Allergy and Asthma

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - conditions and treatments Find a provider:
A Variety of Information about Asthma and All Types of Allergies-information, resources, online support groups

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

American Red Cross - training, disaster assistance resources
California Department of Public Health Disaster Preparedness Information
US Department of Education handbook - Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events - Link to PDF Handbook

Drugs & Alcohol

 Alcohol Rehab Guide- Information on the signs of alcohol addiction, the effects, and the support options for those involved.
Alcoholics Anonymous - Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Information regarding AA, as well as links to local meetings is available
Merced College Drug & Alcohol Free Campus - Merced College Drug and Alcohol Free Campus statement, policy and procedure Statement, Policy & Procedure
REHABLINKS-local substance abuse support resources
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) National Recovery Month - promotes the benefits of treatment for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, highlights the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the messages that recovery in all forms is possible

Flu Information

California Department of Public Health, Influenza -statewide seasonal flu information
Centers for Disease Control, Seasonal Influenza - seasonal flu information
What You Should Know About the Flu - Q & A, vaccine locator, flu prevention and treatment information

Health Insurance

(Merced College does not endorse any particular third-party insurance option; we list examples of how you can use the web to shop for health insurance).

Covered California - Enacted in March 2010, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare," provides the framework, policies, regulations and guidelines for implementation of comprehensive health care reform by the states. The Affordable Care Act will expand access to high-quality affordable insurance and health care. provides a number of ways for individuals and employers to help make coverage more affordable. For individuals, financial assistance is available on a sliding scale, with more support for those who earn less. Covered California will help you determine if you qualify for these types of assistance programs. Covered California: Health Insurance for Students
Student Insurance Agency
Managed Care Dental Plan - Partnership between Student Insurance and Community College League of California; provides low cost dental insurance for enrolled students and their dependents

Heart Health

American Heart Association - Create Your Own Healthy Grocery List

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning)

The Place - The PLACE is a non-religious support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth ages 14-20, based in Modesto, CA. Parent support groups also available.

Mental Health

The Alex Project-crisis text line
Merced College Personal Counseling Information - personal counseling services for enrolled Merced College students
The National Mental Health Association - online screening, finding a provider or support group, paying for treatment
Merced County Department of Mental Health - mental health services and 24 hour crisis line Mental Health Crisis line-(209) 381-6800 (24 hours) - An on line space where young people can receive and give support, inspiring their peers to get through tough times. 

Merced County Resources

Low Cost Local Clinics - Clinics in the "Health Care Resources" pdf link below accept Medi-cal & Healthy Families. If you are low income and have no health insurance, these clinics may provide services at reduced charges. Health Care Resources (PDF)
Merced County Prescription Drug Discount Program


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Information and activities regarding nutrition, healthy weight, diseases, allergies and health conditions 
Merced County Food Bank-emergency food pantries; community food distribution. - dietary guidelines, nutrition assistance programs, food safety, calorie and nutrition content of foods 
US Dept of Agriculture - food groups, tips and resources, interactive tools, and print materials 
Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) - serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk; provides nutritious foods to supplement diets; information on healthy eating, including breastfeeding promotion and support; and referrals to health care 

Public Health

California Department of Public Health
Merced County Department of Public Health

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Awareness Information & Resources

Merced College Violence Prevention and Advocacy Resources - information, prevention and reporting process
"loveisrespect" - a resource to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships.

Rape, Abuse & Incest national Network (RAINN) - anti-sexual violence organization; provides information regarding prevention, reporting, recovery, support, statistical information. 
Valley Crisis Center-Merced - provides domestic violence and sexual assault services, including a 24 hour hotline, crisis response and advocacy, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, support groups, and community education 
Valley Crisis Center Crisis Line (209)722-4357 (24 hours a day) 

Sexuality / Reproductive Care/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's)

Bedsider-Think of Bedsider as your partner in birth control. We can even make it sexy, friendly, and a little fun.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -Sexually Transmitted Infection Information
Planned Parenthood - sexual and reproductive healthcare and information

Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Foundation - prevention, warning signs, information and events 
Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection - American Cancer Society

Summer Health

California West Nile Virus Website - FAQ's, active cases, and reporting procedures

Tobacco Use, Prevention, Effects of Use, Quit Information & Resources

American Cancer Society - Stay Away from Tobacco-provides FAQs and resources for helping smokers and users of smokeless tobacco quit
Quit Assist Resource Guide - phone and online support and counseling, quit resources, and testimonials 
TobaccoFreeCA - telephone and online resources and information

 Veteran Resources