Health and Wellness
Empire State University prioritizes the health and wellness of students. The original health and wellness initiative was established by the Student Affairs Committee and has transformed into a program within the Student Success Division to assist students with basic needs resources, preventative education programs, mental health resources, and more.
Please know you are important to Empire State University. We care. We support you. We want you to be the best version of yourself.
Contact the health and wellness coordinator via email if you have questions or require help with something not included on this page.
Weekly health and wellness programs are available to all students, faculty, and staff by attending one of our SUNY Empire Connects events. A weekly schedule is available on the SUNY Empire Connects webpage.
Health and Wellness Resources for Students
Feeding New York State is a non-profit organization representing the regional food banks located across the state. They work with food banks located throughout New York to provide hunger relief in a variety of ways. Visit the Feeding NYS website to learn about food resources in your area.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. SNAP helps low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families.
New York City residents must apply through Access HRA.
Unemployment insurance is temporary income for eligible workers who have lost their jobs at no fault of their own. Visit the New York State Unemployment Insurance website to view more information and eligibility requirements.
The Office of Children and Family Services provides assistance for child care costs to eligible families and parents seeking help with child care.
If you are in immediate danger for your life, call 911.
Concerned about your safety and having to stay home with an abuser? Reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 text LOVEIS to 22522.
SUNY Sexual Assault & Violence Response (SUNYSAVR) site provides resources and support to assist students who are concerned about safety or have questions about disclosing sexual or interpersonal violence. Visit the SUNYSAVR website today for more information.
Empire State University’s Title IX Coordinator is here to help access resources both locally and statewide. Reach out to Lindsay Holcomb, director of human resources and interim Title IX director, at 518-581-2239 or email TitleIX@sunyempire.edu
New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence offers additional local resources.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) benefits program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Students who have received a Federal Pell Grant meet eligibility criteria
Visit the FCC website to find out more information and how to apply.
If you or a loved one are in recovery and are looking for virtual recovery support options, visit:
New York State Addiction Services and Supports was created to support substance use prevention, treatment and recovery for all New York Residents. The 24/7 HOPEline provides assistance with addiction, substance use, and gambling and can be reached by calling 877-846-7369 or texting 467369.
The Find Addiction Treatment Dashboard finds local options including Office of Addiction Services and Supports Addiction Treatment Centers, opioid treatment programs, inpatient and residential programs.
Find a Recovery Center - Recovery services including peer and family services are also available via telehealth. Recovery centers promote long-term recovery through skill-building, recreation, employment readiness and the opportunity to connect with recovery services and supports.
New York State partner, Friends of Recovery (FOR-NY) have compiled a list of online recovery mutual aid support groups.
Start Your Recovery offers people a single source of relatable, reliable information at any stage of their recovery journey. Visit startyourrecovery.org to listen to others starting their recovery and utilize the search feature to find rehabilitation centers, counseling, and support groups.
SUNY Empire has located resources around the state and country that can provide access to reproductive health. The university does not have a health center to provide care for your reproductive health. We have provided a list of options below for your reference.
New York State:
The State of New York published a list of its 160 family planning access centers where you can receive the following services:
- Contraceptive (birth control) education, counseling, and a broad range of methods (including long-acting reversible contraception such as IUDs and implants) to reduce unintended pregnancies and to improve birth spacing and outcomes.
- Preconception health services.
- Counseling and testing for HIV.
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
- Routine screening for breast and cervical cancer.
- Health education in community settings to promote reproductive health, prevent unintended pregnancy, and promote access to reproductive and preventive health services.
Students seeking access to family planning and reproductive health, regardless of gender, may want to connect with local community providers, including:
SUNY Empire Mental Health Provider:
LifeWorks MySSP (soon to be TELUS Health Student Support) Care Access Center team, SUNY Empire’s mental health provider, is available 24/7 to assist students in finding community resources to address any concern, including reproductive care and abortion resources. Call 866-743-7732 to discuss options today.
Medical Abortion Access:
If you require an abortion, several online providers prescribe reproductive health and medical abortion medication and can work on a sliding scale based on income. Those resources are listed below and are not affiliated with SUNY Empire:
If you still need help finding a community partner to assist with reproductive health, please contact HealthandWellness@SUNYEmpire.edu.
If you have questions about the student health and wellness initiative, contact the health and wellness coordinator via email.