Elon University / Today in Elon / August 24 Community Health Update

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

Dear students, teachers and staff,

Key information in this week’s Community Health Update:

  • Monkeypox case in Alamance County
  • HealthEU website launched
  • Make time for community traditions
  • TimelyCare Virtual Medical and Mental Health Resources for Students
  • Community health update

Monkeypox case in Alamance County

On Friday, August 19, the Alamance County Health Department announcement 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 up-to-date 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 according to the six dimensions of well-being: community, emotional, financial, physical, goal and social. The site also offers a calendar of health-related events/activities and comprehensive listings of resources and services organized specifically for students, faculty and staff.

Make time for community traditions

The undergraduate course schedule on the main campus includes two breaks per week, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:40 to 10:30.

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

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

TimelyCare Virtual Medical and Mental Health Resources

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

  • Medical: 24/7, on-demand or scheduled access to a medical care provider who can treat a wide range of common illnesses such as colds and flu, sinus infections, allergies, etc.
  • TalkNow: 24/7, on-demand access to a mental health professional to talk about anything, anytime
  • Scheduled Consultation: Scheduled options to speak with a licensed counselor – appointments available evenings and weekends
  • Health coaching: access to a nutrition specialist to help you adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors related to sleep problems, weight management, etc.
  • Group Sessions: Weekly guided meditation and group yoga sessions, as well as specialized 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 cost or additional charge. Visit the TimelyCare website to sign in or download the TimelyCare app.

Community health update

Every Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m., the university’s COVID-19 webpage is updated with information on the status of COVID-19 case notification and on-campus testing. The site also includes the link to the latest CDC COVID-19 information. community levelswhich are currently medium in Alamance County and high in Guilford County.

The next Community Health Update is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31 at 10:45 a.m.

Jon Dooley, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Life

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