In the Know: SMPH Updates for January 4, 2021

Top news:

  • MLK Jr. Day Event – just 11 days away: Renowned alumnus Tito Izard, MD ’96, will join us for a virtual event from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15 to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. Izard will discuss the health impacts of systemic racism in a talk titled “Legends and Legacy: The masking of Black health in America.” More information can be found here. All are welcome and strongly encouraged to submit their RSVP and questions for Dr. Izard via this form. 
  • Stay tuned for COVID-19 testing details for the UW–Madison community. Be sure to read upcoming campus newsletters such as Inside UW and Working at UW and refer to the website.
    • FYI: free COVID-19 rapid antigen testing for the greater Madison community at Nielsen Tennis Stadium ends this Thursday, Jan. 7.
    • Plan ahead: get familiar with your MyUHS account. Employees and students can book testing appointment at campus testing facilities through University Health Services. To set up or update your account,
      • Go to and sign in with your NetID.
      • Click “Profile” on the left to view and update your profile.
      • Go to the “Forms” link and follow prompts to complete the necessary forms.
  • On Dec. 30, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services approved University Health Services to begin vaccinating eligible members of the campus community under the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program. An initial allocation of Moderna vaccine arrived today. The initial phase of vaccination includes frontline health care workers and others in direct contact with COVID-19 patients, or in direct contact with the virus that causes COVID-19 or virus specimens. Most individuals at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who meet Phase 1a eligibility should have received confirmation via email from UHS or will receive it shortly. Eligible UW–Madison employees who have dual appointments at UW Health should have received more information from the health system. Read more 
  • The latest quarterly issue of Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) is now available online. The issue, which includes research and commentary published by SMPH faculty and learners, features papers on COVID-19, medical education, weight loss, and more. WMJ is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal owned jointly by SMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Access the full issue here. If you’d like to receive email updates when new content is posted online, sign up here. 
  • The National Association of County and City Health Officials is offering a webinar, “Engaging Communities to Increase Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines,” on Jan. 7 from 2:00-3:15 pm Central. Topics include a discussion of what local health departments and academic institutions can do to promote and implement COVID-19 vaccine confidence efforts. Register 

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH 

  • The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) will host a webinar on Jan. 12 at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. entitled ‘Lessons from the Field: Perspectives from Latinx Participants in Health Research.’ Register 


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Multiple thank yous to Human Subjects IRB staff members Jennifer Fenne, John Cejka, Catherine Rogers, Carol Pech, and Sherry Holcomb–and all of the IRB staff–who have tirelessly reviewed and expedited several IRB COVID human subjects projects and changes for our research protocols. Your patience, efficiency, knowledge, and flexibility are very much appreciated this past year!”— Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine

Telecommuting Tip

Navigating performance reviews from afar: This blog from the project management tool Trello talks about how to approach performance reviews while working from home. Ideas include going with a video meeting, coming prepared, and getting peer feedback.