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Trinity partnership with health startup will improve campus access to care, wellness
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Trinity University has launched a new partnership with a local health startup, Betty’s Co., that’s aiming to fix a crucial gap in women’s health care on campus. 

Marlaina Widmann, coordinator for Student Wellness at Trinity University Wellness Services, says Betty’s Co. will step in to fill vital needs for students looking for long-acting reversible contraception and other gynecological services.

“Birth control is just so important, and it's not only just to prevent pregnancy,” Widmann says. “I started going on birth control to have fewer migraines. People with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), endometriosis, anemia, and so many different conditions benefit from this. But at Health Services, we haven’t had any providers who are able to provide long-acting reversible contraception, such as IUDs or implants. This is something our students have been wanting, but in the past, we’ve had to refer them off campus.”

Betty’s Co., which runs its mobile health boutique, is instantly recognizable by its tricked-out trailer, complete with décor, quality equipment, and a pop-up shop with personal care amenities. It’s a startup that serves Texas residents, with a particular focus on women on college campuses, and has a strong local presence with multiple downtown locations in San Antonio.

“This move is for anyone with a uterus on campus,” Widmann adds. “Students, faculty, and staff, between the ages of 18-45 are all welcome. They take lots of different types of insurance and typically have pretty low cash prices.”

In addition to contraceptive care, Betty’s Co. will also come to campus to run educational workshops and answer questions from students and others looking to learn more about this type of care.

“This startup is really great at focusing on this type of student population because this (age) is whenever you start to move from your pediatrician to your gynecologist. That process can be kind of a scary time,” Widmann says. “So it’s going to be helpful for our students to have access to this type of education about how health care works.”

Students, faculty, and staff (ages 18 through 45) looking to connect with this service can either call directly at 210-572-4931 to make an appointment with Betty’s Co., visit their website at bettysco.com using the code “TrinityU”, text “TRINITYU” to 833-861-1026, or attend any number of upcoming campus visits from the Betty’s Co. team. Widmann says the company’s care coordinators are great at walking you through your insurance options.

Users can also reach out through a normal visit to Health Services, Widmann explains.

Students, faculty, and staff can look for the Betty’s Co. team on campus three days each month during the fourth week. Check out Wellness Services on Instagram @tu_well to stay up-to-date on the Betty’s Co. partnership and more!

Upcoming dates include:

  • Jan. 25-27
  • Feb. 22-24
  • March 22-24
  • April 26-29

 

Jeremiah Gerlach is the brand journalist for Trinity University Strategic Communications and Marketing.

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