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Health Tips and Recipes of the Month

HealthDay: News for Healthier Living

Health Topic of the Month
(Ahead of..) December: World AIDS Day 2017. The Wellness Center partnered with the Ryan-NENA Community Health Center to provide free Rapid HIV Testing and HIV resources and consultations with students on December 5, 2017 at the Graduate Center (9206 & 9207).
November: National Diabetes Month
October (Pt 2): World Mental Health Day, 10/10/2017
October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
September: 2017-2018 Seasonal Influenza (Flu).

December: World AIDS Day. The Wellness Center partnered with the Ryan Community Health Network to provide free Rapid HIV Testing and HIV resources and consultations with students on December 8, 2016 at the Graduate Center (C197 & C198).
November: National Diabetes Month
October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
September: Seasonal Influenza (Flu)
March: Zika Virus & Blood Transfusions
February: Preventing Lead Exposure
January: Indoor Air Quality

Healthy Recipe of The Month

November (Pt 2, Dessert): Vegan Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies from Genius Kitchen
November: Corn and Squash Pudding Recipe from Food Network
October: (Healthy-ish) Apple and Browned Butter Tart from Better Homes and Garden
September: Roasted Veggie Mac and Cheese from Cooking Light

December: Kale and butternut squash stuffing from Greatist
November: Baked egg with avocado, tomato and citrus salad from American Diabetes Association
October: Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Zesty Mustard Sauce from Cooking Light
September: Zucchini Shrimp Scampi from Damn Delicious
March: Avocado Pistachio Pesto Pasta from the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
February: Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Chickpeas from the American Heart Association

Healthcare Facilities

Walk-In Clinics

CVS Minute Clinic

222 East 34th Street Between 2nd And 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10016

City MD Urgent Care
561 3rd Ave. (at 37th Street), New York, NY 10016
(212) 729-4668

Health Care Providers (near the GC)

The William F. Ryan Community Health Network

  • William F. Ryan Community Health Center:  110 West 97th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)   (212) 749-1820
  • Ryan Women and Children's Center: 801 Amsterdam Avenue (at 99th Street)  (212) 316-8300
  • Ryan-NENA Community Health Center: 279 East 3rd Street (between Avenues C and D)    (212) 477-8500
  • Ryan/Chelsea Community Health Center: 645 Tenth Avenue (between 45th and 46th Streets)  (212) 265-4500
  • Ryan/Adair Community Health Center: 565 Manhattan Avenue (corner of 124th Street)  (212) 222-5221

The Ryan Center is a community health center with five locations in Manhattan. They provide medical, dental, gynecological, mental health, dental and optometry, among many other medical specializations. They also provide medical services for a sliding fee based on your income level for patients without health insurance. Additionally, all prescriptions are provided for $10 from their pharmacy for patients without prescription drug coverage. They do not take United Health Care, so students with NYSHIP will be better served going to a provider that is within the UHC network.

NYU NYC Free Clinic
Location:   16 East 16th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway)   (212) 206-5200

As their website states: “The NYCFC, New York's only comprehensive free healthcare clinic, believes that high-quality healthcare is the right of all individuals. We provide, at no cost to our patients, the full range of healthcare services that include specialty referrals, counseling, patient education, social services, and screening and registration for public health insurance.” Appointments are available ONLY on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. To make an appointment call: (212) 206-5200.

The Institute for Family Health
Locations near the Graduate Center:

  • Sidney Hillman/Phillips Family Practice:  16 East 16 Street - 3rd Floor (212) 206-5200

This is a group of 19 clinics in Manhattan, the Bronx and the Mid-Hudson Valley. They run free Saturday clinics, one at the NYU NYC Free Clinic (see above), one in the Bronx, and the Women’s Health Free Clinic (two Saturdays a month in Manhattan). See the website for details. Each clinic has a team of social workers who can help you get health insurance if you are uninsured. Additionally, if you are uninsured, the fee is "sliding scale" based on your income. **No one is turned away. ** For students with NYSHIP, the Institute does not accept this insurance at the Bronx or Manhattan locations.

The Floating Hospital
Locations: 41-43 Crescent Street, Long Island City, NY 11101; Call 718-784-2240 x107 for appointments
1029 41st Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101; Call 718-361-6266 for appointments

The Floating Hospital is a non-profit Community Health Center that provides Medical, Dental, Mental Health and Cardiology services. They accept the majority of health insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare and also accept people who are undocumented and/or uninsured based on a sliding fee scale. They pride themselves in providing compassionate and quality healthcare to all New Yorkers despite their economic or social status. Hours vary per location, and appointments after 5pm are offered.

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Location: 356 West 18th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) (212) 271-7200 (option #1 for call center associate and/or screening nurse)

A health center specializing in health issues for New York's LGBTQ population, yet accepting of all patients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Callen-Lorde is a respectful environment, staffed with excellent physicians, gynecologists, social workers and even a dentist. If uninsured, you may qualify for sliding-scale payments.  Sometimes, you can receive an urgent appointment within two days (*for established patients only); a Screening Nurse via phone can help determine if you need an urgent appointment (press option #1). On Saturdays, walk-ins for sexual health and urgent care* begin at 8:15AM and continue on a first-come, first-served basis until 3:15PM, however appointments are often filled before noon. Primary care appointments are not offered on a walk-in basis. Callen-Lorde does not accept United Health Care therefore students with NYSHIP may want to go elsewhere for health care. However, they can help you find an LGBTQ friendly provider in New York City.

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Locations in Manhattan (check website for Queens location):

  • Adult Medicine, Women’s Health and Mental Health:  268 Canal Street (at Cortlandt Alley)  (212) 379-6998

  • Pediatrics, Dental Health and Social Work: 125 Walker Street, 2nd Floor (between Centre and Baxter Streets)  (212) 226-9339

For more than 30 years, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has been a leader in providing high-quality, affordable, culturally competent health-care to the Asian American community in New York City. The healthcare team includes doctors, dentists, nurses, care managers, optometrists, social workers, health educators, nutritionists and medical assistants. The Health Centers are located in Chinatown, Manhattan and Flushing, Queens, and are open 7 days a week. The Centers have staff fluent in many languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Taishanese, Shanghainese, Fujianese, Vietnamese, and Korean. If you don’t have health insurance, you may qualify for our sliding fee scale to reduce the cost of your care.

Asian American Health & Social Services Guide – Resources in NYC (紐約市亞裔健康和社會服務指南)

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Locations near the Graduate Center:

  • Judson Health Center: 34 Spring Street (between Mulberry and Mott Streets) (212) 925-5000

  • Gouverneur Health Center: 227 Madison Street (between Jefferson and Clinton Streets) (212) 238-7897

  • Bellevue Hospital Center: 462 First Avenue (at 27th Street) (212) 562-5555

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation provides quality healthcare for everyone and HHC’s mission is to make healthcare affordable for all New Yorkers through the HHC Options program. HHC Options is for patients who do not have insurance or have limited insurance coverage. If you live in or are visiting New York City, Westchester County, or Nassau County, you qualify for reduced and affordable medical fees with HHC.  Sliding scale fees can be found on:

Urgent Care Facilities

Beth Israel Medical Group
Location:  55 E. 34th Street (at Park Avenue) (212) 252-6000

Services include primary care, urgent care, cardiology, endocrinology, dermatology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic, or urology medical services or surgery consult.  You can book appointments online by visiting: Feel free to walk in or book a same day appointment. Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm (internal medicine till 8pm); Saturday and Sun 9am-2pm (internal medicine only).

Mt. Sinai Hospital: Internal Medicine Associates Urgent Care
Location: 17 East 102nd Street (7th Floor, Walk-in Clinic Area D)   212-659-8551 (option #1 for urgent appointment; option #3 for triage nurse)

Most insurance accepted. For uninsured patients, sliding scale fees based on income; proof of income & residence required. Open Mondays through Thursdays 8am – 7pm, and Fridays 8am – 5pm. Triage nurse available via phone if unsure about seeking medical care for a health issue.

Free and Reduced-Cost Prescription Medication Information

Many insurance plans offer limited or no coverage for prescription drugs. The following information includes options that you may want to take advantage of if your insurance does not offer adequate coverage.

Walgreens Prescription Savings Club
Get over 400 generic prescriptions for $12 for a 90 day supply with the card. You also get a 10% reward on purchases of Walgreens brand products. There is a Walgreens located near the Graduate Center in the Empire State Building.

Walmart $4 Generic Prescriptions:
Walmart offers over 300 different drugs at only $4 per prescription fill or refill (up to a 30 day supply $10 for up to a 90 day supply) The program is available at Walmart, Sam's club and Neighborhood Market Pharmacies. You must obtain the prescription from the store, not online. See for a store that is closest to you. There are no Walmart stores in the five boroughs of NYC.

Target $4 Generic Prescriptions:
The Target pharmacy offers a wide range of generic drugs for only $4. There are Target stores in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

Rx Assist:
Rx Assist is a database of patient assistance programs. Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance:
The partnership for Prescription assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Its mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through this site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. 888-4PPA-NOW (888-477-2669)

Benefits CheckUp:
Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), Benefits CheckUp is the nation's most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. Find and enroll in federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care and other needs.

The Medicine Program:
This website has a variety of options for individuals and families seeking help with prescription drug costs. The website also offers free, discount prescriptions drug card that can be used for discounts on drugs bought at pharmacies like Kmart, CVS and Duane Reade, among others.

Routine Examinations and Other Medical Appointments

Preparing for your appointment:

  • Create a health history that includes your current conditions and past surgeries or illnesses. Bring it to your appointment.
  • Know your family’s health history, such as your parents’ health conditions.
  • Bring a list of your current medicines with you.
  • In some cases, it is helpful to ask someone to go to your appointment with you to help you understand and remember answers to your questions.

"What is a Nurse Practitioner?" from the American College of Nurse Practitioners

Talking with healthcare providers:
Talking with healthcare providers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Question Builder from AHRQ
Be prepared for your next medical appointment. Create a list of questions that you can take with you whether you are getting a checkup, talking about a problem or health condition, getting a prescription, or discussing a medical test or surgery. Whatever the reason for your visit, it is important to be prepared.

Make Notes & Take Notes During Medical Appointments from NCPIE

"How and when do I talk about prescriptions?" from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)

Keeping track of your health over time:

Take Care NY Passport from the NYCDOHMH

Blood Pressure Tracker from the American Heart Association

My Medication Log from the NYCDOHMH

Navigating NYSHIP & the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

New York State Health Insurance Plan (NYSHIP)
Finding a NYSHIP Provider

NYSHIP Contacts and Plan Information (pdf and printable palm cards)** from the CUNY Graduate Center Office of Student Affairs

Navigating NYSHIP (website)** from DSC Health & Wellness: Eligibility, signing up and premiums, Who provides which service, Student-Recommended NYSHIP Providers, and Avoiding the pitfalls.

Navigating NYSHIP (presentation)** from joint DSC Health & Wellness/Adjunct Project student-led workshop on 11/22/15

**Information may not be accurate based on plan changes, etc. Please consult your plan guide, call insurance company, or contact the GC NYSHIP Coordinator at to confirm eligibility for services.**

Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act of 2010 - How the Law May Benefit You from

Affordable Care Act Summary from the Kaiser Family Foundation

2017-2018 Seasonal Influenza Information

A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Your Wellness Center Student Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) recommend that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as vaccine is available in the fall (who should get vaccinated?). For the 2017-2018 season, CDC recommends use of the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used.

The Wellness Center no longer has a supply of seasonal flu vaccine.

Students are urged to obtain the flu vaccine as early as possible. Those with NYSHIP, show CVS Caremark card for flu vaccine benefits at pharmacies. See below for alternate sites for obtaining the flu vaccine.

Alternate sites are as follows:
pdf version

Facility Name: Fort Greene Health Center (NYCDOHMH)
Facility Address: 295 Flatbush Ave Extension - 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Directions: A, C, & F to Jay St., or 2,3,4 & 5 to Nevins St. or R, Q, & B to DeKalb Ave.
Hours: 8:30am to 2:00pm (Monday through Friday)

Additional Info: The Fort Greene immunization clinic is a walk-in clinic and is open for patient registration from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM. No appointment is necessary; you will be seen on a first come first served basis. Please plan to arrive early in the day. Closed on City holidays. Children 4 to 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or present signed consent. Please bring your vaccination record and insurance information (CVS Caremark card for NYSHIP), if available.
(Corona - Queens and Tremont – Bronx immunization clinics closed permanently this summer. Fort Greene is the only location open at this time.)

Facility Name: Walgreens (Store #6160)
Facility Address: 350 5th Avenue (at 33rd Street) New York, NY 10118
Facility Type: Pharmacy
Target Group: 18 Years and Older
Fee Info: $31.99 Flu shot (trivalent), $39.99 Flumist and quadrivalent vaccine (Show CVS Caremark Card if on NYSHIP, not Hospital/Medical benefits card)
Schedule: Monday through Friday 7am to 9pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm
To schedule your appointment online and/or check if your insurance covers the vaccination, visit: or call 212-868-5790.

Facility Name: Gristedes Pharmacies
Facility Address: Locations throughout Manhattan;
Fee Info: $14.99

Facility Name: Cordette Pharmacy
Facility Address: 52 West 39th Street New York, NY 10018
Fee Info: $20
Phone: (212) 398-9999
Facility Name: Kmart Pharmacy
Facility Address: 250 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001
Fee Info: $24.99
Phone: (212) 760-1242

Facility Name: Mobile Health Clinic
Facility Address: 229 West 36th Street New York, NY 10018
Fee Info: $25
Phone: (646) 625-3008  

Facility Name: Rite Aid
Facility Address: 542 Second Avenue Manhattan 10016
Fee Info: $29.99 ($39.99 for flu mist)
Phone: (212) 213-9887

Facility Name: Duane Reade
Facility Address: 358 5th Ave. New York, NY 10001
Fee Info: $31.99
Phone: (212) 279-0208

For students enrolled in NYSHIP, the flu vaccine is covered in full at pharmacies that participate in CVS Caremark’s national vaccine network. See p. 10 at the following link: (*Please note: Not all of the above pharmacies are in the CVS Caremark network, please check with the pharmacy you are visiting).

For additional sites with free vaccinations in New York City, as well as additional information regarding influenza, please refer to the following web sites: NYCDOHMH Vaccine Clinic or

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has many resources for understanding how to prevent and fight the flu (預防流感), reasons to get the flu vaccine, differences between the flu and a cold, and treatment options for the flu.

If you believe you have a cold (普通感冒), requesting antibiotics from your doctor may not be the answer. Read why antibiotics may not help, differences between viral and bacterial infections, and what to do for a runny nose. Also, what are the differences between a cold and allergies?

Adult Immunization Information

Vaccinations for Adults: Guidelines from the CDC

Vaccination Schedule also available in Chinese: (向成年人推薦的疫苗注射表)

Vaccine Information Statements from the CDC
Vaccine Exemptions Contribute to Rising Pertussis Rates from

Travel Vaccinations:
Students who need vaccinations prior to travel, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler's website.

Women's Health

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (Women's Health)
Women's Health (婦女健康) Brochures from CBWCHC (English and Chinese)

Health Screening Guide for Women from MerckEngage

Pelvic Exams: When Should I Get Them and What to Expect? From Planned Parenthood of NYC

Self-Breast Exams (BSE): How to Perform?
BSE Monthly Check-In Card from Lenox Hill Radiology
Difference Between a Clinical Breast Exam and a Self-Breast Exam
Comprehensive Breast Health Information from the Susan G. Komen Foundation
Mammography from CBWCHC (乳房X光照片)

From the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
Cervicitis (Español)
Urethritis (Español)
Yeast Infections (Español ; 霉菌性陰道炎)

Bacterial Vaginosis from CBWCHC (Español ; 細菌性陰道炎)
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) from the Department of Health and Human Services

NYC resources for individuals experiencing domestic violence

Men’s Health

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (Men's Health)
Men's Health (男性健康) Brochures from CBWCHC (English and Chinese)

Health Screening Guide for Men from MerckEngage

Testicular Self-Exams: How to Perform?
Facts for Life: Breast Cancer in Men from the Susan G. Komen Foundation

From the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
Urethritis (Español)
Yeast Infections (Español)

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) from McKesson Corporation

NYC resources for individuals experiencing domestic violence

LGBTQ Healthcare and Resources

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
356 West 18th Street (btw 8th and 9th Aves). 212-271-7200
A health center specializing in health issues for New York's LGBTQ population, yet accepting of all patients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Callen-Lorde is a respectful environment, staffed with excellent physicians, gynecologists, social workers and even a dentist. The clinic is very clean, efficient and professional. If you earn less than $21,660/year, you will qualify for a sliding-scale fee. They also have an agreement with a CVS in Chelsea where you can receive a discount on prescriptions if you are paying out of pocket when the prescription was written by Callen-Lorde. Sometimes, they can take a same-day appointment. Callen-Lorde does not accept United Healthcare therefore students with NYSHIP may want to go elsewhere for health care. However, they can help you find an LGBTQ friendly provider in New York City.

Location: 446 West 33rd Street (btw 9th & 10th Aves). 212-367-1130
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. The organization offers inclusive services for men, women, families and youth, including: individual counseling, support groups, benefits and entitlements, nutrition counseling, wellness/fitness classes, hot meals, HIV prevention and testing services, legal services, workforce development and case management.
GMHC Services for Men
GMHC Services for Women
GMHC Services for Youth and Young Adults
HIV Testing Services

To meet with a Client Intake Clinician for an initial visit or to reconnect to services, please visit the office during the following times: Monday, 11 am – 3:30 pm; Tuesday, 10 am – 1 pm; Wednesday, 4 pm  –  5:30 pm; or Thursday, 10 am – 12 pm. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 212-367-1130 or e-mail

AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Family
Description: The AFFIRM network not only provides open support for our own family members, but also supports clinical and research work on LGBT issues within psychology and encourages sensitivity to the role of sexual orientation in all clinical and research work. For resources, visit:

National LGBT Cancer Network
The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk. Take Care of That Body is a project of the National LGBT Cancer Network. Funded by a grant from N.Y. State, it educates the LGBT community about our increased cancer risk factors and encourages cancer screening, offering referrals to LGBT-friendly free/low cost facilities in all five boroughs of New York City.

Go to the Take Care of That Body website to find an LGBT-friendly cancer screening facility near you. The National LGBT Cancer Network has selected these resources because of their commitment to offering safe, affordable, welcoming care to all LGBT people. Each facility has a Personal Contact who will guide you in setting up your appointments and assure your comfort and safety when you arrive. While all providers included in this directory have expressed a commitment to transgender health, the facilities that are highlighted have distinguished themselves by training all staff on transgender issues and reaching out to their local transgender community.

Breast Cancer information for LGBT individuals from the Susan G. Koman Foundation

LGBT Cancer Survivorship Support Group sponsored by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Resources for Life after Cancer  Flyer

NYC resources for individuals experiencing domestic violence

Reproductive Health and Family Planning

Family Planning Resources
Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP)
The FPBP is a public health insurance program from the New York State Department of Health for New Yorkers who need family planning services, but may not be able to afford them. It is intended to increase access to confidential family planning services and to enable teens, women and men of childbearing age to prevent and/or reduce the incidence of unintentional pregnancies. FPBP Brochure (English version)
Family Planning Providers in Manhattan (with link to providers in other boroughs)

Planned Parenthood of NYC

Choosing Birth Control Options that are Right for You
Birth Control Options (chart)

Male Condoms (insertive): How to use and why are they important?
FC2 (female or receptive) Condoms: What are they and how are they different from male condoms?
Using and Storing Condoms from the NYCDOHMH
If a Condom Breaks... from the NYCDOHMH

Male and Female Condoms: Whose responsibility?

**** Male and female condoms, lube, and dental dams are available for free at the Wellness Center: Room 6422 of the Graduate Center and other locations within the GC **** (current supplies offered)

Other places in NYC to find free condoms, lube, and other barrier methods can be found here, through the NYC Condom app (iOS) (Android), or the NYC Condom mobile site, and the Female Condom (FC2) can be found online at

Birthing Resources
NYS Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM)
NYC Midwives

Safer Sex & HIV/STI Information

Safer Sex Toolbox - Ways to protect yourself during sexual activity
Male Condoms (insertive): How to use and why are they important?
FC2 (female or receptive) Condoms: What are they, How to use, and how are they different than male condoms?
Dental Dams: What are they?
Finger Cots: What are they? from OSU Student Health Services

Male and Female Condoms: Whose responsibility?

Using and Storing Condoms from the NYCDOHMH
If a Condom Breaks... from the NYCDOHMH

**** Male and female condoms, lube, and dental dams are available for free at the Wellness Center: Room 6422 of the Graduate Center and other locations within the GC**** (current supplies offered)

Other places in NYC to find free condoms, lube, and other barrier methods can be found here, through the NYC Condom app (iOS) (Android), or the NYC Condom mobile site, and the Female Condom (FC2) can be found online at

Sexually Transmitted Infections/Disease (STI/STD) Information from the NYCDOHMH, DHHS and CBWCHC:

Free and Confidential HIV/STD Testing Clinics in NYC
Click here for pdf version of this information

Clinics close to the GC:
Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health-Downtown
Location: 275 Seventh Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets), 12th Floor. 212-604-1701
Mount Sinai offers the HIV rapid test free at their Seventh Avenue location. Walk-ins are welcome and the facility offers same-day results. Clinic hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30am - 5:00pm, and Thursdays from 8:30am - 7:00pm.

Location: 224 W. 29th Street ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues). 212-367-1130
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. The organization offers inclusive services for men, women, families and youth, including HIV counseling, testing, health information, education, risk-reduction strategies, referrals and partner notification services. People who want to be tested must complete an intake and consent to testing. Referrals for additional supportive services are also available. Syphilis testing is also avaliable. All services are free of charge.

The Testing Center will see clients four times a year (every 3 months) for HIV and STI testing services. Please allow 5-10 minutes to complete an intake form prior to being seen by a test counselor.

The Testing Center is open Monday – Wednesday from 9:30 am – 4 pm for walk-ins, Thursday from 9:30 am – 4 pm for appointments only, and Friday from 12:30 pm – 7 pm for walk-ins.
Please note: Every Wednesday the testing center is closed from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. The Testing Center hours are 12:30 pm – 4 pm the second Friday of each month.

For additional testing locations in Manhattan, please refer to this pdf.

For additional testing locations in the five boroughs, please refer to this pdf.

Parenting and Family Resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Guide for Parents: Questions and Answers about Ear Infections
Guide for Parents: Questions and Answers about Runny Noses

Vaccine Exemptions Contribute to Rising Pertussis Rates from

From the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center: (English and Chinese):
Pediatric Brochures (兒科)
Adolescent Health Brochures (青少年健康)

Tips for Being a Good Nutrition Role Model for Children from the USDA
My Plate Planner for Kids from the NYCDOHMH

Fitness Tips for Preschoolers and School-aged Children

Lactation Room at the Graduate Center
A dedicated space has been established at the Graduate Center for mothers to express breast milk for a nursing child. Room 7408, also called the Mothers’ Room, is available to all nursing female students and employees who present a current Graduate Center ID and complete a key request form in the Office of Student Affairs, Room 7301. The room is also equipped with a hospital-grade breast pump.

Planning for Emergencies for Kids from Sesame Street and FEMA

Nutrition and Fitness Resources

Student Budget Lunch at the GC Dining Commons
The "student budget lunch" is applicable to all CUNY students with a Valid CUNY ID who dine at the Graduate Center Dining Commons. The Student Lunch usually comes from the Deli/Grill Area and costs $5.00. It consists of a sandwich, with choice of fruit and bottled water. Or the student can substitute the fruit and bottled water for a bag of chips or a 20 oz. soda.

Nutrition and You:
Understanding Food Labels from Merck - Journey for Control Program

Serving Size Comparisons from the American Heart Association

Test Your Sodium Knowledge! from the American Heart Association

Tips for Eating Healthy When Eating Out from the Nutrition Club at Hunter College

Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning:
MerckEngage: A free resource that supports your choices for healthier living. MerckEngage has a range of offerings to help you take steps toward better health, including: help with managing health conditions, ideas for healthier eating, suggestions to help you become more active, and ways to better communicate with your health care professional.

Heart Healthy Grocery List Builder from the American Heart Association 
(pdf instructions)

My Plate Planner from the NYCDOHMH
My Plate Planner for Kids from the NYCDOHMH
My Vegan Plate Planner from the Vegetarian Resource Group (

Eating on the Go for Graduate Students:
Get Smart! Eating on The Go from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Tips for Healthy Eating When Eating Out from the USDA

Healthy Foods under $1 from the American Heart Association

Smart Snacking Tips from the American Heart Association

10 Tips for Healthy Vegetarian Eating from the USDA

7-Day Menus for a 2,000 Calorie Diet from

Printable Cookbooks:
Keep the Beat Cookbook from NHLBI
Healthy Recipes from The White House to You
Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook from
Food Group Recipes from

Free Fitness Resources
Shape Up NYC
Shape Up NYC offers FREE fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba.
Shape Up NYC Flyer of locations near the GC (pdf)

Free Classes in Bryant Park
Classes include: Yoga, Tai Chi, Moves (dance) and Fencing
On 42nd Street in between 5th & 6th Avenues

Fitness at the Graduate Center

Cancer Information and Healthcare Resources

The New York State Cancer Services Program
The Cancer Services Program (CSP) provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings at NO COST to women and men who:

  • Do not have health insurance OR have health insurance that does not cover the cost of these screenings
  • Cannot pay for these screenings
  • Meet income eligibility requirements
  • Meet age requirements
  • Live in New York State

Call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) or (212) 851-4516 (Manhattan services) for more information.

Breast Cancer
Manhattan Breast Health Partnership
Bellevue Hospital Center at 462 First Avenue (Clinic Building 3 South C)
If you are NOT insured, over 40 and have a family history of Breast Cancer, you may qualify for a FREE Mammogram, Annual GYN appointment and clinical breast exam. Contact Helen Temmier at (212) 562-4384.

Information on all topics related to breast cancer and national breast health resources from the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix, which is the opening from the vagina to the uterus. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called HPV, and is a preventable cancer. There are two types of tests for the presence of cervical cancer cells: a Pap smear or an HPV test. 

  • The Pap smear (子宮頸抹片檢查) looks at your cervical cells under a microscope for any abnormal cells that could lead to cervical cancer. The Pap smear has helped decrease the number of American women with cervical cancer by about 75% in the past 50 years.

  • An HPV test looks for HPV in your cervix. It’s an early warning system. If the test finds HPV, you might not have any abnormal cells now. But the HPV could stick around and create abnormal cells in the future.

Who should get tested?
What about the HPV vaccine and other ways to prevent HPV?
For more information, visit: Tamika & Friends or National Cervical Cancer Coalition websites.

Colorectal Cancer
Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign

Basic Facts about Colorectal Cancer
Risk Factors and Symptoms
Recommended Screening Tests
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or The American Cancer Society websites.

Ovarian Cancer
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Visit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance or The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition websites for more information.

LGBT Cancer Survivorship Support Group sponsored by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Resources for Life after Cancer. Visit MSKCC's website for updated times for the group.

Holistic Health

Healthcare Providers
The Center for Health & Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center

What is Acupuncture? from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Acupuncturists and their services in New York State

Finding a physician who practices acupuncture in NYC

Take a break from studying with Chair Yoga! An easy and quick way to get stress-free and centered. Instructions from the Urban Yoga Foundation in Harlem. Also, try alternate nostril breathing to center and calm yourself during a stressful day.

Holistic Health Workshops and Services
Weekly Meditation Sessions
Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:00 PM
245 Fifth Avenue at 28th Street, 2nd floor library
The Center for Health and Healing offers Zen meditation to patients, practitioners and the general public. Sessions consist of brief instruction followed by a 25-minute meditation session. Free and open to the public!
Flyer (pdf)

The Center for Health & Healing
245 Fifth Avenue (at 28th Street)
Workshops and Healing Sessions
Free or minimal fee classes include: Weekly Mediation Sessions, Food for Thought, and Sport and Nutrition Lectures.
Center Programs
For-fee Programs include: Mindfulness Mediation, and Stress Management for an Urban Lifestyle (group session).

Health & Wellness Network NYC
A growing community of health seekers and holistic practitioners in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, near Bryant Park and Grand Central. They offer a wide range of seminars, workshops and gatherings focused on sharing information regarding important health topics. You can learn practical skills or find out about managing complex health conditions using holistic approaches.

Relaxation and Stress Management Tips from the DSC Health & Wellness

Ergonomics in Academia

Tips for Organizing Your Work and Studyspace
This video from the Hospital for Special Surgery's Joint Mobility Center offers ergonomic tips to help you optimize your workstation. From your computer setup, to the type of desk chair you use, to the way you type and use your mouse, the video reviews the steps you can take to improve your work and studyspace.

Another desk ergonomics video from Ellen Kolber, Occupational Therapist at the Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center, offers suggestions to help optimize your workstation comfort and functionality.

Ergonomic Evaluations
The Joint Mobility Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery offers ergonomic evaluations to help you optimize the fit of your workstation and
improve your workspace.

Tobacco, Alcohol & Other Drugs

Healthy CUNY Smoking Cessation Resources:
Visit the Tobacco Free CUNY webpage for resources offered by CUNY for students, faculty and staff to assist individuals who wish to decrease their tobacco consumption or quit smoking.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy:
The NY State Quitline offers medications and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) those who smoke more than half a pack per day. To see if you are eligible, please visit the NY State Quitline website. You can also visit or call 1-866- NYQUITS for more information.
Individuals can also call 311, visit and search "quit smoking", or go directly to NYC Quits for additional options for smokers interested in NRT. Additional information from the NYCDOHMH regarding various smoking cessation programs throughout NYC can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Nicotine Replacement Therapy provided by The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH).

Online quitting programs and apps:
NYC Quits is an online resource for smokers and recent quitters. Individuals can register to track their progress using a cravings log, see how much money they will save by using the Quit Calculator, read and share quit tips, test their knowledge with quizzes, and much more.  Plus, individuals get support from thousands of other quitters by joining the NYQuits Facebook community “I Quit Because” (

The EX Plan: A free quit smoking program
The EX Plan App: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Synthetic Drugs:
FAQ from NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services

Dental Health

New York University College of Dentistry
345 E. 24th Street (corner of First Avenue) New York, NY 10010
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-8:00 PM (last appointment 6:00 PM)
Friday 8:30 AM-4:00 PM (last appointment 2:00 PM)
Emergency Services/Urgent Care: (212) 998-9458
Scheduling routine appointments: (212) 998-9800

The clinic at the NYU College of Dentistry offers quality, affordable, comprehensive patient care for all ages and all dental needs, including:

  • General Dentistry: Comprehensive care and dental hygiene covering all phases of dentistry.
  • Emergency Services/Urgent Care: Urgent care for patients with excessive bleeding, swelling, oral infection and/or trauma is provided with no appointment necessary. Patients requiring urgent care should visit Suite 207 on the second floor.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Surgical extraction of teeth and removal of diseased tissue. Services provided include surgical treatment of injuries and developmental malformations of the mouth, jaws, and related facial structures.
  • Orthodontics: A wide range of treatment is provided for children, adolescents, and adults who need braces. Visit to learn more.
  • Periodontics: A wide range of treatment is provided for patients with gum disease.
  • And many other dental services...

The NYU College of Dentistry is able services at lower fees than the cost of comparable procedures at most private practices. After a treatment plan is prepared that addresses your needs and desires, the fees associated with your care will be presented and discussed. Payment for services is then due at the time each procedure is completed.

Acceptable payment methods include cash, checks (with proper identification), money orders, most credit cards and New York State Medicaid (with a valid Medicaid card). The NYU College of Dentistry is a participating provider with Metlife dental insurance plans. While NYU College of Dentistry also welcomes patients with other dental insurance, we do not have the resources to file and manage dental claims, but will provide documentation for you to self-submit claims to your insurer. For patients requiring financial assistance, third party financing is also available. The STU-DENT plan is also available to help pay for dental services.

The STU-DENT Dental Insurance Plan
The STU-DENT plan offered by New York University College of Dentistry provides quality, hassle-free dental services to restore and maintain your teeth and gums – at a time in your life when it is critical to do so. Students enrolled in the Stu-Dent Plan will be treated by experienced D.D.S. and dental hygiene students, supervised by licensed dental faculty members, at the NYU College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street (on the corner of First Avenue). Costs of insurance are: $235 for new students and $195 for renewal of membership.

New York City College of Technology Dental Hygiene Clinic
300 Jay Street - Pearl Building, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201

The dental hygiene patient care clinic of New York City College of Technology offers oral health services, such as: radiographs, fluoride treatment, scaling and root planing, tooth whitening, oral cancer examination, screening for dental caries, referrals and many other services, to the NYCCT community, as well as to the general public. For an appointment, clinic hours or additional information, please call 718-260-5074.

Many of the services are FREE to NYCCT students, faculty, and staff (with valid I.D.). A small fee is charged for certain services and oral hygiene products. There is a nominal fee to the general public for all services and products offered. The clinic only accepts payment in cash, no checks and no credit cards.

Information about the Zika Virus

Information about Drinking Water Quality

Drinking Water Supply Information
New York City
New York State

Tips for Reducing/Preventing Lead and Other Contaminants
From the NYS Department of Health:
Get Ahead of Lead! 
Fluoridation of Drinking Water 
Bromate in Drinking Water 
Bacteria in Drinking Water

From the NYC Department of Health:
Protozoa in Drinking Water

Other Resources and Information

The Graduate Hearing Science Laboratory
Location: The Graduate Center - 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 7306
Services provided by appointment: hearing tests for adults and children, custom hearing protectors, hearing aid checks & hearing aid counseling, and counseling regarding communication strategies and hearing assistive technologies. Call 212-817-7983 for an appointment.

Free CPR/AED and First Aid Classes at the Graduate Center
The Office of Security & Public Safety conducts CPR/AED and First Aid Training classes each month.**An email concerning class registration will be sent to the GC community a week and a half prior to each class.**

How to Perform Hands-Only CPR from the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

DSC Health and Wellness Blog

The Jed Foundation
Go Ask Alice! (Columbia University)
Depression Screener

NYC resources for individuals experiencing domestic violence

Emergency Preparedness: How to Make a "Go-Bag" from FEMA

National Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline, a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is the first national multi-lingual helpline dedicated to providing crisis counseling and support to those struggling emotionally before, during or after disasters.
Click here for a National Disaster Distress Helpline wallet card.

For additional wellness resources or to make suggestions for this page, please contact:

Health Education Coordinator

The Wellness Center - Student Health Services