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Upstate Announcements for January 6, 2023

Employee/Student Health issues updated guidance on N95s

For the most updated information on N95 respirator masks, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/health/pdf/upstate-n95-guidance.pdf.



Upstate to host three blood drives in January

Upstate will host the following blood drives in January, nationally recognized as Blood Donor Month. To register for the following drives, visit: www.Upstate.edu/BloodDrive.

  • Jan. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community
  • Jan. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Hall
  • Jan. 13 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital



MLK Day event to address empowerment through equity is Jan. 16 

The 2023 Upstate Health Justice Conference will be held on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 16 in the Academic Building. Empowerment Through Equity: Tangible Steps for a Better Tomorrow is the theme of this year’s in-person conference organized by students of Upstate Medical University. The event is free and open to the public, and includes breakfast and lunch.

Caitlin Bernard, MD, MS, Upstate alumna and current physician at Indiana University, is the keynote speaker. Dr. Bernard is an advocate for reproductive health justice.

To register, visit: https://healthjusticeconference.com/attendee-registration-copy.



Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds is Jan. 17

Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds will be held Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m. via WebEx. Chief Nursing Officer Scott Jessie, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, will present Upstate Nursing 2022 Year End Review: staff satisfaction survey results, a review of the healthcare landscape, looking back and ahead. The presentation will be recorded for viewing via Brightspace Nursing Grand Rounds course. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE.  For more information, contact Holly Briere at BriereH@Upstate.edu.

To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m87fed8a5ceb4912b38b7b2de792f3776 and use meeting number 2318 986 1591 and password wHSF6Scqd43. For more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/nursing/prof-dev/comm_mtgs/grand-rounds/index.php.



Friend in Deed funding applications sought

The Upstate Foundation seeks applications from Upstate employees for Friend in Deed funding for projects that enhance the patient experience at Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Community Hospital. Applications are due Jan. 13 by noon and can be filed electronically at: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/friendindeed.

Friend in Deed is the annual fund for the hospitals and is largely supported through donations from grateful patients and their families, as well as members of the Upstate family and the community. For more information, call the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4416. Submissions are due by noon Friday, Jan. 13 at the Upstate Foundation, 326 Campus Activities Building.



Beyond the Doctorate Research Day seeks submissions

Beyond the Doctorate Research Day will be held March 1 from 1 to 6 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kathryn Anderson. The poster session portion of the day will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in 4414 in the Academic Building. Locations for events from 1 to 4 p.m. will be forthcoming.

Deadline for oral presentation submissions is Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. Deadline for poster presentation submissions is Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. To submit and for more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/postdoc/postdoc_life/bdrday-form.php. For more information, email Geoff Ameele at AmeeleG@upstate.edu.



36th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition seeks submissions

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities seeks submissions for the 36th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition now through March 13. The competition is open to all matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty of Upstate. Submissions of fiction, poetry, and memoir on any topic is welcome.

Two copies are required. One copy should include: writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should include: only the title and category with the work. Criteria includes: one entry per writer is permitted, a maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems.

Send submissions to Andrea Chiaravalloti at Chiaraan@upstate.edu. Awards will be presented April 5. Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for CBH’s annual journal, The Healing Muse.



Pathway to Wellness announcements

New Year Commensality is Jan. 9: Join Suzanne Brisk Jan. 9 at noon to toast to the new year and share goals, plans, ideas for 2023. Join here: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

Easy for You is Jan. 10: Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10 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.

10 minutes at 10 a.m. is Jan. 10: Paul Corsi, sustainability manager, will discuss the Bee Campus USA designation Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

Laughter Yoga is Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Join here: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

Planning healthy activities is Jan. 16 at noon. Join here: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

The psychology of happiness is Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Join here: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

Mindful Tuesdays: Annemarie Cristino, Upstate EAP coordinator, hosts Mindful Tuesdays each Tuesday at 11 a.m. for 15 minutes via WebEx. Cristino offers mindfulness meditation instruction and information. Join here: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/CristinA.

Questions about Pathway to Wellness announcements and events? Email BriskS@Upstate.edu.



Open Notes education booklets and sessions available

The Upstate Open Notes Grant Project Committee offers My Visit My Wellness Journal patient education booklets to improve use and access of shared clinical visit notes. To order copies of the booklet for use in clinical areas, complete this order form or email Cathy at narcavac@upstate.edu

Upcoming Open Notes Lunch and Learn Sessions are held in person and via Zoom:

  • Mindful Note Writing 1: Words Count Jan. 5 at 7:30 a.m. and noon 
  • Mindful Note Writing 2: Tips and Tricks Jan. 9 at 7:30 a.m. and noon
  • My Wellness Journey: Engaging Patients in Improved Use of their Patient Portal and Reading Visit Notes to Enhance Care Jan. 20 at noon

To register for in-person: Click here. To join via Zoom, use Meeting ID: 988 3388 8015 Password: 061261 and link: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/98833888015?pwd=djc4c3RoN0M0dURPNnAyZnErREx5Zz09



Radiology shirt sale

Radiology superhero shirts are available for $20 each or two for $35. Call Shantell Henry at Upstate University Hospital 315-464-7476 or Deb Dill at Community 315-492-5185.



The Informed Patient podcast 

The Informed Patient features interviews on preventing holiday poisonings, treating cluster headaches, and exploring the microbiome for clues to immunity.

How to avoid holiday poisonings is addressed by Mary Beth Dreyer, a public health educator from the Upstate New York Poison Center.

Cluster headaches, how they are treated and how they differ from migraines, is the topic of neurologist Ioana Medrea, MD, who specializes in headaches.

How long immunity lasts, and clues from the microbiome, is explained by microbiologist and immunologist Joel Wilmore, PhD, who researches the microbiome.

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, and 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 at www.upstate.edu/informed.