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.

More detailed Health and Wellness information is found here (for current PAFA students).

Guide to Student Health & Free Counseling Services

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Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness

Medical Care

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
833 Chestnut East
Suite 301
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Student Counseling Services

The Student Counseling Program, an off-campus service led by Penn Behavioral Health, is 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 of Charge: PAFA assumes the full cost for the first eight (8) visits to this service.

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 2 at the prompt

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, and limitations, and terms, visit