In the Know: SMPH Updates for December 7, 2020

Top news: 

  • SMPH Medical Sciences Orchestra performance earns conductor prestigious prize: While not currently rehearsing due to the pandemic, the Medical Sciences Orchestra received some great news over the summer. One of their conductors, Ji Hyun (Jenny) Yim, received first place in the American Prize in Conducting’s community orchestra division after submitting a recording of the group’s first-ever performance in December 2018. Read more 
  • Vaccine news and resources:
    • Today, UW Health announced that the health system will be serving as a regional distribution hub for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Read more
    • The American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine are offering a webinar on December 9, 5-6:30 p.m. on “Vaccines  — The Realities of the Next Steps.” Information/register
    • A COVID-19 vaccination FAQ for UW Health clinical professionals is available on the U-Connect intranet. Read more 
  • If the holidays bring mixed emotions this season, you’re not alone. Being cut off from regular in-person interactions for many months can take an emotional toll on our well-being and result in significant health implications, particularly for those who live by themselves. Several strategies can help. Read more
  • 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. 
  • View this week’s Quick Linkswith valuable information for all personnel, as well as information for researchers (including a December 9 webinar about how to conduct focus group and stakeholder advisory group meetings online) and clinicians (including a two-part series about the intersection of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking and STI/HIV risk in Indigenous women​ on December 9 and December 16). 

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH 

  • 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 


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Telecommuting tip:

Zoom rooms get a boost: An update in November to UW–Madison’s instance of Zoom increased capacity for meeting breakout rooms from 200 participants and 50 rooms to 1,000 participants and 100 rooms. Stay informed about newly available features by visting the DoIT’s Zoom Implementation Roadmap page.