Counseling Center is partnering with Prevea Health; new name will be The UW-Green Bay Wellness Center

The University has partnered with Prevea Health to provide health and wellness support to UW-Green Bay students. Beginning July 1, 2020, the Counseling and Health Center will be renamed The UW-Green Bay Wellness Center and will remain in Student Services (SS1400) on the Green Bay Campus. The same counseling staff and services students have come to know and trust will remain within The UW-Green Bay Wellness Center.

During the academic year, there will be extended hours of care: open through 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. After July 1, 2020, The Wellness Center will be closed due to COVID-19 for the safety of our staff and students. On-campus medical services will resume on August 17, 2020. In addition, Prevea Health will also provide medical care to students in the Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan communities.

Additionally,

  • Students will continue to receive lab services and prescriptions at reduced costs;
  • Students will have the ability to have their health care fees billed to their insurance carrier or self-pay at time of service (Prevea Health is an in-network provider within many insurance networks);
  • There will be more types of prescriptions available for dispensing on campus;
  • Prevea Health will provide year-round 24-hour access to Prevea Care After Hours for medical advice at (888) 277-3832 for all UW-Green Bay students;
  • There will be year-round 24/7 Prevea Virtual Care for all students at www.prevea.com/virtualcare;
  • Regional students will have access to Prevea Urgent Care/Health Centers in Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Marinette;
  • And, Prevea Health will now provide psychiatric services for medication monitoring by referral.

More information will be provided as details become available.

A thank you was also extended to Counseling and Health Center staff for “their dedication and continued service during this time of transition. UW-Green Bay is fortunate to have these professionals in positions of care when it comes to the physical and behavioral health of our students.”

 

 

 

Director of Counseling and Health, Henniges, talks about resources

Video transcript:

I am Amy Henniges, the Director of our Counseling and Health Center. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all of you who are helping to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID 19 by following the guidelines of Staying Safer at home.

Additionally, I would like to thank all of the employees that are too essential to our campus operations to stay at home, for taking all the extra precautions to keep us safe.

Safer-at-home is our currently our best option for slowing the spread of the virus and flattening the curve so that our health care system has enough beds, critical care capacity, and healthy front line health care workers to take care of those most critically ill.

It is more critical than ever to maintain at least 6-feet social distancing and to continue to cover our cough and to wash our hands and disinfect surfaces.  

New this week, the CDC is also advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to wear in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores).  Simple masks or face coverings can slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others. You also really want to minimize how often you are going out on essential errands.

Simple cloth face covering can be made out of made at home from common materials at low cost, like a bandana.

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting changes to our lifestyles, can make anyone overwhelmed, anxious or even depressed. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help. Our campus support services remain open by phone. Our counselors, nurses and nurse practitioner are available for phone consultations with students. 

Check out our Counseling and Health website for phone appointment details, additional virtual care options for COVID Screenings in the community, and wellness resources and tips.

Employees have access to counselors by phone through our EAP program.

Finding healthy ways to cope and stay connected is so important. I also encourage you to check out the resilient.wisconsin.gov for additional tools to encourage self-care, maintain social connections, and reduce stress.

Staying Safer at Home is more important than ever, and we know it is not easy. We are all in this together and we are here to help.

On-site Counseling and Health Center services discontinued, virtual help is available

On-site Counseling and Health Services are discontinued through the semester. Brief phone consultations with a counselor, a nurse or nurse practitioner, will be available by appointment instead Monday-Fr iday from 8 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Current clients with an upcoming appointment will receive a phone call at that time. Make or cancel an appointment at 920-465-2380. If you have respiratory symptoms and are concerned about COVID-19, you may:

  1. Utilize Prevea Virtual Care($0 for COVID-19 related concerns) using the following website: www.Prevea.com\virtualcare
  2. Call Prevea Health Nurse Triage at 888-277-3832 free of charge 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You will be connected with a registered nurse who will listen to your concerns, ask questions, consult with a physician if needed and recommend appropriate next steps based on your symptoms.
  3. Call your own medical provider or local nurse triage line.
  4. If you have an emergency, call 911 or the local Crisis Center at 920-436-8888.

Coronavirus information resources

In accordance with UW-Green Bay’s Emergency Management Plan (which includes a pandemic response and a Continuity of Operations Plan), University personnel continue to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak for any potential impact on University community members and University operations. Plans will be activated should the virus spread in Wisconsin.

Updates to the University’s Counseling and Health webpage regarding the virus continue, and the site now contains Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information on travel. Please refer to the UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health website for answers to questions that arise on this evolving situation. The University will share additional information from the CDC, the UW System or campus Emergency Operations Council as they become available.

UW-Green Bay seeing increase in respiratory viruses; please follow CDC recommendations

Health officials are seeing an increase in respiratory viruses on the UW-Green Bay campuses ranging from the common cold to influenza. Please remember to follow the CDC’s everyday precautions to prevent the spread of germs: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/prevention.htm. The viruses are also highly prevalent in the community and state. Last Friday’s (Feb. 14, 2020) Wisconsin Respiratory Report provides additional details. The Wisconsin Department of Health report this morning stated the risk of contracting the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) remains low in Wisconsin. COVID-19 symptoms are similar to those of influenza (e.g., fever, cough, or sore throat), and the outbreak is occurring during a time of year when respiratory illnesses from influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, and other respiratory viruses are highly prevalent.

What to do if you do get sick: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/treatment/takingcare.htm. If you are in a high risk group for developing complications, contact your medical provider. UW-Green Bay students may also call the Counseling and Health Center during regular business hours at 920-465-2380 for assistance.

UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus highlighting ‘healthy’ relationships, Feb. 13

The UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus will be hosting an event titled “What is a ‘Healthy’ Relationship?” on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as part of Love Week. Everyone is welcome to visit the Commons to learn from Mental Health Counselor, Alayne Stelsel, about sustaining healthy relationships.

UW-Green Bay Counseling and Health releases statement on campus response to the coronavirus

The following memorandum was sent to the UW-Green Bay community regarding a virus outbreak in China from Amy Henniges, Counseling and Health director:

“As you may be aware, there is an outbreak of a new virus in China, called “2019nCoV” or “Wuhan Coronavirus.” The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay expresses its deepest concerns and support to the people of Wuhan.

Please be advised that no students have arrived from Wuhan, China this semester and there are no reported cases of the Coronavirus on our campuses.  CDC has provided information to all travelers from Wuhan, China with information and what steps they should take if signs/symptoms develop. In addition, we have reached out to students who may have traveled to Wuhan, China over break and provided information related to the outbreak, symptoms and protocol to follow if they become ill.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority. University officials are closely and continuously monitoring this situation and are taking every measure and action that is being directed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Brown County Public Health. 

If there is any information that would indicate an actual health emergency related to the Coronavirus, we will be sending an immediate emergency notification.

Please read the following link at the CDC for specific information:

CDC FAQ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

If you recently traveled to Wuhan, China or have been in direct contact with someone who has, and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days of travel, you should follow the CDC’s recommendations as attached:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

  • If you are a student, you may call the Counseling and Health Center during regular business hours at 920-465-2380 for assistance if needed.

Please remember that it is also currently flu and respiratory season and it is recommended that you follow CDC’s everyday precautions to prevent the spread of germs:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/prevention.htm

Additionally, UW-Green Bay has also developed a FAQ with campus specific details that will soon be available at the Counseling and Health website.

Any questions should be directed to the Counseling and Health Center at 920-465-2380 or Brown County Public Health Department at 920-448-6400 or Wisconsin Department of Health Services at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov

All media inquiries should be directed to the Marketing and University Communications Department at 920-465-2527. 

Further information will be updated as it becomes available.”

 

Reminder: Flu vaccine available to students, faculty and staff

The Counseling and Health Center, located in Student Services 1400, is offering the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine (quadrivalent) to all faculty, staff and students by appointment only, on the Green Bay Campus. To set up an appointment, have your campus ID number or faculty/staff ID number available and call the Counseling and Health Center at 920-465-2380. The cost is $20 for students and $25 for faculty/staff. Payment can be made with cash, check or pass points. Credit and debit cards are not accepted, but students are allowed to charge their fee to their SIS account.

Flu vaccine available to students, faculty and staff

The Counseling and Health Center, located in Student Services 1400, is offering the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine (quadrivalent) to all faculty, staff and students by appointment only, on the Green Bay Campus. To set up an appointment, have your campus ID number or faculty/staff ID number available and call the Counseling and Health Center at 920-465-2380. The cost is $20 for students and $25 for faculty/staff. Payment can be made with cash, check or pass points. Credit and debit cards are not accepted, but students are allowed to charge their fee to their SIS account.