As the University of Iowa campus transitions from its initial crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic to a recovery phase, ongoing negative effects of the pandemic are expected to continue, in which there will be equity gaps for those with historically marginalized identities and with lesser resource accessibilities.
Readiness to proactively and preventively manage the next phase of response is critical to assist campus in addressing, moving through, and engaging in healing from the negative effects of the pandemic.
Postvention refers to response after crisis to address:
- (a) Facilitating healing from grief, loss, trauma, and distress
- (b) Mitigating other negative effects of exposure to grief, loss, trauma, and distress
- (c) Preventing ongoing escalation of grief, loss, trauma, and distress for those at risk.” Postvention encourages resilience and coping to reduce ongoing and increasing negative impacts of crisis.
A Pandemic Postvention Mental Health Task Force was charged by the Vice President for Student Life, Provost, and University Human Resources to research, create, and disseminate sustainable, structurally supported recovery services campus.
This website provides resources to assist you individually as you manage your return to the on-campus work environment and impacts for you and your family, your evolving emergence from the initial crisis management response, and/or your transition from the many changes you made to adjust to the pandemic and changes you are having to make yet again to emerging campus work models.
Please use these resources to assist yourself, your colleagues, your fellow students, those you supervise, and of course, your family.
Implementation Team Charge
Background: The COVID-19 Mental Health Postvention Task Force recently submitted a set of recommendations and proposed deliverables related to supporting the UI community in the ever-changing COVID-19 climate. Though we initially anticipated a clearer “postvention” era, our implementation will focus on building community resilience, support, and gratitude.
- The group will develop and deploy deliverables recommended in the final report.
- Close coordination with the Office of Strategic Communication, COVID-19 Advisory Committee, and the UI Well-Being Collaborative will be required in order to ensure that messaging and interventions are appropriately aligned and timed. A communications coordinator is included on the committee for this purpose.
Outcomes, Deliverables, and Timeline:
- A sequenced and coordinated set of messages and associated calls to action related to resources (e.g., basic needs, EAP) and community support.
- Given there is a large volume of messages and communications currently being deployed, the group should evaluate proposed deliverables within the context of campus well-being initiatives and communications, to avoid duplication or oversaturation.
The group should create a timeline with three-month increments over an 18-month time period.
- Out of Scope – The group should not end:
- Fundraising or development-related work (underway through UI leadership)
- Creation of new websites or social media channels (use mentalhealth.uiowa.edu or other existing websites and existing social media accounts rather than adding new)
Division of Student Life, Office of the Provost, and University Human Resources
Barry Schreier, University Counseling Service (Co-Chair)
Bronwyn Threlkeld-Weigand, Employee Assistance Program (Co-Chair)
Kristi Norris, Academic Support & Retention (Co-Chair)
Katie Birdsall, Student Life Communications
Tanya Villhauer, Office of the Dean of Students
Megan Hammes, UI Wellness
Nicole Del Castillo, Carver College of Medicine
Omar Mustafa, Undergraduate Student Government
Michaela Dohleman, Graduate and Professional Student Government