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How to Get Help

If you're a student or an employee of UAB or UAB Medicine who has been especially hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, know that you're not alone. At UAB, we take care of one another, because we're all in this together. Here are some ways you can seek help.

Students

Emergency Financial Assistance

Are you in financial need? Currently enrolled students—including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students—who need emergency aid due to unexpected expenses caused by the ongoing COVID-19 situation are eligible to apply for assistance from the Student COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Unexpected expenses caused by the COVID-19 situation include but are not limited to:

  • education expenses (e.g., replacement books, educational supplies, costs for shipping books);
  • family expenses (e.g., child-care needs);
  • financial loss associated with emergency (e.g., lost employment or wages);
  • living expenses (e.g., inability to pay rent or utilities due to lost wages);
  • medical expenses (e.g., testing/treatment costs, costs for shipping medications);
  • transportation expenses;
  • other unexpected expenses

To apply, submit the COVID-19 Emergency Grant application through this online form. The submission must include documentation supporting the need for emergency aid, such as a bill, letter of delinquency, invoice, or bank statement. Grant amounts are decided on a case-by-case basis with a maximum amount of $500. Funds are distributed using wire/direct deposit to an account provided by the student. 

Blazer Kitchen

Blazer Kitchen will continue to provide food to employees and students in need via a drive-thru at UAB Medical Towers.

Mental Health Resources

Whether you need to speak to a counselor, want tips for managing stress, or are looking for a helpful app to download, you have a number of resources available during the COVID-19 crisis. UAB Student Counseling Services is providing face-to-face videoconferencing appointments for currently enrolled students. Learn how to schedule an appointment, and take a look at other resources for mental wellness

Employees

Employee Emergency Assistance

If you're a UAB or UAB Medicine employee who needs help, the Employee Emergency Assistance program, which is supported through the Benevolent Fund, is accepting applications online, and appointments will be conducted by phone or Zoom meeting.

Blazer Kitchen

Blazer Kitchen will continue to provide food to employees in need via a drive-thru at UAB Medical Towers. The Benevolent Fund also provides support to local nonprofits. If you, your family, or neighbors are in need, call 211 or search for resources.

Mental Health Resources

UAB offers a number of resources for mental health care for its employees, including the Employee Assistance and Counseling Center (EACC), which is providing counseling services via videoconferencing appointments. Visit the EACC website to learn more about scheduling an appointment and services offered. UAB Human Resources is offering self-care tips, support group information, LinkedIn Learning courses, and a list of online resources and more that promote mental wellness. Visit the COVID-19 Resources for Employees website and select the "Mental Health Resources" tab for more information.