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Upstate Announcements for July 22, 2021

House Calls for the Homeless offers mobile Covid vaccinations

House Calls for the Homeless is offering a mobile Covid vaccination program for all Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The team includes Upstate medical student Tiffany Mateo, who speaks Spanish. This program offers the J & J Covid-19 vaccine. Sign up by calling the Addiction Medicine office at 315-464-3130.

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Clinical research study on tick bites and Lyme disease seeks participants

Those experiencing fatigue, fever, joint pain, rash, and flu-like symptoms following a tick bite should see their doctor and may be eligible for a clinical research study at Upstate. Individuals who are 18 years of age or older, have suspected Lyme disease, have not previously had a Lyme disease vaccination, and have received ongoing antimicrobial treatment for only two days or less may be eligible for the study. Other requirements/restrictions apply and will be discussed with the physician. For more information about the study, email Trials@Upstate.edu or call 315-464-9869.

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Sign the Nappi Wellness Institute construction beam

A beam that will become part of the Nappi Wellness Institute, which is currently under construction across the street from Upstate Cancer Center, will be set up at various outpatient locations around campus for Upstate employees to sign. The beam is in the lobby of Upstate Cancer Center through July 23. The beam will travel to University Health Care Center July 26 and be set up outside the staff area near the loading dock for signatures from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Joslin Diabetes Center will host the beam July 29 for signatures from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NY Project Hope offers online wellness groups beginning July 26

NY Project Hope will offer Move Forward with Hope: Online Wellness Groups beginning July 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. Six topics will be explored. The groups are free, anonymous, confidential and are facilitated by trained crisis counselors. For more information, visit: https://nyprojecthope.org. To speak with a counselor by phone, call 1-844-863-9314 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Upstate Community Hospital Blood Drive is July 26 

The Upstate Community Hospital blood drive will be held Monday, July 26 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Community cafeteria and Rooms 502 and 503. To schedule an appointment, visit www.upstate.edu/blood. All volunteers assisting at the drives will be fully vaccinated.

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Donate Life flag to be raised in honor of donor July 28

Upstate University Hospital will hold a flag raising ceremony to celebrate the life of a recent organ donor July 28 at 9:30 a.m. in the organ donation garden in the Upstate University Hospital traffic circle near the pedestrian bridge. The flag will be flown for 24 hours in honor of the donor’s decision to save and improve the lives of others through organ donation. The Upstate community is welcome to join.

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Suite 1K covid testing site hours changing Aug. 2

Beginning Aug. 2, hours of operation for Upstate’s Suite 1K covid testing site at Community will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The site will remain open to walk-in testing, no appointment necessary, and registration completed on-site upon arrival. 

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Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is Aug. 3

Advanced Practice Grand Rounds will be held Aug. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. Jennifer Rapke, PsyD, chief of Upstate’s Child Psychiatry Consultation Liason Service, will present Pediatric Mental Health Update: Local Trends, System Resources and Practical Tools. Join via Zoom at: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/97650034029?from=addon or https://upstate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 976 5003 4029. One CME credit will be awarded upon completion of attending this event. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/aps/professional_development.php or email Alexis Yackel at YackelAl@upstate.edu.

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Adaptive recreational equipment available for use during Triad on the Trails Aug. 7

Try out adaptive cycles, kayaks, or running chariots and complete your first mile along the Erie Canalway Trail during a special activity set for Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cedar Bay Park in DeWitt. A group walk—ride or roll—will begin at 11 a.m. Children and families from the Golisano Center for Special Needs and others in the disability community will gather for a fun day of inclusive outdoor recreation. The activity will feature adapted equipment that is available from AccessCNY’s Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disability (TRAID) lending library, a free resource for durable medical equipment. For more information on the Aug. 7 event, email sefickj@upstate.edu.

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Easy for You is Aug. 10

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B of the west wing at Upstate University Hospital's Downtown Campus. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information contact Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or walczykc@upstate.edu 

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Deadline for Emerging Leaders United applications is Aug. 20

Upstate employees are welcome to apply for Upstate’s chapter of Emerging Leaders United, an affinity group with United Way of Central New York. Participants of the Emerging Leaders program will represent Upstate Medical University and have the opportunity to attend leadership and community education programs, volunteer events, and network with leaders from Syracuse businesses. Emerging Leaders are required to fulfill 16 hours of volunteer service from September 2021 to September 2022. For an application, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/leaders/emerging-leaders.php

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Advanced Practice Symposium begins Sept. 13 

The Advanced Practice Symposium will be held virtually and on-demand from Sept. 13 to Nov. 19. Topics for this self-led symposium include sepsis, pain and addiction, LGBQT+ care, PrEP and PEP, enhancing the patient experience, palliative care and wellness. Registration opens Aug. 13 and CME credits will be available. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/aps/professional_development.php

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Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer is Sept. 18

The Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Enjoy a leisurely two-mile canoe or kayak paddle on the Moose River beginning at the Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Old Forge, N.Y. Proceeds benefit the Al Todeschini Pancreatic Cancer Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, which assists pancreatic cancer patients with expenses and unmet needs related to their care and pancreatic cancer research. Note: There will be no kayak or canoe rentals available at this year’s event. Pre-registration deadline is Sept. 3. For more information call Janice Todeschini at 315-415-3157 or visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/paddle to download a registration form or make a donation.

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Join a Registry for Future Respiratory Virus Research

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health is working with the National Institutes of Health to develop a registry for future Influenza, COVID-19 and other respiratory virus studies. For more information, call 315-464-9869 or email trials@upstate.edu. Visits will take place in the Global Health Research Unit at Upstate Community Hospital. Parking and compensation are included.

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July is Cord Blood Awareness Month

Upstate Cord Blood Bank is the only public cord blood donation center in New York state and is currently accepting donations from mothers delivering at hospitals in Onondaga County. Cord blood banking refers to the process of collecting and preserving the stem cells that remain in the blood of the umbilical cord and placenta after the birth of a baby. Cord blood is the richest source of stem cells found in nature and can be used to treat over 80 diseases, such as leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Cord blood is also being used in clinical research to find new cures. If it is not donated, cord blood is considered medical waste and thrown away. There is no cost to donate and the cord blood is collected after the baby is safely delivered. If you or someone you know is expecting, please consider donating this life-saving gift. For more information, call 315-492-2600 or visit www.upstatecordbloodbank.com.  

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Upstate specialists featured on HealthLink on Air podcasts and radio shows

Among recent guests on HealthLink on Air were these Upstate specialists: Harry E. Taylor, PhD, comparing the efforts to fight HIV and the coronavirusNicole Brescia, MD, on a ketogenic diet for children with epilepsyElizabeth Asiago-Reddy, MD, on options to treat HIV infection; and Anne Reagan, PsyD, on helping teens who struggled emotionally during the pandemic.

Taylor is an HIV researcher; Brescia is a pediatric neurologist; Asiago-Reddy is chief of infectious disease; and Reagan is a child psychologist.

HealthLink on Air is a podcast and radio talk show produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications, available through podcast searches and broadcast on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at www.healthlinkonair.org

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