In the Know: SMPH Updates for November 9, 2020

In the Know: SMPH Updates for November 9, 2020

Top news

  • On Saturday, the Association of American Medical Colleges issued a statement on the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. to be U.S. President. Read more 
  • Misinformation, conspiracy theories and skepticism about COVID-19 have gone “viral” across the state, complicating efforts to combat the pandemic. Read more 
  • The UW–Madison 2020 Diversity Forum in late October attracted more than 5,000 registrants, including many people from our school community.

SMPH attendees respond to the question: “How will you take anti-racist action?”

“Doing my part to make clinical trials more inclusive, serving on a committee to create supports for underrepresented employees in SMPH to thrive, continuing to educate myself.” — Amy Rettammel

Did you attend the forum? Send us your thoughts, and we will include them in an upcoming issue of In the Know. Submit insights using this form. 

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH

  • Recently, NPR reported on how health care systems often deprioritize patients of color, often by assuming they are exaggerating their symptoms, through the experience of COVID-19 patient Karla Monterroso. “At nearly every turn during her emergency room visit, providers dismissed her symptoms and concerns, Monterroso says. Her low blood pressure? That’s a false reading. Her cycling oxygen levels? The machine’s wrong. The shooting pains in her leg? Probably just a cyst.” Read more


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Telecommuting Tip:

WiscList automatic migration begins Nov. 16: List administrators need to move their lists now, or they will be moved by the DoIT team beginning November 16. There is a form to request an extension, if needed. See DoIT’s post for more information.