In the Know Quick Links – week of September 21, 2020

Timely information to help build community within SMPH:


  • Patricia TéllezGirón, MD, Associate Professor (CHS), Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, has been recognized as one of the 39 Most Influential Latinos in Wisconsin by Madison 365. A health education advocate in Dane County for many years, Téllez-Girón’s practice is at the UW Health Wingra Clinic where more than 90% of her patients speak only Spanish. She is also the chair of the Latino Health Council in Madison and the medical director for a monthly health education Spanish radio program at La Movida.


  • During the election season, instructors may be wondering whether they can share non-partisan information about voting. The answer is yes – please feel free to use this #BadgersVote slide for this purpose. Bear in mind that university employees may not engage in political campaign activity during work time and may not use state resources for political campaign activity at any time; employees also may not solicit political contributions or services from other employees while they are performing their official duties. For more information, please read this guidance.
  • WARF Therapeutics, from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundatin (WARF), invites researchers working on a novel biological target to submit project proposals by October 15. WARF Therapeutics works with researchers to advance work closer to clinical testing, with a “bench to bedside” approach. It invests in the development of drug-like molecules using industry-centric drug discovery resources, led by their team of preclinical drug discovery experts. Learn more
  • Plan ahead for Annual Benefits Enrollment from September 28 to October 23, which is the window of opportunity for eligible employees to make benefit plan changes, consider new enrollments and/or drop coverage.
  • Reminder: Campus flu shot clinics are continuing. (The In the Know newsletter production team can confirm that the on-site appointment experience is fast, easy, and virtually painless.)  Check out available appointment times. All SMPH faculty, staff, and students, including temporary and part-time employees, are required to receive a flu vaccination annually. Provide proof of vaccination or have a completed waiver on file by Monday, December 7, 2020. See this link for more information.
  • View the agenda for the Fall All-Faculty/Staff Meeting on October 12 at 4:30-6:00 p.m. All are welcome to the virtual meeting and encouraged to submit a question for the town hall Q&A.
  • Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2020 Academic Staff Professional Development Grant program. The program is offered to academic staff members who meet the eligibility requirements and hold at least a 50 percent appointment. Grants are for activities beginning between January 1, 2021, and June 30, 2021. Deadline: October 23, 2020.

Upcoming Anti-Racism Events

  • Advancing Health Equity in the Era of COVID-19, a virtual symposium offered by the UW–Madison School of Education, October 1 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wisconsin Leadership Summit, October 5-9. Moderators include Danielle Yancey, MS, director of the Native American Center for Health Professions and Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, UW Health Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • The UW–Madison Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement is offering Diversity Book Club Discussions on October 6 and 8 and October 13 and 15 with discussions of “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown and “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo. Brown and DiAngelo are the keynote speakers for this year’s Diversity Forum.
  • WISELI virtual workshops on Breaking the Bias Habit in October and November are available for faculty and staff and a workshop for SMPH members serving on faculty search committees on October 21.
  • The Building Community/Ebling Library Book and Film Club offers two discussion sessions on September 25 and October 15 for the documentary Human Zoos: America’s Forgotten History on Scientific Racism. Visit the Book & Film Club website to register.