COVID-19 Resources

The Office of Student Life has put together a list of resources for students during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can filter the resources with the categories on the left. If you know of a resource that you would like to share with students, please submit it below.

Please stay up to date on UTMB's COVID-19 announcements on their response page here.

COVID-19

It is a pivotal time for student health. Now more than ever, students need the right resources to keep them safe and healthy.

Academic HealthPlans (AHP), in partnership with your student health insurance plan carrier, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), are offering a variety of services to students including a Student Assistance Program (SAP) and Virtual Visits with $0 copay.

This document outlines the services available to them through AHP and BCBSTX. Click here to download the PDF.

 

Students can contact Academic Health Plans by sending an email to support@ahpcare.com or calling us at 1-855-247-7587.

Alumni Fieldhouse is now offering virtual fitness classes via Zoom to help you stay healthy during this time of social distancing! For more information on class times and how to participate, please visit their Facebook at the link below. 

Alumni Fieldhouse Facebook Page
When The Joy of Painting first aired on public television back in 1983, the legendary, late painter Bob Ross taught the world that you don’t have to be blessed by Michelangelo at birth to be able to paint a picture. Now, you can watch the entire series for free on his Youtube Channel.

Don't have painting supplies? Not to worry! Just listening to Bob Ross as he paints a picture is extremely therapeutic. If you’re highly anxious or just overall exhausted, his videos can offer you the calming effect you need during this strange time.

Watch every episode of The Joy of Painting here!
UTMB has received funding from the US Department of Education to be used for emergency grants to students who have been impacted by the current COVID-19 situation. If you are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and wish to apply for help, you can access the application by using the link below. The application will be available from Wednesday, April 15, 2020 to midnight Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Click here to access the application on AcademicWorks.
This workbook is a step-by-step program that will help you learn to recognize, track, and overcome fear. It is designed to help you 1) break the connection between worry, anxiety, procrastination, and depression, 2) overcome inhibition, perfectionism, and low self-esteem, 3) defeat social anxiety, 4) manage overwhelming emotions and feelings of panic, and 5) stay on track. 

You can access the free PDF here. 
The National Parks Service has partnered with Google to follow a handful of park rangers through some of America's most stunning and challenging terrains, from the Alaskan Glaciers to Utah's Bryce Canyon. 

Go on your virtual nature walk here!

Offer ends April 30, 2020. Restrictions apply. Limited to Internet Essentials service from Comcast for new residential customers meeting certain eligibility criteria. Offer limited to two months of complimentary Internet Essentials service (taxes excluded). After promotion, regular rates apply. Internet Essentials current rate is $9.95/mo. (subject to change).Taxes extra. Pricing subject to change. Advertised price applies to a single outlet. Actual speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. For factors affecting speed visit www.xfinity.com/networkmanagement.

Signing up is easy and fast from your mobile device, go to: https://apply.internetessentials.com/

 

Heroes come in all kinds of uniforms, and Take 5 Oil Change has partnered with Castrol to show our gratitude to those who have been giving their all for our community. 

From April 24th - May 23rd, we are giving 50% off to all nurses, doctors, medical professionals, and first responders for their dedicated service. 

50% Off Oil Change Coupon
Public school closures have caused a lot of parents to add on homeschooling to their already busy schedules. Below we have listed some educational, and fun, resources for your kiddos that we have come across. 

Audible
Audible has a selection of children's stories that are free to stream on any desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Simply click on the link and start listening. 

Brain Pop
Brain Pop teaches learning concepts through interactive games and videos.

Fun Brain
Fun Brain offers free E-books, interactive games and educational videos. 
 
ABC Ya
Educational games for kids Pre-K - 6th grade
Playbill has compiled a list of on stage plays and musicals you can watch from your couch. You can find a list of available performances to stream here.

Additionally, audiences will have another way to enjoy the theatre from home while theatres remain dark, with the April 2 launch of National Theatre at Home, which will stream National Theatre Live productions for free on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel.

If you’re concerned about your studies or loan repayment, Federal Student Aid can help you understand what to do in certain circumstances. They’ll be adding information for students, borrowers, and parents to the page below on a regular basis, so please check back frequently.

https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

JOANN Fabric Stores announced that it would begin donating materials to anyone looking to sew together masks, gowns, or other essential medical equipment for healthcare workers. All open JOANN locations will serve as collection points, too, so that people sewing in their homes can drop off any items created, which will then be distributed to medical centers to help extend their dwindling supplies.

Learn more about how you can use your crafting supplies to help here!

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, click here!
The Galveston County Food Bank provides essential services and will continue to do so. GCFB intends to remain in operation using the best available safety protocols throughout any COVID-19 impact.

Find a pantry or view the mobile distribution calendar here!
Galveston.com has put together a list of local restaurants that are offering takeout and delivery options - check out whether your favorite spots offer to-do orders, curbside pickup, in-house delivery, and/or 3rd party delivery. 

Visit Galveston.com's list here and support local businesses!
GOFM has a responsibility to do all they can to support their vendors AND public health. During this time of essential self-isolation, GOFM-To-Go is their answer for providing a smooth method of commerce where you can find your favorite local vendors offering the goods you've come love at the farmers market.

Order your Farmer's Market goods here and read all about their pick-up procedures!
Gender Spectrum's Resources for Challenging Times offers webinars and online spaces for LGBTQ+ people, Instagram Live Q&A's, and other resources for coping with social distancing.

Find their resources here!
Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home
As LGBTQ+ health and community centers are shutting down nationwide, these virtual resource kits, phone hotlines, live streams, and webinars are vital for getting information and support.

How LGBTQ+ People Get Help and Resources During Coronavirus.

With live music virtually shut down worldwide, more and more musicians are performing online to replace lost income, raise money for a charity or just to connect with fans at a time when we all need to come together.

Here is Bandsintown’s ongoing list of live-streamed concerts which is updated at least once daily.

Need assistance with managing your mental health? UTMB Student Health and Counseling has put together a list of Emergency and Outpatient Resources.

You can view the resources here.
During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of their audience members even while their stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

Stream the nightly opera here!
Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary.

Go on your virtual dive here!

Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.

Join over 1,000,000 people and use Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long distance movie nights and TV watch parties today!

Install the Netflix Party Chrome Extension here!

The Office of Student Life needs some cheering up... and what better to cheer us up than cute animals! Submit a photo of you and your pet (or just your pet) doing your favorite quarantine activity! We will be awarding a winner for 3 categories: Taylor and Tori's Choice, Audience Choice (voting via Facebook), and Most Creative. We want to see what you and your best buddy have been up to, so feel free to get creative and show us why you have the cutest, bestest, goodest pet in the world. Submit your photo by May 1st. 

*If you do not have a Google Account, you can send an email to student.life@utmb.edu that includes your first and last name, UTMB email address, pet name(s), and your picture! Be sure it is in an image format (PNG or JPG). 
Feeling a bit sluggish at home? Join us for a Pop Pilates Livestream class on Wednesday, May 13 at 5:30 PM! The class will be instructed via Facebook Live by Student Services' own Jill Sanchez, a certified Pop Pilates instructor.

To Participate:
Please join the “Pop Pilates Livestream Classes” group on The Office of Student Life’s Facebook page. The class will be streamed privately in this group, so make sure you request to join before the start of class. While we will be monitoring requests up until 5:30 PM, we recommend joining the group in advance.
 
Looking for a way to communicate with other students while stuck at home? Join the UTMB Students Slack Workspace. Created by students in GSBS, this workspace is the place where you can get information on outside resources for food, help with utilities, tutorials for the new online platforms, etc. You can also use it to chat with fellow students about your concerns and thoughts on the current situation.

Opt-in to the UTMB Students Slack Workspace here.

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic and to ensure the health and safety of our students, we wanted to let you know the procedures SHC has implemented for patient care:

  • SHC will offer scheduled Face 2 Face (F2F) visits for our Nurse Practitioner and nurse visits beginning May 4, 2020.
  • SHC will continue to offer TeleVists for all sick patients and Counselling visits.
  • All F2F vists will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • NO walk in visits will be allowed at this time unless a student is in crisis.
  • All appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 409-747-9508.
  • Clinic Hours will remain 9:00am - 4:00pm from May 1 - June 30 or until further notice. tarting March 30 until further notice.
For more information or questions, please call (409) 747-9508 or email stdwappt@utmb.edu.

Student Health and Counseling is offering Televisits for counseling, psychiatry, and sick appointments to all UTMB students.  We currently have a number of appointment times available. Please read the following instructions on how to schedule your visit:

  • All Televisits must be scheduled by phone at (409) 747-9508.
  • New Clinic Hour are 9:00am - 4:00pm starting March 30 until further notice.
  • A Tele-Counseling Consent Form must be downloaded, signed, and emailed to stdwappt@utmb.edu for all counseling visits. You can find the form here. 
  • You must be in the state of Texas to have a Televisit, as our Providers are only licensed to practice in Texas.
  • Televisits can be made via a direct phone call or Skype for Business.

If you need a face-to-face visit, please call our office at (409) 747-9508 to speak with one of our providers.

We're channeling our inner Marie Kondo to ask "What sparks joy for you?!" Create a piece of art using the prompt "Something Happy" and submit a photo/video of the finished product for a chance to win one of three $25 gift cards. We want to see what you come up with - whatever that may be - so feel free to choose whatever medium best represents your artistic whims! (Ex. Canvas, Pottery, Knitting, Poetry, Embroidery, etc.) We will be awarding a winner for 3 categories: Most Creative, Most Original, and Audience Choice (voting via Facebook).

Submit your finished product here by May 15!

*If you do not have a Google Account, you can send an email to Student Life that includes your first and last name, UTMB email address, your image or video and an optional description of your artwork! If you submit a photo, please be sure it's in an image format (PNG or JPG).

The past few weeks have felt like the longest year many of us have ever lived. And as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, the U.S. government has been responding in a variety of ways. This includes two things that may help you manage your student loan payments:

  • Emergency student loan waiver
  • 60-day suspension of student loan payments
Check out the American Psychological Association's article to understand how they will affect your student loans, potential repercussions, and everything else you need to know.
Among the many victims of this global pandemic was the 10-day SXSW film festival, a cinema celebration ranging from Hollywood blockbusters to sleeper indies to Academy Award-winning documentaries. However, SXSW and Amazon have teamed up to host a virtual festival!

From now until May 6, anyone with an Amazon Prime account can watch the 35+ film line-up from the SXSW Film Festival for free!

Click here to access the collection!

Has the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing had an effect on your mental health?

You can access effective help for many common life challenges, including those related to the COVID-19 Outbreak online 24/7 with Therapy Assistance Online. It is free and private with your UTMB email.

Enroll at: thepath.taoconnect.org

If you need to talk to someone, you can also call UTMB Student Health and Counseling at 409-747-9508 to request a counseling appointment and/or call the Emergency Help Line at 409-747-4357 (HELP).

 

 

United Way has COVID 19 Community Economic Relief Fund. They will help with bills, rent, and food. Once a zip code is provided, they will give you a list of local agencies to provide assistance.

You can find your United Way here. 
UTMB Health has developed this website as a resource dedicated to sharing information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The site contains guidance for members of the communities served and employed by UTMB, including patients, students, our healthcare workforce and other employees. It also links to external sources for the latest information on this new disease threat. Please explore these pages to inform yourself, minimize risks and if needed, get care for COVID-19.

Visit UTMB's COVID-19 Response page here.

Depressed, Anxious, Suicidal? Please call the UTMB Student Crisis Line at (409) 747-4357.

Mental Help Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Join the McHarper Manor weekdays on Facebook for a daily art project tutorial. Art projects will range from watercolor paintings to chalk art to canvas painting and will take place live at 11 a.m. MDT. Videos will be available after the live class on the McHarper Manor Facebook page.  

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! Join Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home for a live daily doodle lesson at 11 a.m. MDT. Videos will be available after the live class on the Kennedy Center YouTube channel. 

Due to the outbreak, UTMB is in need to extra hands to help in different areas of campus. We know many students have expressed the want to help however they can. To that end, we have created a Student Volunteer Availability Form for any student that would like to join the student volunteer pool. Departments around campus will review your availability, skills, and experience and contact you when they need assistance.

Fill out our Student Volunteer Availability Form here!
For the month of April, watch some of HBO’s most beloved shows and documentaries, plus a selection of movies — entirely for free. Just head to HBO GO or HBO NOW or On Demand to watch every episode of series like The Sopranos, Veep and The Wire along with documentaries including McMillion$ and I Love You, Now Die and movies like Crazy. Stupid. Love. and Blinded by the Light, no subscription required. See the full list of available shows, documentaries and movies below.

https://www.hbo.com/hbo-news/watch-hbo-free-no-subscription

Every Thursday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM, join us for a trivia challenge on Kahoot! The trivia challenge will open at 12:00 noon and will last exactly one hour - participants must answer all questions before 1:00 PM. Each week will have a different trivia topic. You can visit the UTMB Student Life Facebook Page for the Web URL or Game Pin to join the trivia challenge. The winner of each challenge will receive a $20 gift card!

To be eligible for the gift card prizes, please use your UTMB username (e.g. tasielin) as your Kahoot username. Those who do not use this format will not be eligible to receive prizes. After each round of trivia, we will email our winner and find the best email to send them their gift card.

Join UTMB Student Health and Counseling every Wednesday for their Wellness Series as they discuss how to adjust and take care of ourselves during this uncertain time!    

Wellness Wednesday Schedule:

April 8 - While Your World is Online: Tips for Adjustment and Self-Care
April 15 - Using My Time Wisely
April 22 - Avoiding Distractions When You Can’t Leave Home
April 29 - Strategies for Online Learning

All sessions will be on Zoom at 12:00 PM. Please check your UTMB email each week for an email from Student Health and Counseling with the Zoom Meeting link and password. 

 


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