Clemson Rural Health is offering its CU4Health program to University employees and spouses covered on the State Health Plan. The program, which has been on hold during the pandemic, is returning to support a renewed wellness culture at Clemson and beyond.
CU4Health is a cornerstone of the Joseph F. Sullivan Center – an interdisciplinary health and wellness center for University employees and community members that is part of Clemson Rural Health efforts to provide health service delivery and prevention efforts across the state.
CU4Health provides participants with a complete blood count, basic metabolic panel and lipid panel; a health risk appraisal; and a visit with a health educator. The health education session is offered in person and via telehealth.
Screenings offered through CU4Health are components of the PEBA Worksite Screening Program and provide participants a detailed view of their current health status. The blood work includes information about kidney function, heart and blood vessel health, and systemic inflammation.
The health risk appraisal provides Clemson Rural Health’s professional team with a view of what contributed to an individual’s lab outcomes, including genetic history, lifestyle behaviors and environmental factors. Health educators use information from a patient’s past and present to offer targeted counseling and goal setting to empower the patient to have a healthier and happier future.
CU4Health also offers an economic value. The program has no out-of-pocket cost for any adult covered by the State Health Plan (standard or savings). The labs alone represent significant savings compared to private labs, where draw fees and other administrative fees are often included.
Clemson Rural Health now uses the patient interface MyChart, so patients may draw their labs through CU4Health and deliver them to their primary care provider electronically and as a hard copy. Suppose a participant receives an abnormal result and does not have a primary care provider. In that case, Clemson Rural Health’s clinical team can meet a CU4Health participant’s health care needs with results already in hand.
“Health care represents one of the largest expenditures for Americans, so why not take control of your health with a no-copay lab option that includes additional wellness services?” said Caitlin Kickham, Clemson Rural Health clinical operations director and nurse practitioner. Patients are eligible for the program each calendar year.
For more information about CU4Health, contact Clemson Rural Health at 864-656-3076. Participants will be given information to create an account and complete the health risk appraisal online. Clemson Rural Health operates a fleet of mobile health clinics and can provide on-site lab draws for groups of 12 or more employees not located on the University’s main campus. For assistance with scheduling group off-site draws, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clemson Rural Health is the organizing framework for Clemson’s health service delivery and prevention efforts statewide with locations including the Joseph F. Sullivan Center, Clemson Health Clinic-Walhalla, and a fleet of Clemson Rural Health mobile health units. Clemson Rural Health seeks to reduce premature mortality, decrease preventable hospitalizations and promote healthy behaviors through innovation, research, education, collaboration, compassion, integrations and tradition in the state of South Carolina as part of Clemson University’s land-grant mission. Clemson Rural Health is part of the Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.