BY ERIN HALBEISEN
Photo courtesy of COD. The Borrego Health mobile clinic.
College of the Desert has partnered with Borrego Health to bring an array of new services. Their purpose is help COD students to take charge of their health by providing steady healthcare.
Students can benefit from free flu shots, STD/HIV testing, reproductive health services and more. The Borrego mobile clinic can be found in Parking Lot 3 every Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for the bus pictured above.
The COD Health Center is the central hub for health at COD. They can point students in the right direction for getting further help.
Elizabeth Goold, COD’s assistant director of clinical services, and the College of the Desert Student Health Center combined efforts to create this partnership with Borrego. Goold’s goal is to provide the largest amount of services for students at the lowest cost. She said, “We try to provide as many things as we can for as little money as possible.”
Goold pointed out that many students do not see a doctor regularly. She said, “One of the main reasons for this partnership with Borrego is because many students have not come to the mindset that you need a steady doctor. We want to help students to take charge of their health.”
Goold explained the health and cost benefits of seeing a doctor regularly through one of Borrego’s programs, “A doctor that knows you and your reoccurring symptoms better help diagnose and treat you. Also, it is much better to enroll now than to pay out of pocket later,” she said, “It can be more costly to wait to the last minute.”
Goold highlighted the differences between the COD’s Health Center and Borrego Health. Both the college’s health center and Borrego can provide students with blood pressure testing, pregnancy testing, TB testing and more. The difference is COD cannot provide treatment or write prescriptions for any problems found through these assessments. On the other hand, Borrego Health can provide treatments and prescribe medications.
Additionally, the COD Health Center can also provide first aid, psychological counseling and some vaccines at low cost. All these services are available for students who have paid the $15 student health fee that is combined in their enrollment fee. There are programs at Borrego for all students whether you have insurance or not. Most insurance plans are accepted with the exception of Kasier Permanete.
There are also programs for those who are uninsured. Borrego Health Specialist, Ivette Cruz, can be contacted by phone appointment at 833-624-1097 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions about applying for insurance or understanding your current insurance benefits. In addition, she will be on campus every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Health Center located on the bottom floor of Cravens.