EKU Women’s Health Clinic Grand Opening

EKU Women’s Health Clinic Grand Opening


When I arrived at EKU a year ago and met with all the members of the Student Success team, I learned that we did not have a women’s health center here on campus. And during the course of that year, Dr. Marites Buenafe came to me and said “I have an idea.” And she had actually spent some time doing research, talking with individuals of the Madison County Health Department, and she came to me with a fully formed plan for how we can actually introduce a women’s health center in our campus. Martin Luther King Jr. has a great quote that says “You must urgently and persistently ask yourself what can I do for others.” And I feel like EKU has kind of taken that on as a mantra and really run with it. I understand how important it is for our female students to come to a place where they feel comfortable, where they’ll get the kind of services that they need, and it’s a resource that we really must have. So I’m so delighted today that we can celebrate together the establishment of this resource for our students and our faculty and staff, and I’m so, I’m just so pleased. Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job putting ourselves higher on our to-do list. Today is truly a remarkable day for all of us here at Student Health Services. I’m very proud to represent us at the podium today. About 8 months ago we asked ourselves a question that I’m sure all of ask ourselves from time to time: Is there something that we can do to make things better, whether we be at home, at work , or at school. So we are very excited to be able to offer these services to the women here on campus, to the students. We know that if we can improve access, we can help the health of the women overall in the university and we’re very excited about that. We have services that are definitely needed. We’re so excited to have this opportunity to partner with the Madison County Health Department. We think that this addition will be wonderful for our campus, for our students, especially our female population. Our female students have for several years now asked for these services and we were very happy and proud to bring this to them. We’re really excited about this clinic because it empowers women to be proactive about their health care. I think it’s a wonderful addition to the Student Health Services that we provide, but having a women’s health center specifically to address women’s needs is an added bonus and I think it’s going to be a wonderful service. And I hope everyone finds out about it and uses it. I think what’s great about this is that like most colleges across the country, EKU student demographic is 60% female and 40% male. And women do need special services in their health care. Not all colleges have a women’s health clinic. So this is vital to the future of EKU as well as all the future females that will attend this campus every year.

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