Dear students,

In response to recommendations from student leaders, we have just installed a health and wellness vending machine on the Ann Arbor campus. Now on the fourth floor of the Michigan Union, you can access many over-the-counter medications and personal care products whenever the Union is open, usually until 2am. More machines may be added in other locations soon.

In addition to items like chapstick or rapid COVID-19 tests, the machine also offers sensitive or urgent items, like emergency contraception for pregnancy prevention following unprotected sex and naloxone nasal spray for suspected opioid overdoses. And if you or someone you know is struggling with opioids, please remember there are resources available at UHS and at U-M.

The health and wellness vending machine is a direct result of your advocacy and input. We hope you will continue sharing your ideas related to the well-being of you and your peers.

I would also like to remind the entire community that later this month and into February, the Well-being Collective invites you to attend a Well-being Influencer event, where you will have the opportunity to help shape the future of well-being at the University of Michigan by offering feedback on the soon-to-be-released common agenda that will guide this important work. If you cannot attend in person, you can also share your feedback online.

Stay healthy, Wolverines,

Robert D. Ernst, M.D.
Chief Health Officer
Executive Director of University Health Service
Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness in Student Life

Health and Wellness Updates

Gynecology and Sexual Health Clinic at UHS
Did you know UHS’s gynecology and sexual health clinic is geared specifically towards college students? They offer STI assessments, annual gynecological exams, and trauma-informed sexual assault services. Reproductive health services also include options counseling for pregnancy.

It’s not too late: get your COVID-19 and flu vaccinations
Don’t let COVID-19 or the flu disrupt your semester. Make an appointment at UHS now. Vaccinations offer important protection and keep you and your community safe.

Big Heart Blood Battle goes until February 23
Donate and you will receive a free Big Heart shirt and a Washtenaw Dairy coupon while supplies last. Additionally, in the month of January, donate to be automatically entered in a raffle to win a trip to Super Bowl LVIII, or, donate in the month of February to get a $20 Amazon gift card. When you schedule an appointment, click “Refine Search” and type in the sponsor code “goblue” to see drives that are part of this competition.

Need insurance? Sign up for the Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan
DSHIP is a low-priced voluntary plan available to all domestic U-M students through Blue Care Network of Michigan. This comprehensive health insurance covers students throughout the U.S. Open enrollment is available through January 31, 2024 for coverage dates January 1-August 23, 2024.