The VETTing Project
The VETTing Project acronym stands for Verifying, Evaluating, Teaching, and Transforming. It is a diverse interprofessional team comprised of students and staff with representation, training, and backgrounds from various health fields, including mental health, nursing, public health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medicine.
This project was born out of a need to support students and the work of student-facing providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, we compiled and evaluated resources on how to manage and overcome mental health and well-being challenges that arose out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project has since evolved to respond to additional critical mental health and well-being topics, specifically anti-Black violence and the deconstruction of white supremacist systems. While it is not comprehensive nor exhaustive, our hope is that this tool will continue to grow
and change to meet the needs of our community during this time of uncertainty and quickly evolving evidence.
Through the dedication and hard work of generous CUIMC student volunteers, mental health and well-being resources presented here have been reviewed with attention to accuracy, utility, and accessibility through a lens of health equity and social justice.
How to Use This Tool
In an effort to share resources in a digestible and timely way, we have worked to catalogue and summarize the resources with a standardized rubric in the page below:
We recognize that our recommendations are subjective—we include the recommendations here with the rationale of our student reviewers so that users can decide for themselves which resources are most useful. Recommendations are expressed as the views of each individual reviewer and serve as a general guide—they are not to be represented as views formally endorsed by CUIMC or Columbia University.
We encourage users to exercise their best judgement in utilizing these resources for themselves or when sharing with others. Where it is useful, we hope this tool can be shared widely.
The CSSC has worked with Center for Student Wellness and Mental Health Services to create this CUIMC Student Well-Being Resource Guide. Staff Liasons: Jennifer Nguyen, MPH, CHES and Ritu Agarwal, MA. Student Leaders: Anny Sigaran, Janine Inez, BFA, Elizabeth Shelton, BS, Hannah Tognola, MSOT, Sabrina Kentis Student Volunteers: Garrison Daly, Stephen DiMauro, Isra Eldosougi, Cei Lim Kim, Erica Schutzman, and Alana Zimmer. CSSC Student Project Managers: Megan Krozser, BAPH, and Shayna Feuer.
Questions & Feedback
The VETTing Project Team is dedicated to collaborative work that meets the needs of our community. We encourage your feedback on this tool as work to create an updated web-based platform. Please take a moment to provide feedback through our short VETTing Project Feedback Form. You may also direct questions to Jennifer Nguyen (firstname.lastname@example.org).