Be Healthy & Well

My Healthy Habits, My Mental Health, My Medical Care, My Household, My Social Network, My Role At Vanderbilt

  • Self Care Tips: Resources for nutrition, coping, stress management, work from home challenges, psychological resilience, infection control measures and more.

    • Having Compassion Amidst Holiday Stress: A Healthier You presentation featuring Stephanie Dean, LCP, CEAP, as she shares how to have compassion with ourselves and others during these uncertain, divisive, and often stressful times. Click here to view the video.
    • Virtual Mindful Breaks: Health Plus now offers virtual mindful breaks via Zoom teleconferencing. For more details and to schedule a virtual session for your department, team or workgroup visit Health Plus Mindful Breaks.
    • Indoor/Outdoor Exercise(Please note, apart from Health Plus workouts, these resources are not officially endorsed by VUMC.)
      • Health Plus online workouts: From warm-up exercises and stretching to advanced core exercises and how to train for a 5k, find the workout that's right for you – or try them all!
      • Home workout videos:
        • PopSugar - youtube workouts;
        • Alo Yoga - youtube classes;
        • Shakti Yoga (@shaktipoweryoga) is live-streaming yoga classes on Instagram (Local Business!!)
        • CorePower Yoga - on-demand classes;
        • Peloton has a 90 day free trial of various workouts (no bike needed).
    • COVID-19 Emotional Support Line for Healthcare Workers: Need to talk to someone about feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness or depression related to work? The COVID-19 Emotional Support Line for Healthcare Workers can help. Dial 888-642-7886 to speak confidentially with a mental health professional. Call-takers are available daily at 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (CT).
    • Having Compassion Amidst Holiday Stress: A Healthier You presentation featuring Stephanie Dean, LCP, CEAP, as she shares how to have compassion with ourselves and others during these uncertain, divisive, and often stressful times. Click here to view the video.
    • ConnectCARE by Work-Life Connections/EAP: a program offering confidential teleconsulting counseling sessions to support faculty and staff who may need remote access to counseling and coaching services due to self-monitoring or social distancing requirements. To make an appointment with a counselor, call 615-936-1327 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am -5:00 pm).
    • ConnectCARE*CISM Debriefing: (Leaders and Faculty) Work-Life Connections/EAP is providing effective and timely Criticial Incident Stress Management (CISM) services for the Vanderbilt community using phone or Zoom Telehealth videoconferencing, an encrypted and confidential platform. For more information, staff leaders and faculty may contact Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 or through
    • Zoom Fatigue: Does it feel like you're video conferencing morning, noon and night? Here are 9 practical tips for preventing virtual meeting fatigue.
    • Stress & Coping: A Healthier You Presentation to better understand the stressors we are currently experiencing and the techniques to cope with them. Features an interview with Jim Jackson, PhD presented by Health Plus.

    Your Well-being Navigator: Visit My Mental Health for additional resources.

    • Occupational Health Employee COVID-19 Information - Answers to common COVID-19 vaccine, exposure, testing, and monitoring questions for faculty and staff of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University.
    • What, Why & How of Telemedicine Visits - Presented by Health Plus, Dr. Daniel Cotrell describes telemedicine visits - why they are helpful, when they should be used and how to prepare for your visit. Click here to view the video Wellcast.
    • VUMC Pharmacy Services: Vanderbilt Pharmacy offers free home delivery service for all Vanderbilt employees.
    • Your Well-being Navigator: Visit My Medical Care for additional resources.
  • Child & Family Care:

    • All faculty and staff have access to low-cost services through VUMC employees can find information here and enroll to access services here. VU employees can find information here.
    • WyndyIf you are in need of one-day backup childcare, this babysitting app can help. Please note, Wyndy is not subsidized by VUMC.
    • TN Department of Human Services - Child Care for School-Aged Children of Essential Workers:  TDHS has partnered with the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee to establish free temporary child care for school-aged children of essential workers. For a list of YMCA Temporary care locations, click here. For a list of Boys & Girls Club Temporary Care Locations, click here.

    Financial Assistance During COVID-19:

    • United Way COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund: Individuals in need may contact the United Way COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund by calling 1-866-211-9966. After providing your zip code, you will be given a list of local agencies that are providing assistance with bills, rent and food.
    • Vanderbilt Faculty & Staff Hardship Fund: Administered by Work-Life Connections/EAP for Vanderbilt employees in temporary financial hardship who qualify for assistance. The COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted many families, especially with more mouths to feed at home. Call 615-936-1327 to begin the application process.
    • Nashville Financial Empowerment Centers: Providing free, in-depth information on financial disaster recovery for residents of Davidson County affected by the devastating tornadoes that hit Nashville on March 3rd or by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Metro Action Commission: Need help paying electric or gas bills? The Metropolitan Action Commission may be able to assist Davidson County residents who need help paying for electric or gas bills.
    • Legal Resources During COVID-19: The Legal Aid Society is providing free legal clinics via telephone. Local attorneys will offer advice on questions about housing and renter's rights, bankruptcy, medical bills, debt collection, domestic violence, applying for SNAP benefits and applying for unemployment benefits.

    Discounts During COVID-19:

    • Discounts from Local Businesses: Many local businesses are showing their support during this time by offering special discounts to health care frontline workers. Visit VUMC Discount Resources for a complete listing of current offers.
    • Rothy's: Offering 50% discount (one-time) to first responders and medical professionals. Click here for complete details

    Your Well-being Navigator:  Visit My Household  for additional resources.

    • Video: How to Gather Safely at the Holidays?  Vanderbilt experts, Tom Talbot, MD, MPH, and William Schaffner, MD, along with Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP, as they offer some advice for staying safe from COVID-19 during the holidays. Click here to view the full video.
    • I'll Be Zooming for the Holidays: The holiday season is usually a time for workplace celebrations, family gatherings and parties with friends, but this year will be different due to the pandemic. Work/Life Connections-EAP offers tips to make your virtual holiday fun, memorable and filled with gratitude. Click here for the full article.
    • VUMC Gratitunes: A music platform to celebrate and thank members of the VUMC family for their dedication and commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic. A playlist is available to help lessen stress and anxiety, and lift spirits.

    Your Well-being Navigator:  Visit the Navigator's My Social Network for additional resources

  • Resources for Nurses & Advanced Practice Nurses

    Resources for TeleHealth Support

    • TeleHealth Help Desk:  For technical support, the Telehealth Help Desk is available at 3-HELP (343-4357). Select Option 4 at the prompt.
    • TeleHealth Instruction:  Hosted and On-Demand instructional sessions are available for providers in the Learning Exchange. Access the Learning Exchange here. Click on the search tool (located at the top of the screen) and enter keyword "telehealth" to access the available learning modules.

    Resources for Teaching/Meetings (Faculty)

    • ZOOM Accounts through Vanderbilt Medical School:  All faculty with a email address have been automatically enrolled in the Vanderbilt Medical School professional account through Zoom.  By signing in with your VU ID and password (NOT your VUMC ID/password) you can take advantage of >40 minute conference calls, larger numbers of participants and advanced features.  To access, visit VU Video Conferencing and then click the blue "Sign In" button to activate and configure your account.  Remember to use your VU ID (not VUMC ID) to sign in. To take advantage of tip sheets offered by the Medical School IT folks, feel free to visit VSTAR at VUSM.
    • Cancelled Conferences and CV:  Were you (or one of your mentees) delivering an oral, poster or workshop presentation at a conference that was recently cancelled?  Wondering how to document that work on your CV?  Click here for recommendations regarding appropriate ways to document your effort in APA style.
    Resources for Academic Life:
    • Edge for Scholars: A collection of candid discussions and resources for all facets of life in academics. Visit Edge for Scholars to browse a wide range of topics including Grants and Funding, Faculty Life, Research, Mentoring, Wellness, Networking, Writing and Publishing, Management/Leadership, and much more.

    Your Well-being Navigator:  Visit My Role at Vanderbilt for additional resources specific to your role.