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JUNE 23, 2021

Hi Parents and Families,

All of our Family Friday webinars so far have focused on the health and well-being of your student, and how Emory can work with you on these areas to help your student succeed. Our webinar this week focuses on physical and mental health care but before we get there, we want to make sure you have easy access to some important resources and information for your consideration:

Students who know, or think, they may need accommodations.
Emory’s Department of Accessibility Services (DAS) can propose and implement plans to ensure that your student is set up for success at Emory. However, the first step is for your student to initiate the registration process. Accommodations from high school will not automatically carry over to Emory.

Seamless transition of healthcare.
Your student will be able to take advantage of services offered at Emory’s Student Health Center, including primary care services and lab work. In the meantime, there are some additional steps to act on:

Health Insurance: You should finalize your plans for their health insurance as it is an annual opt-out process. In other words, if you do not submit a waiver, you will be charged for the Student Health Insurance plan.

Immunizations: Your student will need to submit all required immunization forms, including their COVID-19 vaccine documentation, to the student health portal. 

Transition of Prescriptions and Healthcare: It would also be helpful to schedule an appointment with your student’s home provider to ensure their vaccinations are updated (including the meningitis ACWY which is required if they are living on campus), renew needed medications for the year, and/or transfer their prescription information to a location near Emory. If your student has a condition which requires coordination of care with a Student Health provider, please obtain records and contact information from your provider and make an appointment with a Student Health provider upon arrival in August.

Talk with your student about how to access support for any mental health needs.
College can be stressful and sometimes students need additional support, including from a mental health professional. It is important to talk with your student in advance to let them know that you support their decision to seek mental health treatment (if needed) and talk through pragmatic issues such as how to schedule appointments, understand insurance, and the importance of ongoing self-care. Emory University has many resources to support your student’s mental health needs, including Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Student Health Services – Psychiatry and Primary Care. Finally, if your student needs long-term or specialized treatment, it’s best to try to identify a local community provider. CAPS has partnered with ThrivingCampus to make it easier for you to connect with off-campus mental health care, if needed. 

Start Your Emory Essentials Today!
Family Friday Webinars
We’ve hosted three Family Friday webinars so far! If you weren’t able to join us for the welcome session or the following two webinars focused on health insurance/immunizations and accommodations, these are now available on demand on our webinar archive page.

Coming Up:

Friday, June 25 – Transition of Care
To Do
Checklist Check-In

Emory Essentials 2

Emory Essentials 2 is a crucial step in the process of preparing for your student's pre-registration advising meeting in July, and the registration process to follow.

More information can be found in the New Student Checklist, available for download from our website.

New Student Updates
Next Week
Parent & Family Portal | You have 24/7 access to information about programs, activities, and services through Emory's Parent and Family Experience portal. If you haven’t explored the portal yet, we recommend adding that to your own checklist!
Next Week
Coming Up Next: June 30 | We'll be sending an extra reminder email next week to ensure that your student doesn't miss the important items due on July 1. These include submitting their EmoryCard Photo, meal plan selection, and health forms.

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