Health & Wellness

Your mental and physical well being is important to us. Please use the tabs below to address health concerns during your time at Longy. Please contact the Admissions & Student Services Office regarding any concerns not addressed on this website.

 

Student Health Insurance

Longy offers student accident and sickness health insurance coverage through Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, a Massachusetts-based specialist in student health insurance. Students enrolled or planning to enroll at three-quarter or full time are automatically enrolled in the school's plan and are billed for this coverage with their tuition statement each year. Qualifying part-time students enrolled at half time or less may elect to enroll in the school's health insurance program for a slightly higher cost. Contact Admissions at admissions(at)longy.edu for information regarding health insurance costs for part-time students or for single semester (fall-only or spring-only) costs. 

Benefits & Plan Information

Find a Doctor

Find a Pharmacy

Waiver Process

Only domestic students may waive Longy's student health insurance plan. International students are required to enroll in Longy's student health insurance plan. The waiver form is available starting in early June for Fall enrollment and early December for Spring enrollment. The deadline for completing the online waiver form is August 1 for the fall semester and January 1 for the spring semester.

If you are a domestic student and your current coverage is comparable to the Student Health Insurance Plan:

  1. Go to the Gallagher Student website.
  2. On the left toolbar, click ‘Student Waive/Enroll’.
  3. Log in (if you haven’t already).
  4. Click the ‘I want to Enroll/Waive’ button.
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the form.
  6. Print or write down your reference number. Receipt of this number only confirms submission, not acceptance, of your form.
Health Insurance Card

Health Insurance cards are being delivered to the school, and will be available for pickup during the first week of classes. 

IF YOU NEED TO VISIT A DOCTOR OF PHARMACY BEFORE YOU RECEIVE YOUR CARD, YOU NEED TO PRINT A VERIFICATION LETTER AND BRING THIS TO YOUR APPOINTMENT. 

HOW TO PRINT A VERIFICATION LETTER

Health insurance cards can also be viewed and accessed by the MyBlue Member app. You can download this app on your phone via the App Store or Google Play by searching for the name "MyBlue Member."

You will need your BCBS ID number in order to access this app. You can get this number by doing the following:

  1. Go to www.gallagherstudent.com/Longy
  2. Under "My Account" click on "Account Home"
  3. Login to your account and write down your "Claims ID number" (this is your BCBS Member ID number)

*You do not need to your Social Security Number to create your account. Enter your BCBS Member ID number in the Social Security Number field.

If you are having difficulty logging in to www.gallagherstudent.com contact Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk

Customer Service (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-8pm): 1 (877) 307-3120

LiveChat (8:30am-5pm): www.gallagherstudent.com/Longy

More information on the BCBS card can be found HERE

Enroll Dependents

Students may enroll spouses and children in the Longy student health insurance plan. 

To enroll dependents:

  1. Go to the Gallagher Student website.
  2. On the left toolbar, click ‘Dependent Enroll’.
  3. Log in (if you haven’t already).
  4. Follow the instructions to complete the form and submit payment.
  5. Print or save a copy of the confirmation page.

Mental Health

  • If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or need to talk to someone about mental or emotional distress, consider sessions with a therapist or counselor. There are several local professionals listed below that are covered by Longy's student health plan. 
  • If you think you may be suffering from a serious mental affliction, please see your Primary Care Physician right away. 
  • If you feel that you or someone you know is in emergency crisis - call 911 immediately

 

Local Mental Health Professionals

Behavioral Health & Social Services

  • English
    • Jennifer Johnston, LMHC, PhD, E-RYT
      • Licensed Psychologist, Certified Yoga Instructor
      • Jennifer.m.johnston(at)gmail.com
      • 3 Concord Avenue, Suite 43, Cambridge MA 02138
      • 617.803.6885
      • This provider is out of network
    • Erin Howell, LICSW
      • Licensed Psychotherapist
      • erin(at)erinhowell.net
      • 10 Concord Ave, Cambridge MA 02138
      • 617.710.8957
      • https://www.erinhowell.net/
      • This provider is in-network, and accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Mandarin
    • Dr. H. Ho, MD, MPH
      • 781.786.7351
      • Wellesley, MA 02481
    • Dr. Shu-Hui Li, LMHC, LMFT
      • Licensed Mental Health Clinician, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
      • 978.473.1062
      • 185 Devonshire Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02110
      • Weekdays 8a-8p; Weekends 8a-6p
      • Individual, Couple, & Family therapy
      • Focuses: depression, anxiety, addiction, phobia, social refusal, academic issues, life transitions, gender identity, identity, adjustment, dating, relationship issues, & family conflicts
      • *Also available for services in Taiwanese and English
  • Taiwanese
    • Dr. Shu-Hui Li, LMHC, LMFT (See information above)
  • Spanish
    • Dr. George Soto
      • drgeorgesoto(at)gmail.com
      • 305 Newbury Street, Suite 42, Boston, MA 02115
      • 617.209.9869
  • Japanese
    • Dr. Kumiko Ide, PhD, LMFT
      • 617.448.0422
      • 279 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington MA 02474
      • 29 Hancock Street, Cambridge MA 02138 (Friday evenings only)
  • Russian
    • Ilana Medvedovsky, LICSW
      • 1568 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446
      • 617.669.6059
    • Marina Kovarsky, LICSW
      • Marina.kovarsky,licsw(at)gmail.com
      • 266 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 01243
      • 617.879.3440
      • No referral necessary
        • No HMO, YES PPO

For Psychiatric Care

  • Dr. Carol Birnbaum, MD
    • 328 Broadway Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
    • 617-868-9302
    • This provider is out of network

For Crisis

  • MacLean Hospital
    • 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478
    • 800.333.0338
      • Interpreter services: 617.855.2503
    • Services Offered:
      • Drug & Alcohol Abuse
      • Borderline personality Disorder
      • Depression & Anxiety
      • Eating Disorders
      • Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorders
      • Trauma
  • Samaritans’
    • 24/7 Crisis Services
      • 877.870.HOPE (4673)
    • Telephone Befriending Service
    • Online Emotional Support
    • Grief Support
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • If you are in crisis, and need immediate support or intervention, call, or go the website of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or 1-800-273-8255). 
    • Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network.
    • These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. If the situation is potentially life-threatening, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
    • Department of Psychiatry
      • 617.499.5054
      • 330 Mount Auburn Street, Clark One, Cambridge, MA 02138
    • Services offered
      • Outpatient Psychiatry
      • Addiction Services
      • Support Groups & Social Support
  • Fenway Behavioral Health
    • 617.927.6202
    • Must have a Primary Care Physician at Fenway Health
    • Locations & Services
      • The Sydney Borum, Jr. health Center
        • 617.457.8140
        • 75 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA, 02205
        • Intake process is 2-4 weeks, 12 week waitlist for care
        • Interpreters available
        • Crisis Walk-In Fridays 12pm-2pm
  • The Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University
    • 185 Bay State Road Boston, MA 02215
    • 617.353.3047
    • Services Offered
      • Individual & Group Therapy
      • Psychological & Neuropsychological Testing
      • Psychiatric Services

Physical Health

Finding a Doctor

There are a variety of doctors available to Longy Students in the neighborhood surrounding a campus. A few examples of each are listed below. More providers can be located by logging in to your healthcare website and searching their database.

Please Note: 

  • You should select a doctor within your insurance network for the best converge. You may incur additional charges if you select a care provider outside of your network.
  • Most specialists require a referral from a primary care provider. Please contact your doctor’s office for further information.
  • Most in-office appointments require a co-payment. Details should be listed on your insurance card.
General Physician - Primary Care Physician (PCP)
Women’s Health – Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OB/GYN)
Injury Prevention
  • Take a Mind/Body Class: Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, Yoga for Musicians
  • Discuss it with your teacher as soon as you notice signs of pain or discomfort.
  • Exercise.
  • Take practice breaks.
Upper Respiratory – Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Prevention Information

The best way to avoid health problems is to take preventative measures. The following links offer advice for preventing the common cold, the flu, STDs, headaches, and injury.

Cold and Flu Prevention
  • Make sure to get a flu shot every year. Flu shots are available at your local doctor's office or at a local pharmacy, such as CVS. 
  • Wash your hands often. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. Make sure to contact professors, teachers and ensemble coaches in advance if you will be absent.

More Tips for Cold & Flu Prevention

Stress Prevention

A high level of stress can cause headaches, high blood pressure and emotional distress. The following tips may help you lower stress levels.

  • Exercise
  • Try relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing. Consider taking Yoga for Musicians or Performance Techniques as one of your elective courses. 
  • Get enough sleep. Most people need between 7-8 hours of sleep each night. 

More Tips on Stress & Headache Prevention

Gym Membership Options  

 

Gold's Gym

Location: Somerville
Cost: $39.99/month
Notes:Month to month contract

Harter Strength and Conditioning

Location: Brookline
Cost: Ranges from $25/class to $240/month
Notes:Can pay for individual classes, or monthly memberships

VIM Fitness

Location: Central Square
Cost: $99 for one month, $75 monthly contract, $700 yearly contract

Cambridge Athletic Club 

Location: Kendall Square
Cost: $74 per month, no contract
Notes: One time enrollment fee of $99 includes 2 sessions with a personal trainer and a 20 minute consultation

BodyScapes Fitness 

Location: Kendall Square
Cost: $105 for one month, $91/month for 3 month contract, $86/month for 6 month contract, $81/month for year contract 
Notes:Includes 2 free personal training sessions and access to group classes

Healthworks Fitness Center 

Location: Porter Square ,Back Bay, Coolidge Corner
Cost: Contact specific gym for rates
Notes: Gym for women 

GymIt 

Location: Allston, Porter Square
Cost: $24.95/month, no contract

YMCA Boston 

Location: Boston, Dorchester, East Boston, Brighton, Roxbury, Waltham
Cost: Contact specific gym for rates
Notes:12:15-1:30pm

Cambridge YMCA

Location: Cambridge
Cost: Ranges $35/month to $55/month
Notes:Annual and monthly contracts

Immunization Requirements

Longy School of Music of Bard College is mandated by Massachusetts law to request that all students present evidence that they are immunized against Hepatitis B, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (Tdap), and Varicella.

Note: Some international students may not be able to obtain their Tdap vaccination in their home country. These students may obtain their Tdap vaccination here in the United States after arrival. Vaccination doses must be started before the end of the Drop/Add period.

In addition, students who were born and/or lived in countries with a high rate of tuberculosis need a Mantoux Tuberculin test. More information, including the list of countries, can be found on our History of Immunization Form

 Massachusetts State Vaccination Guidelines can be found here.

 To find a clinic for vaccinations in the U.S. near you, visit HealthMap Vaccine Finder