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Your Health Matters

At Portland State, student success starts with healthy bodies and minds.

That's where the Student Health and Counseling Center, or SHAC, comes in. From flu shots and X-rays to smoking cessation and suicide prevention, SHAC provides primary health care, including mental health, physical health, dental and testing services, to the university's nearly 30,000 students.

Yet students often don't know that SHAC is part of their basic health fee, let alone the depth of services available, says Nick Walden Poublon, who chairs the Student Health Advisory Board and urges students to check out their options at SHAC.

Located on campus, SHAC is even more accessible this year with new Saturday hours offering urgent medical care from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.

“We're health professionals who have unique expertise in what it's like to be a college student,” says director Dana Tasson.

Here are the most common health issues that bring students to SHAC:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Sinus infection
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Depression
  • Migraine
  • Stress
  • Ear infection
  • Broken Bone
  • Bronchitis

Q&A

How do I know if I can go to SHAC?

If you are a student taking at least five credit hours, you qualify.

I have a problem but I'm not sure if I should come in. What should I do?

Feel free to call 503-725-2800 and ask.

I want to talk to someone about how I'm feeling, but I'm not comfortable walking into SHAC.

SHAC holds regular “Let's Talk” consulting sessions at various locations around campus. Check pdx.edu/shac for details.

I don't want other students knowing my business. Will you keep my information confidential?

All services at SHAC are confidential, unless you are a threat to your or someone else's safety.

Can SHAC do everything?

No. For example, it doesn't provide long-term care for chronic pain or insulin-dependent diabetics. A good rule of thumb: if you lost your student status, could you wait a month to be seen? If not, use your student health insurance at providers in the community. To learn more about coverage under the student plan, pdx.edu/shac/insurance