HEALTH and WELLNESS RESOURCES
In order to slow the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19), and protect the health of residents living at PHA properties and staff, listed below are some resources you may find useful. REMEMBER: cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, maintain 6 feet between yourself and others and stay home when you are sick.
Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 general information. https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html. Information is in Hmong, Somali, Spanish and American Sign Language.
Minnesota Department of Health Questions and Hotline questions: The hotline is open every day from 7am-7pm. 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.
Minnesota Department of Health School and Child Care Hotline questions: Open 7am-7pm. 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.
Minnesota Department of Health Situation updated information on total number of cases in Minnesota around 1 pm each day: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-Free, confidential and emotional support to people in crisis or emotional distress. 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Tip of the Week
Just In: Translated COVID-19 Print, Video Resources
Get half-hour long interpreted descriptions of the coronavirus pandemic and its effect in Minnesota in these videos produced by ECHO/TPT (Twin Cities Public Television).
In addition, check out these new print pieces from the Washington State Department of Health, downloadable on its website:
Be a germ buster, wash your hands, in Arabic, English, Khmer, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
How can I be prepared for a COVID-19 outbreak, in Arabic, English, Khmer, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Arabic, English, Khmer, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Caregivers, in Arabic, English, Spanish, Vietnamese
What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Arabic, English, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
Symptoms of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and have not been around anyone diagnosed, in Arabic, English, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
These pieces can also be found in the Exchange library.
Other COVID Resources
Other Resources and Activities: marshmma.com
Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) is a partnership the PHA has with St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health, to improve the health of our community through: increasing physical activity, improving access to healthy foods and reducing the use of, and exposure to, tobacco. For more information, go to
St. Paul Parks and Recreation Fitness Center Memberships. For just $30.00/year, adults who live or work in St. Paul have access to all thirteen recreation center fitness rooms.
LIME Scooters. PHA residents receive a 50% discount on Lime scooters. https://www.li.me/community-impact.
Metro Transit Assistance Program (TAP). The TAP program is designed to make public transit more affordable for low-income residents. TAP provides a reduced fare pass on a Go-to-Car. It allows customers to use a bus or train for just $1.00 per ride, with a 2 1/2 hour transfer time frame. PHA residents should contact their management office for more information. https://www.metrotransit.org/tap-riders.
Twin Cities Mobile Market. This converted bus brings affordable and fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, grains and other quality groceries directly into neighborhoods around St. Paul and Minneapolis that don’t have easy access to full-service supermarkets or food shelves. Visit https://www.wilder.org/what-we-offer/twin-cities-mobile-market#find-a-stop.
University of Minnesota Yard and Garden Helpline. Get information and questions answered about your garden, garden pests, house plants and more by visiting https://extension.umn.edu/yard-and-garden or 651-704-2071.
Rethink Your Drink Videos. Promote drinking or increasing water intake and less sugary beverages.
Rethink Your Drink on the Court: https://youtu.be/jEZRaRDFYQo
Rethink Your Drink in the Garden: https://youtu.be/YsW4Pr5pVMM
Rethink Your Drink at the Library: https://youtu.be/zSQYawuKH60
Quit Partner Free quit smoking resources tips, tools and resources available in many languages to help individuals quit tobacco. https://www.quitpartnermn.com or 1-800-Quite-Now (1-800-784-8669).
My Life My Quit-Free quit vaping support for teens https://mylifemyquit.com/or Text “Start My Quit” to 855-891-9989.
American Lung Association. Experts are ready to answer your questions about lung health, including asthma, COPD and tobacco cessation. https://www.lung.org/support-and-community/lung-helpline-and-tobacco-quitline. Helpline 1-800-526-4872 (1-800-LUNGUSA)
PHA Smokefree Resources http://stpha.org/about-sppha/smoke-free
Quitting Isn’t Easy Videos http://stpha.org/reports-publications
If you experience problems in the Mt. Airy or McDonough Computer Lab, please email from a computer or your phone PHAtechhelp@gmail.com.
2020 Recycling Guide
St. Paul Public Libraries
While the Library is temporarily closed, youth looking for activities can visit http://www.sppl.org. Storytime is offered through Facebook Live and free on-line tutoring is available. Library Go also has webinars for parents and educators while school is out.
The library is also offering contactless pick-up at five locations (10 am-4pm):
651-695-3500 (Highland Park)
651-642-0385 (Merriam Park)
Books are quarantined for at least 3 days before lending. All St. Paul Public School students are automatically signed-up and have access to learning tools and more. If you don’t have a computer you can call the library and tell them what kind of book(s) you are interested in. 651-266-7500.
Healthy Food Resources
Minnesota Food Helpline-Call 888-71-1-1151 or visit http://www.hungersolutions.org/programs/mn-food-helpline/
Second Harvest Midwest-Call 888-339-3663 or visit https://www.2harvest.org/
WIC-651-266-1300 (English, Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish language)
Active Living and Physical Activity
Nature based activities to do while practicing social distancing, https://extension.umn.edu/natural-resources/nature-based-activities
Health Powered kids-family fun activities https://healthpoweredkids.org/
Staying Healthy While Staying Home-Free online resources
Find Your Happy Place Tips to Cope with Stress, https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/ep/behavioral/anxiety.pdf
Change to Chill-learn tools for stress reduction and mindfulness, for teens and adults! https://www.changetochill.org
A special edition of the Resident Initiatives Opening a Window to Opportunity monthly newsletter will be distributed to the four PHA owned family sites in December. It will contain a list of virtual resources for family and youth-activities, do-it-yourself kits, entertainment, job training and more. Examples include: Science Museum of MN, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Goodwill, Augsburg Urban Debate League, and more.
Youth Escape the Vape Video Contest
MN Dept of Health & UMN launched a youth video contest for teens focused on vaping (e-cigs) taking place in February and March. More info: https://sites.google.com/umn.edu/escape-the-vape/home/join-the-escape