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Upstate Announcements for August 27, 2021

Updates to 2021 NYS Dependent Care Account

As a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 and the American Rescue Act of 2021, the 2021 Dependent Care Account includes two important changes: 

  • The maximum contribution levels have been increased from $2,500 to $5,250 for single or married filing separately and from $5,000 to $10,500 for married filing jointly or head of household.
  • Individuals are now able to change their Dependent Care Account election amount without a qualifying change in status event reason. The change event reason will appear as: “No reason (Consolidated Appropriations Act).” Use this to enroll, change, re-start, or terminate. Changes will not be retroactive; they will be applied to the next available payroll date for processing.

For more information, email fsa@goer.ny.gov or call WageWorks/Health Equity at 800-358-7202.



Advanced Practice Virtual Symposium registration is open now

To register for the 2021 Advanced Practice Virtual Symposium, visit https://www.upstate.edu/cme/online-register.php. Registration is $65 and is open until Nov. 5. Upon successful completion of the symposium, 8 CME credits will be awarded. For more information, email APPSymposium@Upstate.edu.



Peer support training session is Sept. 9

The Clinician Peer Support Program of Central New York (CPSP-CNY) will hold a virtual Peer Support training program with Dr. Jo Shapiro Sept. 9 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Empathetic and respected physicians, residents, nurses, APCs, behavioral health specialists, respiratory therapists and chaplains are welcome to become trained as peer supporters for clinician colleagues. Training is also open to trained peer supporters as a refresher. Program administrators interested in learning more about the training are welcome to participate as well.

Please refer potential candidates, or have clinicians self-refer to become trained by providing the following information to Leslie Kohman, CWO, at kohmanl@upstate.edu, and to Thomas Hohensee, program coordinator at thomas.hohensee@bassett.org. Include name, credentials and title. Zoom link and training materials will be sent to all interested in participating.



Transitions in Care Symposium is Sept. 14

The eighth annual Transitions in Care Symposium will be held Sept. 14 from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Healthcare Transformation: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic will be held virtually. Continuing education credits will be provided. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/NursingSymposium. For more information, email Karin McMullen at mcmullek@upstate.edu



Easy for You is Sept. 14 

Upstate's Tobacco Treatment program will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B of the west wing at Upstate University Hospital. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement (NRT) is available. For more information contact Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or walczykc@upstate.edu.


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, NY. 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.



Second annual Give Burns the Boot Kickball Tournament is Oct. 2 

The second annual Give Burns the Boot Kickball Tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. at the Syracuse Kickball Park, 7192 Oswego Road, Liverpool. Proceeds benefit the Clark Burn Fund for Patients, held at the Upstate Foundation, supporting burn survivors and their families with transportation, lodging, meals, and other expenses not covered by insurance that are essential to their recovery, as well as the survivor and family support group. Register online at http://support.upstatefoundation.org/site/TR?fr_id=1240&pg=entry. For more information contact Michelle Lonkey at lonkeyM@upstate.edu or 315-464-6128.



Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture is Oct. 8

The annual Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture featuring Kornelia Polyak, PhD, will be held Friday, Oct. 8 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. A reception will follow in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building. All members of the Upstate community are invited to attend. For questions or to R.S.V.P., contact Amy Green in the Vice President for Research Office at greenamy@upstate.edu or 464-4517.



Sock Out Cancer Benefit Concert in Syracuse is Oct. 8 and in Binghamton Oct. 9 

Sock Out Cancer, a nonprofit that aids financially distressed cancer patients and their families, will host A Musical Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel, featuring the internationally known Philip Myers Band Friday, Oct. 8 at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theatre in Syracuse and on Saturday, Oct. 9 at The Broome County Forum Theatre in Binghamton. A portion of the Syracuse benefit concert proceeds will support the Sock Out Cancer Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, to address unmet needs of adult and pediatric oncology patients and their families. A portion of the Binghamton benefit concert proceeds will support the Sock Out Cancer Fund for Southern Tier Pediatric Patients and Families, also held at the Upstate Foundation. 

Tickets are on sale online at Ticketmaster and at the venue box offices. Orchestra and mezzanine seats are $40 each for the general public. All Upstate employees and their guests will receive $10 off each $40 ticket. Balcony tickets are also available at $20 each. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at shenfels@upstate.edu or 315-464-4284. To purchase tickets and for details on the Upstate employee discount, visit www.sockoutcancer.org/events-1.



An evening of live music to benefit the Cool Head Project is Oct. 15

An evening of live music to benefit the Cool Head Project will take place Friday, Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rail Line in Armory Square, 530 S. Clinton Street. Maureen Henesey of Mere Mortals and Paul Becerra of Twisted Roots will perform. Proceeds benefit the Cool Head Project Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, to offset the cost of scalp cooling treatments for patients. Scalp cooling can help reduce or prevent hair loss in patients receiving certain chemotherapy. For event information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at shenfels@upstate.edu or 315-464-4284. To purchase tickets or sponsorship, visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/coolheadproject.



HealthLink on Air features Jason Wallen, Jason Shandler, Danielle Marino and Sharon Brangman

Thoracic surgeon Jason Wallen, MD, on lung cancer’s diagnosis and treatment options; genetic counselor Jason Shandler on determining cancer risk through genetic counseling; physical therapist Danielle Marino on a study of exercise for woman during early pregnancy; and geriatrician Sharon Brangman on a study of agitation in people with Alzheimer’s disease. 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.