NWC Student Voices Concern Over Closing of Student Health Services
Written by jordanmckamey on October 18, 2019
The Powell Tribune reports due to declining enrollment–Northwest College has made a number of budget cuts–including the elimination of Student Health Services.
NWC student Abigaile Grubb used the public forum comment period at the October 7th NWC Board of Trustees meeting to voice her concerns about how the change has impacted students’ health.
Grubb said cutting the service left students without convenient and free health care options, such as testing for strep throat and sexually transmitted diseases.
The college has been referring students to low-cost local options for their healthcare needs. Those aren’t always an option due to distance from the school and inability to see the same provider–thus–according to Grubb–students aren’t keeping up on their preventative care.
Officials at Park County Public Health, Northwest Wyoming Family Planning and Heritage Health have all had discussions with college leaders about how they can help fill the gap left by the elimination of NWC’s student health services.
Park County Public Nurse Manager Bill Crampton told the Powell Tribune quote–“We’re going to do our best to get people convinced to come to our offices–we’ll revisit it next year, when things sort of settle down a little bit, to see what kind of a presence [we] might be able to have on campus.” End quote.