Health and Counseling Services

Division of Student Life


Remaining Semester & Summer Break Plans for the HCC

Starting Monday, April 12, 2021, telehealth and scheduled in-person medical appointmengs will continue for students who remain in Oregon until the HCC closes for summer break on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at noon. At that time, we will be closed for all appointments and clinical services for the duration of summer break. Some medical staff will be on duty for Covid related issues only. Administrative staff will remain duty as well for medical record requests, and to answer any questions from current/incoming students. Students who receive psychiatric medication from our HCC provider are strongly encouraged to meet with her before break to discuss a summer break medication plan. Please call us at 503-777-7281 with any questions.

Scheduling at the HCC

We are now fully open for counseling appointments and most medical appointments. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 503-777-7281. This is the fastest way to make an appointment. You may also send a message to Maxwell Goss, or Zakiya Rhodes, on the secure Student Health Portal (SHP). A very important note: Due to Covid-19, we are not taking unscheduled walk-in visits at this time. You must call us first before coming to the HCC.

At this time, we encourage students who need routine health appointments, such as yearly physicals and pap smears, to postpone those until you return home in April. Please reach out to us to schedule appointments for birth control, gender affirming care, illness symptoms, recent injuries, etc. You will have a telehealth visit first with a provider and they will then determine if they need to see you in person. For a scheduled in-person visit, please ring the doorbell to the right of the HCC front door and wear a mask. A staff member will let you in, have you wash your hands, and you will then be taken directly to an exam room where the provider will see you.

During the pandemic, all counseling services are offered through telehealth, or phone. For first time counseling appointments, your first appointment will be a phone triage with one of our counseling staff. This phone call will take approximately 30 minutes and the counselor will ask a series of questions to gain an understanding of your situation. They will then determine if you are appropriate to be seen at the HCC for continued counseling, or if you need to be referred off campus. If you previously saw a counselor during the last academic year and want to continue to see them, you will be scheduled with them directly. We also offer psychiatric medicine management. Please call us to discuss the best pathway to meet with our provider. Additionally, you may also call our Reed Counseling Hotline for 24/7 crisis support at 866-432-1224. Please read the counseling hotline FAQs here.

For information about mental health workshops, please click here.

The Reed College Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is an integrated, holistic center that offers primary care medical services, including gender affirming hormones, mental health therapy, and psychiatric medication. We are dedicated to supporting Reed College students in their health, wellbeing, and academic success. Our medical and counseling staff help students to identify barriers to success, improve coping skills, and achieve personal goals. Our service model is designed to provide care in a variety of methods and settings to meet the unique and diverse needs of Reed students in an accessible and equitable manner.  

Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy

The HCC is pleased to announce that our medical providers are prescribing gender-affirming hormone therapy. If you already have a provider, the HCC providers can coordinate care with them.

An important message regarding the privacy of all Reed students

The HCC staff are governed by federal statutes in healthcare and college health, including HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974). These acts protect the private information of students in college and their health care records. Conversations between the patient and HCC staff are private, unless the patient requests that another individual be included in the release of private information. Whenever possible, this permission must be in writing. Patient visitors and individuals accompanying the patient to the HCC are included in the purview of HIPAA and FERPA. Please keep in mind that HCC staff can neither confirm, nor deny that a student is currently being seen or has been seen at the HCC, unless a signed release of information is in the student's medical record. We ask that the Reed community and parents respect the student's right to privacy.

Come speak to our HCC medical staff about PrEP!

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a pill for those at high risk for HIV. Taken daily, it can block HIV. PrEP is the daily use of antiretroviral medications in combination with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of HIV infection in an HIV-negative person.

The HCC medical providers would be happy to meet with you to discuss your individual situation and the options open to you regarding PrEP. Before PrEP is prescribed, HIV testing and symptom history must exclude an HIV infection. It is to be used along with regular HIV/STI testing, as well as periodic counseling and support around adherence and sexual choices.

PrEP is recommended by the CDC and WHO as part of a comprehensive prevention approach for individuals at substantial risk of HIV infection.

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