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Combining Forces to make a Healthy Community
Next fall (2014), UAB Student Health Services will open the door to its new facility located on the third floor of the Learning Resource Center (between the Nursing and Health Professions buildings).
Upon opening, the Student Health Services and Counseling and Wellness will combine forces.
The purpose of the merge is to create a “one-stop” shop for students to access affordable primary care, medical counseling, health education and wellness services.
Student Health and the Counseling and Wellness staff have been engaged in the new student orientation programs and are continuing efforts to reach out to students.
The new location will be set in a central location for accessibility and convenience reasons.
“The current locations do not adequately support the addition of important health education and promotion activities for students. The merge will serve students in an integrated and comprehensive manner,” said M. Jacob Baggott, MLS, Executive Director of Student Health & Wellness.
Mr. Baggott joined the UAB staff this summer as the new Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness. He is nationally recognized in student health delivery with over 26 years in college health and almost 30 years in higher education.
“I am thrilled to be a part of UAB’s efforts to enhance student health and wellness. Through these new initiatives, UAB has made a deliberate, thoughtful and significant commitment to providing its students access to the high quality of comprehensive health and wellness—all focused on students’ needs,” said Baggott.
Student Heath Services believes that the success of the transition will be reflected in the personal and academic success and well-being of UAB students.
The project is currently under development. Student Health Services and the Counseling and Wellness Center plans to keep the campus community informed and engaged as the plan evolves. The construction for the new site will begin soon.