Back to School Resources
Human Resources Information
"Navigating Back to School" Information Sessions
In collaboration with experts from our Inova Pediatric Service Line, over the past week we hosted “Navigating Back to School” information sessions featuring pediatricians and pediatric behavioral health experts from the Inova Kellar Center and Child Life specialists. The sessions offered tips and strategies for managing COVID-19 safely as well as dealing with the emotional impact that changes in school, social activities and sports may have on children. See the links below to watch session recordings; different team member questions were raised in each.
Session 1 – Wednesday, July 29
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Session 2 – Thursday, July 30
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Session 3 – Wednesday, July 30
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Session 4 – Wednesday, Aug 5
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- COVID-19 and Children: What Parents Should Know (Rebecca Leverson, MD)
- Common Developmental Stressors (Inova Children's Hospital)
- Preparing to Learn in a Virtual World (Inova Kellar Center/The Kellar School)
- Tips, Tools and Strategies for Managing COVID-19 and Safety with Children (Inova Children's Hospital)
Community Child Care Resources
Please find below local county resources to provide support with day care options for children:
- City of Alexandria - Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers and Providers
- Arlington County
- Fairfax County Office for Children (searchable database of child care providers)
- Loudoun County Child Care Providers & Resources
- Prince William County
District of Columbia
Inova EAP: Childcare Resources for Working Parents
As schools announce their plans for virtual-classrooms or limited, in-person instruction due to COVID-19, many working parents are scrambling for practical solutions. As a reminder, you and your family have access to skilled researchers committed to helping you identify local resources, including tutoring and child care.
A Caregiver's Guide to At-Home Schooling and Sample Schedule
Your school district might be converting to distance learning, which may have you worried about how to create a school routine at home. Inova Children’s Hospital has some useful tips, as well as a sample school schedule to help you get started.
A Caregiver’s Guide to Help Children Feel Comfortable Wearing a Mask
Children see people wear masks in public and on TV and are, perhaps, wearing masks themselves. Because wearing a mask is new and different, children might have questions or concerns. Here are some creative tips and child-friendly language to help children feel more comfortable wearing masks.
Additional Supportive Resources for Children in the Pandemic
Find a list of children's books and resources for communicating with your child about topics like germs, handwashing and feelings.
Book Recommendations to Understand Being Separated from Loved Ones (Video)
Self quarantining and being separated from friends and family is hard for everyone, and it can be especially hard for kids to understand. Ashley from Inova Children's Hospital tells us about some great books that can help children understand and cope with being separated from loved ones.
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Child-Friendly Explanations of New Words Your Child May Hear in the Pandemic
When explaining things to children, it can be helpful to ask them what they have heard or what they think something means before giving your explanation. This gives you an opportunity to build off their current understanding and clarify any misconceptions.
Creating a COVID-19 Compliance Incentive Chart
An incentive chart can be a great visual motivator for children to complete tasks. Children can see their progress and feel encouraged to reach the end prize. It also gives them a sense of control with appropriate input such as choosing the stickers or prizes.
Creating a Sense of Normalcy During the Pandemic
Children are keenly aware of changes to their routines and those of their family. They may feel confused or uncertain about what each day will look like. Creating a sense of normalcy allows children to have predictability in their day, which can promote feelings of security.
Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus by Children
As a result of overhearing information on the news, through social media and during adults’ conversations, children may have misconceptions about coronavirus. It is important to encourage open communication and let your child know that it is okay to ask questions.
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Testing for Children
Find easy answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 testing for children.
How to Help Your Child Stay Safe and Keep Others Healthy
Children love to help adults and demonstrate new skills they have mastered. They like to have control and independence, which fosters a sense of autonomy and accomplishment. Giving your child a “job” or a “role” to keep everyone safe and healthy can make your child feel important and motivated.
Promote and Practice Positive Coping in the Pandemic
Discover some creative tips for modeling and encouraging positive coping techniques in children during these challenging times.
Creative Ways to Stay Connected (Video)
Inova Child Life Specialist Ashley shares creative ways kids - from toddlers to teens - can stay connected to loved ones when families are separated by distance or self quarantining.
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How to Wash Your Hands (Video)
Lauren, Child Life Specialist at Inova Children's Hospital, shows us why it’s so important to wash your hands and get rid of those germs! It’s the easiest and most powerful way to protect yourself and your friends. Happy scrubbing, everyone!
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Make Your Own "Calm Down Bottle" - A Coping Technique for Kids (Video)
Child Life Specialist Nicole from Inova Children's Hospital demonstrates how to make a ‘Calm Down Bottle’ that children may want to use as part of a coping technique when they may be feeling upset.
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What Is COVID-19 and How Can I Help Prevent the Spread? (Video)
Dr. Rebecca Levorson, pediatric infectious disease physician, shares information COVID-19 for kids and shares why it is important to wear a mask and social distance to help prevent the spread of the virus.
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What to Expect When Getting a Coronavirus Test (Video)
An Inova Child Life Specialist walks through what your child will expect when getting a coronavirus test.
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Why We Wear Face Masks (Video)
Amy, Child Life Specialist at Inova Children's Hospital, talks about masks, including why they are important and ways to help your kiddos feel more comfortable wearing them.
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Daily Living Support
AWARE - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
The Aware mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program helps you learn to meaningfully engage in the present moment. It offers a research-based approachto stress management. A specially trained Aware specialist will guide you through a step-by-step process to learn the skills you need to reduce stress, emphasize the present and establish greater mind-body balance and increase overall well-being. Offering six (6) free telephonic sessions or take advantage of our 10 minute live Mindfulness sessions Tuesday – Friday.
Childbirth Education Virtual Offerings
Learn what to expect while you're expecting! Check out all of our great childbirth education virtual offerings today.
Eating Well: Practice Healthy Behaviors - Here, There and Everywhere
Good nutrition and healthy eating habits provide a foundation for being healthy. In this video, we'll discuss the food mood connection and how to keep things simple while balancing your meals.
Going Home Checklist
Healthy Food Delivered to Your Home
Inova’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program is now offering free home delivery of fresh local and sustainable foods including produce, meat, dairy and eggs. Every Saturday, you will receive a weekly email newsletter that details what’s available from the local farmers, along with recipe ideas. You can then mix-and-match your choices, including local produce, meat, dairy, and pantry items.
Sign up at https://inova.4pfoods.com/ using the promotion code: FREEDEL. Some zip codes may not be available for home delivery.
Free ½ hour consultation with an attorney. If the referred attorney is retain for services, 25% discount off the attorney’s hourly fee.
Call 1-800-346-0110 for consult.
Referrals for Childcare, Pet, and Elder Care
Referrals for Financial Assistance
Referrals for Home Care
Telephonic Health Coaching
Inova Well’s Health Coaching Team is offering FREE telephonic coaching sessions to support you during this stressful and busy time. It’s as simple as 1-2-3.
- Choose your Health Coach
- Select a scheduling link (location does not matter – all appointments will be conducted by phone) and choose a time most convenient for you.
- After you schedule your session, your coach will provide the telephonic details via Outlook.
- Caroline Sprinkel: Caroline.Sprinkel@inova.org | Schedule Your Session - https://inovawellhealthcoaching.as.me/IFMC-HROffice
- Deborah Kim: Deborah.Kim@inova.org | Schedule Your Session
- Shannon DelBorrello: Shannon.Delborrello@inova.org | Schedule Your Session
WellBaby Health Coaching
The Inova WellBaby team is here to support our team members during this time of uncertainty. Through all of the unknowns, you can be sure that Inova WellBaby Care Managers are ready to provide information, links to resources and education, or simply listen to your concerns. Telephone support is available in addition to communicating through the Inova Well Portal. If you or your partner are expecting a baby sign up for the WellBaby program today.
Go to www.inovawell.org to sign in or create an account; click on “Coaching,” then select “Inova WellBaby.”
Red Flags in My Mental Health – When Should I Reach Out for Help?
Recognizing the signs of when we are under deeper distress an distinguishing it from trauma is important to overall resilience in life. Asking for help when we need it helps us maintain our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being and safety. In this webinar, Jessie Joachim, PC, NCC, CEAP, SAP, Account Manager, Inova Employee Assistance helps us t concerns and learn when to know to seek professional help so that we can maintain our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.
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Coping with the Stress and Strain of Educating Your Child (Tele-learning) from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Students in K-12 education and their families have had to migrate from the classroom-in-the-school to tele-learning at home, often in an environment with other student learners or remote working parents. Tom Giroux, PhD, Program Manager of Psychological Services, Inova Kellar Center, Inova Behavioral Health Services provides tips to help you to help your child get the most from tele-learning and ideas on how to best communicate with school officials and keep up with changing policies.
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Caring for Perinatal Women and Families During COVID-19
For perinatal women, it can be a time of feeling more vulnerable or feeling increased anxiety as a result of COVID-19. Mara Watts, MA, MEd, Director of Outreach and Education at Postpartum Support Virginia and Inova liaison will share questions you can ask your provider if you are concerned about COVID-19’s effect on perinatal women as well as • ways to distinguish between general anxiety and a health condition such as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), perinatal OCD or psychosis as well as a framework to build resiliency.
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Art Therapy During the Time of COVID-19
Marie Nakhoul, MD, a certified art therapy coach will discuss art therapy, what it is and is not and how it help link the mind and body to bring balance and prevent burn out. She share how it helps participants focus on emotions, the unconscious, and thoughts that are difficult to verbalize to improve health and well-being.
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Intimacy, Closeness and Relationships with the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic
Are your relationships in lock down? How do you stay connected and maintain intimacy safely during COVID-19? Sage Bolte, PhD, Chief Philanthropy Officer and President, Inova Health Foundation, and Jennifer Bires, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Executive Director of Life with Cancer and Patient Experience, Inova Schar Cancer Institute, on fostering intimacy, closeness and relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic and tips to maintain connection.
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Creating Your Own Self-Care Plan and Protecting Yourself from Burnout during COVID-19
You hear this all the time: take care of yourself. Putting ourselves first when it comes to self-care is important before taking care of those around us. Deborah Kim, MPH, CHC, Inova Well, ACE-Certified Health Coach will speak on self-care and help guide listeners to create their own self-care plan centered on personal priorities and identify what five senses keep you alert. Having a self-care plan helps to avoid burnout and offset stress because you can focus more on being ‘up’ and optimistic for yourself and those around you.
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Nourish and Move to Stay Well throughout COVID-19
This a virtual workshop covers the tools for eating well and staying active with presenter Kelsey Coates, BS, CHC, Health Coaching Program Manager with Inova Well. She will lead an interactive discussion on optimizing your nutrition with quick and healthy meals that can be served to a family or for a single person after work.
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HeartMath® and How Practice Can Help Reduce Inner Stress Heightened by COVID-19
Steph Herbert, Director, Inova Well and Certified HeartMath Trainer will present on HeartMath® which is an officially validated system of breathing techniques to maintain “coherent,” or stable, heart rhythms that positively impact cognitive function and help regulate stress. HeartMath offers easy-to-learn breathing techniques designed to be used “in the moment,” whatever the situation, to self-regulate our own emotions and behaviors.
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Coping with COVID-19: What Can Ergonomics Offer?
Shannon DelBorrello, MS, CHC, Inova Well, Program Health Coach. She will discuss ergonomic strategies for our clinical team members working on their feet at a nurse’s station, as well as for those working from home in a day of back-to-back Zoom meetings by computer or mobile screen. Come away with easy-to-implement tips to keep our bodies fluid in the new normal of changing work and home conditions and routines as a result of COVID-19.
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COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control in a Clinical Setting, Home and Staying Protected
David Wheeler, MD is an infectious disease specialist affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital will present on exposure risk assessment and management in the context of the COVID-19 virus to help us better understand the disease, its transmission, and treatments that Inova is currently using to care for patients as well as the dual risk to healthcare workers at work, to their families outside of work, and measures to reduce this risk.
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The Kids are Gonna be Alright… Right?? Helping Children Cope during COVID-19
Amanda L. Thompson, PhD will discuss and provide parents with practical strategies to help promote their child’s positive coping directed as a of result changing routines, quarantine and social distancing precautions, ongoing uncertainty, and the loss of special events and previously held plans and how to engage on topics and facilitate meaningful family and peer connections.
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Managing Anxiety During COVID-19
This workshop will discuss a check-in system to identify your needs, monitoring your mood, and coping tips, presented by Rachel Noble, MS, LPC, Mental Healthcare Provider.
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Need Sleep? Interventions for Healthful Sleep
Hear Darah Curran, LCSW, OSW-C, remind us about the need for quality sleep and impact when stress from situational anxiety such as COVID-19 robs us of it. Learn tools to get back to sleep.
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Compassion Cultivation eWorkshop for Healthcare Workers
In this workshop, discussed is the topic of “compassion cultivation,” as presented by Dr. Lolak. Research shows that self-compassion skills can be of particular benefit to health care professionals, allowing them to experience greater satisfaction in their caregiving roles, less stress, and more emotional strength. Receive strategies to practice compassion cultivation for ourselves and others.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) is a group process that generally includes the impacted individuals and a trained professional whose responsibility is help the individuals understand their emotional reactions, validates their responses and provide tools and resources for stress management. The debriefing is not group therapy but rather is a process that enables the individuals to reflect on the traumatic events and its effects on the individuals. The debriefing provides psycho-education, promotes resiliency and recovery from high levels of stress and/or trauma situations.Onsite, live video group intervention, or referrals to individual counseling following a critical incident.
Call 1-800-346-0110 for consult.
Daily Meditation from Life with Cancer
Offering 2 daily meditations by phone at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Call 703-472-9999 | Access Code:1002538
Free Meditation and Mindfulness App
Free meditation and mindfulness app to all healthcare workers. Please note that the link to register works from your phone or from an Inova issued computer/RDP login.
Free Mental Health Counseling
- 24/7 mental health counseling
- 4 free sessions
Call 1-800-346-0110 or connect with us through the iConnect You mobile app: Passcode: 53062
Healing Health Resources
Healing Health is the producer of the C.A.R.E Channel relaxation programing for patients that has been used at IFMC for years. The free resources offered now are intended also for healthcare providers.
Heart Centered Meditation
Join us for a heart centered meditation that helps center, ground, and connect us with loving energy to blanket all of Inova and the globe. No prior meditation experience required. Principles used are taken from Healing Touch curriculum from Healing Beyond Borders. The meditation is LIVE every Friday at noon for 15 minutes.
Inova Well 9 Minute Body Scan Meditation
Body scan meditation is a good way for people to release tension they don’t even realize they’re experiencing. Body scanning involves paying attention to parts of the body and bodily sensations in a gradual sweeping of attention through the body from feet to head.
Inova Well Deep Breathing Meditation
Feeling stressed? Take a breather with this deep breathing meditation.
Introduction to HeartMath
HeartMath is a system of simple and powerful self-regulation breathing techniques which are easy to learn and designed to be used “in the moment,” whatever the situation, to self-regulate your emotions and behaviors to reduce stress, increase resilience, and unlock your natural intuitive guidance for making more effective choices. This enables individuals to break through to greater levels of personal balance, creativity, insight and health.
Meditation and Mindfulness Courses
Life with Cancer - Daily meditation offering continues Monday-Friday at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Access conference call at 571-472-9999 (Code 1002538#)
Inova Behavioral Health Services - Virtual webinars coming soon
Mental Health Hospital Call-In Phone Line
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Care Guides Phone Line - call during times of distress or for support:
- 703-728-9084 (x 443)
Mindful Body Scan: Stay CALM, Carry On!
Use the CALM reminder for a quick, mindful body scan to check-in with yourself and relax the four big zones of our body Chest, Arms, Legs, and Mind.
Mindful Monday Email from Life with Cancer
Mindful Monday emails will be sent to you weekly via the oncology service line list serve.
This session explores the basic principles of mindfulness and discusses the positive impact it has in different aspects of one's life. It also gives participants some basic mindfulness techniques that they can start adopting immediately in their everyday activities, as well as some exercises that they can start using.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
My Next 90 Challenge
For the next 3 months we commit to living intentionally. Making small changes to form lasting lifestyle habits. Check out the MyNext90 to stay on track with your goals and staying well!
Nurses' Week | Pressing Pause: A Bold Approach to Building Resilience, Endurance and Energy
As part of Inova's belated Nurses' Week Celebration, Nicholas Beamon of One Team Leadership hosted an inspirational webinar titled “Pressing Pause: A Bold Approach to Building Resilience, Endurance, and Energy.”
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A Personal Guide to Building Resiliency and Coping With Change
It's not what happens to us but how we respond to what is happening to us. This seminar will empower you to become more resilient.
Positive Affirmations to Start Your Week or Day
Positive affirmation or positive self-talk can benefit not only yourself but also other people that you interact with. Affirmation is the shifting of thoughts resulting from negative to a more positive note. Positive affirmation brings to life a person’s capabilities, strengths, talents, and skills. Constantly repeating the things that you are capable of doing and forgetting hesitant feelings that usually hinder you from pursuing a particular goal can help a lot in achieving a positive more resilient result.
A mental health specialist will come chat with your team to . . .
Listen: hear how they’re handling with this challenging time.
Teach: share coping skills and resources.
Learn: take away lesson learned from team members regarding how Inova can best support their needs.
Email Rachel.Noble@inova.org, Inova Behavioral Health & Psychiatry
Team Leader Support
We understand that these are stressful times for each of us and our staff. We have developed a set of guidelines to help you respond to your staff’s concerns. Don’t underestimate how important you are to your team. Encouraging sharing among the team, providing reliable information about the pandemic, being a good listener, and serving as a role model are the incredibly powerful tools at your disposal.
Understanding Resilience Seminar
When you are resilient, you are able to adjust quickly to new conditions, change your personal direction if required, and incorporate every life event more smoothly into your life. This online session will help participants understand what being resilient entails.
Virtual Reality Stories
Enjoy this link from Healium with stress-relief and mindful stories for all team members and their families. These stories can be played online, either at home or at work for a moment of pause.
10 Minute Exercise Workout
Gym closed? We got you covered! Check out this quick and effective 10 minute workout.
Chair Exercises from Anywhere
Join Coach Kelsey, Inova Well Health Coaching Program Manager and Certified Health Coach, for Chair Exercises from Anywhere session. Kelsey brings 7+ years of fitness expertise right to your home. Looking to incorporate movement into your daily routine, Kelsey is here to help you perform chair exercise from at home or at work to improve form and function.
New to exercise? Practice breathing and stretching in this beginner chair Yoga class!
Creating a Routine at Home: 5 Simple Steps
Caroline Sprinkel, Inova Well Health Coach, shares five simple tips to create a better routine at home during this time.
Eating Well: Practice Healthy Behaviors
Eating Well during COOVID-19: A 20-minute video on all things nutrition, brought to you by Michelle Poling, Inova Well Health Coach
How to Stay Active at Home
Join Coach Kelsey, Inova Well Health Coaching Program Manager and Certified Health Coach for an “Ask the Inova Well Health Coach” session. Kelsey brings 7+ years of coaching with empathy and compassion right to your home. Wondering how to stay active at home or curb your stress cravings, Kelsey is here to support you with evidence based wellness information using behavior change tips and tricks.
Virtual Fitness Classes
Choose from a variety of virtual fitness classes that will be taught by our skilled instructors for FREE. Classes include Kick Boxing, Barre, Zumba, Pilates and more!
Yoga for Core Strength
Focus on developing core strength, balance, stamina, and overall flexibility in this virtual yoga class - anytime, anywhere. Just grab a mat and go!
Compassion Fatigue Video by Inova Chaplaincy
We are pleased to share a short video on Compassion Fatigue, presented by IFMC Chaplain, Dustin Parsons-Schwarz. Remember to give yourself grace during this time and know that compassion fatigue is normal.
Highlights of Expressions of Support and Inspiration for Our Team Members
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus - Volunteer Services has delivered 10,222 meals and 1,767 snacks as generous donations from our community
Inova Loudoun Hospital - Visit the Wall of Well Wishes in the Atrium to share notes of gratitude and blessings, and to gain inspiration
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital - Visit the Wall of Well Wishes by the IMCU
In-Hospital Resources for Lifting One's Spirits
Inova Loudoun Hospital
- Visits with Jeremiah, Chaplaincy & Child Life
- Mondays from 6-7 p.m. (South Entrance)
- Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. (near the helipad)
- Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. (South Entrance)
- Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. (West Wing Entrance)
Inova Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Services
Inova Alexandria Hospital
- Rev. William H. Tweedley, Manager, Spiritual Care
- Volunteer chaplains are available by phone 24/7 and may be contacted via PerfectServe
- Chaplains are available to offer prayer for your team as needed (e.g. shift changes) - please schedule in advance by calling the hospital operator or via PerfectServe
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
- Please contact your local faith leader
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
- Enyonam Tetteh, M.Div., BCC, Manager, Spiritual Care
- Call 703-776-3767 (leave a message after hours) | Emergencies after hours: pager #77277
- Prayer requests accepted by email: IFMCPastoralCare@inova.org
Inova Loudoun Hospital
- Deb Carlton, M.Div, BCC, Manager, Spiritual Care
- Call 703-858-8462 (In-hospital pager #73478)
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
- Dr. Phillip Bush, Manager, Pastoral Care
- Call 703-664-7263 (paging not used)
Inova Schar Cancer Institute
- Mary Tracy, M.Div, BCC, Chaplain, Pastoral/Spiritual Care
- Call 571-472-0766 (pager #187011)
Inova Faith Services
Mental or Spiritual Support from Life with Cancer
Share and Show Team Member Gratitude During COVID-19
Give a gift from an Inova store - Inova operates a gift shop at each hospital location and at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Each gift shop location supports programs and services on its campus.
If you receive an inquiry from a community member or partner about a financial donation, meals, masks or other show of support, please direct them to visit the Inova Foundation's How Can I Help? page