Chronic Health Conditions

Chronic health conditions can include a wide variety of illnesses, including disabilities, mental health conditions, and chronic medical conditions.This page is meant to help connect students dealing with chronic health conditions to resources available to them across campus.

Chronic Health Mentoring Program

The Chronic Health Mentoring Program is designed to provide a support system to students at Colorado State University who are dealing with chronic medical conditions, including (but not limited to) mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, or other health conditions such as chronic infectious diseases, diabetes, and cancer. The program is based on a peer support idea, where students who have dealt with similar situations serve as mentors for those who need support. Mentees are paired individually with one mentor, who serves as a support system and helps connect their mentee to resources on campus. All program participants also participate in group events focused on themes such as identity, stress management, and community building. The program is a partnership between ASCSU and Resources for Disabled Students (RDS).

For more information, or to register click here.

Resources for Disabled Students (RDS)

Any student who is enrolled at Colorado State University and who self-identifies with RDS as having a disability or chronic health condition is eligible for support from RDS, primarily through accommodations and/or advocacy.

Specific accommodations are determined individually for each student and must be supported by appropriate documentation and/or evaluation of needs consistent with a particular type of disability or health condition. Documentation is used to verify the presence of a disability or chronic health condition and can help inform the recommendations made by RDS for accommodations.

Accommodations are considered part of a student’s civil rights and are meant to provide equitable access to participation in campus life. The accommodative process begins once a student meets with an RDS accommodations/advocacy specialist.

100 General Services Building
(970) 491-6385 (V/TDD)
http://rds.colostate.edu/

Student Case Management

Some students suffer from chronic health conditions that can have exacerbated symptoms during the academic year. Case Managers can work with the student, providers and liaison with faculty when health conditions interfere with academics.

In the event of a medical emergency, a Student Case Manager can visit students in a hospital setting to work with the student and family (when applicable) to assess academic ramifications, refer to University programs and services upon discharge, and to help with University systems in the event that a student cannot continue with academics during the current semester.

E203 Newsom Hall
970-491-8051
http://studentcasemanagement.colostate.edu/

Counseling Services

Individual and group counseling is available to students with chronic health conditions. CSU Health Network counselors and medical providers work collaboratively to provide coordinated care to students living with these health challenges.

Aylesworth Hall NW
(970) 491-6053
http://health.colostate.edu/services/counseling-services/

Medical Services

Comprehensive medical services at the CSU Health Network  are provided by medical professionals including board certified physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses. The medical clinic provides primary care for chronic illnesses and injuries. The women’s clinic provides similar services focusing on women’s health. A staff of psychiatrists work closely with the counseling services at the CSU Health Network to provide care for mental health issues, including medication management.  Additional services include optometry, physical therapy, and a dental clinic as well as a referral coordinator to assist with referrals to specialty care. Laboratory, radiology and pharmacy services are available in the Hartshorn Health Center as well to serve students with chronic conditions.

If you have the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), you must see a provider in the Hartshorn clinic to get a referral to an outside provider in order for services to be considered under the SHIP.

Hartshorn Health Center
Phone: (970) 491-7121
http://health.colostate.edu/services/medical-services/

Housing & Dining Services

Housing and Dining Services at CSU employs a Registered Dietitian to assist students needing help navigating through the dining centers’ options specifically related to special dietary needs such as those associated with medical issues and food allergies. In addition, the Dietitian also conducts nutrition programs for on-campus students, as well as facilitating the Eat Well@CSU nutrition promotion program found in the dining centers.

Students can now filter every item on the Housing & Dining website’s online menu to find out if the item contains nut, and/or is gluten free and/or is vegetarian and/or is vegan and/or locally sourced.

Go to the Housing & Dining web page and click  “Menus” – select the dining center and then the meal. You’ll then see the icons that allow you to filter the menu. In addition, you can click on each item to view detailed nutritional information and ingredients. All of this can also be accessed through portable devices, so you can access the information at any time.

Brittney Stuard, RD
Phone: (970) 491-4714
Brittney.stuard@colostate.edu

If you live on campus and believe you need a waiver from the mandatory on-campus meal plan due to dietary restrictions, you will need to make arrangements with Resources for Disabled Students (RDS).

In an effort to better serve students dealing with chronic health conditions, the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) has partnered with the CSU Health Network, Resources for Disabled Students, Housing & Dining Services, and Student Case Management to create this page of resources related to chronic health conditions.