January 2015

Welcome Back to College and plan for a great year ahead! What personal goals have you set for yourself? Currently enrolled students are always welcome to talk to a health professional in the Student Health Services about weight management or how to establish a personal fitness plan. The Student Health Services waiting room has a floor scale and you are welcome to come in anytime, without having to ask for permission, to weigh yourself!    We offer free Percent % Body Fat Analysis and will check your height and weight for your Body Mass Index.

International students and general students seeking on-campus employment are required to have a Tuberculosis Skin Test done through the Student Health Services. This test requires a 48 hour return visit to our office. We charge a nominal $5 fee (for students) for this test.

The Mission College Student Health services is staffed by experienced registered nurses, a licensed and board certified family practice medical physician, clinical mental health interns (personal counselors) supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist.

Personal Counseling - The Student Health Services is partnering with Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) Behavioral (Mental) Health Services to provide personal counseling hours each week. This service is supervised by Dr. Jorge Wong, Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  Services will be offered, by appointment to students only, and limited to 5 to 6 appointments per semester (depending on need). Call 408-855-5140 or come to room W1-303. Stress Reduction is an on-going display, located in front of room S1-401.

My Plate Nutrition is an on-going display is located in front of room W1-301. My Plate Nutrition replaced the Pyramid model in 2011. Before you eat, think about what and how much food goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Current USDA recommendation is to have your plate half-filled with fruits and vegetables. At least half of your grains should be whole. Switch to skim or 1% milk. Vary your protein food choices.

Welcome Week - January 26 to 30 - Student Health Services outreach representative will be in Main Lobby, some hours each day, to give information about our programs/services which includes "Student Health 101" - e-health magazine.   "Why Don't We Do It in Our Sleeves?" - a primer of Cough Etiquette will be shown continuously during our tabling hours.  During the "Cold & Flu Season," please be mindful to cough your cough and/or cough into your sleeve/elbow.  Wash your hands often! 

February 2015

"Covered CA" health insurance information available in Cafeteria, Monday, February 2, and Tuesday, February 10, 9 am to 12:30 pm.  Maria Quiroz, certified Covered CA Educator will be available to answer your concerns about the Federally-required health insurance that all Americans need to have.  She will also provide information about the expanded Medi-Cal program for those persons who may not be able to pay for health insurance.    Enrollment deadline for "Covered CA" is February 15.

February is "Sexual Responsibility Month."  Free condoms and health education educational brochures are always available in the Mission College Student Health Services, room W1-303.   Emergency Contraception ("Plan B" pills) are available for $18.  Pregnancy tests - $5.

February is "Heart Awareness Month."  Lipids (blood fats - total cholesterol, trigylcerides, high and low lipoproteins) testing available for $15.  12 hour fast is required.  This service is by appointment, call 408 - 855- 5140 or go to room W1-303.

Want to Quit Smoking? . Smoking Cessation counseling is available.   Please make an appointment in the Student Health Services by calling 408-855-5140, or come to room W1-303.

March 2015

"Plant-based Nutrition:  The Win-Win Way to Save Your Health and Save the Planet," guest presentation by Susan Lavelle, MS, FNP, a Food for Life instructor.  Monday, March 16, 12:30 - 2 pm, in TAV - 130.  This presentation will focus on how eating a plant-based diet can not only keep people healthy and treat many of our chronic disease, but it also addresses current public health and ethical issues with workers' and farm animals' health and well-being, overuse of antibiotics and resistance, and environmental issues related to the raising livestock for food and resource consumption.   Free presentation - please come and learn!

Domestic Violence Counselor, by appointment.   Specialist from YWCA Support Network will be available in Student Health Services. We will arrange for you to meet the counselor at a date/time convenient for you.

Volunteer Blood Donor Program - 2 dates:  Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, 11 am to 5 pm, Main Building's Center Space There is a continual need for blood in our community. Interested donors are encouraged to sign-up by logging onto (Sponsor code: Mission).

April 2015

Domestic Violence Counselor - specialist from YWCA Support Network will be in Student Health Services.   Services are by appointment.   We will arrange for you to meet the counselor at a date/time convenient for you.

April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month - free safety whistles and prevention information available in the Student Health Services.


Mission College is a Smoke-Free Campus! You Can Assist In Attaining Complete Compliance!The West Valley-Mission Community College District (West Valley and Mission College) is Smoke-free! The Board Policy states:

Smoking is prohibited in all areas of West Valley and Mission College campuses except in parking lot areas that are at least twenty (25) feet away from buildings and pathways. It is the responsibility of all students and employees to observe the policy on smoking. All smoking materials are to be disposed in the ash receptacles. Failure to comply with the policy on smoking will be treated in the same manner as other violations of District policy and may result in disciplinary action.  E-cigarette use is also not permitted on-campus (except in parking lots).

Some smoking cessation resources are:

Mission College Student Health Services, room W1-303, 408-855-5140

Quit Smoking Kits (free) are available to smokers and others who would like smoking friends and family members to quit! A Quit Smoking Kit contains items to distract the smoker from lighting up. Some of these items are chewing gum, hard candy, mints, rubber bands (to snap on the wrist when the smoker feels like lighting up), toothpicks, and resource information (1-800-NO-BUTTS).

Smoking Cessation counseling is available.   If you are ready to quit, please make an appointment in the Student Health Services, 408-855-5140, or come to room W1-303.

May 2015

Final Exam week is May 18 to 22.  The Student Health Services Personal Counselor is available each week, on varied days and times, by appointment. If the Health Services Personal Counselor is not available, we will direct and refer the student to the Counseling Center where there are several personal crisis counselors available to serve students.   Some students may find personal crisis counseling helpful if they are under going extreme life stresses from financial worries, academic difficulties to interpersonal relationship issues.   Take advantage of the free personal crisis counseling which may be just what you need to help you succeed.

We wish all students much success!