Health Hold Help

Curry Health Center is available to help students deal with a health hold.  Often, if a hold has been placed on a student account, Curry Health Center is missing mandatory immunizations records.  Call Curry Health Center Medical at 243-2122 or come by to inquire and our staff will gladly check on your behalf.  Please note, no health holds are placed due to insurance!  For information on immunization requirements, check our immunizations web page.

Curry Health Center Works for All Students

The Missoulian covered an amazing story about UM's efforts to accommodate Transgender students and a Curry Health Center doctor is highlighted in the article by a Transgender student:

She offered praise for her doctor at Curry Health Center, whom she sees every three to six months for her transition. She heard from colleagues that the doctor was knowledgeable and supportive, and she agrees.

"I'm glad I'm one of their patients. My doctor is awesome," Hoffman said.

Read the whole article on the Missoulian's website.

Therapists Receive Special Training

Several  Curry Health Center Counseling therapists completed two trainings conducted by the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) to enhance their ability to address the needs of veterans and their families.  The first training (UC4) addressed the concerns, challenges, culture, and experience of service members and veterans attending college. The transition from the military environment to higher education can be difficult. Our therapists can assist in the process so vets and their family members can hit the ground running.

Five therapists were also trained in Prolonged Exposure therapy, an evidence-based treatment of PTSD. An additional three therapists are already trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), another evidence-based treatment for PTSD and other residual effects of trauma.  

While these trainings have equipped staff to work specifically with veterans, they also enhanced their expertise to treat people suffering from adverse childhood and adult experiences that can interfere with mental health, relationships, and general quality of life.  Call to make an appointment with Counseling today: 406-243-4711.

Curry Health Center Achieves Re-Accreditation

Curry Health Center has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this student health center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. AAAHC Accreditation means Curry Health Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care.

“We believe our students deserve the best,” stated Rick Curtis, Executive Director of Curry Health Center.   “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures."

This process evaluates not just Medical services, but also Counseling, Dental, SARC, and Wellness.  Every service has undergone evaluation and contributed to the Accreditated status of Curry Health Center.  Make an appointment with any of our stupendous services today: 406-243-2122.

More Options to Quit for Tobacco Users

Students interested in quitting tobacco now have several options available on campus. In addition to the free Quit Kits offered through Curry Wellness, there is a new cessation counseling program offered by the Clinical Psychology Center. The “Smokebusters” program  offers up to ten, 50-minute sessions of behavioral coaching to help students reduce  tobacco use. Behavioral treatments can help you build motivation, confidence, and skills to prepare for your “Quit” date.

Best of all, each session costs only $5.00, cheaper than a pack of cigarettes! If you have questions about the SMOKEBUSTERS program or would like to set up an initial appointment, call the CPC at (406) 243-2367 today!

Curry Health Center Wellness Wins National Program Award

On November 14, 2014 the National BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Conference concluded in Orlando, Florida.  Curry Health Center Wellness' Tobacco Free UM Fresh Air Crew was honored with the Outstanding Program Award for all the Tobacco Free Campus policy outreach, support, and positive reinforcement students and staff have conducted by going out on campus and talking to tobacco users.  All of the UM Peers Reaching Out (PROs) and many staff members have done this work.

In addition to the honor of the award the BACCHUS Network recognized Curry Health Center Wellness for the work they perform as a part of the Montana Collegiate Tobacco Program Initiative by paying for all nine CHC attendees to the Florida conference (registration, food, airfare, and rooms).

Go to the Curry Health Center Wellness web site to see what this award-winning department can do for you.

UM Health Fair Spearheaded by Curry Health Center Wellness

Curry Health Center Wellness organizes the UM Health Fair set for Thursday, November 20th in the UC Atrium from 10:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.  Designed for students the health fair is designed to help students quit smoking who need an excuse to do so, like the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. Other services will be offered for free like blood pressures, glucose meters, lung function tests, acupuncture, nicotine replacement information, e-cigarette myths and facts, chew's affect on you, demystifying the hookah, free apples and dietician consults, party safe information, and a free workshop on smart phone apps to improve your health (12-1 in UC 223).

Monte's 21st Birthday will be celebrated at the UM Health Fair, so don't miss your opportunity for a Monte Selfie, safe partying tips, MIP/DUI information, shot glasses, and birthday treats from 12:15-1:15!

Sponsors include Curry Health Center, Health Services Pharmacy, UM Dining, Campus Recreation, Grizzly Athletics, Colleges Against Cancer, Tobacco Free UM, Missoula DD Program, and Optimal Bear.

Curry Services for Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

Curry Health Center Counseling and Wellness are resources available to students who are Veterans looking to ease the transition to civilian life.

Counseling's Sherry Ellis spent five years traveling the world working with military installations with active military of all branches.  She was an independent contractor, not affiliated with the military.  She has a vast understanding of military culture and knows, first-hand, where Vets are coming from after working with them 8-10 hours everyday abroad.  Sherry is able to take that previous experience to assist military students as they transition to civilian and college life at UM.  Make your daily life easier, make an appointment today: 406-243-4711.

Kayli Julius runs Optimal Bear- a 6-week, wellness-centered, one-on-one coaching program to help students manage stress, manage time, fuel with good food, sleep better, and anything else individuals want to tackle.  Kayli has experience coaching Vets and helps students achieve their wellness goals to reach lasting health.  She works with both the community and campus VETS Centers.  Feeling stressed? Experiencing poor sleep?  Having trouble making complete meals?  Kayli will team up with you to figure out a plan- make an appointment today: 406-243-6719.

Traveler's Health Specialized Appointments

Curry Health Center Medical has specialized appointments for students, faculty, and staff who are looking to travel abroad, study abroad, work abroad, and intern abroad.  Your custom appointment includes a country-by-country analysis according to your itinerary and review of immunization, routine travel immunizations, malaria prevention advice and prescriptions, information and prescriptions for treating travelers' diarrhea, information on insect and food precautions, and general travel health topics.  Due to vaccine series requirements, please contact us at least six weeks prior to your departure.  For more information or to make your appointment visit our Traveler's Health web page.

Adair Kanter Wins Charter Day's Outstanding Volunteer Award

Curry Health Center is happy to announce Radio Technologist Adair Kanter's recognition at the 2014 Charter Day Awards.  This award recognizes the contribution of her many hours of uncompensated time to UM to help meet the needs of campus.  Kanter's work with international students and the Missoula International Friendship Program has accumulated to nearly 30 years.  We are proud to have Adair at Curry Health Center to serve University of Montana students.

Nurses will see patients on Missoula College Campus

Starting April 8, 2014, a Curry Health Center registered nurse (RN) will have office hours from 11:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. in room HB 15.  The RN will evaluate your needs, provide care, and make an appointment at Curry Health Center on your behalf if necessary.  Call us with questions: 406-243-4330.

Optimal Bear Coordinator Wins Regional Award

Optimal Bear Coordinator, Kayli Peterson, won the Bacchus Network Outstanding Alumni Award for her leadership, dedication to peer education before and after graduation, and her experience developing and growing the Optimal Bear program.  Peterson started Optimal Bear wellness coaching as a student and is now a staff member helping students focus on lifestyle changes surrounding stress, sleep, exercise, and nutrition to help them do better in school and beyond.  Under her leadership the program has grown from two coaches and six clients in 2011 to 22 coaches and 53 clients from last semester alone.

Students interested in enrolling this week can contact Kayli Peterson by email or phone: 406-243-6719.  Summer enrollment is limited, but interested students can contact Peterson for more information. Fall 2014 sign-ups are open!