UNC-CH COVID Support
Objective: Development, evaluation and dissemination of mutual support so that no student, staff member, or faculty feel without someone to whom to turn in the stress of COVID-19.
Mutual Support Activities and Groups or “Support Pods” – Units may already have groups of their members who meet and can provide support to each other. These should be encouraged. In their absence, Support Pods can be developed. These can be defined administratively (e.g., department administrative staff) or encouraged among naturally occurring groups (e.g., Moms’ Pod). Pod members meet through their choice of channels (e.g., GroupMe).
“Pod Reps” can be identified from each already existing group or Pod and meet regularly to identify concerns, brainstorm strategies, and share ideas.
Pods may choose to focus on concrete issues or concerns they share (e.g., studying for comps, meeting university deadlines for budgeting and financial reporting) or may focus on non-business, social discussions (e.g., Netflix best pics). Some may also choose a shared activity such as making masks or organizing resources.
Peer Support Volunteers (PSVs) – After brief training (currently 75 minute), PSVs will do several things:
- Be available to those who might need someone to talk with – similar to the availability of those trained in Mental Health First Aid or Safe Zone
- Reach out to those who may be isolated or dealing with major stressors, self-identified or identified through Pods, etc.
- Work with Pod Reps to organize activities or resources in the department and school
- Help individuals navigate available resources within their department or organization
- Represent and advocate for the needs of those with whom they are in contact
- Other activities they may identify as useful or helpful
- Ongoing meetings among Peer Supporters to exchange ideas and support in their roles.
Collaborative Learning Network – We would like to convene those managing or coordinating programs in departments or CAUs to exchange approaches, problems encountered, ways to address them, and arrange shared training or other enrichment opportunities, e.g., webinar on trauma focused support.
Connect with the Collaborative Learning Network and share resources on our Microsoft Teams work group. You will need a UNC login to access this page.
How to be a Supportive Friend During COVID-19
Webinar, March 31, 2020
Building Peer Support Programs for Wellbeing at UNC-Chapel Hill
Webinar, April 7, 2020
Peer Support Volunteer Training
Webinar, April 29, 2020
Peer Support Volunteer Training 2
Webinar, May 27, 2020
If you’ve watched the training video above and would like to be peer support volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected with our network.
What is a Pod? 1. Identify your group 2. Choose your platform 3. Gather contact information for your Pod 4. Begin Pod 5. Register your pod at the bottom of the page We’d like to hear your feedback! If you’ve participated in our webinars or used the resources on this page, please take a moment to complete this short survey and let us know how we’re doing. Thanks so much.
A self-defined group to communicate with virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be your cohort within your concentration, a group of faculty or staff in the same department, etc. The goal is to ensure that everyone is in a pod.
Pod Rep Email
Peers for Progress Research Team
HB Faculty in Global Health
Faculty in Department of Health Behavior who work in Global Health
HB 2016 PhD Cohort
HB PhD students who began the program in Fall 2016
Group Text and Zoom
Barrington Lab Pod
Folks working with Dr. Clare Barrington
2021 HB Cohort
1st year MPH/MSPH HB Students
HB PhD Cohort Starting 2019
PhD and MPH students who are Moms of young children
HB 2017 PhD Cohort
HB PhD Cohort starting 2017
HB Admin Staff Pod
HB Administrative Staff
Junior HB Faculty
Junior HB Faculty
HB Research Staff
Research-related staff in the Dept of Health Behavior
GroupMe & Email
Teams of people who work with Carol Golin (projects; Core G; interns and students)
What is a Pod?
1. Identify your group
2. Choose your platform
3. Gather contact information for your Pod
4. Begin Pod
5. Register your pod at the bottom of the page
We’d like to hear your feedback! If you’ve participated in our webinars or used the resources on this page, please take a moment to complete this short survey and let us know how we’re doing. Thanks so much.