In the Know: SMPH Updates for June 15, 2020

  • The Summer Faculty/Staff Town Hall will occur one week from today on June 22 at 4:30 pm. The agenda will be updated to include a panel discussion on racism and health equity — details will be released soon. Faculty and staff are welcome to submit questions.
  • Hundreds of participants attended a statewide White Coats for Black Lives rally on Saturday that was organized by student organization Student National Medical Association. A recap of the rally is on the SMPH SNMA Facebook page.
  • The All of Us clinical study team and the SMPH Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) are hosting a June 23 webinar about the use of the Barbershop Community Engagement Model. Additionally, All of Us has created a new survey called the COVID-19 Participant Experience (COPE) survey to learn more about the way this pandemic is impacting participants’ lives and health. While in-person enrollment/activities are currently paused, you can still enroll and participate in online portions of the 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!

“Many, many thanks to all the Physical Therapy program faculty who helped with the creation and implementation of a brand new four-week course for our 2nd year Doctor of Physical Therapy students which took the place of their clinical placements that were cancelled. Special shout out to Dr. Jeff Hartman who was integral in the process – not sure what I would have done without you! Lastly, thank you to the CTAC staff for creating amazing “telehealth” learning experiences for our students with your pool of standardized patients. I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful team!!!”Jeanne Duncan, PT, DPT, Director of Clinical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Telecommuting tip:

  • Go ahead, have some fun: Create a custom background for MS Teams virtual meetings. DoIT shows you how.

Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • How to set boundaries: This brief article from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education discusses approaches to avoid over-committing to a myriad of obligations while working remotely, and how you can serve as an example for your team by setting healthy boundaries.