

Start layering! Spread a small amount of one jar of marinara sauce on the bottom of your baking dish. Next, a layer of veggies, a layer of “no boil” lasagna noodles, and then cheese. For the cheese, mix ricotta cheese with one egg. You can also add shredded italian blend or mozzarella cheese. (The egg is optional, but it adds a nice texture.)

Repeat until you get to the top of your pan. I like to spread an extra 6-ounce bag of shredded parmesan on top of the dish. For the lasagna noodles, I buy one box of the “no boil” variety. They are about $1.00 more than the traditional noodles, but it saves you time, an extra pan, and a colander (yay for less dishes!). Well worth the investment in my opinion. You also won’t use them all, so you’ll have extras for next time around.

Bake! Cover your pan with aluminum foil (so the cheese on top doesn’t burn) and bake for 1 hour. You can take the foil off for the last 15 minutes of that hour so the cheese on top gets a little brown too. Allow lasagna to cool for 10 minutes or so before slicing.

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  • Important note: This is a simple recipe of which you could do many variations. Instead of zucchini, you could use spinach and grated carrot or really any other vegetables you like. You could also add meat, if you’re a fan.
  • Another important note: I find that adding veggies to my lasagna does make the final product a little liquidy. You can reduce this by cooking the vegetables on the stove before adding them to the baking pan. For me, I would rather spoon off the liquid and not have an extra pan to clean though! It’s totally up to you.
  • Even more important note: Lasagna makes great leftovers – and they freeze well if you’re looking to eat them a week versus a day later!

No Scandal in “Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll”

PrintSex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll. Scandalous, right?

Not in this scenario.

Voted one of Indiana University’s best welcome week events for students, “Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll” will take place this Friday, August 19, at Showalter Fountain from 12 to 3 p.m.

The event, designed to promote positive health choices, includes more than 30 student organizations and campus offices.

“Students who attend SDRR always comment on how fun it is,” said Debbie Melloan, co-organizer and SACS counselor. “Their level of awareness regarding alcohol, consent, and healthy ways to have fun on campus increases significantly. SDRR provides them with a lot of information they may not learn otherwise.”

This year, live music by DJ JEWELZ, water pong and flip cup games, trivia, drunk driving simulations, t-shirt and phone wallet giveaways, prizes, free snow cones, and more will set the atmosphere for this fun and educational experience.

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Students gather at Showalter Fountain for 2015’s event

“Students will have the opportunity to drive a golf car while wearing ‘beer goggles’ then receive a drunk driving citation to learn the legal consequences of drunk driving. They will also see what a standard unit of alcohol (beer, wine, or hard liquor) actually is, and learn how to use a free Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) app to estimate their level of intoxication,” said Chris Meno, co-chair and CAPS psychologist. “They’ll learn what exactly ‘jungle juice’ is, and find out what can happen if you mix prescription and over-the-counter drugs with alcohol, all while meeting campus resources and finding out how they can help a friend struggling with alcohol, drugs, mental health concerns, or sexual violence.”

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IU Health Center’s Counseling and Psychological Services demonstrates the dangers of over-pouring in their “How To Pour a Standard Shot” booth
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Wearing beer goggles, a student navigates an obstacle course designed to teach students the dangers of drunk driving

 

Participating organizations include:
Indiana University Counseling and Psychological Services – CAPS
Indiana University Sexual Assault Crisis Service – SACS
IU Health Center Medical Clinic and Pharmacy
Health and Wellness at the Indiana University Health Center
Raising Awareness of Interactions in Sexual Encounters at IU
IUB Crimson Corps
Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG)
Health & Wellness Peer Health Educators
Students In Recovery at Bloomington – SIRB
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Indiana Memorial Union Board
Culture of Care
Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS)
Multi-Cultural Greek Council
Interfraternity Council
Protective Order Project
Safe Sisters with Panhellenic Council
National Panhellenic Council
IU Feminist Student Association
IU Residence Hall Association
Indiana University Safety Escort
IU Disability Services for Students
Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office
Public Safety & Institutional Assurance
Office of Student Welfare and Title IX
Indiana University Athletics
IU Student Affairs
School of Nursing with CCPE
Hapkido/Self Defense Club
Indiana University Student Advocates Office
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Prize drawings include an iPad Mini, two $100.00 T.I.S. College Bookstore Bloomington gift cards, Little 500 tickets, Indiana Hoosiers Football Tickets, and a selection of gift cards from local restaurants and other businesses.

Read more from the Indiana Daily Student on last year’s event.

Call 812-855-5711 for additional information. Tag us! #IUSDRR2016

Watch our event broadcast on Snapchat this Friday @iuhealthcenter!

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Life

By Pete Grogg

Welcome to the brand new Indiana University Health Center blog! We’re very excited about the opportunity to offer this blog to the IU community! Why, you ask? Well, we plan to provide you with helpful advice, news, videos, and information around health-related issues and the Bloomington campus community, whether you’re a student or an employee.

As the executive director of the Health Center, some might say I’m the least qualified person to deliver health advice or information. Not that I necessarily agree, but I think I’ll focus on what you can expect from us this year rather than getting out my stethoscope. . .

Our blog will cover a wide variety of topics including campus events, awareness weeks, election candidate views on healthcare, national news, staff profiles, tobacco cessation tips, giveaways, and regular columns like #CookWithKatie, which will feature biweekly recipes from a staff nutritionist. You’ll also have the chance to see students ride a golf cart with beer goggles on at the upcoming Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll event, which encourages students to make positive health choices during college.

Throughout the past two years, in addition to providing excellent care and services to the 45,000+ students on campus, we have gradually evolved our mission to be all-inclusive to members of the university community, meaning students and employees.

Our evolving mission is focused on addressing three tightly integrated objectives: a healthy mind, a healthy body, and a healthy life. With rapidly advancing technology, everything is a work in progress in the healthcare field. Our constantly-changing services provide integrative health on all levels.

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Here are just a few examples of new ways we are delivering value back to the Bloomington campus community this year.

  • “Let’s Talk” is a multicultural prevention and outreach program intended to develop and enable a structure that promotes and facilitates both prevention and early identification of life stressors and mental health issues affecting underserved students on campus. Resources will be available within key student organizations to provide developmental, psychosocial support, treatment, and programs/workshops promoting self-efficacy while serving as a bridge to more formal campus mental health resources. A small selection of these organizations include the Asian Culture Center, Office of International Services, and Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.
  • The Counselor in Academic Residence Program is similar to the Multicultural Outreach Program in that it is also designed focus on early identification and early intervention of mental health issues, but from an academic setting. Building upon our successful collaboration with the Jacobs School of Music—where we saw utilization of CAPS resources more than double—this year, we will offer this same service within the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). As a SPEA alum, I am personally thrilled they are a new part of this program.
  • Employee and Student Well Coaching are inter-professional, physician-led, integrative clinical programs designed to provide patient-centered care. These services will include conventional medical care, lifestyle interventions, and evidence-based interventions. Services will include well coaching visits and classes, nutritional counseling, stress-reducing mind-body approaches, and health coaching with an emphasis placed on motivating and supporting lifestyle behavior change.
  • Additionally, beyond the well coaching, we are expanding to offer more services to IU employees covered under IU’s Anthem BlueCross BlueShield plans. IU employees can already use the Health Center’s retail pharmacy and wellness/prevention services, such as massage, tobacco cessation, and stress management. This year, we will expand this list to include physical therapy, x-ray services, and acute eye care. While we do hope nobody pokes your eye out at work, we’re here for you if they do! We see this expansion as convenient, high value options for employees.
  • Improving the Patient Experience is an ever-evolving, but important component of patient-centric services. For sick people visiting the Health Center, the last thing they want to do is spend excessive time with our staff (no matter how wonderful we are!). They want to get in, get what they need, and get back to bed. We understand your needs and are investing significantly in technology that will make it easier to make appointments, eliminate your wait time, navigate the Health Center, and eliminate standing in lines to pay. You can expect these technologies to roll out over the course of the coming year.
  • Finally, our Wellness Partnership with the School of Public Health focuses on identifying common areas of interest focused on wellness with the intent of developing a relationship structure that bridges teaching, practice and research, as well as delivering value back to each organization and the Bloomington campus. This partnership is off to a great start with projects and shared positions focused on sexual health, exercise as medicine, recreation health, and data analytics. The payoff for students and employees is better, data-driven, research based interventions designed to help you live a healthier lifestyle.

The above are just a taste of the more than 170,000 individual encounters and programs that take place through the IU Health Center each year. Feel free to offer suggestions on what content you’d like to see—either via our blog or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Our sole purpose is to serve the IU Bloomington campus; we hope you find value (and entertainment) in these posts and take advantage of our growing array of services designed with you in mind. Have a happy and healthy year!