Cabinet addresses Health Services

Jesus Ruiz

This past Monday, the ASCC Cabinet Meeting addressed many health issues that may concern student with health problems, including those who think they might not have a health problem.

The ASCC welcomed Mary Hunt, learning disability specialist, and Nancy Montgomery of Student Health Services, whom addressed on health concerns and information relating to their field of work.

Mary Hunt addressed issues relating to people with disabilities, including those who may have a disability but don’t know that they may have it.

She works in with another psychologist in the Learning Evaluation Center on campus, which is found in the Social Sciences Building in Room 225.

Here, she helps students through an assessment process, helping to identify students who are struggling in one or more of the academic areas of reading, writing, oral language, math and science.

This includes students who find it hard to focus or study during class. evaluate people who are struggling in classes continues to struggle.

Hunt explained, “It could be someone who was never identified and seems to be doing pretty well in college in the basic classes, but when they get to the higher classes, may have trouble with understanding how to read, pull out essential information and how to take notes and keep up with the instructor.”

“We can help.”

This evaluation that Hunt spoke of consists of a Three-Step Assessment Process.

These three steps are:

  • Learning Disability Intake: A one-hour intake appointment to gather information on how the student is struggling and determine if the assessment is the appropriate plan of action.
  • Assessment: This appointment includes exercises that identify underlying reasons for academic difficulty in the following areas: verbal comprehension, non-verbal reasoning, memory, and processing speed.
  • Review of the Assessment information: Review the findings that show your strengths and areas that need support.

“The National Center for Education Statistics show that 3 to 5 percent of adults who are attending colleges have some type of undiagnosed learning disability,” Hunt noted.

She explained that if you just want more information, you can find her at the Evaluation Center in the Social Science Building from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Learning Evaluation Center may also be contacted through phone: (562)860-2451 ex: 2351.

Another guest from the Student Health Services, Nancy Montgomery, addressed issues to the ASCC Cabinet relating to issues involving the Student Health Center and services being offered now for free.

One of them is the Pound by Pound program.

The Pound by Pound program is a program that helps those who have signed up get fit and healthy.

Montgomery stated, “Our objective is to get you eating right and get really healthy.”

“We have dietitians, boot camps about eight times a day and will also be offered next semester. Get in and sign up.”

She also reminded the ASCC Cabinet about the Great American Smoke-Out on the Falcon Square this Thursday.

Student Health Services will be there to offer info on how it can detour students from smoking.

She explained that they will also be offering kits and information on how to stop smoking and using alternatives.

Finally, Montgomery talked about the issue involving Student Health Services not being able to pick up and/or treat students on campus.

The only way that she and others at the student Health Services Center can do anything is by being within the “four wall,” or in the Health Center on Campus.

As a nurse practitioner with the state of California, she and others in the center must follow guidelines about what they can and can not do.

“One of the rules in the ‘Can’t Do’ category is that we cannot go out on campus and practice medicine or take car of anybody without being in those ‘four walls’ of that clinic.”

“Problem is that tool needed to diagnose that person who may be injured can only be examined carefully at the clinic and if needed call for immediate care to get that person to an emergency room,” Montgomery explained.

“The guidelines states you have to come to us.”

Montgomery then took the time to explain some procedures that may be necessary in an emergency, one of them being having someone like a friend take you there, including by car if possible, which is possible with the emergency access right next to the Health Services Building.

Another of these emergency procedures is using a payphone on campus to call 911.

Dialing this number using a payphone will immediately call the Campus Police for further help.

With health issues having been addresses, the ASCC ended the meeting with its final announcements on coming events:

  • Canned Food Drive: Club competition ends on Nov. 19 at noon,
  • Awards Evaluation on Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. in BK 111/112,
  • Early Bird Special on Nov. 18 at 7:30 a.m. in Falcon Square,
  • DJ Karaoke on Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. in Falcon Square,
  • Thanksgiving Holiday on Nov. 26 and 27, the campus is closed.