UofSC only SC university participating in nationwide health program

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The University of South Carolina is the only university representing South Carolina in the Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program (The Campus Program). The program is designed to help colleges and universities prevent the two leading causes of death in young adults: unintentional injuries, including those caused by prescription drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning, and suicide.

UofSC is among 55 schools nationwide to join The Campus Program, which is designed to help colleges and universities assess and enhance mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming. As a participating school, the University of South Carolina is making a four-year commitment to work with The Campus Program to evaluate and identify opportunities to enrich these activities on campus.

The Campus Program will provide UofSC with a framework for supporting student mental health, as well as assessment tools, feedback reports and ongoing technical assistance from The Campus Program team.

The university’s membership in The Campus Program began when they took a confidential, self-assessment survey on its university-wide mental health promotion, substance abuse, and suicide prevention programming. Upon completion, survey responses were reviewed by The Campus Program team in comparison to the program’s framework, which is a comprehensive set of recommended practices. USC received customized feedback and suggestions for enhancements, as well as direct support with their planning process.

Even before taking The Campus Program’s self-assessment, the University of South Carolina responded to data gathered in the 2013 National College Health Assessment taken bi-annually by USC students that identified stress as the number one impediment to academic success. The University of South Carolina is committed to helping students manage their stress and other mental health issues with stress management programming like Keep Calm, resources like the Counseling & Human Development Center and a campus Mental Health Council.

Student Health Services at the University of South Carolina also was re-accredited this year by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and earned the patient-centered Medical Home accreditation. The Medical Home model is a holistic approach to health care in which each student is assigned to a primary care provider, and the provider is part of a care team of physicians and nurse practitioners. These providers work with counselors, case managers, social workers, nutritionists, wellness professionals, pharmacists, advocates and other support staff to ensure each student is cared for across departments so each student receives the most comprehensive health care.

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