We understand that it’s hard to feel at ease when the COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-changing situation. We also understand that our communities are incredibly challenged with being able to keep up with this information and understand how to navigate this landscape. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement is working closely with partners across Rush and throughout the city in support of the well-being of our shared community. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our communities safe and healthy.
Darlene Oliver Hightower, JD
Vice President, Community Health Equity
Rush University System for Health
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For the latest health information and updates (including a free online COVID-19 self-assessment test), please bookmark this page: Rush COVID-19 information and resources.
For helpful COVID-19 video resources, visit our Rush COVID-19 Education Center.
Ask a Doc Community Webinar: Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 10:00 am CST in Spanish.
If you have any questions you'd like to have answered by our providers durinig the webinar, please submit them in advance to CHEE@Rush.edu.
Below are some additional community resources you can share with community members to help. (Please check back regularly for updates to this page.)
COVID-19 Community Resources
Disability Community Resources
Rush Education and Career Hub (REACH)
- For questions about current programming, please email us at email@example.com or call us at (312) 942-5961
- Weekly emails will be sent regarding updates about programming. To receive these updates, please visit our News & Events page or subscribe on our website under Contact Us.
- Schools and institutions of higher education
- West Side United resources: Tools and activities for parents and children to use while out of school due to COVID-19
- Beyond Hunger
- Catholic Charities: To access other services, please call (312) 655-7700.
- Greater Chicago Food Depository: Use this tool to find food near you. Call the program before you go to confirm hours and requirements.
- St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry (5112 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL) Open Wednesday and Thursday 10 am -12 pm. Contact: Leon Williams at (773) 287-0206.
- West Side United food resources: Important information on where to find or donate food during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines
- City Colleges of Chicago resources: Chicago COVID-19 from hotline numbers to financial resources
- Chicago Department of Public Health Coronavirus Response Center: Up-to-date COVID19 information
- Chicago Illinois resources: Helpful information about COVID-19 for those in Chicago and Illinois
- Chicago Park District
- Chicago Public Library
- Chicago Public Schools
- City of Chicago Family and Support Services
- Community Alert from the 15th District Chicago Police Department - includes list of Austin area food pantries. Spanish version here.
- COVID 19 and Unemployment Benefits Questions or call (800)244-5631
- Illinois Department on Aging
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- National U.S. resources: Up-to-date resources from national US sources about COVID-19 response
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 guidelines
- Unemployment resource: Illinois COVID-19 unemployment assistance
- Chicago Jobs Council: Work requirements for SNAP and other public benefits
- World Health Organization (WHO) coronavirus information
- Affirm: The Rush Center for Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health
- CenterLink: This organization provides a network of LGBT centers across the country and helps increase access to public resources. Note: Do not walk into a community center if you are sick or have been exposed. Call and ask if about virtual support groups.
- Fenway Health: A health care center that runs an LGBT Helpline and a Peer Listening Line, which people can call from across the country. Call (888) 340-4528 for adults 25+. Call (800) 399-PEER for those under age 25.
- SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline:This hotline provides crisis response and helps connect people with community resources. Call (877) 360-LGBT and request to speak to someone in either English or Spanish.
- Trans Lifeline: Provides a peer support hotline and microgrants for trans people in need of all ages. Hotline: (877) 565-8860
- Trevor Project: Offers LGBTQ youth access to counselors by phone (866) 488-7386) online chat or text (text START to 678678). They also provide an online community for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24.
Mental Health Resources
- Centers for Disease Control: Help managing anxiety and stress
- Mental Health America: COVID-19 and your mental health
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
Nonprofit and Business Resources
- Facebook Business Resource Hub
- Nonprofit risk management resources
- Nonprofits and coronavirus
- Small business resources: Information for small business owners in areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and checklist
Older Adult Resources
- Activities and resources to stay connected
- Alzheimer's Association: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Dementia Caregivers
- Rush experts offer COVID-19 tips for older adults
- Rush Generations
- The Caregiver Initiative
- Affirm: The Rush Center for Gender, Sexuality & Reproductive Health
Discover Health stories on health and wellness
- 8 Tips to Avoid Emotional Eating While Social Distancing
- A Parent's Guide to COVID-19
- Back to Basics: Washing Your Hands
- Caring for Yourself When You're the Caregiver
- Combating the Effects of Social Isolation
- Exercising During COVID-19
- Mindfulness Can Help in Times of Uncertainty
- Self-Care in Unprecedented Times
- Shelter in Place, Social Distancing and What It All Means
- Stay Engaged, Active and Health at Home
- Rush Adolescent Family Centers
- Rush COVID-19 FAQs
- Rush COVID-19 FAQs (en español)
- RUSH COVID-19 latest updates
- Rush Education and Career Hub (REACH)
- Rush Generations
- Rush School-Based Health Centers
- The Caregiver Initiative
Undocumented Immigrant Health Resources
- Centers for Disease Control en espanol: Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID‑19)
Charter Communications: Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access to families with children in
grades K-12 or college that are homebound due to the coronavirus outbreak. Customers are able to access services at no cost for 60 days (and with waived
installation fees). Call (833) 267-6094 for more information.
- Free Clinic Directory
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Community Resources
- Immigrants Rising: Tangible support for undocumented communities
- Legal Aid Chicago: Call (312) 341-1070 for more information
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: COVID-19 testing information
- United We Dream: Clinic health care access directory
- Yo Soy Ella: During this time of social distancing, women can call (773) 663-5001 any day of the week between 7 pm and 9 pm and receive talk therapy or email Sarah@yosoyella.org.
- High-speed Internet service: Low-income Internet service programs for up to two months
- Technology access:
- Allergies vs. Flu vs. COVID-19: Distinguishing the difference among these conditions
- Blood donation: American Red Cross explains the need for blood donation and why it's safe to donate
- Childcare programs: IDPH guidance on preventing COVID-19 spread in daycare/childcare centers
- First responders: CDC guidance on COVID-19 for first responders and law enforcement
- Funeral homes: IDPH recommendations for preventing COVID-19 spread in funeral homes
- Homeless shelters: COVID-19 guidance for homeless shelters
- Multilingual resources: A roundup of multilingual COVID-19 resources
- NowPow resources
- West Side United health resources: Resources to maintain a healthy physical and mental lifestyle while staying safe during COVID-19