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Resources for Your Well-Being

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
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In the Department of Pediatrics, we know that our most valuable asset is our workforce. Over the past year we have increased our focus on workforce well-being, and that’s even more important during the time of COVID-19.

We have created this web page that lists opportunities, valuable tools and resources for you to use during this challenging time.

Support for Emotional Well-being

Personal Assistance Service is here to provide support during this challenging time. To obtain an appointment, contact the PAS office at 919-416-1727. PAS also offers video and telephone sessions. Click here to learn how to access video appointments. There are also strategies from PAS for taking care of your emotional health during a medical crisis available here.

Other resources through the PAS site include:

Behavioral Health Urgent Access (fee for service, eligible health insurance accepted)
The Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has same-day appointments available (in-person and telephone-based) for faculty, staff, Graduate Medical Education (GME) trainees and their families (including children) who are seeking support related to stress management, coping resources, and behavioral health concerns. In-person appointments are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extended hours are available for telehealth services. Call 919-681-1631 to access these services. More information can be found here.

Rapid Response Group Coaching Sessions
In an effort to support faculty during this challenging time, the Duke School of Medicine Executive Coaching Program will be offering free Rapid Response Group Coaching Sessions via Zoom for SOM faculty. This service will be provided by the Office for Faculty at no charge. Sessions are open to all SOM faculty members, and you may attend as many (or as few) of these “drop in” coaching sessions as you like between April 1 and May 31. Sessions will be led by Executive Coaches Sharon Hull, MD, MPH, PCC and Jodi Hawes, MD. One or both of them will attend each session and facilitate the conversations. Learn more.

Writing for Hope, Connection and Community during COVID-19
Pediatrician and palliative care fellow Dr. Karen Jooste is teaming up with integrative health coach John Evans to offer their expertise in expressive writing—proven to decrease feelings of stress, anxiety, and rumination, and increase levels of resilience. The duo is holding Zoom workshops entitled Writing for Hope, Connection and Community during COVID-19. Workshops will take place Thursday, April 16 and Thursday, April 23 from 4:30-5:30 pm, and Friday, May 1 and Friday, May 8 from 7-8 am. No writing experience is necessary, and there is no requirement to share anything that you write. Sign up by or They'll send the Zoom invitation to you.

Perspective and Hope in the Era of COVID-19
Seeking to find and share hope during a difficult time, Duke Global Health Institute psychologist Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, PhD recently made a video to share with others who are staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch her video and read a few of her insights in her Q&A.

Duke Learning & Organization Development Resources
The team at Duke Learning & Organization Development is hosting several live-streaming, no-cost webinars. These webinars address both current challenges specific to the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing professional development needs. To learn more about these courses, visit the Duke Learning & Organization Development website.

Additional sites for emotional well-being support (Duke Net ID and login required)

Support for You and Your family

Important Contact Information

  • Duke Health COVID Hotline: 919-385-0429
  • NC State Hotline 24/7: 866-462-3821
  • PDC Infection Prevention, Gina Green: 919-451-8828
  • PPE Requests, Jan Fortman: 919-681-8564
  • PDC Human Resources, Jennifer Duerr: 919-613-7774.
    Email questions to

COVID-19 Resource Guide for Families (English/Spanish) produced by Duke Children's Primary Care.

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) produced by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Child care, pet care, and more volunteer services offered through Duke Healthcare professional students.

Emergency Child Care options and childcare now being offered through YMCA of the Triangle.

Current list of Durham restaurants offering takeout and delivery.

Meal ideas for the whole family when fresh ingredients may not be available.

Sign up for the Healthy Duke Recipe of the Day.

Resources for parents teaching at home during COVID-19 school closures.

Discounts for healthcare workers.

Duke List is a free, courtesy, community, electronic bulletin board for full-time students, faculty or staff members with an active Duke NetID. Current campus community members can view listings, as well as post or reply to an ad.  

Online Well-being Resources

We will continue to update the website as new resources become available. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mara Becker, MD, or others in the Department of Pediatrics if you need additional help or information.

During this challenging time, please don’t forget to show gratitude and support one another and to find small joys in every day.

Have you found a great well-being resource? Please share by emailing