In the Know: SMPH Updates for June 19, 2020

  • Three current leaders have agreed to serve as interim co-Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers (CDIOs): Tracy M. Downs, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; Manuel Santiago, M.Ed., Director of Multicultural Affairs; and Danielle Yancey, MS, Director, Native American Center for Health Professions. The SMPH CDIO search process, which has been paused due to the pandemic, will resume on August 1, 2020.
  • Please mark your calendar for the Summer Faculty/Staff Town Hall on June 22 at 4:30 pm. The event features panel discussion titled “Anti-Racism: Taking Action in SMPH” moderated by Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, with panelists Molly Carnes, MD, MS; Bennett Vogelman, MD; Amy Zelenski, PhD; and Karin Silet. Faculty and staff are welcome to submit questions. Recommended preparatory reading: Discrimination Toward Physicians of Color: A Systematic Review by A. Filut, M. Alvarez, and M. Carnes.
  • Participate in a study conducted by Department of Psychiatry researchers: To learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on Wisconsin youth and families, the Building Resilience to Adversity & Violent Experiences (BRAVE) Research Center has launched a remote study targeting parents or caregivers of school-aged children. Researchers aim to learn more about the how the effect of the coronavirus may shift over time.
  • Kujichagulia-Madison Center for Self Determination is hosting a talk tomorrow (Saturday, June 20) at 11:00 a.m. on Black excellence in science and two panel discussions starting at 1:00 p.m. with important conversations about COVID-19 in the Black community. This event is intended to virtually celebrate and honor Juneteenth. Several members of SMPH, UW Health, and UW Carbone Cancer Center will share their research and expertise during the panel discussions.
  • Yesterday, Chancellor Blank Chancellor released a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The statement reminds the UW–Madison community of our policies and practices, and lists resources available on campus and in the local community.


  • 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 Doctor of Physical Therapy program would like to thank its invaluable director of clinical education, Dr. Jeanne Duncan, for keeping us afloat through the numerous COVID-19 changes. Jeanne has not only dealt with the stress of internship cancellations and the overwhelming challenge of finding new sites,  but has also been the contact person for all of our distressed students. When their 4-week internship was canceled, she worked with Dr. Hartman to develop a 4-credit course…Despite her incredibly exhausting job, Jeanne is an unwavering calming influence on students, faculty and staff. Thanks for being the glue that holds us together, Jeanne!”Lisa Steinkamp, PT, PhD, MBA, Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Assistant Professor (CHS), Department of Family Medicine and Community Health 

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  • Tips for long-distance caregiving: If you live an hour or more away from a person who needs care, you are a long-distance caregiver. Get tips from the National Institute on Aging on how to make life more manageable for you and your friend, relative, or parent. Tip courtesy of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center