Announcements COVID Well-being News

WashU Helping our Own

Learn how WashU faculty and staff are coming together to provide expert-driven programs for university employees. 

WUCare – New primary care access for university employees

Beginning June 1, 2020, Washington University employees and their families (age 18+) who are enrolled in the university sponsored health plan (United Healthcare) will have access to a primary care physician at WUCare located on the medical center campus.

WUCare is a new adult primary care medical office conveniently located in Suite 5A in the Center for Advanced Medicine and is exclusively for WashU employees covered by our health plan.

Learn more about WUCare.

Affordable mental health care for employees and their children

In addition to the physical effects of COVID-19, threats to mental health should not be discounted. To support the university community during these stressful times, the WashUDirect Psychiatry service offers convenient, affordable mental health care for employees and their children. Learn more about WUDirect Psychiatry services.

From coping with coronavirus to coping with life, WashU experts work to support employee well-being

Faculty and staff from Psychiatry, the Department of Medicine, Human Resources, the Brown School of Social Work and the School of Medicine joined together to stand up mental well-being resources and support aimed at helping the WashU community cope with COVID-19. Now, the Employee Support group’s work continues to evolve to provide meaningful support for faculty, staff and the community during these difficult times. Resources and programming include Zoom sessions, expert-driven articles, a support line and other well-being tools. The “Well-Being Line” (formerly the Coping with Covid Line) is available for employees to call for in-the-moment emotional support, staffed by WashU Psychiatry faculty. Zoom sessions including “Resilience and Well-Being: How am I being and how deep is my well?”, “Cultivating Peace as Your Greatest Strength” and “Mindful Parenting: Kids as Co-Workers” are hosted by Psychiatry faculty and staff, as well as the WashU mindfulness consultant, Meg Krejci. The Employee Support group collaborates across the university and meets regularly to adapt to the needs of employees.

“We are focused on providing a continuum of care that meets employees where they are,” said Charles Zorumski, MD, Samuel B. Guze Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University. During a time when people in our community are suffering, the Employee Support group and WashU experts are taking action to help. “We’re here to support people, and we’re not going anywhere.”

View the employee well-being hub for ongoing support, programming, articles and resources.

8ight Ways to Wellness and Wellness Connection – our employee wellness program

Washington University Wellness Connection has partnered with Dr. Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, to present ‘8ight Ways to Wellness for WashU Employees’. Dr. Colditz is the Niess-Gain professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the associate director of prevention and control at Siteman Cancer Center. The 8ight Ways to Wellness framework, developed by WashU faculty, offers employees simple and effective ways to focus on physical and emotional wellness. It’s for WashU, from WashU.

Visit for programs and support on your path to wellness.

Learn about upcoming webinars hosted by the Wellness Connection Champion network and led by experts from Work-Life Solutions, our employee assistance program. The next session is on June 12, “Managing Worry and Anxiety.”

View the WashU Employee Well-being Hub for more resources and programming.