Elon University / Today at Elon / Community Health Update August 24th
Weekly updates from John Dooley, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, including announcements about community health information, important resources, and protocol changes.
To all students, faculty and staff
Key information in this week’s Community Health Update:
- Monkeypox Patients in Alamance County
- HealthEU website launched
- Dedicate Time to Community Traditions
- TimelyCare Virtual Medical and Mental Health Resources for Students
- Community Health Update
Monkeypox Patients in Alamance County
On Friday, August 19, the Alamance County Health Department announced the diagnosis of the first monkeypox case in Alamance County. Members of the Elon University community are encouraged to visit her Elon Monkeypox webpage for up-to-date information about the virus (symptoms, tests, treatments, preventative steps, etc.).
HealthEU website launched
Last week, the university launched the HealthEU initiative with an easy-to-remember website URL: www.elon.edu/HealthEU. The site contains information and resources organized by her six dimensions of wellness: Community, Emotional, Economic, Physical, Purposeful, and Social. The site also features a calendar of health-related events/activities and a comprehensive list of resources and services designed specifically for students and faculty.
Dedicate Time to Community Traditions
The undergraduate program schedule on the main campus includes two weekly breaks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:40-10:30 am.
- Every Tuesday is college coffee time. An opportunity to meet with students, faculty and staff at Phi Beta Kappa Commons, enjoy coffee and snacks, connect with friends and colleagues, and visit campus organizations and program information tables.
- Thursday’s class break is for Numen Lumen. This is a time of reflection and inspiration featuring musical performances and reflections from members of the university community. This year’s theme is “Me: In My Own Words,” encouraging stories of our shared humanity.
We strongly encourage you to refrain from meetings and events during the Tuesday/Thursday breaks in your class schedule.All Elon students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take breaks for these community and moments of reflection. is recommended.
TimelyCare Virtual Medical and Mental Health Resources
All students have access to TimelyCare. This was well received by Elon students during last year’s pilot and has been extended to the current academic year. Available services are:
- Healthcare: 24/7 on-demand or scheduled access to healthcare providers who can treat a wide range of common ailments such as colds and flu, sinus infections, and allergies
- TalkNow: 24/7 on-demand access to mental health professionals to talk about anything, anytime
- Scheduled Counseling: Scheduled option to speak with a licensed counselor – evening and weekend appointments available
- Health coaching: access to nutrition experts to assist with healthier lifestyle behaviors related to sleep issues, weight management and more
- Group Sessions: Weekly guided meditation and yoga group sessions, plus specialized discussions throughout the year.
- Psychiatric: Access to free psychiatric services (available by referral only; contact Counseling Services at 336-278-7280 for more information)
TimelyCare is available during class or during breaks from anywhere in the United States at no additional cost or surcharge. Visit the TimelyCare website and log in or download the TimelyCare app.
Community Health Update
Every Tuesday by 4:00 pm, the university’s COVID-19 webpage will be updated with information on COVID-19 case reports and on-campus testing status. This site also contains links to the latest information on the CDC COVID-19 community level. It is now moderate in Alamance County and high in Guilford County.
The next Community Health Update is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31st at 10:45am.
Dr. John Dooley
Vice President for Student Life