The MedLinks program works to support MIT students in connecting to campus support resources, the policies and services of MIT Medical, and determining when and how to seek medical attention.
MedLinks is a residentially based peer health advocacy program that supports the health of students in their residences along with the wider MIT community through one-on-one interactions and via health promotion events.
In addition, MedLinks can make available single doses of common over-the-counter medications, first aid supplies, and safer sex supplies.
MedLinks is comprised of student representatives (each one called "a MedLink"). Every dorm and many FSILGs have at least one resident who is a MedLink.
This program is sponsored and supported by Community Wellness at MIT Medical.
Presently, there are approximately 200 MedLinks representatives located throughout the living groups.
All MedLinks attend a training retreat and on-going continuing education seminars each year. Training and education consist of:
•Determining when to seek medical attention for common aches, pains, cold and flu
•Learning about MIT Medical policies, procedures, and resources
•Improving listening and communication skills
•Becoming familiar with a variety of health topics, such as stress, depression and other mental health issues; responsible alcohol use; sexual health; and sexual assault prevention and awareness
Greg Baker, M.S., M.A.
Senior Program Manager, Community Wellness at MIT Medical
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