Keep your health in check with Wildcat WellCheck

Keep your health in check with Wildcat WellCheck

By David SalafskyCampus Health Service
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Wildcat WellCheck screenings can be completed via text message or online.
Wildcat WellCheck screenings can be completed via text message or online.
David Salafsky, interim executive director of the Campus Health Service
David Salafsky, interim executive director of the Campus Health Service

"Stay home if you are sick" is advice that has never been more important. Wildcat WellCheck, a new program launched this summer, was created with that in mind. The self-administered daily wellness screening for COVID-19 symptoms is a requirement for all employees, students and designated campus colleagues before they arrive on or engage in campus-based activities. All employees and students should enroll in the Wildcat WellCheck program. (For those who are working remotely and not coming to campus, there is an option that might work better for you.) Users can also report challenges they're experiencing, such as shortages of food or masks, or struggles to socially distance in the workplace or classroom.

How it works

  1. Employees, students and designated campus colleagues sign up on their phone. Text JOIN to 833-339-0504.
  2. If you indicated that you regularly come to campus, Wildcat WellCheck will send you brief, daily health screenings via text message or email. On days when you don't plan to come to campus, respond "no." If you indicated that you work remotely, you will not receive daily messages. If you plan to come to campus, you can text "wellcheck" to 833-339-0504 or log into the site to answer screening questions.
  3. WellCheck participants are directed to tailored health and safety information to help them protect themselves and others from getting and spreading the virus.
  4. Users receive biweekly reminders to share any challenges you may be experiencing or to make changes to your enrollment information.

It's that easy. There are no apps to download or complicated systems to navigate. Just answer a few brief questions on your cellphone or smartphone (or via email) before you start your day.

As an important part of the University's "Test, Trace, Treat" safe campus strategy, Wildcat WellCheck helps mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the wider community and helps identify relevant public health challenges that need resources or educational messaging. Depending on the responses given, individuals receive tailored information and links to relevant resources.    

Privacy information

Who has access to your information?

We will only share or disclose your personal information as described by the Wildcat WellCheck Privacy Statement or as required or permitted by law. Participants' University NetID and any other personally identifiable information will only be tracked or disclosed to University officials for the sole purpose of reporting whether participants have completed a required wellness check. In those cases, specific responses to the wellness questions or any personal health information will not be reported or disclosed.

Will your health be monitored by the University?

Employee enrollment or wellness check information will NOT be a part of employment/personnel files nor will it be shared with health care providers. If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, you will be encouraged by Wildcat WellCheck to contact your health care provider directly. Your answers to screening questions will not be shared with Human Resources, Campus Health or any others.

How is your personal information protected?

Wildcat WellCheck complies with the University's privacy and security policies and standards to ensure the security of your personal data. We maintain technical, physical and administrative safeguards to protect the security, integrity and privacy of personal data, including the following practices: 

  • Storing information we collect on computer systems located in controlled facilities with limited access. 
  • Protecting the transmission of your information over the internet, using encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer protocol.
  • Using a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosures.
  • Limiting access to data to only authorized personnel.

University leaders, colleges, departments and other units are informed of their obligation to maintain the confidentiality of responses. 

University Information Security Policy ISO-600 addresses Information Security Incident Reporting and Response requirements, which apply in the case of an unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors that may compromise the security of your personal information. 

How will the University use the information reported on challenges?

Depending on the challenges that are being reported several things can happen. For example, if food shortages are being reported, we can coordinate more food drives for the Campus Pantry. If individuals are experiencing social pressures to not adhere to preventive strategies such as distancing or wearing a mask, we can provide relevant targeted messaging. This information allows you to tell us what you need on a routine basis so we can respond and direct resources appropriately.

For more information, please visit the Wildcat WellCheck website.

David Salafsky is interim executive director of the Campus Health Service.

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