POWER in Pediatrics Resources

The Department of Pediatrics recognizes that working in the evolving field of healthcare and caring for sick children and their families has its challenges, and that these challenges have become particularly acute since the emergence of COVID-19. We also recognize that supporting children and their families during times of illness and improvement can be extremely rewarding. To support individuals and groups in our department as we navigate current stressors in our system and unanticipated changes to come, we have launched the POWER (Promoting Overall Well-Being, Engagement, and Resilience) in Pediatrics Initiative. The POWER team is creating programs and initiatives that will reach and support everyone in Pediatrics. Interested in getting involved in POWER? Contact Hannah Strauss (hvb2106@cumc.columbia.edu) or Marina Catallozzi (mc2840@cumc.columbia.edu).

The information on this page will be updated regularly as we identify and create new resources, so bookmark the page and check back often.

COVID-19 Basics

Columbia University Medical Center
ColumbiaDoctors COVID-19 Resource page
This informational hub includes official guidelines, signage, mask supply stations, updated call center messages and procedures, as well as additional resources.

CUIMC Coronavirus Resource Center
Medical Center guidance specific to patients, providers and clinical staff, non-clinical staff, and research.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP infonet access required)
Daily COVID-19 Leadership Briefing
Each morning at 10am NYP leadership produces a video update on NYP's response to COVID-19. Past updates are available as well.
Employee Support Resources for COVID-19
Employee resources including childcare, parking, HR questions, Citibike membership and more.
COVID-19 Information Page
Includes NYP guidelines re: visitors, PPE use and more; regulatory updates; and FAQs.

New York City Dept of Health
New York City Department of Health Coronavirus site
Up-to-date guidelines and NYC case data.
NYC DOH Coronavirus factsheet

New York State
New York State Coronavirus website

Centers for Disease Control
Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Resource page
CDC Risk Assessment for Healthcare Settings 

World Health Organization
How to Wash Your Hands with Soap
How to Wash Your Hands with Sanitizer

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds: Mental Health of Front Line Providers during COVID Outbreak March 27, 2020

Anna Allmann, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
(with a special musical introduction by Lisa Kim & Kevin Puts from the New York Philharmonic)

Individual and group support for Pediatrics providers
is available to faculty and staff in Pediatrics through the Columbia Department of Psychiatry. For more information contact Hannah Strauss at hvb2106@cumc.columbia.edu.

Free, confidential 24-7 short-term counseling
Columbia’s Employee Assistance Program offers free counseling by phone at: 888-673-1153

NYC Well
Available 24/7. Speak with a professional or peer counselor for confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, suicide prevention, crisis support, and help accessing mental health and substance abuse care. 

  • Chat online
  • Call: 1-888-NYC-WELL or 1-888-692-9355
  • Text: Text WELL to 65173

CDC Guidance
CDC guide for healthcare providers on coping with COVID-19 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273- 8255 

Columbia University Office of Work/Life
Mental & Emotional Wellbeing (for ALL CU Faculty, Staff, Residents & Fellows)

Life Coaching 
LifeCoach is available to you and your household members at no cost.
To get started call the LifeCoach program at 855-290-2655.

House Staff Mental Health 
Columbia: Laurel Mayer, MD 646-774-8067 or 212-305-2967 
Columbia: Brett Rutherford, MD 646-774-8660 
Columbia Psych ED Crisis Line: 212-305-8075 
Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741
NYP Healthy Mind: 844-860-0365


Insight Timer
Insight Timer ffers over 8,000 free guided meditations, 1,000 music tracks, polyphonic bells and ambient sounds, and stats/journaling to track progress.

Mindful Self-Compassion
This website has free audio and written meditations that average 10-15 minutes in length. Examples include: Affectionate Breathing, Loving-Kindness for Ourselves, Giving and Receiving Compassion, Working with Difficult Emotions, Labeling Emotions, and Forgiving Ourselves.

Guided Meditation for Beginners
This website presents a very simple, direct type of guided meditation for beginners, perfect for anyone getting started: focusing your attention on your breath, and nothing else, as you sit quietly. The website provides free 2, 4, 6, 8 minute guided and 10 minute unguided meditations.

Better Sleep                                     

CBT-i Coach
This site provides tools to improve sleep habits and prevent future insomnia, as well as access to educational materials about proper sleep hygiene. This app is not meant to be used as a substitute for psychological services but rather as an additional resource to augment ongoing treatment.

Other Resources
E-book: FACE COVID: How to respond effectively to the Corona Virus 
Article: That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief
Article: 10 Tips to Enhance Well-Being When Working Remotely 

Work-Life Resources

CUIMC Backup Childcare: Bright Horizons 

Parking and Alternate Transportation Information
CUIMC Temporary Parking Options (click on "Parking" tab on this page)

Key Contacts

CUIMC/MSCH Department of Infection and Prevention Control
For possible exposures call 212-305-7025 

NYP Hotline for Employee Health (Workforce Health and Safety)
646-NYP-WHS0 (646-697-9470

NYP Hotline for the Public
(Staffed by physician assistants): 646-697-4000

NYC DOH Provider Access Line: 866-692-3641 

Columbia Employee Assistance Program: 877-673-1153 

Information for VP&S Medical Students
Information for VP&S Students

Telemedicine Contacts
24/7 Epic Applications Support Group (ASG) for providers: 212-305-4357
Patient support: 646-962-4200
Virtual Assistant (VA) support for NYPMG, contact Digital Health team: 646-297-4600
Epic Together Telemedicine
Saba Learning Center
Provider Guide
Link to Download Mobile Apps 
Additional support can be obtained by emailing: videovisitsupport@nyp.org.


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