Parents and families are vital members of a student’s “wellness team”, providing ongoing guidance and invaluable support. We recognize that you have been the primary caregiver for your student up until this point, and we value the role that you will continue to play in their health and success here at RISD.
The care provided at RISD Health Services is part of your student’s educational experience. College is a time of transition to adulthood, and we strive to help students learn how to care for themselves and become responsible consumers of health care. We encourage students to advocate for their own health, making appointments by themselves, picking up over-the-counter supplies, and communicating with professors about illnesses and absences. In addition to our staff of experienced nurse practitioners, we have a nurse case manager, medical assistant and administrative staff to help students learn these skills, and also navigate the world of insurance, referrals, and preventative care.
While at RISD, your student will be afforded the benefits of confidential health care. Under Rhode Island privacy laws and federal HIPPA regulations, all students health records are confidential and cannot be discussed with parents or guardians, faculty or other college staff members without clear documented permission from the student. Unfortunately, we cannot accept global releases, therefore students must consent to each specific episode of care communication. Please know, that in the case of serious life threatening situations, we are able to discuss confidential information without a formal release to ensure safety and appropriate care.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Daily walk-in clinic
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.