Wellness and Health Services bring Thanksgiving and Birth Control Day celebrations to campus – Trinitonian

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Wellness Services offers education on reproductive health care to students in Trinidad

Wellness Services and Health Services have teamed up to welcome Thank You, Birth Control! day on November 16 as part of a broader attempt to bring access to reproductive health care and education to Trinity students. The event focused on birth control appreciation and education and offered students a range of merchandise including stickers, flyers and more.

John Meyer, Family Nurse Practitioner and Health Services Coordinator, was one of many people who helped organize the event along with Donna Escobar, Health Services Staff Nurse. Meyer explained Thank you, birth control! The day is a national event that Wellness and Health Services wanted to bring to campus.

“Singleness is birth control. Using an app to track your cycle so you don’t have sex when you’re most fertile is a form of birth control. So this is an opportunity for us to educate people and be grateful that [birth control] is available to us in many different forms for many different types of people,” Meyer said.

According to Meyer, health services recently contracted with Bettys Co., a company that can supplement reproductive health care that universities may not be able to provide. Bettys Co. CEO Jennifer Newell explained that her company focuses on Gen Z students and can provide virtual mental and physical health appointments for out-of-state students.

“We serve women from period through pregnancy planning holistically. One thing we do is partner with colleges to be an on-campus provider as an extension of their existing clinical services. They brought us in once a month or one week a month to provide long-term contraceptives like implants and IUD and Nexplanon removals, but we could also be the primary gynecologist for the students,” Newell said.

Bettys Co. can bridge the gap between what health services can provide and comprehensive reproductive health care. They are reducing their services for Trinity students and also taking out the student health insurance plan. Also, they include virtual services for mental and physical health that even international students can use.

The early years Faith Monsivais, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, and Kiara Fernando, a human resources management major, discovered the event through her advertisement on Leeroy. They said they found the event educational and described their thoughts on raising awareness of the administration regarding reproductive health care.

“I think there’s nothing wrong with always adding more events to things, especially because awareness is so important and I feel like a lot of us aren’t well educated. I feel like every time I go to one of these things, I learn a little bit more about safety and health care,” Monsivais said.

“I think it would be cool if they also had those tables at orientation because I know they don’t. Also, I would really like to have a Plan B vending machine,” Fernando said.

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