Take care of you, with support from Columbia Health

Dr. Bernitz shared resources with Morningside/Manhattanville students at the start of Spring term.

Melanie Bernitz
January 26, 2024

The below message was sent to all Morningside and Manhattanville students on Friday, January 26, 2024.

Dear Students,

As the new year and a new term starts amid challenging times for many in our community, I write to offer a reminder of the support available from Columbia Health, be it through mental health support or well-being conversations, to help you do your best both inside and outside the classroom.

At the start of 2024, we are seeing sharp increases in respiratory virus infections such as influenza and COVID-19, in part driven by an emerging SARS-CoV-2 variant. Per New York state recommendations, all Columbia Health offices are mask-required (please request one from a staff member if you need).

If you haven’t yet, get the flu shot and an updated COVID-19 booster and continue to practice essential prevention measures, including wearing a mask in crowded spaces and crucially, staying home if you are sick, including staying home from classes.



Incoming new students:

Continuing students:

  • You can still enroll in the optional dental or vision insurance plan. Enroll by Thu. Feb. 15.

As you strive to engage with your courses and co-curricular activities, please remember to make your well-being a priority while managing the many challenges of this semester. Reach out for support, whether from Columbia Health, your peers, or advisors, because when you feel well, you'll do even better.

Be well,

Melanie Bernitz, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Vice President, Columbia Health
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (in the Center for Family and Community Medicine)