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Upstate Announcements for May 11, 2022

Upstate celebrates Hospital Week

Upstate is celebrating Hospital Week. For Hospital Week details, videos, contests and a virtual Hero the Wolf medallion hunt, visit: https://www-upstate-edu.libproxy1.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/hospital-week.php. Login is required. Events include:

May 11—Wellness Wednesday

May 12—Thankful Thursday and snack distribution

May 13—Find Hero the Wolf Friday

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DACA Task Force training is May 11 

UndocuAlly Training: Policies Impacting Undocumented Patients and Students will be held May 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The training will focus on policies that affect undocumented patients and students. To register, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrdeihrjosGdOY6Il16OmrtsOJ94O1NsJp. For more on Pre-Health Dreamers, visit: https://www.phdreamers.org. Questions? Email Rachel Fabi at FabiR@Upstate.edu. 

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Movement is Medicine is May 11

In celebration of National Hospital Week, Carol Sames, PhD, will present Movement is Medicine May 11. Sames will discuss physical activity guidelines, the benefits of physical activity and how to get started. The webinar is now available online here: https://www.upstate.edu/health/wellness/monthly-events.php under recorded events. For more information about the presentation, email Suzanne Brisk at BriskS@Upstate.edu. 

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Grand rounds on physician suicide is May 11

Physician Suicide: Reconceptualizing Do No Harm will be held May 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. All professions and specialties are welcome to attend this Healthcare Transformation Grand Rounds. The presentation will include a showing of the film Do No Harm, followed by a panel discussion featuring: Jarrod Bagatell, MD, Leslie Kohman, MD, FACS, Seethalakshmi Ramanathan, MD, MPA, Kaushal Nanavati, MD, Thomas Schwartz, MD. 

In the United States, the rate of death by suicide among physicians is higher than the general population. It is estimated that 300 to 400 physicians die by suicide every year. Despite the high prevalence of suicide, mental illness and suicide among physicians and healthcare workers remain under-recognized.  

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: Recognize the prevalence of suicide risk among current and future physicians; describe risk factors for suicidal crises among physicians; discuss mitigation strategies and local resources that are available for physicians experiencing mental health problems.

CME credits are being offered. Advance registration is required here: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsf-urqDgtHNJX-5ehIjWGdPYH0yEX6QNA. After registering, a confirmation email will be sent with meeting information.

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Chair yoga presentation is May 12

Pathway to Wellness will offer a presentation on chair yoga May 12 at noon. To join, visit: https://upstate/webex.com/meet/brisks. 

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Volunteers sought for Upstate’s Your Cause event May 20

Volunteers are sought to prepare and serve a meal at Sarah’s Guest House Friday, May 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. To volunteer, email Susan Bland at BLANDmeS@upstate.edu or Kelly Dolan at DolanK@upstate.edu. Wear a Team Upstate shirt, if possible. Sarah’s Guest House is a local 501C3 charity whose mission is to provide lodging, transportation, meals and comfort to patients and families receiving medical care in Central New York. Sarah’s Guest House is the only healthcare hospitality house for adults in Central New York. 

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Mentee applications due May 25

Professional Development and Learning seeks mentees for the upcoming mentoring program. Space is limited and applications are due by May 25. For more information on the program and to submit an application, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/mentoring1/request_mentor.php. For more information, email starkm@upstate.edu.

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Syracuse Workforce Run registration deadline is May 27

The Syracuse Workforce Run will be held June 21 at 6:45 p.m. at Onondaga Lake Park. Registration is $38. To join Team Upstate, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/specialevents/syrrun.php. Registration to join Team Upstate closes May 27. For more information, email Becca Pesci at PesciR@Upstate.edu.

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Cystic fibrosis teaching day is June 4

Upstate’s Cystic Fibrosis Program will hold a virtual teaching day June 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gunnar Esiason, cystic fibrosis advocate, will deliver the keynote address. R.S.V.P. to SeguinJ@Upstate.edu or CarlsondJ@Upstate.edu by May 27.

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Easy for You is June 7

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, June 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B Upstate University Hospital. 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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Peer supporter training is June 16

Peer supporter training will be held June 16 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. This is open to those who are new to peer support and those who wish to refresh skills. Participants will learn how to help colleagues who are in distress. To register, email Theresa.Chung@Bassett.org and Dr. Kohman at KohmanL@Upstate.edu. A Zoom link and materials will be provided prior to start.

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Upstate’s mobile mammography unit on-site June 24

Upstate’s mobile mammography unit will be parked at the Campus Activities Building on Elizabeth Blackwell Street June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Upstate community interested in scheduling an annual mammogram on this day may call 315-464-2588 or visit https://www.upstate.edu/mobile-mammography/ and complete an appointment request form.  

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Student Admissions hosts virtual information sessions this summer

Student Admissions will host virtual information sessions this summer for degree programs in: radiation therapy, respiratory therapy, x-ray, ultrasound, RN-BS, medical technology and medical biotechnology, physician assistant, physical therapy, clinical perfusion, medical school, joint MD/MBA, and the Upstate accelerated scholars BA or BS/MD program.

Sessions are open to high school, college, and adult students. For a schedule and registration information, visit: https://engage.upstate.edu/portal/virtual-events. For more information, email MeyerW@Upstate.edu.

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ERS and PFRS vesting for tiers 5 and 6

New legislation changed vesting requirements for tier 5 and 6 members as of April 9. For more information on the changes, visit: https://www.nyretirementnews.com/becoming-vested/.

Becoming vested is a crucial milestone for NYSLRS membership. Participants become vested after earning enough years of service credit. More on service credit can be found here: https://www.osc.state.ny.us/retirement/publications/service-credit-tiers-2-through-6.

Once vested, participants have earned the right to receive a retirement benefit even if leaving public employment before retirement.

The changes to tier 5 and 6 vesting, does not change eligibility for NYSHIP retiree health insurance. Employees must meet all eligibility requirements, including the minimum of 10 years of creditable service in a benefits eligible status to be considered for NYSHIP retiree health insurance. 

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Upstate Employee Assistance Program now offering weekly online tips

Weekly wellness tips will now be featured on Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program website: https://www.upstate.edu/eap/. For more information on the EAP, email Annemarie Cristino at CristinA@Upstate.edu.

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Nellie Hurley Scholarship applications now being accepted

Advocates for Upstate is now taking applications for the 2022 Nellie Hurley Scholarships. Scholarships up to $3,000 will be awarded for fall semester 2022. Those eligible include Upstate employees or volunteers who will have been active at Upstate for six months or more prior to the June 24, 2022 application deadline and who meet all other criteria. Award decisions will be made in July. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/scholarships.php. The scholarships may be used for undergraduate studies only, directed toward any health profession at an institution accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, contact the Advocates office at advocates@upstate.edu or 315-464-5610.

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Advocate for Upstate raffle

Get a jump on summer by participating in the Advocates for Upstate’s drawing to win a barbecue basket valued at $250. The basket includes everything you’d need for an outdoor barbecue, including: plates, bowls, tray, tablecloth with clips, citronella candle, grill spatula, cleaning tool, skewer, patio lights, a Wegmans gift card, and other goodies. Proceeds benefit Advocates’ programs to benefit Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Community Hospital. The raffle will close May 26 at 11:30 a.m. with the drawing to take place at noon the same day. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email or telephone immediately following the drawing. Tickets are $5 each or 3 tickets for $10 and are available to purchase online here: https://advocates-for-upstate.square.site. For more information about the drawing for the barbecue basket, call 315-464-5610 or email advocates@upstate.edu.

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The Informed Patient podcast features Upstate experts

The Informed Patient podcast and HealthLink on Air radio show are produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications. The Informed Patient interviews are available through podcast searches, and HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Both the podcast interviews and the hourlong radio shows are also available at www.upstate.edu/informed, as both an audio recording and a written transcript.

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