In the Know: SMPH Updates for January 20, 2021

In the Know: SMPH Updates for January 20, 2021

  • In memory: With a heavy heart, we share the news that Peter Eichman, MD — a former dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health (then called the Medical School) — passed away on Jan. 7 at the age of 95. He joined the faculty in 1954 as a professor of neurology, a position he held for nearly five decades. He was appointed dean in 1965 and played a major role in making our academic medical center into what it is today. Read more 
  • Safer Badgers/COVID-19 Testing updates: Testing sites are now in their second week of operation. Please review:
  • The Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine focuses on advancing our understanding of human genomics and harnessing this knowledge to improve health and well-being through precision medicine. Hear an update about exciting work at the center from director Stephen Meyn, MD, PhD at the Winter Faculty/Staff Meeting on Jan. 25 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. All are welcome to submit questions for the Town Hall discussion here. 
  • Vaccination update from UW Health: On Jan. 19, Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced that individuals age 65 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, starting as soon as January 25, 2021.

Building an Anti-Racist SMPH 

  • SMPH Spring 2021 Initiative: Advance Health by Acting Against Racism. A series of events and a toolkit of resources are available throughout the semester. A new webpage for this initiative serves as a one-stop-shop for our anti-racism events this spring, as well as others on campus and resources for further learning.


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We would like to recognize and thank Alexis Eastman, MD, for her ongoing support of the Senior Chats program. Senior Chats, which started during pandemic summer 2020, is a student-led program through which health professions students provide social support to isolated seniors via regular phone conversations. Dr. Eastman has helped us make connections to senior care facilities through her extensive network of contacts and has generously connected her interested patients to our program for matches. We’re very grateful to Dr. Eastman for her help!” —  Senior Chats student leaders and Kristi Jones, MPH, Director, Community Service Programs

Well-being Wednesday

Winter fun in Madison Parks: The city of Madison Parks Division has a helpful page on many winter activities, such as cross-country skiing, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, and more, and recommendations of which parks are best for each.