Harper College

Students & Wellness

Attending college can often be a fun and transforming part of life. It is a time when many students meet new friends, learnPhoto of Harper Hawk holding a can of bubbly water. about different ways of thinking about the world, and engage in a variety of activities and programs that can help build transferable skills.

However, the rigors and demands of college can also create many stressors, and if left unchecked, those long-term stressors can take a negative toll on an individual's overall well-being. Although academics are a vital part of the college experience, taking care of all aspects of one’s own health and wellness is just as important.

Harper Wellness offers a wide variety of wellness programs, events and resources that are meant to support students in creating and maintaining life-long well-being.

It is the policy of Harper College to provide a drug and alcohol free environment and work place as defined by the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994. The College prohibits the possession, use, distribution, dispensing, manufacture and sale of alcohol, cannabis, illegal drugs or controlled substances, as defined under federal law, by students and employees while on College property, in College-owned vehicles, or while participating in any College activity. To access the entire policy, visit the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy and Regulations page.

While Harper College does not offer a student insurance plan, we have partnered with Benefit Partners Group to assist students with obtaining insurance. Please visit harper.studentbenefitplans.com or call 877-247-8817 for more information and to see if you qualify for a subsidy. Other options include:

  • Access to Care (ATC): Non-profit primary health care program for low-income, uninsured and under insured individuals living in suburban Cook County, Illinois and northwest Chicago. ATC provides unlimited $5 co-pay primary physician visits, $5 lab and x-ray tests, and a prescription plan with affordable options $15-$40.
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA): The open enrollment period runs from Friday, November 1, 2019 to Sunday, December 15, 2019. An individual may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period in certain situations such as the individual has lost job-based coverage, new baby, marriage, or other life changes have occurred.
  • HealthCare.gov: This Plan Finder website is provided by the federal government to help you find private health plans available outside the Health Insurance Marketplace. Often, that insurance will be available in the Marketplace. But additional health plans are offered outside the Marketplace. You might want to explore these options too. If you’re looking for coverage for you and/or your family or you work for a small business and you’re looking for coverage through your employer, this Plan Finder can help you do that.
  • Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Provides free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • Short-Term Health Insurance: Provides health coverage for students who many only need coverage for six months or less.  If you are at a time of transition and need coverage, this may be a good option.  Short Term health Insurance is comprehensive but does not cover preexisting conditions. Call 877-247-8817 to learn more. 

Open enrollment for Student Dental and Vision insurance for the Fall is from August 1 – October 31.  There will be a Spring Open Enrollment for 6-month plans beginning March 1.  Visit harper.studentbenefitplans.com for detailed plan information and to enroll.

If you were enrolled in a plan last year, your plan does not automatically renew. You must re-enroll during the open enrollment period! 

  • Access to the largest network of dentists in the nation
  • Free cleanings and x-rays
  • Access to basic and major dental services with no waiting periods
  • Coverage for orthodontic services with the DeltaCare plan
  • Comprehensive vision care benefits including contact lenses for a $0 copay, standard prescription lenses for a $25 copay and a $100 frame allowance.

The enrollment process is administered by Benefit Partners Group. You can reach live support between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, at (877) 247-8817.

Students can have access to telehealth insurance that includes unlimited visits with $0 copay.  Once enrolled, you and your family members have 24/7/365 access to doctors, dermatologists, and mental health providers. You can meet with the providers through the Teladoc app or website. Visit harper.studentbenefitplans.com for detailed information.

Clubs, organizations, or other student groups can request a wellness presentation for one of your upcoming meetings. Wellness is an important component of student success, and Harper Wellness is here to help students learn and grow throughout their collegiate journeys and beyond. Consider scheduling a wellness presentation for an upcoming meeting or event in any one of the topic areas below:

  • Alcohol 101
  • Building a Wellness Plan
  • Coping with Stress
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Nutrition
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Resilience 101
  • Sexual Health
  • Sleep: Getting Enough Zzz’s

To request a program, please complete the Online Request Form. Don’t see what you’re looking for from the above wellness presentations? We can customize any presentation to fit your group needs. Contact eripperg@harpercollege.edu with questions.

While sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affect individuals of all ages and take a particularly heavy toll on young people. The CDC estimates that youth ages 15-24 make up just over one quarter of the sexually active population but account for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year. Harper College wants to ensure that all students are informed and knowledgeable about their safer sex choices. 
In addition, Harper Wellness wants to ensure that students are equipped with a variety of products for those that are menstruating. 

Harper Wellness offers free sexual health and menstruation supplies, which can be found at the bookshelf of the Health and Recreation Center (Building M), Building A 3rd floor Student Engagement Lounge, or the Hawks Care Resource Center in Building I. Students can grab free products that best fit their needs (no questions asked) anytime during business hours. 

Or, if students prefer to talk one-on-one about their sexual health or menstruation needs, please contact Beth McPartlin, Manager of Harper Wellness, at eripperg@harpercollege.edu or 847.925.6963 on how to access additional free safer sex or menstruation supplies.

The term wellness encompasses a wide variety of areas that impact an individual’s life. Being well is much more than simply getting enough exercise and proper nutrition. Wellness is multidimensional and includes: Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social, and Spiritual. Learn more about the Wellness Dimensions here.


Last Updated: 4/12/24