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CHECKLIST

How to Head Off
Health Issues
Help students think through potential health scenarios.
"We want to help provide continuity of care," says Amy Conger�
"We have students with diabetes, for example� There are several
things we want them to think through: Where are you staying? Do
you have access to prescriptions? Do you have access to a refrigerator where you can store your insulin? We try to help students
consider amenities they might take for granted here� If they're
at a remote field site, they might have to walk a ways to get to a
refrigerator�"
Encourage students to carefully monitor their medication.
"Students can run into serious health problems when their maintenance medication is lost or stolen in a country where they are
unable to fill those prescriptions� To address this problem, we created some content on our website and discuss it at length in our
predeparture orientations to give students tips on traveling with
prescription medication," says Dan Hart�
Provide training to all stakeholders. "Any school that is trying
to get students to disclose health care needs has to train a wide
variety of individuals on the campus to whom those students
might be discussing their health care needs� We routinely provide
training to advisers, to physicians and counselors, and people in
our student affairs office about our office and what we do as well
as about our insurance provider and how they support our travelers," says Julie Anne Friend�
Help international students understand the U.S. medical system
in clear and easy-to-understand terms. "Ensure that key concepts are fully explained in the American context, so international
students have a better understanding of what you are talking
about as well as why this is viewed as an issue in the United
States� Alcohol consumption is a great example since attitudes
and laws can be very different elsewhere, as can be 'domestic' or
relationship violence-as we've learned, even calling it 'domestic' violence confuses many international students who tend to
equate domestic with meaning 'U�S�' and not relationships," says
Lee Seedorff, senior assistant director of the University of Iowa
International Student and Scholar Services�

an appointment with a provider upon arrival to establish themselves as a patient before an issue arises."
Arizona State University (ASU) has taken on some
of that preparation for its students, compiling a list of
countries where there are a lack of English-speaking
physicians, where there are endemic diseases, or where
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there is unreliable access to healthcare. Students studying in those countries are required to visit ASU's travel
medicine clinic.
"We [also] compiled a list of medical conditions that
warrant a visit to the travel medicine clinic," says Dan
Hart, associate director of international health, safety,
and security. "This is the same list of conditions that
they use on their intake form to determine if a patient
meets with a nurse practitioner or a doctor. So, regardless of the program location, if a student indicates that
they have one of those conditions, they will be required
to visit the travel medicine clinic."
Hart adds that his office shares information disclosed by students with their study abroad program
leaders to ensure that any health or medical needs can
be accommodated abroad: "For example, if a student
has a food allergy or a mobility limitation, we want to
be sure that we are able to meet the student's needs.
We will meet with the student as needed, coordinate
with our overseas partners [or] vendors, liaise with our
Disability Resource Center, etc. to identify solutions to
help the student manage whatever health issues they
may have."
But institutions must walk a fine line between
encouraging students to disclose health information
and protecting their privacy. "We have a very balanced
approach of protecting the student's right to medical
privacy but also making sure that they have all the information to take steps to manage their healthcare needs,
with a lot of support from us or with minimal connection, depending on the student's preference," Friend says.

Leveraging Opportunities
Clausen advises a similar proactive approach that
mirrors best practices for predeparture international
students: "Getting a general check-up, a dental appointment, any necessary immunizations, bringing a supply
of medications and contact lenses-these are the types
of things that students should be reminded about before
they leave home. Often these basics are easy and cheap
to accomplish at home, but much more complicated or
expensive to handle in their new country," he says.
In fact, many U.S. institutions also offer information
about available health services as soon as international
students arrive on campus. At the University of Iowa
(UI), all incoming international students must complete
a mandatory tuberculosis (TB) screening, which the
Student Health & Wellness office uses as an opportunity
to ask about chronic health conditions.



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