Preventative care will have everyone feeling better. Photo by Owen Beard on
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, which is why Eastern New Mexico
University students should take advantage of their access to La Casa Health Services.
According to a survey conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, nearly half of
adults in the United States avoid medical care because of its cost—until they think it is
absolutely necessary. This extends to preventative care such as immunizations and heart
screenings that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many
conditions are easier to treat when detected early.
Many young Americans can be intimidated by the cost of medical care with out-of-pocket prices
on the rise, and insurance deductibles going as high as $1,000 when only 5% of millennials
have that much saved, according to GoBankingRates.com.
To address this persistent medical care avoidance, ENMU and other schools have begun to
provide health services to keep students healthy. ENMU students can present their student IDs
at La Casa Health Clinic with the current seasonal activities sticker and see a doctor without any
cost. La Casa also provides preventative care, screenings for sexually transmitted diseases,
and immunizations for students. By being located on campus in Curry Hall, students can easily
access the center and obtain a doctor’s note when they are sick.
Jasmine Johnson, marketing director for La Casa, said they focus on accessibility. “We just
want the students to know that we are there for them, that’s why we are there. You want to see
your money at work sometimes, so we encourage all students to come to ENMU Health
Services. You guys are our priority.”
By having a regular check-up or visiting primary care as soon as they notice symptoms,
students can save themselves money by addressing possible health issues early before they
need to be addressed with costly prescription medication or procedures. Johnson recommends
“a check-up once a year—be it blood test, urine test, physical exam, anything like that.”
Beyond primary care, La Casa can affordably address students’ other medical needs, such as
dental care or birth control consultations. “We do Women’s Health Wednesdays,” Johnson
explained. “And we have a certified nurse-midwife come to the ENMU Health Clinic on campus
and provide strictly women’s health services, so if you need a pap test or a checkup, breast
exam, or want to talk to a female provider about birth control and things like that, we offer that
Many students are stressed enough as it is, but when it comes to taking care of your health,
ENMU students don’t need to worry—they’re covered.