Colonial Health Center entrance in the GW Marvin Center

About

The Colonial Health Center (CHC) at the George Washington University (GW) is a multidisciplinary, integrated, student healthcare service that provides confidential, student centered care in an accessible, safe, culturally sensitive, and supportive environment. The CHC seeks to promote healthy lifestyle choices and to holistically support the physical and emotional well-being of students in order to achieve academic success.

We’re centrally located on the Ground Floor of the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, NW).

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The CHC:

  • Provides high quality medical care to all GW students;
  • Offers easy access to care to enable students return to classes as quickly as possible;
  • Educates and encourages students to become active participants in their care;
  • Monitors and responds to public health issues on campus; and
  • Supports the university community in making healthy lifestyle choices through education, outreach, and special programming.

When you’re sick, CHC staff members are here to help you get better. We have options for visits and advice, depending on your needs:

  • Make an appointment if you’re sick;
  • If you need immunizations, no appointment is necessary;
  • For urgent medical concerns, no appointment is necessary;
  • Visit us on Saturdays for urgent medical needs; and
  • Get 24/7 medical advice through our clinical line or our after hours nurse hotline.

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Mental Health Care

We serve all GW students and engage the entire campus community, working to build a campus culture of support and connection with student mental health.  We support mental health and personal development by collaborating directly with students to overcome challenges and difficulties that may interfere with academic, emotional, and personal success. Counselors provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment for students to discuss concerns.  Psychiatrists offer intial evaluations and short-term psychiatric treatment.  We are committed to respecting and promoting the value of diversity at the university, as well as providing culturally sensitive mental health services to the campus community.

Our brief, individualized, stepped care model of counseling, strives to provide students with ample opportunities to:

  • develop greater insight and self-understanding

  • identify and solve problems

  • reduce emotional distress

  • improve cognitive, emotional, academic, and social functioning

  • explore and understand cultural and other identities 

Our work also involves information, training, and tools to help students, staff, faculty, and family members. Together, we can achieve a campus climate of mental health where each student can engage thoughtfully as an active community member and to help their fellow students.

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Health Promotion and Prevention, the assessment, outreach and education branch of the Colonial Health Center, equips GW students with the resources they need to establish and maintain a well-balanced life with healthy habits that contribute to their physical, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

Through its efforts, the CHC fosters a healthy community that supports students in achieving their academic, personal, and professional goals and imparts knowledge and skills that will serve them during their time at the university and as alumni.

Diversity Statement:

CHC staff members are committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and affirming environment for all students, conducive to the exploration of personal, social, emotional, and academic concerns. To echo the George Washington University Statement on Diversity and Inclusion: "we must intentionally act to create the diverse and inclusive community that enables everyone to flourish."

We value diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism as guiding principles in our services, training, outreach, and staffing. We define diversity to include and not be restricted to: ethnicity and ethnic identity, race and racial identity, sexual orientation, age, sex, religious and spiritual beliefs, socioeconomic status, gender identity, nationality, body shape/size, and differences in mental and physical ability.

As a professional agency, we take active steps to be culturally self-aware, knowledgeable, and skillful, and embrace this learning as a lifelong process. The CHC’s commitment to GW students and the campus community is built upon our values as a multicultural agency that affirms the similarities and differences of our community members. We strive towards promoting social justice for all persons and a supportive campus climate for all our members. By adhering to this vision, our goal is to contribute to a shared environment where cultural empathy and self-awareness inform health care, consultative services, and educational support for the GW community at large.