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Upstate Announcements for January 25, 2022

Communication for Health Literacy event is Jan. 27 and 28

The Central New York Library Resources Council and Upstate’s Health Sciences Library will host Communication for Health Literacy Jan. 27 and 28 via Zoom. The event will focus on how to be more effective when providing health information to consumers, patients, clients. Concepts of health literacy and health communications will be discussed. For details on the free two-day virtual event, visit https://clrc.org/event/health-literacy/2022-01-28/ or email Health@CLRC.org.



Feminine Hygiene Product Drive runs through Jan. 28

The lack of access to affordable menstrual products is a global problem and in the United States—26.4 million people cannot afford needed products. Many individuals must make a choice between food or period products. To donate feminine hygiene products for the Syracuse community, drop products off at one of the collection boxes located throughout the Upstate campus. For more information, email Keshia Suhail at suhailf@upstate.edu, Alexandra Goodman at goodmana@upstate.edu, or upstatewirl@gmail.com. Text PRODUCTS to 9-1999 to donate.



Covid-19 vaccine/booster clinics will be held Jan. 31 and Feb. 7

Covid vaccine and booster clinics will be held Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. The clinics are for first, second, and booster doses. The schedule and registration links are as follows.

Individuals who have received a booster are asked to upload a picture of their vaccine card(s) with proof of booster to the Employee/Student Health portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu/ or by email at ESHealth@Upstate.edu.



Advanced Practice Services Grand Rounds is Feb. 1

Jeff Steele, PharmD, will present a case-based approach to evaluating and treating patients with infectious diseases Feb. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. To join rounds, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m44f358b75fc5d6c3b03759d9916c3fbd. Questions? Email Collette Fay at FayC@Upstate.edu.



Quitting Cafe is Feb 3

The Quitting Café will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Advice on quitting tobacco and light refreshments will be available for Upstate staff, students, volunteers and patients. For more information on Pathway to Wellness programs, visit: www.Upstate.edu/wellness.



Easy for You is Feb 15

Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B of Upstate University Hospital (west wing). 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.



Student-sponsored blood drive is Feb. 23

A student-sponsored blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building next to Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave. To schedule an appointment go to www.upstate.edu/blood.



Professional Development and Learning offers micro-credentials

Upstate’s Professional Development and Learning now offers micro-credentials. For details, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/microcredential/index.php  or register to learn more at an upcoming information session at https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=169698.



IMT Training offers customized webinars on OneDrive and Teams Classroom

IMT Training offers one-hour virtual demos to introduce Microsoft OneDrive, a personal cloud storage platform that allows a person to store, sync, and share work files. Additionally, faculty can register for virtual demos to learn more about Microsoft Teams for the Classroom, which engages students with virtual face-to-face connections and activities. To sign up for a webinar visit https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=165455 and register with your employee ID. To ask an IMT training question or request a custom date for a demo for your team, visit https://forms.office.com/r/SYGFEA1B26



Advocates for Upstate Accepting 2022-23 grant applications

The Advocates for Upstate Medical University are accepting applications for grant funding of departmental projects and programs. The deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 25 at noon. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate are eligible. Award decisions will be announced before the end of April 2022, and grants awarded must be used between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023. Full details and the grant application form are here: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/grant-application.php.



Ergonomic open hours are held Thursdays

Ergonomic open hours will be held Thursdays from noon to 1p.m. via Zoom. State employees can speak with an ergonomist to discuss how to better fit their work areas to their specific needs to avoid pains and strains whenever possible. This could be especially important for staff who continue to work remotely due to Covid precautions. To learn more, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/new_staff/work_life/ergonomics/resources.php



Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness celebrates 10 years in February

To help Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program celebrate its 10th anniversary, share photos of a wellness event, yourself or your team then and now. Success stories are welcome. Email wellness memories and stories to BriskS@Upstate.edu.



35th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition now open

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities announces the 35th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition, open to all Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty. Submissions are due by March 12. Submissions of quality fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir of any subject matter are welcome.

Submit two copies—One copy should include the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category on it; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should include only the title and category with the work.

One entry per writer, a maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems. Send submissions to Andrea Musolino, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, via email at musolina@upstate.edu. Winners will be announced and awards presented April 7.  Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for CBH’s annual journal The Healing Muse. For more, visit: www.TheHealingMuse.org.



Financial Fitness live webinars available throughout February

TIAA will host live Financial Fitness webinars throughout the month of February. The webinars are open to all Upstate staff and faculty. To register for a session, visit: TIAA Webinars (on24.com). The schedule is as follows.

  • Feb. 16 at noon: Market proof your retirement. You’ve worked hard to save for retirement. TIAA can help you understand how to create a diversified retirement income plan that protects you against key retirement risks. 
  • Feb. 17 at noon: Understanding Health Savings Accounts. You may know about the tax advantages of contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA), but did you know that HSAs are also a way to save for healthcare in retirement? We’ll help you understand unique aspects of HSAs, including how they help account owners pay for current healthcare expenses and save for those in the future. 
  • Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.: Strategies for staying on track. No matter how much or how little money you can save for retirement, it’s important that you start now and stay invested for your future. You can learn how taking smart financial steps today may help lead you to a solid financial future after you’ve stopped working. 
  • Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.: Estate planning considerations. Ensuring that our assets will pass to loved ones and causes that are near and dear is important to most of us. Discover the components of a basic estate plan and strategies to ensure that your wishes are met. 
  • Feb. 23 at noon: At Your Fingertips—Manage your money from wherever you are. Learn about TIAA’s commitment to digital, and how we’re leveraging the latest technologies in our online and mobile tools to help you save time and achieve financial success while you’re on-the-go. 
  • Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.: Discover the power of financial well-being. Whether you’re the kind of person that lives and spends in the now or plans for what’s ahead, there are always ways to save smarter. In this seminar, you’ll learn a number of strategies for better.

Disclaimer: Unless staff participate in a webinar while on a lunch break, please ensure approval from your manager to view. Use of Upstate electronic equipment and accessing this webinar must be in compliance with University-Wide policy UW I-09 (Information Access Management). Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action up to termination of employment. 



The Informed Patient podcast

Among recent guests on The Informed Patient podcast were these Upstate specialists, and their topics: 

The Informed Patient podcast and the 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.