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Upstate Announcements for June 11, 2024

Gift shop hours have changed

Upstate University Hospital’s gift shop has changed hours and will close one hour earlier on weekends. New hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.



Yoga for All is June 12, 14, 21, 24

The Yoga for All schedule is as follows:

  • June 12 from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. in 2151/2153 Nappi Wellness Institute
  • June 14 from 8 to 8:45 a.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • June 21 from 2:15 to 2:40 p.m. in Classroom A/B at Community
  • June 24 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. virtual offering

Yoga for All is facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga, a form of yoga based on trauma research, evidence-based yoga therapy and body-based methods with gentle exercises for self-management of common symptoms and reactions. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome. For questions, please email [email protected]. All upcoming sessions are listed on the Upstate Wellness calendar.



Center for Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry seminar is June 13

Carl Elliott, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota, will present Why They Blow the Whistle Thursday, June 13 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of 713 Harrison St. The presentation will also be available via Zoom. Elliott is a trained physician, professor of philosophy, and an author. To join via Zoom, visit: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/8993391512?pwd=eUI3QWJTQU5OdEZyZ2RMR0NFVUpNZz09. R.S.V.P. attendance to [email protected].



Pet a Pooch is June 13

Pet a Pooch will be held Thursday, June 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 907 Jacobsen Hall. Pet a Pooch is for Upstate staff. For more information, email Christine Cole at [email protected].



Health Literacy in Focus is June 14

The Central New York Library Resources Council and the Upstate Health Sciences Library will host Health Literacy in Focus Friday, June 14 via Zoom. The event features a book talk with Julia Soplop, author of Information Crisis: How a Better Understanding of Science Can Help Us Face the Greatest Problems of Our Time. The first 200 registrants will receive a free copy of Information Crisis. The event also includes the continuing education program 4 Tools for Assessing Health Education Materials, with educator Molly Knapp. Eligible attendees will receive free MLA credit for the session. All are welcome to attend. The event is free and open to the public. Find more information and register here: https://clrc.org/event/2024-health-literacy-focus/. Questions? Email Sarah Lawler at [email protected].



HealthLink on getting fit for walking or running is June 17

A HealthLink seminar on getting fit for walking or running will be held Monday, June 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Meredith Albert, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, will discuss how to get fit for walking or running, safe progressions, injury prevention, and how to stick with your exercise plan. Several exercises will also be provided during the virtual session. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvf-GhpjotH9VEjNSvBJox9vJDiqVzbmdR. For more information on HealthLink seminars, email [email protected].



Nursing Grand Rounds is June 18

Jennifer Murphy MSN, RN, CCRN, will present Pediatric Neurological Emergencies June 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. To join visit https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m7f82eda52f4e7d1382b656a317c2863b. For more information, contact Mandi Dixon at 315-492-5260 or [email protected]. Participants will earn 1.0 contact hours.



Tranquility Tuesday is June 18

Tranquility Tuesday will be held June 18 from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. on the second floor of Nappi Wellness Institute. Tranquility Tuesday is held every Tuesday and is also available via Zoom (Meeting ID: 407 812 4814, Password: wellness). Each session is a unique meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, and relaxation practice experience. Questions? Email [email protected] or [email protected].



Volunteers sought for breakfast service at Samaritan Center June 19

Join members of Upstate Emerging Leaders United at the Samaritan Center, 215 N. State St., as the group helps with breakfast service on Juneteenth—Wednesday, June 19 from 6:15 to 9 a.m. The Samaritan Center mission is No One Goes Hungry. To participate, or for more information, email [email protected].



HealthLink on healthy eating for longevity is June 20

A HealthLink seminar on eating healthy for longevity will be held Thursday, June 20 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Heather Dorsey, BS, RD, CDN, will discuss ways to incorporate healthy eating while considering your age, health and lifestyle needs, and for reducing health risks and improving quality of life. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvd--rrDMqGtd3qkBy9K93SPf_6-Vu8TNW. For more information on HealthLink seminars, email [email protected].



Good Neighbor Day at the Syracuse Mets benefits mental health on June 20

The second annual Northland Communications Good Neighbor Day will be held Thursday, June 20 at the Syracuse Mets Game. The Syracuse Mets will donate $5 from every ticket sold to the Upstate Foundation’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Campaign. To purchase tickets, visit: https://fevo-enterprise.com/event/Upstatefoundation6. Questions? Contact Eric Stensland at [email protected] or 315-464-5747.



Intersection of Food and Stress is June 26

Kelly Springer, MS, RD, CDN, will present The Intersection of Food and Stress June 26 from noon to 1 p.m.in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Springer is a registered dietitian, nutrition expert, business owner, and educator. Springer’s expertise and insights on food and nutrition have received national recognition, with appearances on Good Morning America and features in publications like Forbes, Newsmax, Women’s Health, and HuffPost. The presentation is open to everyone in the Upstate community. To register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/32HBWYK. CME Credit will be offered. Questions? Email Candace Yackel at [email protected].



Blood drives at Upstate are July 11, 12, and 22

Blood drives will be held at Upstate July 11, 12, and 22. To make an appointment, visit: www.upstate.edu/blood. The schedule is as follows:

  • July 11 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor
  • July 12 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • July 22 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community



Moderna Covid-19 trial seeks pediatric patients

Lenord Weiner, MD, and his team seek pediatric patients six months of age and younger who have or have not been previously vaccinated with a Covid vaccine. All participants will receive the Moderna mRNA 1273.815 vaccine. There is no placebo being used in this trial. To participate or inquire for more information, email Kristen Fluno at [email protected].



NYSHIP special option transfer and special enrollment periods for the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) open now

Due to recently ratified contracts between New York state and the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), there will be a Productivity Enhanced Program (PEP) special enrollment period. PEP for 2024 allows eligible full- and part-time NYSCOPBA-represented employees to exchange previously accrued annual and/or personal leave in return for a credit to be applied toward the employee share of their NYSHIP premium on a biweekly basis. Affected employees will be sent an email containing more information. To elect PEP for 2024, applications must be received between May 28 and June 28.

There will be NYSHIP rate changes for these groups effective July 1. As a result, there will be a special option transfer period, when affected employees may make changes to their NYSHIP coverage. To make changes to your NYSHIP coverage, sign and submit a PS-404 Health Insurance Transaction Form to the Benefits office. Requests must be made between May 28 and June 28. Submit all questions and forms to [email protected].



Nellie Hurley scholarship applications

Advocates for Upstate is accepting Nellie Hurley scholarship applications through June 28. To be eligible, applicants must have been employed by Upstate or active as an Upstate volunteer for a minimum of six months prior to the application deadline. Scholarships, for undergraduate studies only, in health-related fields at accredited institutions, are for fall semester 2024. To apply, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/pdf/nhappfillable2024b.pdf. Applications should be completed and returned to [email protected] or to room 311 in the Campus Activities Building by June 28. For more information on eligibility and applying, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/scholarships.php.



Workplace violence survey is available online

Upstate has partnered with healthcare facilities across CNY to create the Respect and Heal campaign, addressing workplace violence in our institutions. A survey to track and trend staff needs and ensure safety events are accurately reported for optimization of outcomes is now open online. The survey will take five minutes and will assist in our efforts to create safer and more supportive work environments for staff. To take the survey, visit: https://redcap.link/workplaceviolence_SAreporting. Questions? Email Jerry Santoferrara at [email protected].



Wellness Speaks session available online

The June 10 edition of Wellness Speaks with Anna Maria Hinman focused on gardening tips. The recording is available here: https://upstate.video.yuja.com/V/PlayList?node=43446329&a=1572742952. Questions about Wellness Speaks? Email Christine Cole at [email protected].



The Informed Patient Podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about implantable loop recorders, poisonous mushrooms and a vaccine against the chikungunya virus.

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 various podcast platforms, including YouTube. HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Audio and transcripts of the podcasts and the radio shows are also available atupstate.edu/informed. To suggest an Upstate expert or topic for a possible podcast, email Amber Smith at [email protected].