Resources for Hamar House - Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Resources

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) offers a Health and Wellness Resource Center, located at the bottom of the stairs in the basement of the Hamar House (Building 13).

The Health and Wellness Resource Center provides information on the following topics:

  • Monthly self-conducted breast exams
  • Eating disorders
  • Violence against women
  • Sexual assault and date rape drugs
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Safer sex information and resources (including free condoms and dental dams)
  • Community-specific health concerns (including information for women, students of color, and GLBTQ students)

In addition, CDI provides a lactation room at the top of the stairs on the second floor to provide a private space for nursing mothers, as well as free pregnancy tests.

Local Medical Providers

Students can visit the Portage Health University Center (located at 600 MacInnes Drive next to the Student Development Complex) for medical care. The University Center location includes an on-site lab and pharmacy.

For a list of other local medical providers (medical, vision, and hearing), visit the City of Houghton’s health directory.
For a list of local dentists, visit the City’s dental directory.
For information about Portage Health hospital in Hancock (our sister city), visit the Portage Health website.

Pregnant and Parenting Resources

  • Pregnant? Parenting? You are not alone. (community and national resources)
  • UP Health System Portage - Childbirth Classes
  • Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital - Birthing Services
  • Pregnancy Testing:
    • Aspirus Keweenaw 906-337-6500
    • BHK Child Development Board Home Visiting Program 906-482-3663
    • Life Outreach Center 906-482-8681
    • Portage Health OB/GYN 906-483-1050
    • Western UP Health Department 906-482-7382
    • Department of Health and Human Services (KBIC only) 906-353-8700
  • Childbirth Education Nutrition:
    • Women Infant Children (WIC) 906-482-7382
  • Breastfeeding Education and Support:
    • BHK Lactation Specialists 906-353-7154
    • Portage Health Pediatrics 906-483-1000
    • Western UP Health Dept. 906-482-7382
  • Medicaid for Pregnant Women:
    • Department of Human Services
      • Houghton: 906-482-0500
      • Keweenaw: 906-337-3302
  • All Options Counseling:
    • Western UP Health Dept. 906-482-7382
  • Adoption Resources:
    • Adoption Life Outreach Center 482-8681/800-712-4357
    • U.P. KIDS 487-9832/877-423-2029

Restrictions  on Abortion in Michigan:

  • If at: Viability *^ an abortion is prohibited except in cases of life or health endangerment
  • "Partial birth" abortion is banned
  • An abortion must be performed by a licensed physician
  • Public funding for abortion is limited to life endangerment, rape, and incest
  • Private insurance coverage for an abortion is limited
  • The individual seeking the abortion must receive state-directed counseling that includes information on the negative psychological effects and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided
  • Individual and institutional providers may choose not to participate in abortion procedures

* Exception in case of life endangerment only^ Viability may apply to the baby potentially surviving if born prematurely, and it also may mean that the fetus is still alive inside the uterus.  The term "age of viability" refers to the point in pregnancy at which the baby could have a chance of survival if born prematurely, which is generally around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Signs of Pregnancy

  1. Are you sexually active?

    1. If you are sexually active, proceed to #2-4.  If your period is late but you are not sexually active, give your doctor a call.  Stress, diet, excessive exercise, and other lifestyle changes may be causing your delayed period.  Your doctor can work with you to identify the problem and then determine the best course of action to get you back on schedule. 
  2. When was your last period?
    1. Whether you mark your calendar or you simply wait in anxiety for your T.O.M., take a deep breath and figure out your last period.  You may have miscounted, or you could simply be panicking without good reason.
  3. How are you feeling?
    1. Early signs of pregnancy may include some of all of the following symptoms:
      1. missed period
      2. headaches
      3. tender breasts
      4. nausea
      5. lower backaches
      6. fatigue
      7. frequent urination
      8. food aversions
    2. While women's experiences vary, you may be experiencing a few or all of these signs.
  4. Have you taken a pregnancy test?
    1. Pregnancy tests can identify pregnancy as early as 7-10 days after ovulation.  Testing too early may result in a negative test.  You should do a second test to be sure that your results are accurate. Click here for more information. If your test comes up positive, schedule an appointment with your doctor to confirm your pregnancy.  Information adapted from