In the Know: SMPH Updates for June 26, 2020


  • Public Health Madison & Dane County has issued a new public health order that keeps Dane County in Phase 2 of its reopening plan and includes important changes for private gatherings and bars and restaurants. The order is in response to a steep increase in positive COVID-19 cases, especially among younger age groups. While the PHMDC order does not apply to the university because UW–Madison is a unit of a state agency, the university will continue to work closely with the city and county as plans progress. Stay safe and healthy, everyone.




“The UWPRC team, under the guidance of Dr. Deborah Ehrenthal, has been busy engaging our community partners in forming a COVID-19 response. Our team has passionately worked to understand the impact of this pandemic on our community partners. We are working with these partners to design a model that will augment the public health connection with communities that struggle to trust health care and government. Our team has also been working to tell the stories of how our partners have navigated this pandemic crisis to serve mothers, infants, and families. In these ways, the UWPRC is actively working to support community connections. I am proud to be part of the UWPRC!” – Katie Gillespie, DNP, RN, Deputy Director, University of Wisconsin Prevention Research Center


“I want to give a shout-out to Bonnie Nuttkinson for her work producing the 8-week COVID-19 Special Series for the Dementia Matters podcast. She used her extensive knowledge about the dementia care community to develop timely and helpful episode topics and secure engaging guests. She worked with host Dr. Nathaniel Chin to schedule interviews on a short timeline, and coordinated the editing and posting schedule with student podcast editor Bashir Aden. Thank you, Bonnie, for creating a podcast series that gives dementia caregivers practical information they can use to navigate caregiving during a pandemic. ­– Rebecca Wasieleski, Communications Specialist, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center


Telecommuting tip:

  • Try the Agile Methodology for your remote team: This blog from Trello, a project management tool, has tips on agile practices to help your remote team thrive. (Using their service is not required to implement the method.)


Staying strong & supporting one another: 

  • You are not alone: Read the results of a recent survey done by Healthy Minds Innovations, a non-profit affiliated with University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds. It shows that stress is normal among non-essential workers now working from home and many are turning to the benefits of meditation for help.