Elon University / Today at Elon / Community Health Update for August 24

A weekly update from Vice President of Student Life John Dooley with community health information, important resources, and announcements of any protocol changes.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Key information in this week’s public health update:

  • A case of monkeypox in Alamance County
  • HealthEU website launched
  • Make time for community traditions
  • TimelyCare’s virtual medical and mental health resources for students
  • Community health status update

A case of monkeypox in Alamance County

On Friday, August 19, the Alamance County Health Department announced the diagnosis of the first case of monkeypox in Alamance County. Members of the Elon University community are encouraged to visit the Elon monkeypox webpage for updated information about the virus, including symptoms, testing, treatment and prevention steps.

HealthEU website launched

Last week, the university launched the HealthEU initiative with an easy-to-remember website URL: www.elon.edu/HealthEU. The site includes information and resources organized along the six dimensions of wellness: community, emotional, financial, physical, purpose, and social. The site also includes a calendar of health-related events/activities and comprehensive lists of resources and services organized specifically for students and for faculty and staff.

Make time for community traditions

The student schedule on the main campus includes two breaks each week, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:40-10:30am

  • Every Tuesday is College Coffee time—an opportunity to gather with students, faculty, and staff in the Phi Beta Kappa Commons, enjoy coffee and refreshments, connect with friends and colleagues, and visit information tables from organizations and programs in the campus.
  • Thursday’s class break is for Numen Lumen – a time of reflection and inspiration featuring musical performances and reflection by members of the university community. This year’s theme is Me: In My Own Words, encouraging stories about our shared humanity.

Meetings and events during Tuesday/Thursday breaks in the class schedule are strongly discouraged, and all Elon students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take time off for these moments of community and reflection.

TimelyCare Virtual Medical and Mental Health Resources

All students have access to TimelyCare, which was received positively by Elon students during last year’s pilot and has been expanded for the current academic year. Available services include:

  • Medical: 24/7 on-demand or scheduled access to a medical provider who can treat a wide range of common ailments such as cold and flu, sinus infection, allergies and more
  • TalkNow: 24/7, on-demand access to a mental health professional to talk about anything, anytime
  • Scheduled Counseling: Scheduled options to speak with a licensed counselor – evening and weekend appointments available
  • Health Coaching: access to a nutritionist to help with healthier lifestyle behaviors related to sleep issues, weight management, and more.
  • Group Sessions: Weekly group meditation and yoga sessions, plus specialist discussions throughout the year.
  • Psychiatry: access to free psychiatric services (available by referral only; contact Counseling Services at 336-278-7280 for more information)

TimelyCare is available to students when classes are in session and during breaks, from anywhere in the United States and at no additional cost or fee. Visit the TimelyCare website to sign in or download the TimelyCare app.

Community health status update

Every Tuesday afternoon by 4:00 p.m., the University’s COVID-19 webpage is updated with information on the status of reporting of COVID-19 cases and testing on campus. The site also includes a link to the latest information on CDC community COVID-19 levels, which are currently moderate in Alamance County and high in Guilford County.

The next public health update is scheduled for next Wednesday, August 31 at 10:45am

John Dooley, Ph.D

Vice President for Student Life

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