Medical, Dental, Vision and Mental Health services are available for currently enrolled students as well as health education and prevention activities. Students are required to pay the Student Health fee each semester or term.
The mission of Student Health Service is to provide health care and education to students in support of their well-being so they may attain their educational goals, and to serve as a health and medical resource for the campus community. The Student Health Services will provide medical, dental, vision and mental health services for students who are enrolled and attending classes. In promoting wellness, both physical and emotional, students are encouraged to choose positive life-styles.
NEW! TeleMed and Telecounseling Services for students
Antelope Valley College now offers 24/7 medical and mental telehealth for students
Antelope Valley College is excited to offer a new telehealth program for students this fall called CA Students Care. The service will provide access to 24/7 medical and mental telehealth care across the United States, with no cost at the time of visit!
Whether you're feeling sick or overwhelmed, you will be able to talk to a licensed provider from your smartphone or any web-enabled device. Licensed providers are available to diagnose non-emergent medical conditions, prescribe medications and offer mental health support via phone or secure video visits. Below are a few FAQs about CA Students Care.
Q. Who can use CA Students Care?
A. Any Antelope Valley College student, whether you are accessing instruction in person or remotely.
Q. What services are available?
A. There following services are available to all students:
- Medical: 24/7, on-demand access to a medical provider that can treat a wide range of common illnesses like cold and flu, sinus infection, allergies and more
- TalkNow: 24/7, on-demand access to a mental health professional to talk about anything at any time
Q. How can students access CA Students Care?
A. You can go to www.CAstudents.care to register for and access telehealth services. You can then have visits from any web-enabled device throughout the United States – smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. You must use your legal name as listed in Banner to create a profile. You may then change to a preferred name.
Q. How much does a visit cost?
A. There is no visit cost for Antelope Valley College students.
Q: Can CA Students Care services diagnose COVID-19?
A: CA Students Care will virtually assess symptoms and administer frontline care in a contained environment to limit the spread of illness. They will also give recommendations on need for testing vs. self-quarantine, and where to go if testing or further care is needed.
Please email your name, AVC student ID 900# and only a request to have a Medical Voucher issued. It is not necessary to include your medical/health situation. Please use your AVC email. Vouchers will only be sent to an AVC email address. A voucher number will be issued electronically. Once your medical voucher # has been issued you may then access services at Summit Urgent Care.
Personal Mental Health Counseling Services
Balancing college life with other responsibilities can be difficult. To access free counseling services with a mental health professional please go to www.CAstudents.care to register for and access telehealth services. You can then have visits from any web-enabled device throughout the United States – smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.
Please email Student Health Services at email@example.com to request a dental voucher.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a vision voucher to be issued electronically to you.
Need County and Community Resources? Access The 2020 People's Guide here by clicking on the link below. The guide is available in both English and Spanish. Contact email@example.com if we can help get you connected!
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.7233
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1.800.273.8255
Department of Social Services
Cal Fresh https://www.cdss.ca.gov/
Students can apply for CalFresh at: https://students.getcalfresh.org/
Other benefits and information available at the Your Benefits Now website: https://www.yourbenefits.laclrs.org/ybn/Index.html
The DPSS Customer Service Center can be reached at (866) 613-3777.
Disaster Response Resources
The recent wildfires in Northern and Southern California have been disruptive and traumatic for communities throughout the state.
The California Community Colleges (CCCs) in impacted areas are experiencing significant disruptions to school functioning, and
face challenges to returning to normalcy. Many students, faculty, staff, and administrators have been directly affected by the loss of
life and property from these fires.
Coping Strategies for College Students
The following strategies are adapted from SAMHSA's four-page Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma
- Talk about your emotions with peers, family, a professor, a counselor, or another trusted person. If you have physical ailments, visit the health center or talk to your physician.
- Take care of yourself. This includes exercising and stretching, deep breathing or meditation, and eating healthy meals when available.
- Take a break from social media and television.
- Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
- Get back to your daily routines, even if you don't feel like it, to regain a sense of control.
- Get involved in your community and recovery efforts.
Ways to Help
KQED News lists links to organizations accepting money, plus information about how to provide shelter, volunteer, and donate items.
Los Angeles station KTLA 5 lists where to donate funds, how to help animals affected by fires, and where to volunteer.
This Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (Spanish: Hablanos) to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Anyone experiencing emotional crisis can text COURAGE to 741-741 to communicate with a compassionate, trained crisis counselor. The Chancellor's Office partnered with Crisis Text Line to develop outreach materials for the CCC (watch the archived webinar to learn more).
National Child Traumatic Stress Institute https://www.nctsn.org/search?query=mass+trauma Helpful website with Trauma Therapy Information on mass trauma
Resources to Share with Students
This four-page SAMHSA tipsheet outlines signs of distress and ways that college students can cope with disaster in a healthy way.
Disaster Preparedness for College Students
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension compiled this list of action planning tips and emergency kit supplies specifically for college students. It includes considerations for living away from family and in a dorm or apartment.
SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline
This Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused
disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (Spanish: Hablanos) to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Crisis Text Line
Anyone experiencing emotional crisis can text HOME to 741-741 to communicate with a compassionate, trained crisis counselor.
Valley Oasis Liaison
On campus Sexual Assault Advocate, Angelina Alvarez can be reached at (661) 341-7962 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or support regarding dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking past or present.
Student Health Services is currently offering Student Health 101, a free online magazine. Each monthly issue is full of relevant, timely information, from eating well and staying active to managing stress and studies; Student Health 101 has it all. To locate Student Health 101,click on Student Health 101 on the left side of the website or log in to myAVC, click on College Services and find the link under Health Services. Read the latest issue of Student Health 101 and view archived issues.