In the Know: SMPH Updates for June 24, 2020

  • In accordance with the Chancellor’s recent update on event and travel cancellations, all in-person SMPH events and travel remain canceled through August 17 or must be moved to a virtual format. Take caution in planning in-person events past this date as it is likely to be further extended. We are planning for most Dean’s Office events to be virtual through the end of 2020. Events and travel guidelines do not apply to approved, required onsite clinical training or approved research. Relevant information regarding specific implications for curriculum and training in health professions degree programs will be conveyed to their learners, staff, and faculty by program leaders.
  • More than 500 people attended the Summer SMPH Faculty/Staff Town Hall on Monday evening. We sincerely thank our panelists who led our Discussion on Anti-Racism: Taking Action in SMPH. The PowerPoint presentations and a video recording are available.
  • There are spots open for the June 30 and July 7 book club discussions of Just Mercy. Discussions will be led by Liz Petty, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Tracy M. Downs, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and interim Co-Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. To register or sign up to get notified when new book discussions are added, visit the Building Community/Ebling Library Book Club website.



  • Remember to 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.

Telecommuting tip:

  • Work outside for a change of scenery: Have an outdoor space or a park close by? Take advantage of summer and work outside, even if it is only an hour or two. Just do not forget the sunscreen and water.


Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • How to “staycation” successfully: This article from Vox discusses the importance of trying to take time off or a break even when traveling is difficult and shares some tips to make staying close to home just as exciting as exploring a new destination.