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Upstate Announcements for January 11, 2023

Nominations sought for Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service

Nominations are sought for the 2022-2023 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service. This award recognizes state classified service employees represented by CSEA, PEF and PBA of NYS for excellence and superior service. Nominations are due Feb. 1 and should be sent to Megan Chase in Human Resources via email at chasem@upstate.edu. For nomination form and additional information visit: https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/upstate_stars/chancellor-award.php



Blood drives are Jan. 11, 12 and 13

Upstate will host three blood drives this week. 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.



Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly is Jan. 25

The 20th annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly will be held Jan. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Collegian Hotel, Syracuse. The event—hosted by Upstate’s Emergency Medicine department—will feature topics including mental health, eating disorders, and gun violence. To register, visit: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/17528. For more information, call Rose More at 315-464-6197.



Easy for You is Feb. 14

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14 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.



Pathway to Wellness announcements

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

Planning healthy activities is Jan. 18 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/upstate/j.php?MTID=mabb2b26d8930b388279c7339f2afa0c2. Meeting number (access code): 2309 593 7202. Meeting password: AtFNawad232. For more information, email CristinA@Upstate.edu.

10 minutes of humor is Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. Join here: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

American Heart Association Check it Challenge begins in February. Everyone interested in committing to checking your blood pressure and receiving education via email on improving your cardiovascular system is welcome to email brisks@upstate.edu. An anonymous google sheet twill be used to track blood pressure and educational materials will arrive weekly via email. The program runs through May.

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.



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.



Virtual reality for wellness available for use at both hospitals

‘Healium’ virtual reality headsets are available to be signed out in room 1326 Upstate University Hospital and room 1111 at Community. For more information, email Deb Emerson at EmersonD@Upstate.edu.



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.



Open Notes education booklets and sessions available

My Wellness Journey: Engaging Patients in Improved Use of their Patient Portal will be held Jan. 20 at noon in person and via Zoom. 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.

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



The Informed Patient podcast 

The Informed Patient features interviews on Achilles tendon injuries, pathologists meeting with patients and how warmer weather brings on the ticks.

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.