In the Know: SMPH Updates for September 23, 2020

Top news

  • Operational information for the SMPH community to be aware of:
    • This morning, Chancellor Blank announced resumption of some in-person activities including included limited in-person instruction and some operations in the Unions, Dining, Badger Markets, Recreation and Wellbeing, and Libraries beginning September 26.
    • In-person activities in SMPH performed by undergraduates may resume on September 26. This includes on-site laboratory and human subject research and student hourly employee duties.
    • Clinical instruction in SMPH health professions degree programs will continue without interruption, as it did during suspension of group instruction. Each program education leader will be reaching out to their learners, staff, and instructors regarding details of in-person components of educational activities.
  • Explanations debunking COVID-19 “mask myths” feature Ajay Sethy, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences and Jeff Pothof, MD, UW Health Chief Quality Officer and Associate Professor (CHS), Department of Emergency Medicine. See information about face covering expectations for employees and students and how to respond if you see someone without a face covering on campus.
  • View non-COVID-19-related news of the weekincluding information on recognition for Dr. Patricia Téllez-Girón, Annual Benefits Enrollment, flu shots, a funding opportunity for staff professional development, and the October 12 All-Faculty/Staff Meeting.

 Building an Anti-Racist SMPH

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“I wanted to say thank you for a wonderful team work and for excelling in these times. Thank you Jenna Bock, Andrea Strayer, Cedric Williams and Thomas Staniszewski for adapting to these new circumstances and for coordinating the reboot of research in our department. It’s been amazing to see the energy, kindness and willingness from all of you to keep research moving forward.” — Stephanie Wilbrand, PhD, Clinical Research Manager, Department of Neurological Surgery

 “Callie Strouf, Lead Instructional Space Coordinator for Classroom and & AV Services, has always been such a pleasure to work with. When we had an internal problem our scheduling system due to my error (OOPS!), Callie made sure we were back on track as soon as possible. She did so much troubleshooting to make sure we could see all of our imperative programs, including our COVID-19 response education, in a timely and efficient manner. Thank you Callie!” — Shannon DiMarco, Operations Director, Clinical Simulation Program

 Well-being Wednesday:

  • Join for an entire month of wellbeing: The 2020 Wellness Symposium has become the CommUNITY Wellbeing Month for October 2020. The month’s events will also include a Racial Healing & Transformation series. Get more info and register here.