Health & Wellness

Sex, Health, & Reproductive Care

Reproductive & Sexual Health & Wellness Resources for Undergraduate Students at Harvard (June) 2022-2023

 

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Accessible Education Office

The Accessible Education Office (AEO) partners with FAS students with visible and invisible disabilities to identify barriers and implement plans for access. Through collaboration with the campus community, we foster an environment of equity and inclusion.

  • Students with pregnancy-related health impairments should contact the Accessible Education Office to discuss accommodations for academic, residential, or transportation needs. Registration information is available on the AEO website

    Center for Wellness and Health Promotion

    The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (CW) cultivates individual and collective wellbeing through holistic educational experiences. They offer a wide range of workshops, services, and classes available to all Harvard community members. Schedule a massage or acupuncture appointment; try one of their exercise, meditation, or yoga classes. There are always new ways to enhance your own wellbeing.

    • The CW also helps guide students in creating healthy and safer sexual experiences. Sexual health includes sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention, birth control & contraception, consent, communication with your partner(s), accessing care at HUHS, and much more. Email: cw@huhs.harvard.edu.

    Counseling and Mental Health Services

    CAMHS is a counseling and mental health support service which seeks to work collaboratively with students and the university to support individuals who are experiencing some measure of distress in their lives. Are you a student who needs to talk with a counselor right now about a mental health concern? Call the CAMHS Cares Line available 24/7. Select the CAMHS Cares option to speak with a counselor: (617) 495-2042.

    Pregnancy Counseling at CAMHS:
    Marla Allisan, JD, LICSW; Stephanie Dos Santos, LICSW; Melanie Northrop, MSW, LICSW

    Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)

    Harvard University Health Services is a multi-specialty medical practice exclusively for members of the Harvard community—students, faculty, staff, eligible post-docs, retirees, and their dependents. Harvard University Health Services clinicians provide confidential, personal care for each patient. You can make an appointment by phone or online for any of HUHS's core services including: Primary Care/Internal Medicine, Counseling and Mental Health, Behavioral Health, or Urgent Care. 

    • BIRTH CONTROL: There is a $0 copayment for all generic prescription contraceptives and brand name products that have no generic equivalent for students with the Harvard University Student Health Plan (HUSHP) . Visit the HUSHP website for more information.
    • EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION: Plan B can be purchased 24/7 at the ScriptCenter kiosk, located inside the HUHS main entrance (first floor, Smith Campus Center) for a cost of $15.00. Plan B and Elle (prescription only) are free of charge for students who present in the clinic as a result of trauma.
    • PREGNANCY TESTS: You may purchase a pregnancy test over the counter at a local drug store or ask to have one for free if you make an appointment through HUHS. 
    • CARRYING TO TERM: If you choose to carry to term you will need to seek medical support from Mount Auburn Obstetrics and Gynecology at HUHS or an outside provider such as Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA)Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, or Women's Health Services.  

    Wellness Educators

    The Wellness Educators work with Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (CWHP) staff to create dynamic and effective programming to help the Harvard College student body navigate their wellbeing. They do this through events, experiential workshops, and direct services such as  providing safer partying grants and safer sex supplies.

    Menstrual Equity

    Menstrual products (pads and tampons) are available at no cost in the gender-neutral bathrooms in the basement entrance of Canaday B (down the hall from the Women's Center). Other locations on campus where menstrual hygiene products may be found for free (map in progress).

     

    Additional Resources

     

    Resident and Yard Deans

    Each Yard and House is served by a Resident Dean of First-Years or Allston Burr Resident Dean who, under the direction of the Dean of Harvard College and the Faculty Deans, is responsible for the well-being of the students in the House. The Allston Burr Resident Dean represents House members at the Administrative Board, is the primary liaison to academic departments on behalf of students, and serves as a key resource for students who encounter personal or academic difficulty.

    Office for Civil Rights: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is responsible for enforcing laws prohibiting discrimination in federally assisted educational programs and activities. These laws include Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities. A guiding document can be found on this website.

     

    Local to Harvard

     

    Asian Women for Health (AWFH)

    Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support. They envision a world where Asian women are well-informed, have access to care that is culturally appropriate and high quality, and inspired to live happy, healthy lives.

    Birth Sisters Program at Boston Medical Center

    Birth Sisters Program at Boston Medical Center is an innovative multi-cultural doula service that offers women “sister-like” support during pregnancy, childbirth and the post-partum period.

    Boston Abortion Support Collective (BASC)

    The Boston Abortion Support Collective (BASC) provides free, compassionate and empowering support to people experiencing abortion. They provide physical, emotional, spiritual and informational support for people throughout the full spectrum of reproductive experiences.

    Brookline Center for Community Mental Health

    The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health provides outstanding, affordable mental health care and social services that help people and families lead healthier, safer lives.

    Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA)

    Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is a vibrant, innovative health system that serves everyone in our communities. With over 140,000 patients in Boston’s metro-north region, CHA is proud to provide the health care people need most in their lives. Key clinical services include primary care, behavioral health, emergency care, surgery and specialty care, hospital care, maternity care and state-of-the-art testing services. These are offered at convenient neighborhood locations.

    Cambridge Women's Center

    The Cambridge Women’s Center is a physical and digital community space open to anyone for whom woman is a meaningful identifier or lived experience. They offer a safe space for learning, emotional support, empathy, and empowerment through self-determination. They offer a variety of support groups and workshops on topics such as ED Recovery Group or Meditations for Deep Relaxation.

    Community Conversations: Sister to Sister

    Community Conversations: Sister to Sister (CC), a women's health initiative, aims to address barriers to improved health outcomes in the Black community and to empower community members as they navigate the medical system in search of the highest quality care for themselves and their families.

    Fenway Health

    Fenway Health advocates for and delivers innovative, equitable, accessible health care, supportive services, and transformative research and education. They center LGBTQIA+ people, BIPOC individuals, and other underserved communities to enable their local, national, and global neighbors to flourish.

    Planned Parenthood of Massachussetts

    Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts aims to ensure every person in the state has access to sexual and reproductive health care and education no matter who they are, where they live, or who they love. Their work is informed by research, powered by advocacy, and conducted with compassion and respect.

    Women's Health Services

    Women's Health Services has been dedicated to providing high quality, safe and supportive care in an attractive and comfortable environment that also celebrates and supports women’s diverse roles and strengths for over 20 years.

    YWCA Cambridge

    YWCA Cambridge is a cornerstone for providing safe, affordable accommodations for women and families and an advocate for human rights. With 103 units of single room occupancy (SRO) housing for single women and a 10-room shelter for homeless families, the YWCA is the city’s largest residential housing provider for women.

    Beyond Harvard

     

    Black Women's Health Imperative

    Black Women’s Health Imperative is the oldest national organization dedicated solely to improving the health and wellness of our nation’s 21 million Black women and girls – physically, emotionally and financially.

    Health Care Without Walls

    Health Care Without Walls is a non-profit dedicated to providing free, compassionate medical care, education, and advocacy to homeless women and children in greater Boston.

    International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region (IPPFWHR)

    IPPFWHR (International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region) is an intersectional feminist ecosystem committed to advancing reproductive justice for women, girls, and gender-diverse people through advocacy, education, health care, and research on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

    National Women's Health Network

    National Women’s Health Network are consumer activists supported by a national membership of thousands of individuals. They shape policy and support consumer health decisions; monitor the actions of Federal regulatory and funding agencies, the healthcare industry, and the health professions; identify and expose health care abuses; and mobilize grassroots action for women’s health.

    Radical Doula

    Radical Doula is a blog and resource that focuses on the connections between social justice and birth activism, founded and run by Miriam Zoila Pérez. She believes being a Radical Doula is committing to the hard work of facing issues of racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia head-on in our work with pregnant and parenting people.

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