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Health, Wellness and Fitness

The university has developed special COVID-19 guidelines and resources to help students and postdocs face the many challenges of this ongoing pandemic.

All postdoctoral fellows at JHU receive comprehensive health insurance through Johns Hopkins EHP. For primary care, University Health Services is available for postdocs at the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and the Berman Institute, and postdocs at the Schools of Engineering and Arts and Sciences can use the Student Health and Wellness Center.

Through the Employee Assistance program, postdocs and their household family members now have access to up to five counseling sessions at no cost. In addition, the Employee Assistance Program brings together a variety of helpful services to ease the daily life stressors individuals face. By calling 888-978-1262, postdocs can access verified referrals for daily assistance, such as child care and elder care, recommendations for convenience services, including pet care, lawn care, legal or financial guidance, and identity theft consultations. See HUB article for more information.

Additional mental wellness resources include Thriving campus and the Calm App.

JHU now has an Ombuds for Doctoral and Postdoctoral students, fellows, and programs. The Ombuds Office is a place where postdocs can confidentially and informally raise any issue of concern at the university.  Annalisa Peterson, the university Ombudsperson, is happy to meet with you to provide confidential support. Depending on what a visitor to the Office wants, the Ombudsperson can listen, strategize, identify options, gather information, provide guidance on applicable laws and policies, help prepare for difficult conversations, mediate/facilitate conflicts and identify other creative options to support the resolution of a concern. You can learn more and schedule a confidential consultation with Annalisa on the Ombuds website.

Two major athletic centers are available for postdocs including the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center that services Homewood campus postdocs and the Denton Cooley Center at the east Baltimore medical campus.

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