Ease your student’s transition by taking care of these things before they arrive on campus.
Sit down with your son or daughter and:
Ensure that they have complied with all medical Entrance Requirements and completed the required health forms:
- Ensure that your son or daughter has complied with vaccine and medical test requirements. Check your student’s immunization records to see if they are up-to-date with vaccines that are required for students.
- Complete required health forms. Make it easy on your son or daughter by helping them complete their health history screening before they need an appointment at UHS.
Discuss their personal and family medical histories:
Discuss any seasonal, food, or drug allergies:
- Students must be able to give this information to healthcare providers.
Review your insurance plan:
- Give your student copies of their medical, prescription drug, dental and/or vision insurance cards.
- Show your student how to contact your insurance company online and by phone.
- If your plan requires the use of a specific hospital, write it on your student’s card.
- Explain how insurance works:
- Generally, what your plan(s) covers
- The difference between in-network and out-of-network care
- Any requirements for pre-approval
- Whether and when they must notify their insurance company following hospitalization or emergency room care
Decide how to manage prescription medications:
- Explain the difference between a prescription refill and a renewal.
- Stress planning ahead for refills or renewals so your student doesn’t run out of medication.
- Give your student a list of contact information for healthcare providers who prescribe their medications.
- Consider transferring ongoing prescriptions to a pharmacy near Cornerstone University.
- Stock your student’s medicine cabinet or dorm room first-aid kit. Our nurses often refer to over-the-counter medications and first-aid supplies.
- Supply them with hand sanitizer for their backpack or purse. Encourage frequent hand washing/sanitizing to prevent colds, flu, sore throats and stomach upsets.
Plan ahead for special circumstances:
- If your student wears contact lenses, send both eyeglasses and contact lenses. Late nights, allergies or eye infections can make wearing contacts uncomfortable or impossible.
- Significant chronic health conditions: Your student’s healthcare provider at home may want to summarize their treatment plan and give your son or daughter copies of any relevant medical records. Your student can schedule an appointment with a CUHS healthcare provider, bring this information with them and ask that it be put in their medical chart at CUHS.
- On-going Allergy Shots
- ADD/ADHD: Determine how your student will obtain and fill their monthly prescriptions. With sufficient documentation, your student could qualify for additional resources. Please see the learning center for more information.
Talk about healthy behavior and your expectations:
- The best way to affect your student's choices regarding alcohol use, sexual behavior, and other potentially risky activities is to make your expectations clear to them. We know that students trust health information they receive from parents. Discuss healthy choices with your son or daughter.
- Here are some tips to get started:
- Be informed.
- Review CU rules and state and federal laws regarding alcohol, tobacco and drug use.
- Know the simple strategies students can use to avoid harm when drinking.
- Initiate dialogue.
- Ask questions and listen.
- State your expectations about being safe, making good grades or making choices based on values.
- Help your student think through situations that may occur. For example:
- What will you do if you're at a party where everyone is drinking? How will you get home safely? How will you recognize alcohol poisoning, and what will you do?
- A lot of students have sex in college. How will you protect yourself if you choose to be sexually active? If you choose not to have sex, how will you make that clear to people you're dating?
- Students who eat breakfast are more successful academically than those who don't. How will you make sure you eat enough and eat healthy foods?
- Check in with your son or daughter and offer support. If you are concerned about your student, know that help is available!