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Information & Resources For COVID-19

NOTE: For the latest additions to these resources, please look for those marked new

ACADEMIC RESOURCES

The School of Public Health is following the policies and guidelines of our two partner universities.

As of March 13, Spring Term classes at both OHSU and PSU will be taught in virtual formats. In addition, all Field Experience/Practice Experience/Internships will be conducted remotely. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your practice coordinator/graduate advisor/undergraduate internship coordinator (as appropriate to your program).

new   Expanded P/NP Grading Option for SPH Graduate Students, Summer 2020
new   Courses for which the P/NP Grading Option is available, Summer 2020

OHSU
SPH graduate students at OHSU, please visit these OHSU Health and Wellness Services and COVID-19 Sites. There is a FAQ page for OHSU students. 

PSU
For both SPH graduate and undergraduate students at PSU, please visit the Portland State University Response Site  and the PSU Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)There is a FAQ page for PSU students.

new  PSU has also launched two new important websites for students. The first is a guide to a remote Spring Term, with valuable links to information on Financial Aid, Housing, the Library, and more. The second site is a guide to the technology available on campus to help students be successful at remote learning. 

Stay Connected and support your fellow SPH students on the OHSU-PSU SPH Student Leadership Council’s Facebook page.

HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19

On-Campus Health Information

The OHSU Student Health and Wellness Center and the PSU Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC) will provide both phone consultations and crisis support. 

Telehealth appointments will be available during Spring Term. Visit their websites for more services and contact information. 

Technology Support

PSU

new  Check out the new guide to all of the campus technology available, mentioned above,to students at PSU to help you be successful at learning remotely in our new virtual classrooms.

As part of the coronavirus/COVID-19 response, PSU will no longer be offering in-person support at the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Helpdesk, starting Wednesday March 18. Technical teams will continue to provide support through the PSU Help Center at go.pdx.edu/help, by phone from 8 a.m. to midnight daily at 503-725-4357, and through chat sessions.

The PSU Virtual Computer Lab is now available. OIT’s Virtual Computer Lab enables students to use a personal device (such as a laptop, desktop, phone, or tablet) to connect to virtual computers that run a selection of academic software applications, at any time and from any location (both on and off campus). To learn more, visit the Virtual Computer Lab help article in the PSU Help Center.

OHSU

OHSU’s Information Technology Group (ITG) works 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, but phones are answered seven days a week, 24 hours a day for support. Call 503-494-2222.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES (The following community resources, which are not offered through OHSU or PSU, have been suggested for financial, housing, food, and other personal needs.)

Meals for kids who depend on school breakfasts and lunches
School districts around the state are helping ensure children don’t go hungry during the school closures. Here are quick links to free meals for kids. See below for times and locations.

Oregon’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
You or someone you know may qualify for SNAP. Many students hold down jobs while also pursuing their academic careers. Many of those jobs are in restaurants and bars or are in stores and businesses that are temporarily closing. Public structures like SNAP are here for these critical moments. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible individuals and families. You can learn more on the Oregon Department of Human Services website about whether you’re eligible for SNAP and apply online for food benefits to help you and your family. 

new Supporting your children in their remote learning
As many students have children at home during this time, Khan Academy Kids offers FREE lesson plans and schedules. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that allows children to study at their own pace, even outside of the classroom. Lessons are available for children of all ages and include math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more:

new Important news for Veterans
A recent federal bill was recently passed which allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to waive the  requirement for veterans who are students and who wish to receive their full benefits to physically attend class once a week for 1 hour …  and attend all mid-terms and finals in person …” Veterans can now attend remote learning classes without risk to their benefits.

new Free yoga and wellness apps
We all need to pay attention to our both mental and physical health right now and yoga offers a great way to relieve stress and anxiety while getting a workout, too. Down Dog, a ppopular app for practicing yoga at home, has made all of their yoga, barre and workout apps FREE until July 1 for all students and teachers (K-12 and college). PSU’s email domain has been added to their list of school emails, so anyone who signs up using this domain will have unlimited access to the Down Dog apps until July. 

Just download the app or go to www.downdogapp.com, and then create an account using the PSU’s email domain. Once your email address is confirmed, the free membership is automatically applied!

Mutual Aid Program
There is a Mutual Aid program for those who need help or want to help others in our community. If you are *in need* of support (errands, food, etc.) during the COVID-19 lockdown, please know that there are neighbors available to help. See the “Portland area COVID-19 “Request Support” form” in the link below.

If you are *able to volunteer support* (errands, food, etc.) during the COVID-19 lockdown, please know that there is an opportunity to participate in meaningful mutual aid. See the “Portland area COVID-19 “Offer Support” Volunteer Form” at PDXMutualAid.

Additional Community Technology Resources

With classes at both our partner universities moving to virtual classrooms, below are some options for staying connected off-campus.

1) Xfinity/Comcast and Spectrum/Charter cable services have opened up ALL of their WiFi hotspots to both current customers and non-customers.  Comcast/Xfinity is the largest provider of internet service in the Portland Metro area (and beyond). Spectrum/Charter provides internet hotspots for students who live outside of the Portland Metro area as well.

Coverage maps of hotspots:

Spectrum:https://broadbandnow.com/Charter-Communications

Xfinity: https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/

2) Comcast “Internet Essentials” 

Comcast will provide 60 days of free internet services for any student who qualifies for their Internet Essentials program. More information regarding this program can be found through this link:

https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic

3) Spectrum/Charter Free Internet

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more