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Prevent the flu - get your flu shot

Prevent the Flu

The best way to protect yourself, the SVA community and those closest to you from getting the flu is getting vaccinated.

Show your health insurnace card to get a free flu shot - here are some locations:

Duane Reade - 200 East 23rd Street (Second Avenue and 23rd Street)
For those who do not have insurance, the vaccine is available for $21 if you show your SVA ID card at this location only. 

Duane Reade - 71 West 23rd Street (Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street)

For those who do not have insurance, the vaccine is available for $32.

MedRite Urgent Walk-In - 380 Second Avenue (Second Avenue and 22nd Street)

For those who do not have insurance, the vaccine is available for $20 if you show your SVA ID card.

Walgreens -  33 East 23rd Street (Park Avenue and 23rd Street) 

For those who do not have insurance, the vaccine is available for $32.

 For more information on ways to prevent the flu and other respiratory illnesses:

sva.edu/flu

Incoming Students

SVA Student Health Form

This form is required of all incoming/accepted students that want to enroll in classes at SVA. 

Download PDF 

Students can complete the top half of the form and Step 1-Meningitis Response; a clinician / health care provider must complete Step 2-Measles, Mumps, Rubella*

*We will also accept a copy of a student's health records displaying proof of MMR (2) Measles, (1)  Mumps and (1)Rubella vaccinations in place of Step 2. Students who attended a SVA Pre-College course and previously submitted the health form may contact [email protected] to request clearance.

The New York State Department of Health Immunization Program has the legal authority to ensure that schools throughout the state comply with PHL Sections 2165 and 2167No institution shall permit any student to attend such institution in excess of thirty days without complying.

Please e-mail the completed form to [email protected] or fax it to 212.592.2216.


Student Health Insurance

All students are automatically enrolled and billed for the SVA-sponsored insurance plan, Cigna PPO

Students who want to remove the health insurance fee ($1,070 each semester) must have sufficient coverage. The fee may only be waived online  (please note that requesting to waive the insurance over the phone or in-person does NOT remove the insurance fee). 

Online Waiver Form - Deadline February 4 - Spring 2018

Current Students

Counseling Services at SVA - FREE & Confidential

Services are provided are free of charge and are confidential. Our office hours are 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday. Therapists and a part-time psychiatrist provide short-term therapy.

Students may call 212.592.2246, e-mail [email protected] or stop by our office to request an appointment.

If you’d like to speak to a non-SVA counselor during non-business hours, you can text HOME to 741-741 (www.crisistextline.org) or text WELL to 65173 (NYC WELL) or call 1-888-NYC-WELL to speak with a counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Medical services are NOT available at our office. 

Please review the Map of Medical Facilities to locate an Urgent Walk-In clinic or hospital.


Student Health Insurance - Download Card

All students are automatically enrolled and billed for the SVA-sponsored insurance plan, Cigna PPO

Student Health Insurance - Online Waiver

All students are automatically enrolled and billed for the SVA-sponsored insurance plan, Cigna PPO every Fall. 

Students who want to remove the health insurance fee ($1,070 each semester for the annual plan) must have sufficient coverage. The fee may only be waived online  (please note that requesting to waive over the phone or in-person does not remove the insurance fee). Students that missed the Fall 2017 deadline may apply for a Late Waiver Appeal. Please contact [email protected]

Online Waiver Form - Deadline February 4 - Spring 2018

Community Mental Health Resources

A list of therapists and psychiatrists outside of SVA.


Certificate of Readiness Form

Students that left SVA for medical reasons and want to request a return must have a clinician complete this form.

Former Students

Immunization Record Release Form

Students may request their immunization records (the SVA Student Health Form that was sent to our office to enroll in classes) by completing this form. 


Community Of Mental Health Resources

A list of therapists and psychiatrists outside of SVA.


Insurance Resources

After graduation: a list of resources to obtain healthcare after your SVA-sponsored insurance plan ends on August 24, 2017.
What to expect from therapy?

Meet Our Staff

Christine Gilchrist, MSN, MPH, RN, NC-BC
Associate Director

Christine has been at SVA since 2002. She is an integrative nurse; using a whole person/whole system approach to caring for others. She was a sexual health peer educator in college; majoring in Nursing and minoring in Women's Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her graduate degrees are in Community Health Nursing and Urban Public Health with a focus on Community Health Education. Christine is a board certified nurse coach, working with SVA students on setting and achieving wellness goals. She also teaches mind/body techniques such as breathing and meditation for stress management.


Edward Rabinowitz, MD
Psychiatrist 

Dr. Rabinowitz has been at SVA since 2000 following a career in Addiction Psychiatry and is board certified in Psychiatry. He created and directed a number of clinical treatment programs in New York City and worked with many individuals and their families in recovery from addiction and trained mental health professionals and physicians.

He is available at SVA three days a week as a clinical psychiatrist and supervisor (students must meet with a SVA therapist before they can be scheduled to meet with Dr. Rabinowitz).

In addition, he also studied at The Art Students League and Parsons. He has been painting landscape/seascape watercolors since the mid 1980s.

He feels committed to his students' development and emergence as young artists during their experiences at SVA and in New York City.


Mark Howell, PhD, LCSW
Psychotherapist
 

Dr. Howell has been at SVA since 2003. He earned a BFA from Parsons, worked at several notable galleries, and hung out in East Village dives with various artists including famed SVA student Keith Haring. Mark is at SVA three days a week during the academic year.


Navah Steiner, MA, LCAT
Psychotherapist

Navah Steiner has been at SVA since 2009. She started her career in the theater and is currently a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (or LCAT). Her practice focuses on helping students cope with issues relating to life transitions, identity, self-esteem, anxiety and creative blocks.  Navah enjoys her work with the artistic community at SVA and believes that creative expression can contribute to a sense of wellness and facilitate healing.



Jennifer Wilson, MA, LCAT
Psychotherapist


Jennifer has been at SVA since 2014. She practices integrative therapy, combining supportive, cognitive and psychodynamic therapeutic approaches along with mindfulness and creativity to support students in feeling healthy, balanced and successful in school and in life. She is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (or LCAT) and has a history in both visual and performing arts.
 



Stella Kim, MS, LMHC
Psychotherapist 
 

Stella hsa been at SVA since 2015. Previously, she had worked in both clinical and research settings. She also works with the International Student Office to promote workshops and plan cultural events for the international student body at SVA. Stella also speaks conversational Korean.


Matt Lee
Coordinator
 
Matt has been at SVA since 2015. He schedules appointments for SVA students, processes immunization forms and manages student health insurance requests.



SVA Health Insurance Presentation

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