In the Know: SMPH Updates for September 11, 2020

Top news:

  • Information for UW–Madison employees about the two-week shift to virtual instruction is available from Provost Karl Scholz and Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administration Laurent Heller. Additionally, extensive resources for educators are available on the Instructional Continuity website. Thanks to all SMPH instructors, technology professionals, and others involved in supporting this shift.
  • UW Health has decided to pause bachelor’s degree (only) clinical learners from rotations at UW Health sites, starting September 14 through September 25, 2020. Graduate students, including medical students, are specifically excluded from this pause. Additional details are available on the U-Connect Intranet, including updated guidelines on physical distancing for learners who remain in rotation at UW Health sites.
  •  As election day approaches, please review information about what is and isn’t allowed in terms of political campaign involvement at our public institution. This document provides general guidelines for employees and students who wish to engage in this important but regulated activity. 
  • UW–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) continues to add recommended COVID-19 continuing education and continuing medical education offerings  and has launched Equity and Justice learning resources, along with its full catalog of online CE and CME activities on other topics.
  • Building an Anti-Racist SMPH — events and resources:
    • White Coats for Black Lives webinar on September 16 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Register
    • WISELI virtual workshops on Breaking the Bias Habit in October and November are available for faculty and staff. A specific workshop for SMPH members serving on faculty search committees will take place on October 21.
    • The Building Community/Ebling Library Book and Film Club offers two discussion sessions on September 25 and October 15 for the award-winning documentary Human Zoos: America’s Forgotten History on Scientific Racism. Ebling Library will also lead a discussion of the UW Go Big Read book Parkland: Birth of Movement on September 22. Visit the Book & Film Club website to register. 
  • Reminder: It’s flu shot time: All SMPH faculty, staff, and students must provide proof of vaccination or have a completed waiver on file by December 7. See this link for more information.


Mission in Action highlight:

  • The inaugural class of Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars is boosting the state’s interprofessional primary care workforce following a Scholar graduation celebration this summer. This two-year program trained 75 interprofessional students from academic institutions across the state. The goal is to create a diverse, skilled primary care workforce, in the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea. 


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Telecommuting tip:

Bringing psychological safety to virtual meetings: Using anonymous polls and utilizing breakout rooms can help employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and opinions. Read more tips, as well as some for before and after virtual meetings, in this Harvard Business Review article.

Staying strong & supporting one another: