Since moving to remote instruction Cornell Health's mental health services have been made available through telehealth, but these services are only part of the response to the mental health needs of Cornell's Black community.

Mental Health for Black Cornell Students Requires Not Just Therapy, but Policy Change

The day to day experience of racism exacerbates mental health concerns for many Black people in the United States, including on Cornell University’s Ithaca campus.

Both Dr. Jacque Tara Washington, LCSW-R, Doctor of Social Work and Cornell Health clinician, and multiple Cornell students expressed a desire for systematic change to create a welcoming environment for Black student wellness.

In order to inform educational practices in the coming weeks Cornell Health administered a survey to better understand student attitudes regarding COVID-19.

Cornell Health Survey Highlights Students’ Commitment to Halting COVID-19 Outbreak

From April 2 to April 3, the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health administered a digital survey via multiple email lists with the goal of understanding students’ attitude and shift in behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of the survey are intended to inform administrators and professors, so they can appropriately develop educational material and messages.

Cornell Health has provided more than 11,500 flu shots since the beginning of fall semester.

Coughs on Campus? Probably the Flu

2,216 cases of the flu have been reported in Central New York since Oct. 5, 2019, with 65 of those having been treated at Cornell, according to Anne Jones, Cornell Health’s director of medical services.