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Dr. Howard Irvin, Student Services Vice President
Student Services Building, Room 115
323-226-9042
LASCHealthCenter@lasc.edu

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Student Health Center

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Welcome to LASC’s Student Health Center! 

Our goal is that students will utilize medical services, workshops, and community outreach programs sponsored to help maintain optimum mental and physical wellness. Student Health Services is solely supported by your student health fee as we offer many free and low-cost medical services to help you stay healthy.  

Please note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all students who call the Student Health Center will receive an automated message instructing them to contact the Mosaic Family Care office at (323) 226-9042. Students can also email us at info@mosaicfamily.care.

LASC Student Health Center Services include

  • Basic first aid
  • Physical exams
  • Sick visits
  • TB testing
  • STD testing
  • MMR vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Tetanus vaccine
  • General blood tests
  • Blood pressure tests
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Condoms
  • Health pamphlets
  • Referral services
  • Health assessment, counseling, and referrals
  • Women's health (gynecological services)- free with Fam Pact card or other personal insurance please call (323) 226-9042 for details.

Also, we always have a Registered Nurse on duty during our hours of operation. Our Center’s Registered Nursing staff can refer you to local medical providers for any complicated or serious medical conditions.

If you are unable to attend class due to illness or injury, please notify your instructor(s) that you are unable to attend as soon as you are able to do so.

All of the providers and staff at the Student Health Center (operated by Mosaic Family Care) are committed to supporting the health and mental health needs of the students at Los Angeles Southwest College.

Due to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Safer at Home order, the Student Health Center on campus is currently closed. However, Student Health Center providers and staff are available to provide 100% virtual services for medical and psychological care. Students who are currently enrolled may access a medical provider for a phone or video consultation and prescription refills. Students may also make an appointment to meet virtually with one of our counselors for psychological care through a confidential and HIPAA compliant video platform.

All students who call the Student Health Center will receive an automated message instructing them to contact the Mosaic Family Care office at (323) 226-9042. Students can also email us at info@mosaicfamily.care. A patient care coordinator will be able to assist with scheduling an appointment with a Student Health Center medical provider or counselor.

Please make sure to inform the patient care coordinator that you are an enrolled student at LASC, and indicate whether you are seeking medical services or counseling services. We want to let everyone know we are doing our best to keep our patients safe. Because of this, we ask for your help in protecting against Covid-19.

The best protection is staying at home, washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, avoiding large crowds, and staying away from those who are sick. If you are experiencing a cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath, we ask that you please stay home and call us before walking into the clinic. A doctor may speak with you and, if needed, will prescribe you medication to your pharmacy. Thank you for following these recommendations.

If you would like to know any additional steps you can take, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/ or the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Eligibility: Each term you register for classes at LASC, you pay a minimal health fee which allows you to use our Center’s medical and mental health services. The Center’s services are directly supported by the health fee you pay at the beginning of each semester. Because of this, we are unable to provide services for your family members unless they are LASC students who have paid their health fee.

Fees: Some of our services require a small fee.

Health Insurance: Our office does not provide health insurance, and you do not need health insurance to use our health services as long as you paid your health fee along with your tuition.

**If you are unable to attend class due to illness or injury, please notify your instructor(s) that you are unable to attend as soon as you are able to do so.

The Measles

You may have heard about the rise of measles cases around the country. And,  there have been many confirmed cases right here in Los Angeles this year. Being the mega-metropolis that L.A. is, it’s a good idea to know what measles is and how to respond if you think you may have measles.

What Is Measles? Measles (also called Rubeola) is an extremely contagious and potentially serious viral illness.

How Does It Spread? Measles is a highly contagious disease that easily moves in the air from person to person, and remains in the air for at least 2 hours after the infectious person leaves a room. A person with measles is contagious 4 days before a rash starts and 4 days after the rash appears.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms? Measle symptoms don’t appear until 7 to 21 days after a person first comes into contact with the virus, though symptoms typically appear around 14 days after. Symptoms include a high fever (103 - 105F), cough, watery and red eyes, a runny nose, and a rash that starts on the face before it moves downwards.

How to Prevent Getting It. Measles can easily be prevented with an MMR vaccination which we offer here at the Student Health Center. It is safe and effective. The first step is to check with your health care provider to see if you have had the MMR vaccination already and if you need another dose. If you have had the measles before, you are protected from getting it again. Getting an MMR vaccine is required for all children going into California preschools, grade schools and childcare facilities. Immediately contact your health care provider if you think you have been
exposed to the measles.

What Should I Do If I Think I Have Measles? Call your primary care doctor first before going into a doctor’s office to discuss your symptoms. Do NOT go into a medical office until you call first; this is because of how contagious it is. If you do not have a primary care doctor, you can call our Center and we can refer you to a local clinic to contact. If you have been asked to come into the office or clinic, make sure to go in a personal car instead of using public transit.

The Flu

The flu, also known as influenza, is an infectious, respiratory illness that is spread in the air by someone who has the flu who talks, coughs, or sneezes.

What Are Flu Symptoms? Symptoms include a fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, body ache, feeling hot and cold, headache, fatigue, and occasionally includes vomiting or diarrhea. If you have flu-like symptoms, unless you need to seek medical care, we recommend staying at home while you are sick and for 24 hours after your fever has passed.

When to Seek Medical Care. Get emergency care if you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in your chest or abdomen, severe or constant vomiting, sudden dizziness, confusion, flu symptoms that seem to improve but then become much worse, such as a higher fever (over 101F) or worsening cough. Seek immediate medical care if any of your symptoms worsen or seem unusual. This is not a complete list. You can view the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s information on influenza for more information.

What Can I Do to Get Better? Stay at home and send an email to your instructor(s) that you will be out sick. Drink a lot of liquids, such as water, tea, broth, etc. Get a lot of rest. And, unless you know what over-the-counter medications are safe for you, contact your health care provider to see what would be best for you to take to treat your fever, cough, and other symptoms related to the flu. While you have the flu, stay away from alcohol and don’t smoke, as the virus can cause the infection to spread deeper into your lungs and nasal passages.

How Do I Prevent Getting the Flu? Getting a flu shot before December of each year can help keep you healthy. There are also flu shots that are made specifically for people over 65 years of age because the flu affects older adults more seriously. The reason it’s important to get a flu shot each year is that viruses change over time, and each year’s flu shot has the antibodies that are most effective for the current flu viruses. While the flu shot is not 100% effective, if you had a flu shot and get the flu, you will usually have only a mild case.

Eligibility: Each term you register for classes at LASC, you pay a minimal health fee which allows you to use our Center’s medical and mental health services. The Center’s services are directly supported by the health fee you pay at the beginning of each semester. Because of this, we are unable to provide services for your family members unless they are LASC students who have paid their health fee.

Fees: Some of our services require a small fee.

Health Insurance: Our office does not provide health insurance, and you do not need health insurance to use our health services as long as you paid your health fee along with your tuition.

LASC’s Student Health Center has a strict confidentiality policy to protect your medical records and information. Your medical records will never be released without your written consent, except in cases where it is required by law. The law requires us to report cases regarding those who are in danger of harming themselves or others, abuse, neglect or domestic violence. The law also requires us to report the health information of any employee or student who is injured during class for Worker’s Compensation purposes. Lastly, the law requires we report a student’s health information if they contract a contagious disease or infection, have a negative reaction to a product or medication.

As a student, you have the right to review and request a copy of your medical information. You also have the right to request modify or add additional information to your medical records if you believe they are incomplete or incorrect. 

Resources: Read about the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for more privacy information. And, if you believe someone at the LASC’s Student Health Center has violated your privacy, please contact the Dean of Student Services.

 For more information about our Mental Health Services, visit this page.