Health Information


Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Drugs & Alcohol

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 – Health insurance plans for individuals and families. 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. Health Insurance for Students
  • Smile California – Medi-Cal Dental Program

Heart Health


  • 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.
  • The Trevor Project – A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

Mental Health

Merced County Resources


  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  Information and activities regarding nutrition, healthy weight, diseases, allergies and health conditions
  • Merced College Basic Needs Program/Food Pantry  basic needs services and resources linking students to on- and off-campus housing, food, mental health, and other basic needs.
  • 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

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Awareness Information & Resources

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

Skin Cancer

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

Merced College 1st Lt. Peter J. Gallo Veterans Resource Center

  • Veterans Certifying Official
  • Computers and Printing Services
  • Lending Library (Borrow Books)
  • Veterans Education Counselors
  • Veteran Peer Guides (English & Math)
  • Networking Opportunities

Wellness Central

Wellness Central California Community Colleges

  • This is a free health and wellness resource created especially for California Community College students.  This resource is here for you to access in your space at your pace!