April 10, 2020 COVID-19 SMPH Update

  • Upcoming live-streamed public events about COVID-19 topics featuring SMPH faculty include:
    • Crossroads of Ideas, Part I by Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on April 14 at 4 pm featuring a panel that includes Ajay Sethi, PhD, MHS, Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences. Register to receive the video link.
    • The UW Now Livestream by Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association on April 14 at 7 pm featuring Dean Robert N. Golden, MD and Peter Newcomer, MD, Chief Clinical Officer for UW Health and SMPH Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. A recording will be available on YouTube after the chat.


  • Please send kudos about your colleagues. Honor someone at go.wisc.edu/shoutout and we’ll share the stories. Visit this page to see a collection of shout-outs to date. Stay tuned tomorrow for more!

“At a time when many IT job functions can be done remotely, a big thank you to our Department of Radiology help desk staff for rotating a person on-site each day to help support our faculty and staff. They have helped to quickly deploy laptops, monitors and other equipment to get Radiology staff up and running remotely, while also being available for those required to be on-site at CSC. Shout-out to Bob Ash, Florian Braun and Peng-Sue Vang for being a critical resource during the pandemic, and keeping a positive attitude while showing up each day without complaint. Great work!” – Andy Craven, MBA, IT Supervisor, Department of Radiology

“Thank you so much to Dr. Kirsten Rindfleisch who has led twice-daily huddles for her family medicine team and has managed to keep us all focused, calm and motivated during a very challenging month. With countless questions and pieces of information coming her way every day, she manages to digest it all and share it back with us in a timely and organized fashion. She is empathetic, unruffled and strong: a worthy port for our storm.” – Rachel Bennett, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


  • Supervising remotely: The UW–Madison Office of Human Resources has put together resources for supervising employees remotely. It includes information on communication strategies, professional development planning, engagement, inclusion and diversity (EID) principles, hiring and onboarding, and more.

 Staying strong & supporting one another: