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Health & Counseling
The Department of Health and Counseling Services provide quality physical and mental health care in a nurturing environment while preserving confidentiality. The Department of Health and Counseling Services plays an active role in the health and lifestyle of its students and the university.

Emergency: 911

Health Services
Oakwood University Health Services (OUHS) provides quality physical and mental health care in a nurturing environment while preserving confidentiality. OUHS plays an active role in the health of its students and the university.

Mission: To ensure that students obtain the overall health and wellness services available.

Vision: The OUHS office is a hub for health information and health care coordination for students. OUHS seeks to be a source of information, care, and guidance for our students’ overall physical and mental well-being.

“Dear friend, I pray that you are doing well in every way. I pray that your body is strong and well even as your soul is.” 3 John 2 (NLV) 

OUHS offers a variety of services, including but not limited to:

  • Immunization and health record management
  • Care liaison between OU (Oakwood University), community health resources, and counseling services
  • Insurance coordination (enrollment and waivers)
  • Management of emergent infectious disease threats (i.e., Covid-19, TB, etc.)

Primary Care
Previously assumed primary and emergency care roles are directed to the appropriate community health organizations including but not limited to Huntsville Hospital Physician Care. It is strongly encouraged that students establish care via an initial appointment prior to having an acute need to decrease wait times. To establish care, schedule your appointment (256)265-0095, print the registration packet or pick up one at OUHS, complete it, and bring it with you to the appointment.

Resources

Oakwood University Health Services
1863 Sparkman Dr. NW, Huntsville, AL 35816
Phone: (256)726-7480
Fax: (256)726-7471

Community Health Action Center (CHAC)
1863 Sparkman Dr. NW, Huntsville, AL 35816
(256)726-7777

Huntsville Hospital Physician Care at Oakwood
1863 Sparkman Dr. NW, Huntsville, AL 35816
(256)265-0095

Huntsville Hospital Urgent Care
900 Bob Wallace Ave SW #104, Huntsville, AL 35801
(256)539-0781

Huntsville Hospital
101 Sivley Rd SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 265-1000

Health Insurance 
All Oakwood undergraduate students registered for three (3) or more credit hours are automatically enrolled in Oakwood’s insurance plan at registration, unless a health insurance waiver form is completed and proof of coverage for non-emergency care in the state of Alabama is provided. Regarding LEAP students, only psychology majors or students who are on campus learners are eligible to enroll. International students will automatically be enrolled into Oakwood’s insurance plan unless they complete a waiver form and provide proof of coverage for non-emergency care in the state of Alabama.

Students who are enrolled in Oakwood’s Insurance plan, United Healthcare can access their account at www.uhcsr.com/myaccount or by downloading the UHCSR mobile app. There they will find information regarding providers, claims, and additional benefits. Enrolled students also have 24/7 access to medical advice through HealthiestYou, a national telehealth service. *For more information visit www.telehealth4students.com. You’ll have access to board-certified physicians and counselors via phone and/or video, where permitted.

Enrolled students should be aware that all Huntsville Hospital locations (Huntsville Hospital, Community Health Action Center (CHAC), HH Urgent Care) are in network providers for their care.

Students who have their own private insurance (not through Oakwood) can also see Huntsville Hospital locations for their health care needs.

Counseling Services

  • Personal Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Workshops
  • Consultation

Counseling is provided through A Touch of Peace Counseling Services. They are ready to serve with a diverse counseling staff of men and women. Counseling appointments can be held via telehealth or at their two office locations listed below. Please contact them to establish care for emergent or ongoing mental health care needs.

On-Campus Address:
Oakwood Community Health Action Center
1863 Sparkman Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35816

Off-Campus Address:
3776 Sullivan Street Suite E
Madison, AL 35758

Email: mspence@atouchofpeace.org
Website: www.atouchofpeace.org

Confidentiality
All services provided by the Department of Health & Counseling are confidential. Information about your participation in counseling will not be disclosed to anyone without your written permission except for rare occasions required by law, including reasonable suspicion of abuse of children; danger of violence toward someone else; or serious danger that you may harm yourself unless protective measures are taken.

Oakwood Registration Information
In the interest of public health, the following forms need to be on file for each student in attendance at Oakwood University.  A copy of each student’s immunization record, last physical exam, dental, and a TB screen/TB test within the last year should be submitted to ouhs@oakwood.edu.  Immunization records should include proof of 2 MMR’s and Tetanus vaccinations.  Students who wish not to receive the required immunizations must complete and return a waiver form (counseling included in form).  Non-compliance places the student at risk for illness and holds on accounts.

 Oakwood Health Services needs the following forms and information:

  • Consent to Treat
  • TB Screening Questionnaire
  • Immunization Form
    • –  Tuberculosis test- within the last year (if indicated by the TB Screening Questionnaire)
    • –  Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)- within the last 10 years
    • –  Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)- 2 documented doses
  • Dental Examination Form – Dental exam within the last year.
  • Medical History & Physical Examination – Physical exam within the last year.
  • Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form
  • Huntsville Hospital Packet – this is to establish yourself as a patient at the clinic that sees our students when they need care.

If you would like to schedule a physical exam appointment with the HH Physicians Care at Oakwood, please call (256) 265-0095 and tell them that you are an Oakwood student who needs a physical exam. Please print the physical exam form and take it with you the day of your appointment.

The needed forms are available at https://linktr.ee/oakwoodhealthservices for your convenience

After completing the required information, kindly submit the above information to ouhs@oakwood.edu. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Emergencies
If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation (health or otherwise), please call Emergency Services.  If on campus, Public Safety can be notified to assist with directing local emergency personnel when they arrive to facilitate a faster response. Emergency care will be provided on site and at one of the hospitals listed below.

Emergency: 911
Public Safety: (256) 726-7371/7375
Huntsville Hospital: (256) 265-1000
Crestwood Medical Center: (256) 429-4000

Resources

Oakwood University’s Counseling Services offers individual counseling to enrolled students who need assistance with personal concerns, emotional distress, interpersonal issues, psychological disorders, and critical crisis situations. Counseling sessions are virtual, and appointments can be made by calling 256-726-7480 Monday – Thursday 8:30pm-5:00pm. Students with Oakwood Insurance can utilize the telemedicine option via https://go.healthiestyou.com/student/

The increased stress and isolation from COVID-19 safety measures can be burdensome to a person’s mental health. The following resources can help increase self-care and support positive mental health suited to social distancing.

NAMI Alabama – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (Alabama Chapter) offers extensive, relevant, and stigma-free information on mental illness. One of the best resources out there. http://www.namialabama.org/

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or need immediate support:

Call Health and Counseling Services

256-726-7480 (Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Go to the Huntsville Hospital Emergency Department
101 Sivley Rd. Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Phone: 256-265-1000

Call the OUPD at 256-726-7480 or call 911

If you are experiencing a problem with Psychiatric Medications:

If you are having a problem with a psychiatric medication, call the prescribing provider. If your problem is urgent or involves serious side effects, call or go to the Huntsville Hospital Emergency Department, 256-265-1000, if the matter is life threatening, Dial 911.

Additional Resources for Suicide Prevention

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255 (free 24/7 Confidential Support)

Online Suicide Prevention Resources

Self-Injury Outreach and Support
SIOS is a non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help.

Substance Abuse and Treatment Resources

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Opioid Overdose Rescue
Overdose resource that outlines 3 simple steps for saving a life and features instructional videos.

SAMHSA’s Treatment Locator
Resource for finding treatment facilities confidentially and anonymously

Detox Local Provides medically reviewed guides on every aspect of the drug & alcohol withdrawal process, as well as a list of SAMHSA-approved medical detox centers:

Contact Us

Community Health Action Center (CHAC)
1864 Sparkman Drive NW
Huntsville, AL 35816

Phone: (256) 726-7480
Fax: (256) 726-7471

Mon.-Thurs. – 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Friday – 8:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.

Public Safety: (256) 726-7371/7375
Huntsville Hospital: (256) 265-1000
Crestwood Hospital: (256) 429-4000