Student Health and Wellness Center

Student Health and Wellness Center

Health and well-being are key to learning and thriving in college. The mental, emotional and physical health services and tips outlined below support students in taking control of their health, reaching their full potential and succeeding at UWM and into the future.

The Student Health and Wellness Center supports student health and well-being through convenient, high quality and affordable medical, counseling, health promotion, and advocacy services.

  • Our health care professionals include physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, lab techs, and medical assistants. A wide range of medical services is offered, including care for common illnesses and minor injuries, physicals, immunizations, laboratory testing, pre-travel care, gender-affirming care, sexual health screenings, contraception, and more. Our dispensary offers over-the-counter items and select prescription medications.
  • Our mental health professionals include psychologists, social workers, and professional counselors. Counseling services include individual, couples, and group therapy, medication evaluation and management, crisis response, case management, brief consultations, and mental health skills workshops.
  • Our health promotion professionals offer a wide variety of prevention and skills-building programs, trainings and self-guided resources to help students proactively improve their health and contribute to a healthy campus community. Our Victim Advocate provides confidential advocacy and support to student victims/survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence and/or stalking.

For more information and regular updates about the Student Health and Wellness Center, including eligibility, costs and service delivery, visit our website, call 414-229-7429 or email wellnessinfo@uwm.edu. The Student Health and Wellness Center is moving during the summer of 2022 to a new location:

Northwest Quadrant D, Floors 7 & 82015 E. Newport Avenue, Milwaukee

Student Health Insurance

Health insurance is not needed to use services at the Student Health and Wellness Center. However, having health insurance is highly recommended for all students and required for international students to cover expenses outside of the services available on campus. Insurance should include comprehensive coverage for accidents and injuries, preventive care, hospitalizations, surgery, specialty care, prescriptions, and radiology services. A number of resources for information on health insurance are available:

For assistance with completing an application for BadgerCare Plus or the Health Insurance Marketplace, please visit the City of Milwaukee Community Healthcare Access Program.

Alcohol & Other Drugs in College: Recommendations for Families

Want to help your student thrive at UWM? Talk with them about alcohol and other drug use, both before they arrive on campus and throughout their time in school. While many UWM students choose to drink moderately or not at all, and most do not use other substances, substance use has the potential to cause a variety of interpersonal, academic, legal, and health concerns that may derail a student’s college experience. Having discussions with your student is one of the most important things families can do for them.

Create shared expectationsParents and other family members have a powerful influence on the substance-related behaviors of their college students. Work with your student to create shared expectations for their college experience. Encourage your student to explore the relationship between their goals and values and substance use.

Discuss a planAsk your student how they intend to navigate situations related to the use of alcohol and other drugs within the college environment. Emphasize that having a plan is essential. Check-in with them often to discuss what they have experienced physically, cognitively, academically, legally, and socially as it relates to decisions about substance use, and help them to develop new strategies if their choices are negatively impacting any areas of life.

Promote making connectionsEncourage your student to seek opportunities to connect with other UWM students in substance-free environments, through involvement in student groups, recreational activities, and on-campus events, and by exploring all that Milwaukee has to offer.

Reinforce positive coping techniquesSome students turn to substance use as a means of coping with stress and difficult emotions or as a ‘quick fix to deal with academic demands or other pressures. Remind your students that alcohol and other drug use is not an effective way of coping and that continued misuse of any substance is dangerous and unhealthy. Help them connect with appropriate academic or counseling resources to develop healthier, safer, and more sustainable coping strategies for long-term success.

Reinforce safe medication practicesA common misperception about prescription drugs is that, because they are prescribed by a doctor, misuse of them is safe and legal. In fact, sharing or taking medication without a prescription is illegal and some prescription medications (opioid pain medications, stimulants, and sedatives) are potentially dangerous because continued misuse can lead to health problems, addiction, and overdose. Discuss with your student the importance of using prescription medications only as prescribed by a medical professional and purchased from a licensed pharmacy. Students should securely store their medications and properly dispose of unneeded medications. A prescription drug drop box is conveniently located at the UWM Police Department.

Discuss counterfeit pills and laced drugsMany pills sold on the illegal drug market are made to look like legitimate prescription pills such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Xanax, and Adderall. Counterfeit pills often contain deadly doses of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that is the primary cause of fatal and non-fatal overdoses in the U.S. Fentanyl is also commonly mixed with other drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, Ecstasy, and even marijuana, with or without the user’s awareness. The safest choice is to avoid using illegal drugs and never use prescription pills from a friend, roommate, stranger, dealer, or social media/internet site.

Express your observations and concerns If your student’s use of alcohol, prescription medications, or other drugs is detrimentally impacting their health, academic performance, relationships, or general transition to college – or if you are otherwise worried about their substance use, do not ignore it. Discuss your concerns in a timely, caring, non-judgmental manner and offer to assist them in connecting with available resources for help.

Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention Resources for Students

UWM takes an evidence-informed, comprehensive, and collaborative approach to alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention to meet the changing health and safety needs of our studentsWith the goal of reducing harms associated with alcohol and other drug use, UWM delivers AOD education, provides confidential screening, brief intervention, treatment, and referral services, and enforces policies. For a closer look at the programs and services available to students, please visit our Alcohol and Other Drugs website.

Required Prevention Programming for StudentsUWM requires completion of online alcohol and other drug education program for freshmen and transfer students under the age of 21. The program promotes learning and consideration of substance use issues for the safety and well-being of oneself and fellow Panthers. Instructions for how to access the programs and deadlines for completion are emailed to students’ UWM email accounts.

Smoke- and Tobacco-Free Campus

For the health and safety of our community, UWM is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. Therefore, smoking, use of e-cigarettes (vaping) and use of other tobacco products are prohibited indoors and outdoors on all campus property. Details about the policy and resources for those interested in quitting can be found here.

You@UWM

You@UWM is a web-based platform that helps students navigate life on campus by connecting them to resources and information on health, relationships, academics and finances. The tool promotes self-reflection, allowing students to be more proactive with their health and well-being, in order to make the most of their college experience. Students can create a confidential account online.

Contact Information: wellnessinfo@uwm.edu (414) 229-7429
For more information: https://uwm.edu/norris/ 
Northwest Quadrant D, Floors 7&8