Employee Health and Wellness

Welcome to the North Carolina Central University Health and Wellness page for employees. This page serves as a source of information about resources, current health issues and events that affect employee health and wellness.

Please check back often for updates and new information. If you have something you would like to see included or you have information or an event for inclusion, please contact ehs@nccu.edu.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide information on healthy workplace policies, enhancing positive social conditions, building personal skills and organizational resilience and promoting healthy lifestyles.

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Health and well-being is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being — and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

World Health Organization, 1946
august national wellness month

Strive to create a positive, healthy lifestyle and inspire others to do the same

 

  • Focus on setting healthy routines, practicing self-care, and managing stress
  • On average, it takes 66 days for a new behavior becomes automatic….  Start making good choices now!
  • Get outside - sunlight can improve your mood
  • Exercise - any movement helps your wellbeing
  • Drink more water – helps with dehydration and fatigue
  • Don’t forget about social wellness– make connections, build healthy relationships, care for others, get active together!
  • Practice mindfulness, pay attention to your breath and manage stress
  • Do a mental health check-in with yourself and get help if you need it. You can use the new TAO Connect tool in myEOL.

Workplace Burnout

Are you concerned that you or one of your colleagues is experiencing workplace burnout? Check out our informational page to find out how to identify signs of burnout as well as ways to address it.

COVID-19 Information

As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear — COVID-19 is not going away. We must continue to be vigilant and protect ourselves, our families, friends and co-workers. Luckily, we now have a robust toolbox to manage COVID-19 as cases continue to rise and fall.

Please continue to follow the steps above and add layers of protection as needed to safeguard your health and protect the health of the NCCU family.

COVID Vaccine Stickets

Ask a COVID-19 Question

Please use this form to submit your COVID-19 questions. If you need to report a positive test result or an exposure, please use our Self-Report Form.

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COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Disinfectant Order System

This is an order system for face masks and other COVID-19 items. Only designated personnel can order for departments.

COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card

NCCU COVID-19 Vaccine Card Upload and Instructions

NCCU uses Medicat, a medical electronic records system, to confidentially store proof of COVID-19 vaccination and test results for employees and students.

View Instructions

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Report Your Symptoms, Exposure and Positive Test Results

It is still required that you report positive test results, symptoms and exposures via the Self-Report link in myEOL. Please follow the instructions for quarantine or isolation that you receive via email.

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Do Not Come to Campus If You Are Ill

Do not come to campus if you are ill. Most cases of COVID-19 cannot be diagnosed by symptoms alone and closely resemble the common cold and allergies. Gastrointestinal symptoms are also becoming more common with COVID-19 cases.

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Be Prepared to Rapid Test

Out of consideration for others, if you travel or are around large groups of people, you should be prepared to rapid test 2–3 days after the last potential exposure.

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At-Home Testing Kits

Free at-home test kits are available to all NCCU employees Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between the hours of 8–9 a.m. or 1–3 p.m. at Environmental Health and Safety, 507 George Street.

Student Wearing Face Mask

Face masks are required in all health care settings on campus. Those who would like to continue wearing a face-covering in other spaces are encouraged to do so. Disposable and KN95 masks remain available through the COVID-19 Order System.

Heat Safety

There is hot, and then there is hot! Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two days — basically, most days in a North Carolina summer.

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Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

In extreme heat, your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. Extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.

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Heat-Related Illness Fact Sheet

It is also critical that you know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and what signs indicate you need to seek immediate medical attention.

Every day millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness, including many members of the NCCU family —  maybe even you.

1 in 5

U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.

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1 in 20

U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.

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50%

Of all lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 14.

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75%

Of lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 24.

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2nd

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10–34.

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10th

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall.

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Statistics provided by the National Alliance on Mental Health.

Poor Mental Health and Stress

Poor mental health and stress can negatively affect:

  • Job performance and productivity
  • Engagement with one’s work
  • Communication with coworkers
  • Physical capability and daily functioning
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Depression interferes with a person’s ability to complete physical job tasks about 20% of the time and reduces cognitive performance about 35% of the time (Lerner, et al 2008).

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Remember, it is everyone’s responsibility to promote mental health awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness. Practice being open-minded about the experiences and feelings of your Eagle family and respond with empathy, offer support and encourage others to seek help. No one is in this alone.

Below is a list of resources and information to have available if you or someone you know should need it.

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Suicide is a leading cause of death among working-age adults in the United States. Fortunately, like other workplace fatalities, suicides can be prevented. This fact sheet provides tips that you can use to help prevent suicide at work.

Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. citizens deal with mental illness, and approximately 70% of adults report at least one symptom of stress, such as a headache or feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Poor mental health and stress negatively affect job performance, productivity and daily functioning. Mental illnesses such as depression correlate with higher disability and unemployment rates. This document provides ideas for promoting good mental health in the workplace.

Department of Public Health Education Students

Strength over Silence — Stories of Courage, Culture and Community — are candid and courageous stories of lived experience. These mental health champions share their resilience and recovery, emphasizing the importance of culture and identity in the mental health movement.

Important Dates

May

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.

July

July is Minority Health Awareness Month.

September

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

Monkeypox Fact Sheet

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are tracking multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several countries that do not normally report monkeypox, including the United States. View this fact sheet to learn more about monkeypox.