Briefs

Do you Have Lab Coats or Scrub Tops to Donate?
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) sponsors a program at the Syracuse YWCA called Reach One, Teach One. Upstate students go to the Y weekly to do fun science experiments. The goal is to show young women that science can be fun, and makes for a great career. CCE is in need of lab coats and scrub tops to use for this program. Donations of old but serviceable lab coats or scrub tops may be dropped off at the Health Sciences Library in Weiskotten Hall by March 6. A collection box is located at the library entrance.

Public Health Grand Rounds on Young Women’s Reproductive Health in America vs. Canada is Feb. 27
The Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds will be held Feb. 27, at 12:15 p.m. in 4414A of the Academic Building. Nicole K. Richards, PhD(c), MPH from University of Waterloo, Applied Health Sciences School of Public Health, and alumni of the Upstate Public Health Program, will present “Young Women’s Reproductive Health Navigation: Implications of American and Canadian Healthcare Delivery Models.”

Sarah Loguen Fraser Day is Feb. 28
The Sixteenth Annual Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser Day will be held Feb. 28 at 12:15 p.m. at the Medical Alumni Auditorium, first floor, Weiskotten Hall. A reception follows in Setnor Hall. This year’s program focuses on maternal health in honor of Dr. Loguen’s work in obstetrics, pediatrics and midwifery. Speakers are Asteir Bey, RN, of Village Birth International and Mariel Rivera of Doula 4 A Queen.  Second-year medical student Kadeen Forrest will be honored. For more information, contact 315-464-5433, chambern@upstate.edu

Upstate band to perform Feb. 28
Upstate band, The Bronze Puppies, will perform at Rockin’ the Redhouse, a benefit concert, Feb. 28 at the Landmark Theater, 362 S. Salina St. Band members include Upstate’s Rachel Hopkins, MD, medicine, on vocals; Paul Klawitter, PhD, and Gary Johnson, MD, emergency medicine, on guitar; James Greenwald, MD, family medicine, on bass; and Lawrence Chin, MD, dean, College of Medicine, on drums. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door and are available at http://www.theredhouse.org/rockin-the-redhouse/. The benefit supports Redhouse education scholarships.

Upstate students invited to Destress for Success March 2, 9, 16
Upstate students are welcome to Destress for Success with SU Lerner Center Mondays beginning Feb. 17 through March 16 from 4:15 to 5 p.m. at the Upstate Bistro in the Academic Building. The five-week program offers coffee, tea, and presentations on a variety of health-related topics. For more information, email Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu. The schedule is as follows:
March 2—Identify and Use Your Strengths (will need phone or computer)
March 9—Strengthen Communication Skills
March 16—Create Healthy Habits and Goals

2020 Heart Walk on-site registration is March 5, 11, 12
Join Team Upstate at the 2020 Heart Walk Sunday, April 19 at SRC Arena on the OCC campus. On-site registration will be held March 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the fourth and fifth floors at the Galleries, March 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby at Upstate University Hospital, and March 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Upstate Community Hospital. For more information on the Heart Walk and Team Upstate, email Becca Pesci at pescir@upstate.edu.

Upstate dietitians celebrate National Nutrition Month in March
National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day is also celebrated during National Nutrition Month, on the second Wednesday in March. This occasion increases awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services, while recognizing both RDNs and nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives. Taste and Education opportunities will be held in March in the hospital cafes to promote healthy eating. Registered Dietitians will be available to answer nutrition questions.

Spiritual Care Journal Club is March 4
A discussion on nurse-chaplain collaboration will be held March 4 at 12:45 p.m. 1321 Upstate University Hospital. The Upstate community is welcome. For a copy of the journal article, visit the Center for Spiritual Care, 1224 Upstate University Hospital.

Quitting and Cooling Café set for March 5
The Quitting and Cooking Cafe will be held March 5 from 10 a.m. to noon in the atrium of the Upstate Cancer Center. Advice on quitting tobacco, healthy food samples, recipes and light refreshments will be available to Upstate employees, students, volunteers and patients. For more information on Pathway to Wellness programs, visit www.upstate.edu/wellness.

Submissions for 33rd Dearing Writing Award competition due March 9
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities announces the 33rd Dearing Writing Award Competition. Awards will be presented in two categories: faculty/staff and student. The subject matter is open. For complete details go to www.upstate.edu/bioethics and click on Writing Awards. Submission are due March 9 and the awards ceremony will be held April 22.

Easy For You is March 10
Easy for You, Upstate’s tobacco treatment program, will be held March 10 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in 7335B of the west wing at University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. 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

Robert B. Barlow Vision Research Seminar is March 11
Abigail S. Hackam, PhD, professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, will present “Novel Approaches for Inducing Regeneration of the Injured Retina” on Wednesday, March 11 at 4 p.m. in the Room 4709 Neuroscience Research Building.

Public Health offers course on lean management and leadership in health care March 17 to April 14
Public Health and Preventive Medicine will offer a one-credit course focusing on lean management and leadership in health care Tuesdays March 17 to April 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. in 318 Health Sciences Library, Weiskotten Hall. The course is led by James Cody, MPA, former director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The course awards one graduate credit at standard SUNY Upstate graduate tuition rates. UUP members may be eligible for tuition benefits. Enrollment in the previous two modules (PHGE601 and PHGE602) is not required. For more information, email Jennifer Brennan at brennanj@upstate.edu.

Advocates for Upstate offers incentive for March monthly challenge participants
Advocates for Upstate will give a $5 coupon toward a purchase at Perk Up or Upstate Bistro to anyone with an Upstate ID badge who completes the Well NYS Every Day Challenge in March, presented by Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness. Using the honor system, participants must complete one healthy monthly challenge behavior for the first 20 days in March and track their progress on the online form or on the paper form available through Pathway to Wellness. Begin the challenge by registering at http://wellnys.goer.ny.gov. The coupon will be presented when you complete the March challenge and the online tracking form. Paper forms must be submitted to Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.edu. In addition to the coupon, certificates will be awarded to those who complete the challenge. For more information or for copies of the paper tracking form, contact Suzanne Brisk at brisks@upstate.eduor 315-464-4565. Perk Up (located in the lobby of Upstate University Hospital) and Upstate Bistro (located on the second floor of the Academic Building) offer Starbucks brand coffee, food, and other hot and cold beverage items.

Well-Being Index and resources are available online
The Well-Being Index is a validated screening tool used to evaluate fatigue, depression, burnout, anxiety, stress, and mental/physical quality of life. The index is nine questions, and offers immediate access to online resources. For more information, use access code Upstate at the following website: https://www.mywellbeingindex.org/signup.

Global Health seeks volunteers for research trial
Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks volunteers 18 years of age and older for a one-time blood draw. To learn more and to schedule a visit, contact Global Health at trials@upstate.edu  or 315-464-9869.

CSEA offers Skills for Success courses
The New York State and CSEA Partnership for Education and Training are offering classroom- and web-based courses for CSEA-represented employees. To view the fall catalog, visit https://www.nyscseapartnership.org/Sfs/Fall2019/SFSCourseCatalogFall2019.pdf