Health and Wellness
PAFA Student Services is committed to supporting a campus environment of health and wellness. Our programs and services encourage students to build the skills necessary for healthy creative practices and community. We work to ensure all students have the health care and emotional support they need to meet the demands of their lives and their studies at PAFA.
Student Services Resources to Download
Disability Disclosure Form
Jefferson Family Medical Associates (JFMA) provides PAFA students with a variety of basic medical services free of charge, including:
• General primary care for acute and chronic medical problems
• Emergency care during hours when JFMA offices are open
• Family planning and contraceptive counseling
• Sexually transmitted disease counseling
• Allergy shots (students must provide allergy serum)
The costs of specialists, X-rays, laboratory work, ambulance service, and emergency room visits are not covered. Contact Jefferson Family Medical Associates directly to make an appointment or speak to a nurse at (215) 955-7190.
Jefferson Family Medical Associates
33 South 9th Street, Suite 301
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Student Counseling Services
Penn Behavioral Health
Off-campus student counseling services led by Penn Behavioral Health, are designed to help students effectively manage life challenges. The network of trained professionals in the program is always available to help students evaluate problems, provide appropriate counseling, and assist in finding resources to resolve their issues.
- Privacy: The program is completely confidential and is available to all students.
- Free: The first ten visits are free.
To use the program, call Penn Behavioral Health at (888) 321-4433 or visit the Student Services Office for assistance.
Penn Behavioral Health
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
1-888-321-4433, press 1 at the prompt
Online or by phone student counseling services led by Healthiest You, are designed to expand access to health services for students. Offering non-urgent routine online counseling or psychiatry with unlimited sessions while enrolled at PAFA (excluding Low-Residency MFA students).
Student Health Insurance
Health insurance allows students to take the greatest advantage of health and counseling services through PAFA's partner providers at Jefferson Family Medicine Associates and Penn Behavioral Health.
PAFA’s university-sponsored Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan is administered by First Risk Advisors and is underwritten by the UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company.
To enroll, submit a waiver, or get more information about the coverage including costs, benefits, exclusions, reductions, limitations, and terms, visit the UnitedHealthcare Insurance Student Service Center.
Urgent Care and Emergency Options
Jefferson Urgent Care (Rittenhouse Square Park)
2021 Chestnut St Bridge, Philadelphia, PA 19103
No weekend hours
Jefferson Urgent Care (Washington Square Park)
700 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am- 7:30 pm
Sat-Sun: 8:00 am- 5:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson Hospital Emergency Rooms
132 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
University of Pennsylvania Hospital Emergency Rooms
3400 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104