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October: Seasonal flu vaccination clinics for state employees

The State of Minnesota Employee workplace flu vaccination clinics have been scheduled.

The seasonal flu shot will be available at selected state agency locations, with no out of pocket costs to state employees who present their Minnesota Advantage Health Plan member ID card (Blue Cross, Preferred One or Health Partners card). Without the Minnesota Advantage Health Plan ID card, the cost of the vaccine is $33.

Workplace clinics convenient to Metropolitan State University employees include:

ETC Building, (Department of Corrections)
Itasca Room, Lower Level, West Entrance (no appointments scheduled at this clinic)
Midway Campus, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55108
8-11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10

MCTC (Minneapolis Community and Technical College)
Room L3100 (no appointments scheduled at this clinic)
1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
1-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12

Hennepin Technical College
Room H193 (no appointments scheduled at this clinic)
Brooklyn Park Campus, 9000 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN
1-4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16

Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus
New Main, Room L220
700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106
1-3 p.m., Monday, Oct.  23

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a vaccine at this clinic, please send a message to human.resources@metrostate.edu
The last appointments will be scheduled at 2:45 p.m. Please note that an appointment is not required but recommended so that your wait time will be minimal.

If the clinic dates does not work for your schedule, then check for clinics at other Minnesota state agencies at this link.

Get more information about the 2017 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign for State Employees at this link.

OnCare telemedicine portal now available for students

The OnCare telemedicine portal is now available to all students at Metropolitan State.

Services covered include:

How to begin
First, register at app.oncare.org/passcode/msu using your Metropolitan State e-mail address and StarID. If you had previously registered for Zipnosis, login to OnCare using your Zipnosis username and password at https://app.oncare.org/login

Help us learn how to better serve you
Win a chance for a $25 Amazon gift card by participating in a survey. As part of the university’s Health and Wellness Services commitment to achieving the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus 2020 goals, we’re conducting a survey. Watch your student e-mail and when you complete the confidential survey you will be entered in a drawing to receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Lunch and learn
Learn how to integrate fruits and vegetables into your diet at two classes on the Saint Paul campus, led by personal coach and trainer Whitney Marie Wellness.

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20
    Room L120, Founders Hall
  • Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27
    Room L120, Founders Hall

Substance Use presentation
Dr. Amelia Arria, associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, gives a presentation on substance use in our community.  Arria completed her postdoctoral fellowship on drug dependence at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11
    Room 101, Student Center, Saint Paul Campus

Suicide Prevention Week
Starting Monday, Sept. 11, learn about the warning signs of suicide.

Find Health and Wellness Services at all four campuses and pick up a suicide prevention ribbon to promote awareness.

See our information display at the Midway Campus.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-8255.

Click here for the Healthcare and Wellness Services Newsletter

Tips to prevent RSI

 

 

Ready, set, stretch! As the semester winds up, public health experts remind of the benefits of daily stretches to prevent repetitive stress/strain injury (RSI). Data suggest that cervical and wrist RSI are at epidemic proportions in the US because of poor ergonomics.

Experts recommend the following tips to prevent cervical and wrist or arm injury due to consistent computer work:

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If you have additional questions:

Dr. Debra Eardley, DNP, RN, APHN-BC
College of Nursing and Health Sciences 
Phone: 651-793-1385
debra.eardley@metrostate.edu

Jodee Fitzgerald
Health and Wellness Services Coordinator
Phone: 651-793-1552
Jodee.Fitzgerald@metrostate.edu

Other helpful resources:

http://www.rsi.deas.harvard.edu/preventing.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/overuse-injury/art-20045875 

Student Health and Wellness Association seeks new membership

The Health and Wellness Association at Metropolitan State University is seeking new members to join its revamped student group.

On-campus health and wellness expos, health and wellness assessments, and discussions of positive campus behaviors and habits are just a few activities this group will facilitate and participate in.

Students already have free access to the Metropolitan State Fitness Center as part of their tuition. A discounted rate of $40 is offered to faculty and staff for the fall semester.

Those interested should contact Mitesh Rai at bc2633xr@metrostate.edu, or Jodee Fitgerald at jodee.fitzgerald@metrostate.edu.

July is Alcohol Awareness Month

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July is Alcohol Awareness Month! Join the university in spreading awareness by participating in a variety of activities. Healthcare and Wellness Services is offering opportunities which include:
  • Substance abuse self-assessment tool (e-CheckUpToGo metrostate.edu/alcohol-drug-abuse-prevention)
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Speaker, 4 to 5 p.m., July 17, Student Center, Room 101
  • Alcohol use and prevention talk, 4 to 5 p.m., July 12, Student Center, Room 101
  • Wear Red Day, July 17
  • Smoking Cessation Classes 3 to 4 p.m. each Thursday, SJH 254
 Be aware that Zipnosis, the telemedicine platform has changed its name to OnCare. If you have already used Zipnosis, you will not need to re-register. The new link is https://www.oncare.org/
For new users, please remember to register using your university e-mail address and Star ID, and use the following link:https://app.oncare.org/passcode/msu

 

For more information, contact: Jodee Fitzgerald Health and Wellness Services 651.793.1552 | healthcare.services@metrostate.edu.

July is Alcohol Awareness Month

July is Alcohol Awareness Month! Join the university in spreading awareness by participating in a variety of activities. Healthcare and Wellness Services is offering opportunities which include:
  • Substance abuse self-assessment tool (e-CheckUpToGo metrostate.edu/alcohol-drug-abuse-prevention)
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Speaker, 4 to 5 p.m., July 17, Student Center, Room 101
  • Alcohol use and prevention talk, 4 to 5 p.m., July 12, Student Center, Room 101
  • Wear Red Day, July 17
  • Smoking Cessation Classes 3 to 4 p.m. each Thursday, SJH 254
Be aware that Zipnosis, the telemedicine platform has changed its name to OnCare. If you have already used Zipnosis, you will not need to re-register. The new link is https://www.oncare.org/
For new users, please remember to register using your university e-mail address and Star ID, and use the following link:https://app.oncare.org/passcode/msu

 

Online healthcare in minutes: Healthcare and Wellness Services’ new webpage

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Metropolitan State University’s Healthcare Navigator is now available for students to access and utilize.

Jodee Fitzgerald is located in Founders Hall 240D and can answer questions in regards to OnCare, the telemedicine platform that is now available. In addition, she can assist in identifying both internal and external community health and wellness resources. Stop by at Founders Hall 240D, call 651-793-1552 or e-mail healthcare.services@metrostate.edu to get your healthcare and wellness questions answered.

What is Healthcare and Wellness Services?

During spring semester 2017, students were charged a $2.50 per credit fee for Healthcare and Wellness Services, which was approved by the Metropolitan State University Student Senate in 2014. As result, students will be able to access to OnCare, a telemedicine platform available at no cost. In addition, other health and wellness initiatives will be available to students throughout the year.

What is OnCare?

Be aware that Zipnosis, the telemedicine platform is changing its name starting May 1, and will be known as OnCare. OnCare will enable students to access online healthcare in minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

Students will need a smartphone or computer to use OnCare. The new link effective May 1 is oncare.org/passcode/MSU. For new users, please remember to register using your Metropolitan State email address and Star ID.

Healthcare and Wellness Services is working to update their webpage to reflect this change.

Students will be able to get quick care for a number of conditions including:

  • Colds, flu, strep throat
  • Hay fever and allergies
  • Swimmer’s ear
  • Whooping cough (pertussis) exposure
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)

How does OnCare work?

  • Register at oncare.org/passcode/MSU with your Metropolitan State e-mail.
  • Answer questions regarding your symptoms
  • When a Fairview clinician has diagnosed you, you will receive an email to your University account
  • Log back into OnCare for your treatment plan, and/or prescription
  • If you need a strep test, you will need to enter the promo code MSUTICKET to access the OnCare website
  • Either print out or take a snapshot of the OnCare and take it to one of the designated Fairview clinic locations
  • If other treatment is needed, students will be responsible for payment through their insurance or by paying out of pocket

The University is excited to provide Healthcare and Wellness Services to our students. If you have questions or need more information, e-mail healthcare.services@metrostate.edu, call our Healthcare Navigator, Jodee Fitzgerald at 651-793-1552, or stop by Founders Hall 240D.