We asked: What COVID-19 resources would you like the IHSI community to know about?

We asked our team at IHSI to share resources they’ve found particularly useful or relevant to their work, and that may be of interest to our health-minded audience during this time. Our contributions are below, and we welcome additions from other units and organizations. Please e-mail healthinstitute@illinois.edu.

This is only a small list of recommendations from some of our staff. We also recommend the University of Illinois COVID-19 page, and Virtual Experiences at the University of Illinois for additional resources.

“The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has a COVID-19 resources page that they have been keeping up to date. I especially like that they have a COVID-19 Toolkit for communicating with the public about coronavirus.”

Illinois Extension has put together a wide array of resources for various audiences (food producers, community leaders, businesses, and families) available on their website."

“The Mayo Clinic News Network features a regularly-updated COVID-19 site for the general public with information from experts at Mayo Clinic. It covers a wide variety of topics surrounding the coronavirus. A particularly interesting recent piece featured Mayo Clinic Florida’s use of autonomous vehicles to transport COVID-19 tests.”

“The School of Social Work’s Community Learning Lab and UniPlace Christian Church have created a resource guide listing several of the community’s physical resources as well as opportunities to donate/volunteer during the COVID-19 crisis. Resources include: Food Distributions, Shelter & Housing Assistance, Restaurants Offering Free Meals, Legal Aid, Specific offers for Immigrants in C-U, Childcare, Support Groups, Clothing, Transportation, and Internet.”

“I like the NIH page on communicating about COVID-19 and the additional info on their comprehensive COVID-19 resource page.”

“Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) summarized the impact of COVID-19 on submission and grant management policies for each federal agency. They will be keeping this website updated as policies change.”

“The Family Resilience Center is producing a series of weekly briefs focused on specific topics that will provide tips for families to help them adapt to challenges. I appreciate their intention to not create “one more thing” for families to do during stressful times, but rather to help families make use of things that may already be in their toolbox to strengthen capacity for resilience.”

“Illinois Campus Recreation has posted information about how to access a free, 60-day trial of Les Mills On Demand, which is a fitness platform that offers more than 800+ workouts in a wide variety of formats (and also includes some content specifically for children).”

“The CSBS website shares information curated by the CSBS team on the social and behavioral issues raised by COVID-19.”

The I.D.E.A. Coalition has been putting out a lot of maternal health information during this time.”

“Carle and Clark Lindsay Village have both confirmed that they need homemade face masks for non-medical use (janitors, kitchen workers, etc.), and are directing people to a website with instructions for how to make them.”

“JOANN Fabrics is accepting donations of homemade surgical masks in their Make to Give campaign to support medical personnel. Check with your local store to see if they have free mask-making supply kits in stock, or use their curbside pick-up option to purchase supplies.”

“If people want to support small businesses in C-U and need to know what is open and when, Visit Champaign County has a webpage with a comprehensive list. They also list some community resources like CUPHD and ChambanaMoms.”