Access care from anywhere, at any time, with Care Connection

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Whether our children are preschoolers or pre-med, making a safe return to school in the midst of a pandemic is a top-of-mind concern for parents, students, caregivers, and educators. Whether your student is learning in person or online, maintaining your family’s physical and mental wellness is a priority.

At a time when a simple cough can trigger instant worry, WVU Medicine families enrolled in a WVU Medicine medical plan can seek treatment for a variety of conditions through our recently expanded Care Connection program.

Care Connection offers a variety of care resources for our employees and their family members through a secure connection via a smartphone, computer, or tablet. And because life doesn't happen on our timetables, these Care Connection services are available during extended and weekend hours: nurse navigators, e-visits, and video visits.

This year’s back-to-school season is a time of learning for all of us. We’re all getting accustomed to a new way of life and establishing new habits to safeguard our health. Care Connection offers our employees a safe, contact-free alternative for getting the care they need when they need it.

Best of all, Care Connection is a free program. It allows you to access care from anywhere, at any time, saving time and money -- while offering the peace of mind we all need right now. Learn more.


Get any needed shots. Make sure your family’s immunizations are up-to-date, and be sure everyone gets their seasonal flu shot.

Catch some ZZZs. Sleep is critical to maintaining a healthy immune system. Depending on age, some kids could need 10 hours a night.

Brown bag it. Pack a healthy lunch at home, and skip the cute lunchbox for now. Tossing after-meal garbage is a much safer option.

Mask up. Be sure students have enough clean masks to wear to school. If they are made of cloth, wash them frequently. Let kids have fun with choosing designs and colors they like.

Stay active. Moving your body helps manage stress. Engaging in physical activity, as a family or individually, contributes to good physical and mental health.

Talk it out. Whether returning to school or attending online, kids will miss the level of socializing they once enjoyed with their friends. Do your best to be present when they need you to listen.