Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Peer Health Education: Helping, Educating, Advocating, & Learning Through Health

The Peer Health Education program provides an opportunity for students to promote positive lifestyle choices among fellow students as well as sharpen, practice, and develop professional skills.
What is a Peer Health Educator?
A peer educator is a BACCHUS certified student who facilitates the raising of awareness, the learning of knowledge, and change of behaviors concerning health and wellness. These actions often occur in individual, small group or large scale settings that involve a variety of instructional methods. Peer Educators are students just like you going through the same college experience!
What do Peer Health Educators do at EIU?
Peer Health Educators reduce high risk drinking, create awareness about the dangers involved with irresponsible drinking, educate on the legal and social consequences of drinking, supply hands-on and interactive demonstrations on the effects of intoxication, condom usage, and other risk management programs, provide knowledge and tools to make responsible decisions regarding wellness, facilitate behavioral meditation and help with self-defeating behaviors, instruct on protection methods regarding sexually transmitted infection and unplanned pregnancies, and conduct research for health programs utilizing the latest technology available.
Reasons to be a Peer Health Educator
·         To be happier and healthier
·         To boost your resume
·         To be a positive role model
·         To gain confidence
·         To gain presentation skills
·         To practice leadership & teamwork skills
·         To gain motivational interview experience
·         To be more involved here at EIU
Join today!
If you are interested in becoming a Peer Health Educator, come to the first meeting on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 PM in the Greenup Room of the MLK Union. You may also visit and fill out the application form under “Organizations.” If you have any questions, please contact the Health Promotion Coordinators via e-mail at or or call (217) 581-7786.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Health Service & HERC: What can we do for you?

First and foremost, welcome back, Panthers! We are so excited for another great year here at Eastern Illinois University. As you start classes, meet new friends, and experience campus life, be sure to keep your health and wellness in mind. Lucky for you, EIU Health Service offers convenient care right here on campus!

EIU Health Service

The Clinic is dedicated to providing student-oriented primary care and health education through medical services and a variety of programs. With 22 full-time professional staff, Health Service offers a wide variety of services including: acute and chronic care, women’s and men’s general and sexual health, prevention, free flu shots, sports medicine, travel consultations, mental health services, nutritional counseling, TB screenings and testing, educational programs, as well as public health interventions. Together, the Health Service strives to meet all of students’ medical needs on campus in a conveniently located, top notch facility!


Primary Care
EIU students are able to visit the Health Service for all of their primary care needs. Whether a sore throat, cough, cold, or many other illnesses, the student may see a provider free of charge! Health Service providers are dedicated to ensuring that all students are Healthy Panthers!

Women’s Health
The Health Service makes women’s health appointments easy and convenient. Licensed providers offer a wide range of services including, but not limited to: pap exams, breast exams, contraception consults, common vaginal infection testing, medication refills for established patients, as well as sexually transmitted infection testing, counseling, and treatment.

EIU Pharmacy
EIU Pharmacy provides students with medications prescribed by Health Service providers, private physicians, and dentists. The pharmacy also carries a variety of over-the-counter medications so students don’t have to leave campus! Aside from prescribed and over-the-counter medications, the pharmacy also offers other personal items. Some of those items include: emergency contraceptives, lip balm, condoms, first aid supplies and more! Students may pay via cash or bill the charges to their student account.

The Health Service also has a Radiology Department. This department offers digital x-rays with a radiologist’s interpretation, electrocardiograms and rhythm strips with a cardiologist’s interpretation, and digital x-ray images on CD.

There is a state certified lab located on campus, within the Health Service! All orders for lab tests must be written on a prescription pad printed with the physician’s name, address, phone number, as well as fax number. All orders must be signed by the ordering physician.

Health Education Resource Center (HERC)
The Health Education Resource Center serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff by providing programs, campaigns, interventions, and one-on-one consultations regarding health related topics. The HERC offers health programming in the areas of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and education, flu and cold prevention and education, nutritional analysis and education, and sexual health education, in addition to many other health related topics.

Making an Appointment
Physicians and other medical professionals at the Health Service are seen through appointment only. Students may visit and make an appointment using the MyHealth Portal. Students may also call 217-581-3013 to make an appointment or go to the Health Service and speak with an Appointment Clerk.

Cost of Services
General medical visits, health assessments, special programs and educational resources are provided to students at no cost! The Health Service is funded through the student’s tuition/fees, which supplements funding for primary care visits to the Health Service and Health Education programs. This funding also helps keep additional service fees low!

Additional Service Fees
Charges apply to all specialty visits including: women’s and men’s health, nutritional/dietary, psychiatric, travel consults, and employment physicals. Charges and low service fees for lab, x-ray, immunizations, etc., including charges for pharmacy medications, may be billed to the student’s university account or paid by cash. A list of additional charges is available at the Health Service or online at

Student Insurance Coverage at Health Service:
Students who are covered by the Student Insurance Plan have coverage for most service charges at the Health Service. Students also benefit from reduced charges, without a deductible. The Student Insurance Plan also provides coverage for medical services off campus.

“98% of students tell us they had convenient appointments. Of those, 90% say they waited less than 10 minutes.”


The Health Education Resource Center (HERC)

As a branch of the Health Service, the HERC strives to prevent and reduce health risks and illnesses that interfere with academic performance, learning, student retention, & personal growth opportunities. The Health Education Resource Center serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff by providing programs, campaigns, interventions, and one-on-one consultations regarding health-related topics. The HERC offers health programming in a wide variety of areas. The best part? Most of our services are FREE to students!
Alcohol & Substance Abuse
Alcohol prevention, intervention, and recovery work is completed through this office. The HERC offers a Collegiate Recovery Community, on campus, for EIU students. Please visit the website for additional information,
There are multiple programs that focus on risk factors and prevention associated with substance abuse. The programs educate students on the effects of alcohol and drugs, along with possible perceptions. Additionally the HERC implements and manages the required online training for all incoming and first time students, called AlcoholEdu.

EIU is a tobacco-free campus! The Health Education Resource Center provides education and intervention strategies on tobacco use. Freedom From Smoking clinics are available on campus to students, faculty, and staff at a low cost. To learn more or to sign up, visit Registration is required.

Schedule an appointment today to discuss your current sleep habits! The HERC staff can provide tips and information to enhance the quality and quantity of sleep. Also offered are presentations that focus on healthy sleep habits. Through these presentations, students learn about healthy behaviors to ensure proper sleep habits.

The HERC offers a three-part nutritional assessment conducted by the Nutrition Promotion Coordinator. Using current intake, general information is provided about your eating patterns to improve nutrition and overall lifestyle. There is also a Registered Dietitian on staff to work with students with nutrition-related health conditions as well as weight management concerns.

Sexual Health
Students can choose to meet one-on-one with the Sexual Health Educator to discuss ways to reduce risky sexual behaviors or complete the online sexual health assessment. All consultations are confidential and free to students.

Peer Health Education
Students have the opportunity to make a change on campus by becoming a Peer Health Educator. Through Peer Health Education, students are trained through the national BACCHUS network to educate the campus on health-related topics. These topics include, but are not limited to: alcohol, tobacco, cold and flu, sexual health, nutrition, stress, and sleep. Through Peer Health Educators, students gain leadership skills, teamwork building and have an opportunity to build their resumes. But most importantly, Peer Health Educators promote a healthy EIU! For more information or to get involved, e-mail or, or call 217-581-7786.
Some of the programs and presentations offered include:
  • What is Consent?
  • Snoozing Like a Panther
  • EIU StepsUp!
  • Kognito                                    
  • AlcoholEdu
  • Collegiate Recovery Community
  • Healthy Cooking 101
  • EIU Moves
  • Rubber Lovers
  • Freedom From Smoking
For more information, to schedule a consultation, or to register for a program, please call (217) 581-7786, email, or visit


Monday, August 1, 2016

EIU Health Service Laboratory

The laboratory at Eastern Illinois University’s Health Service is located on the first floor of the Human Services Building in the South Quad. The lab is staffed by full-time certified medical technologists and phlebotomists.
A wide variety of lab tests are performed at EIU Health Service Laboratory. Some specimens collected on-site at the lab are sent off-campus for testing. Physicians not employed by EIU Health Service may also order lab tests.
  • Blood glucose tests
  • Chlamydia tests
  • Complete blood counts
  • Drug tests
  • Flu tests A & B
  • GC tests
  • H. Pylori tests
  • Mono tests
  • Occult blood
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Rapid strep A screens
  • Sed rates
  • Sickle cell tests
  • Throat cultures
  • Urinalysis
  • Urine cultures
  • Yeast and BV
Most laboratory results are available in 24 hours. Students may view their in-house lab results by visiting the MyHealth tab in PAWS or by logging in to the online portal. All laboratory results for student patients of legal adult age are confidential. No one, including parents, may obtain test results without written consent from the patient.
Most in-house laboratory tests are performed at a minimal expense to students. Laboratory services are primarily supplemented by the Health Service student fee and most charges are covered by Student Insurance. Tests sent to the reference laboratory are not covered and the student will be charged. Students may pay for laboratory services not covered by the student fee via cash or billed to the student’s university account.
  1. Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment to check in at the front desk
  2. Follow all instructions given to you by the lab tech during testing
  3. Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you have a history of fainting during blood testing
  4. Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you are nauseous, dizzy, or feel faint the day of your test
  5. Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you have given blood within the last 2 weeks
  6. Do not use throat lozenges prior to a throat culture; it may alter the results
  7. Do not touch the lab techs while they are performing a procedure
  8. Do not urinate prior to an appointment requiring a urine specimen
  9. Do not hold your breath while having blood drawn
  10. Remain still during a phlebotomy; arm movement may cause the needle(s) to come out
The labs hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM during the academic year. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday from 8 AM to noon.
For additional information or questions, please contact the Health Service at (217) 581-3013, e-mail, or visit