COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

Vaccination

Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your community. A COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from getting sick and potentially prevent you from spreading the virus to others. It is important to note that a vaccine will not replace the need to continue other actions that stop the spread of COVID-19. This is especially true while we are still in the process of administering the vaccine, and this may take many months.  

Testing

Free testing for COVID-19 is available to anyone in the La Crosse area at Cartwright Center on the UW-La Crosse campus. The University of Wisconsin System, in partnership with the federal government, is offering this testing option to help catch asymptomatic spreaders of COVID-19, and to help people make informed decisions regarding health and safety. 

Clinics

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center offers a variety of services including acute care, allergy injections, gynecological and reproductive services, HIV and STI testing, immunization services, laboratory services, medication dispensary, LGBTQ+ health and sexuality services, and more.

St. Clare Health Mission

The St. Clare Health Mission offers a free clinic open for walk-ins or by appointment. To view more details, visit the St. Clare Health Mission website or call 608-519-4633. 

Health Care Coverage

BadgerCare Plus

BadgerCare Plus provides health care coverage to those 0-64 years old who have limited income. Need help applying? View this Guide to Applying.

Medication Resources

Local Resources

  • Student Health Center
    • The Student Health Center offers some medication prescriptions if prescribed by a Health Center provider.
  • St. Clare Health Mission
    • Medication prescriptions written at St. Clare Health Mission can be filled for free at our on site pharmacy for those unable to afford medications. Patients will be assisted in completing applications for free medicine from pharmaceutical companies. Income documentation may be requested. St. Clare Health Mission does not fill medications requested from outside the St. Clare Health Mission.
  • Drug Repository Program
    • This program takes unused medications that have been donated to a participating pharmacy or medical facility and given to those who cannot afford medications. It is available to Wisconsin residents who have a valid prescription from their physician and do not have the means to pay for the medication.

Other Resources

  • Simplefill
    • Simplefill is a program dedicated to offering efficient assistance for patients who are prescribed unaffordable medication(s). They do this by using the available programs offered through the pharmaceutical companies and foundations that offer grant funding for chronic diseases.
  • Healthwell Foundation
    • The HealthWell Foundation is a leading non-profit dedicated to improving access to care for America’s underinsured. When health insurance is not enough, they fill the gap by assisting with copays, premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses
  • NeedyMeds
    • NeedyMeds can provide additional information on free or reduced-fee prescription drug programs available to those in need.
  • Medicine Assistance Tool
    • PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) is a search engine designed to help patients, caregivers and health care providers learn more about the resources available through the various biopharmaceutical industry programs. MAT is not its own patient assistance program, but rather a search engine for many of the patient assistance resources that the biopharmaceutical industry offers.

Medication Drop-off Boxes

When Should I Put my Medications in a Drop Box?

  • You have stopped taking the medication
  • Your dose has changed
  • It is expired
  • You no longer need the medication

Mental Health Resources

Counseling and Testing Center

The Counseling and Testing Center offers free counseling services on-campus.

Specific services include:

  • Initial assessment (triage) appointments
  • Short-term individual counseling
  • Crisis counseling through our Urgent Care
  • Group counseling
  • Workshops
  • Outreach programming
  • Referral services
  • Couples counseling (if both individuals are eligible for services)

Examples of concerns that we commonly treat:

  • Personal concerns: stress, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, low self-esteem, grief, social anxiety
  • Relationship concerns: romantic relationship difficulties, interpersonal conflicts, family concerns
  • Cultural and Identity concerns: impact of oppression, power, privilege, identity and intersectionality; empowerment and identity development/exploration
  • Developmental concerns: adjustment to college, life transitions, identity (e.g., personal and cultural)
  • Academic concerns: performance anxiety, perfectionism, low motivation
  • Trauma or Interpersonal/Relationship Violence: Assessment, stabilization and treatment within a brief therapy model
  • Self-harm and/or suicidality: Acute and/or manageable suicidality and/or self-harm thoughts, urges and behaviors

Other concerns, which may include: effects of a recent trauma, spirituality and/or religious identity, body image, food preoccupation, wellness concerns (e.g., sleep), financial stressors, concerns related to mild or moderate alcohol or other drug use/abuse.

For more information, view the Counseling and Testing webpage.

After Hours Mental Health Contacts