In the Know Quick Links – Week of December 7, 2020

Timely information to help build community within SMPH:

Resources for everyone

  • Are you involved in advising 4K-12th grade schools about COVID-19 related topics? In recent months, medical and public health professionals across Wisconsin have been called upon to support schools by offering their expertise. A number of SMPH and UW Health personnel are engaged in this, formally and informally, and some have inquired about resources and best practices. Recognizing the importance of this work and out of a desire to share a consistent message, UW Health hopes to identify all professionals engaged in COVID-related medical advising of 4K-12th grade schools. Complete this survey
  • Nominations are open for the UW–Madison Academic Staff Excellence Awards. All are encouraged to nominate deserving candidates. While nominations can be made directly, the Dean will support a small number of candidates for nomination. If you’d like to submit a nomination for consideration of the Dean’s support, please submit the nomination packet, as complete as possible, to the Office of the Dean ( no later than January 4, 2021. Because clinician-teacher (CT) and clinical health sciences (CHS) faculty tracks are classified by campus as academic staff appointments, nominations of faculty in these tracks for these awards are welcome and encouraged as well.
  • Reminder – safeguarding patient privacy: Throughout the pandemic and particularly during the current COVID-19 surge, public interest in the day-to-day experiences of health care professionals has been high. Nationally we have seen a trend of health care workers giving first-hand perspectives of their experiences on their personal social media accounts to emphasize the importance of COVID-19 health and safety measures. Safeguarding protected health information (PHI) is a shared responsibility of everyone in SMPH. Patient stories, images, video, and other PHI should never be shared on personal social media accounts. Please review SMPH policy 10.05 (Personal Social Media Use Policy) and UW Health Social Media Policy 1.47 available on U-Connect. Those who administer social media accounts on behalf of a unit of the school should also refer to SMPH policy 10.10 (Institutional Social Media Use Policy). Contact the UW-Madison HIPAA Privacy Officer or the SMPH HIPAA Privacy Coordinator with questions.
  • Information is available about the second round of campus-wide, intermittent furloughs. Read more
  • The Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) is seeking artwork to illustrate a special issue on the impact of race and racism on the health of people in Wisconsin. Works in the following media are invited: photography, digital design, or well-rendered photographs of painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, or textile/fiber art. The deadline is December 31. WMJ is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal owned jointly by SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Learn more

Resources for researchers

  • Postdoc Diversity and Inclusion Forum: A Diversity of Stories — The UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association Diversity & Inclusion committee is planning an upcoming virtual forum aimed at highlighting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice issues and challenges faced by UW-Madison’s postdocs from underrepresented groups. The committee is soliciting personal narratives and campus policy recommendations from UW-Madison postdocs, which will be read (anonymously) at a forum that will bring together university leadership, subject matter experts, postdocs, and other stakeholders to engage directly with and listen to experiences and recommendations. Postdocs are invited to respond to a survey (Deadline: December 16, 2020) Read more
  • Supply chain updates for researchers: In addition to shortages of PPE and testing swabs, media, and kits, the following items will be in short supply and/or have longer lead times for all researchers over the coming months. Please plan ahead as much as possible and check on backorders to prevent disruption to research. The items include: consumables – tips (manual/robotic), centrifuge tubes, microcentrifuge tubes, cryovials, and reservoirs; cold storage – ULT freezers, standard freezers, and refrigerators; and dry ice.

Resources for medical educators and clinicians

  • An upcoming webinar for clinicians addresses the significant problem of violence against women and girls in Native American communities and American Indian women living on tribal reservations, and how these populations experience unique challenges that intensify this epidemic.
    • December 16, 2020 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.: “The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, Trafficking and STI/HIV Risk in Indigenous Women​: Providing Survivor Led, Advocacy Driven, and Culturally Safe Care.” Register
  • UW Health and UnityPoint Health–Meriter have received a limited supply (116 doses) of bamlanivimab, an investigational therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients. The medication was recently granted Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read more
  • Planning out CME activities through the end of 2020? View synchronous and asynchronous options available through the Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership. Learn more 
  • The HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Webinar Series relates the history of HIV prevention, treatment and care to rapidly emerging evidence that supports clinicians and other health care professionals in their decisions about treatment and management of patients with SARS-CoV-2. The final session in this series occurs on Dec. 15. Learn more

Upcoming Events: Anti-Racism and/or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Announcing a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Guide: What we began as a #BlackLivesMatter resource list, has, through the efforts of Ebling Library’s Paije Wilson, Lia Vellardita, Chris Hooper-Lane, Allan Barclay, Andy Osmond and Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, become a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Guide.While it emphasizes health sciences connections to the topic, the articles, institutional statements, Events Calendar, and books are universal in their intended audiences. Students, faculty, staff, and community members who would like to learn more about systemic, institutional, and cultural racism, white privilege, inequities within various disciplines, and more will find thought-provoking and actionable resources in this Guide. Many of the books are at Ebling, or have been ordered and will be available soon. This is a “living” resource that will be routinely augmented. To suggest additions, contact
  • Join the UW-Madison Latinx Academic Staff Association (LASA) for some cafecito and conversation in the morning at 9:00-9:45 a.m. on December 15. This is a great way to meet other Latinx staff on campus! Zoom link
  • The Building Community/Ebling Library Book & Film Club will be offering a discussion sessions on January 13 at noon about the best-selling book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. An e-book version of the title is available via NetID through Ebling Library. Discussions will be led by Elizabeth Petty, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Vera Tsenkova, PhD, Director of Health Professions Student Research. Learn more and register
  • Mark your calendar for an SMPH Martin Luther King, Jr. event on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. featuring a talk and Q&A with Tito Izard, MD, President and CEO of Milwaukee Health Services Inc., an independent not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center. Dr. Izard is an alumnus of SMPH, former faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and current board member of the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association. More information and an event link will be announced soon.
  • The next Health Equity & Diversity Lunch & Learn Series session will occur on January 21 at noon-1:00 p.m. on the topic “Decolonizing Care in Treatment.” Learn more and register