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University of Kentucky Announces UK Health Corps Support Team

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 31, 2020) — The University of Kentucky’s newly developed Health Corps will serve as the support hub for accessing services, information and referrals related to COVID-19 for students, faculty, staff this fall semester. 

Organized by Student and Academic Life (SAL), Health Corps is driven by a collaborative group of university leaders spanning University Health Service (UHS), Facilities ManagementPublic Relations and Strategic CommunicationsMarketing and Brand StrategyAcademic and Student AffairsStudent Government Association (SGA), Human ResourcesInformation Technology Services (ITS), College of Public HealthSmart CampusFaculty AdvancementEnvironmental Health and Safety, and Institutional Research, Analytics and Decision Support.

Major projects that UK Health Corps is managing for the fall semester include: 

· Health and wellness symptom screening for all students, faculty and staff.

· Student testing.

· Consultation and testing or referrals to resources for faculty and staff.

· Wellness Stations: These will be located around campus to provide masks, disinfectant and other resources as needed and as available. These wellness stations will also be located at the front desk of every residence hall.

· Contact Tracer and Case Manager: Members of the UK Health Corps include trained contact tracers and case managers. Following CDC guidelines, the contact tracers and case managers will work directly with all students and employees who have tested positive and will provide them with the support and resources needed for recovery.

· Providing information about masks and personal protective equipment (PPE).

· Distributing Wellness Kits to every student: These include hand sanitizer, wipes, masks and additional items.

· Collaborating with campus partners to communicate about key issues including increased cleaning and sanitation practices as well as newly created outdoor locations for gatherings and events.

For any questions related to COVID-19 on main campus, please email UK Health Corps at  healthcorps@uky.edu or call at 859-218-SAFE(7233).

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.