May 4, 2020 SMPH COVID-19 Update

SMPH employees are welcome to attend an information session on Wednesday, May 6 with an overview of the campus-wide furlough program. These Webex meetings will be led by Hope Broadus, JD, Associate Dean for Human Resources. For convenience, morning and afternoon options are available:

Session 1:  Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:15 to 9:00 am

Meeting number: 194 930 427

Password: g98QUJb5fpq (49878525 from phones)

 To join by video conferencing system: Dial

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

 To join by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0001 and use access code: 194 930 427

Session 2: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:15-3:00 pm

Meeting number: 190 761 952

Password: 8pkRviaWP96 (87578429 from phones)

To join by video conferencing system: Dial (You can also dial and enter your meeting number)

To join by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0001 and use access code: 190 761 952

This week we will be celebrating the tremendous accomplishments of SMPH Spring 2020 graduates – as well as the dedication of all SMPH educators. Check out the official campus-wide Virtual Commencement website, which will be updated with a video at noon on Saturday, May 9. All are welcome to view the SMPH MD Recognition Program on Friday, May 8, which will be live-streamed to the SMPH Facebook page (@UWSMPH) beginning at 10 am. Throughout the week we will post recognition of SMPH degree programs. Please feel free to follow and add comments with your own shout-outs about our amazing graduates!

(Re-running – corrected link): On Friday, 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. Additionally, a news release issued today described the launch of COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect, a free desktop and mobile app that provides accurate information, social support and helpful resources to Wisconsinites. That project was also funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program.


  • 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!

“During the current pandemic, Department of Pediatrics Chair Dr. Ellen Wald has done a marvelous job communicating in a steady, realistic but yet optimistic manner. Communication with the department physicians and staff has been frequent. Ellen has involved other leaders in the department to enhance communication on numerous issues. The result has been reassurance and encouragement for our faculty and staff in this time of uncertainty. Ellen, thanks for your work!” – Christopher Green, MD, Emeritus Faculty, Department of Pediatrics

Telecommuting tip:

  • How researchers can stay productive in the time of COVID-19: This article from STAT has excellent advice for research programs that have transitioned to remote work. Advice from author Deborah Watkins Bruner of Emory University includes: strengthen communication among research team members, investigate virtual research and data collection if possible, mine existing datasets for pilot data, and take time to build new collaborations.

 Staying strong & supporting one another: