May 1, 2020 SMPH COVID-19 Update


  • The Wisconsin Partnership Program has awarded 21 grants totaling $2.2 million to researchers and community organizations across Wisconsin for their efforts to lessen the impact of COVID-19.


  • The Office of the Chancellor has provided additional guidance about volunteering for the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR).


  • Resources for caregivers of adults living with dementia: The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute compiled a list of helpful resources for caregivers, including links to our community caregiver partners at the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin and the Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Chapter. In addition, the Dementia Matters podcast is introducing a new COVID-19 series.


  • Acting on our commitment to health equity: The National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) has a new webpage with updates and curated resources for the COVID-19 pandemic. Tip courtesy of the UW–Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity.




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


“The Biomolecular Chemistry departmental technical facilities and facilities manager, Joe Oliva, has been doing a tremendous job taking care of our department as an essential staff member during the COVID-19 crisis. I look forward to our daily email from Joe each morning letting us know that our labs are doing fine, that our plants have been watered, and about any problems/repairs that are being taken care of. But what I love the most is that Joe always adds an extra paragraph where he shares some hilarious thought or observation. This routine has really helped to keep us all together as a department and has lifted our spirits when we needed it the most! Thanks, Joe!” – Jim Keck, PhD, Associate Dean for Basic Research Training and Professor, Biomolecular Chemistry


Telecommuting tip:

  • Due dates extended at Ebling Library. For those with items and equipment checked out, please don’t worry about that due date! We encourage everyone to stay home and wait to return items until it is safe; you do not have to return any items at this time. We have extended due dates for all items and are waiving any fines that you might incur. Tip courtesy of the Ebling Library team.


Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • Bask in spring: Get out in nature (alone or with family) either in your yard, neighborhood, or the area. As of May 1, most Wisconsin State Park properties will be open to the public (check local listings for other park properties). The last frost date for the Madison area has already passed, so it’s a great time to start work on an outdoor garden or indoor houseplants. Nature sketching is another way to harness attention and draw focus to the nature around us, whether looking out our windows or in the outdoors. Adapted from the Department of Medicine’s Vital Signs e-newsletter.