Health and Wellness Services focus on furthering student health equity while decreasing disparities which, together with other college initiatives, increase academic success.
What is Health Equity? Healthy People 2020 defines health equity as the "attainment of the highest level of health for all people.” Education alone is a powerful social determinant of health throughout life for the individual and their community. Bakersfield College “provides (educational) opportunities for students from diverse economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds…” In its Core Values, Bakersfield College believes “health and wellness to be integral and foundational elements, and we understand that holistic education improves all aspects of the individual and the society including mind, body and spirit; through education, we will positively impact the health of the natural environment and the global community.”
The mission of Student Health and Wellness Services at Bakersfield College is to further the health equity of the educational opportunity. This is accomplished by providing access to high value, student centered and culturally competent health services. Services which promote the physical, emotional and spiritual wellness of its students and their academic environment. This wellness contributes to the educational aim of our college by promoting student persistence and academic success in congruence with the college’s mission, core values and strategic directions.
Q: Who is eligible for services?
A: Currently enrolled students who have paid the health fee are eligible for services at SHWS.
Q: Do I need to provide evidence of being free of infectious disease such as TB?
A: No, the Kern Community College District does not require evidence that students are free of infectious disease. Some individual programs do require TB testing and the Student Health Center does do Single and Two Step TB skin testing at no additional charge.
Q: Do I need to provide verification of vaccination?
A: No, the Kern Community College District does not require verification that students have been vaccinated. Some individual programs do require verification of vaccination. The Student Health Center can order titers and it is the student’s responsibility for the cost and choosing a community lab to perform the testing.
Q: Can I obtain vaccination at the Student Health Center?
A: The Student Health Center does provide influenza vaccine during the flu season on a first come first served basis. No other vaccines are available.
Q: What do I do if I witness an accident on campus?
A: Contact Public Safety at 395-4554. When in doubt about a life or death circumstance call 911 and then call Public Safety at 395-4554.