In the Know: SMPH Updates for October 21, 2020

  • Monday is the Hot Topics in Public Health Symposium on “Gun Violence Prevention as a Public Health Priority.” We will highlight each panelist throughout this week. Experts for the October 26 virtual event at 4-5 p.m. include Jeff Kirchman, Southeast Campus Community Police Officer for the UW Police Department, and Melissa Stiles, MD, Professor (CHS), Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. 
  • An update is available for faculty about tenure clock extensions due to reasons related to COVID-19. For details, see the latest Faculty Central issue from the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development. 
  • Don’t forget: this Friday, October 23 is the deadline for Annual Benefits Enrollment. Learn more. 

Building Community: Examples of Excellence

  • Amy Fiedler, MD, a cardiac surgeon and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, has been named to the 2020-21 cohort of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. Scholars create a personal leadership project intended to solve a problem in their community, country or the world. Fiedler is partnering with the non-profit Team Heart to establish the first cardiac surgical unit in Rwanda.  “I hope that people can see my experience in the program and that I can serve as a mentor or role model to some women who don’t know if they can aspire to do things like this,” she said. This article is part of a series of articles focusing on members of the school who received national awards during the 2019-20 academic year. 

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH

  • A Diversity Forum breakout session titled “Our New Inequities: Recognizing the Effects of Historic Racial Disparities During COVID-19” features several members of SMPH. The discussion will occur on October 27, 1-2:15 p.m. featuring speakers Jennifer Edgoose, MD, MPH, Gina Green-Harris, MBA, Mariela Quesada Centeno, MPH and Melissa Metoxen, MS, and moderated by Angela Byars Winston, PhD.  Register
  • View upcoming events relating to anti-racism topics at UW–Madison and beyond. 


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Well-being Wednesday:

Hear from and direct questions to some of Madison’s leading experts in navigating, studying, and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic during “COVID-19 Q&A: A Medical, Environmental, Community Focused, Self -Care Discussion.” The presentation on October 23 at 12:00 p.m. via ZOOM as part of CommUNITY Well-Being month will feature panelists sharing their medical, epidemiological, environmental, psycho/social, community advocacy/outreach and self-care perspectives. Panelists include Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD, Patricia Téllez-Girón, MD, and Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD. Learn more and register