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Student Health Resources

Health Insurance

Having insurance and a local primary care provider (physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner) makes it easier to succeed in school. Data about college student success support this statement.

You can find a Single-Streamlined Application on Covered California. Some people qualify to apply outside the enrollment period. Qualifying events include life changes such as getting divorced or married; having a baby or adopting; or losing coverage because you turned 26, left your job, or your job benefits were reduced. For more information about whether you can apply for health insurance outside of the Open Enrollment Period, see the resources listed.


Across the country, a survey by the National Coalition of STD Directors found that 83% of STD programs have paused services and community visits, and 66% of clinics reported a decrease in sexual health screening and testing due to COVID-19. wanted to play our part to help individuals that cannot make it to a clinic or do not have an established source of care access STD testing through all the available telemedicine platforms and at-home tests. You can learn more about it here:

General Health Resources

The resources listed below are not meant to replace a visit with a health provider, but to provide additional information that you may find helpful.

Finding and maintaining health and life balance is challenging. You have the power to make choices that can either enhance or detract from your general well-being. We are here to help you make the best decisions concerning your physical, social and mental health.

Visiting the following links can provide the tools that enable you to make the best health choices, enhancing your academic, social and personal goals.


  • Eating Right For Sports and Performance: the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides nutritional information for athletes and those who strive to become athletes.
  • Vegetarian Nutrition: the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group provides nutritional information to keep vegetarians healthy.
  • Healthy Eating Style: The USDA's Choose My Plate program provides information and recipes for students wanting to improve their way of living.


  • CDC Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides public health strategies and programs that improve dietary quality, support healthy child development, and reduce chronic disease
  • Go Ask Alice: Columbia University health care professionals answer questions about relationships, sexuality, sexual health, emotional health, fitness and nutrition, drugs and general health.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Effects of Alcohol on the Body

Click on each section to learn the effects of alcohol on that part of the body. Bakersfield College's drug and alcohol policy can be found in Section 4F7D of the Kern Community College District Board Policy Manual and the Bakersfield College Student Code of Conduct.