Weekly News & Announcements – May 25, 2021

Campus masking policy update following executive order
As you may already be aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that mask wearing and other COVID-19 safety precautions are no longer necessary for those who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks past final COVID-19 vaccine dose). However, these precautions were not removed from hospitals and clinics. On the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and UT Health North Campus Tyler, there has been a lot of discussion as to what areas are considered patient care versus nonpatient care and how we fit into this new mandate. Our priority remains the health and safety of our patients, students, faculty and staff. Given Executive Order No. GA-36 issued last week by the governor’s office, effective immediately, UT Health Science Center at Tyler will continue to strongly encourage – but no longer require – the wearing of masks by students, faculty, staff and guests in nonclinical areas of our campus. However, wearing a mask is still required upon entry and throughout the UT Health North Campus Tyler hospital and clinical facilities. In keeping with CDC guidance, we advise that those who are not vaccinated (or partially vaccinated) wear a mask regardless of the setting and to consider the benefits of vaccination. For questions or concerns regarding the new masking policy, please contact your supervisor.

Fertility, pregnancy and parenting support webinar today
Ovia Health offers UT Select plan members access to daily support for their fertility, pregnancy and parenting journeys. Want to know
more? Attend the free online webinar today from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Register for the online webinar at:

Help for chronic pain webinar Wednesday, May 26
Hinge Health is an exercise therapy program available to UT Select participants that helps conquer chronic back, knee, hip, neck and shoulder pain – from the convenience of the participant’s home. The program offers unlimited one-on-one coaching, personalized exercise therapy, a free tablet and wearable sensors. Learn more during the Hinge Health webinar Wednesday, May 26, from noon to 12:30 p.m. Register now for the webinar at: https://www.cvent.com/c/express/06d1badb-f9cb-4ae1-a107-c64ec64c131e?fbclid=IwAR3ixcJ_iW4byEFUeJ6SglGcm8iRgLtxTSOp8Ire79Ry25_y2o-p2KgHwLY.

Better sleep webinar Wednesday, May 26
One of several issues that Omada, a program available to UT Select participants, addresses is helping participants get a better night’s sleep. Omada provides guidance through their Personalized Behavior Change for Chronic Disease program. They’ll help participants realize consistency is the cornerstone of good sleep habits and how to get the right amount of sleep on a regular basis to avoid deprivation. Learn how to “Put Your Pillow to the Test” during the Omada webinar Wednesday, May 26, at 12:30 p.m. Register now at: https://www.cvent.com/c/express/adbbe74e-6980-4c47-aeef-1b149189d91f?fbclid=IwAR16pqQTfvJaai3rOI2Q7u26IBJBJwZqhKQW4sL4T6XOarRD90uDYWH8CbA.

Texas Collaborative for HIV Education and Prevention learning series to launch Thursday, May 27
The Texas Collaborative for HIV Education and Prevention will launch its HIV prevention learning series on Thursday, May 27. The series will include six webinars targeting primary care providers and three webinars for emergency care providers. CME/CNE/CHES/CPH/SW ethics credits will be offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The series will include several aspects of HIV prevention including routine HIV screening, biomedical HIV prevention strategies (pre-exposure prophylaxis [PrEP] and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis [nPEP]), addressing stigma and bias, financing HIV prevention services and other topics. Register now at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Wi20a2ZDRaO091nOGz-vOg.

Annual Resident Quality and Research Day Friday, May 28
The Annual Resident Quality and Research Day will be held Friday, May 28, via Microsoft Teams. Poster presentations by residents will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Oral presentations will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Posters can be viewed prior to the presentations by using this link: http://www.uthct.edu/resident-qi-day. Special thanks to the following judges for the event: Dr. Michael Morris, Dr. Michael Kennedy, Dr. Torry Tucker, Dr. Alan Cook, Dr. Louie Gatdula and Dr. Renee Hebler-Clark. Special thanks also go out to Dr. Michele Bosworth for abstract judging. The following links will allow you to access the Teams meetings for both poster and oral presentations:


Active Living After Cancer workshop series to begin week of May 31
UTHSCT Lifestyle Change Programs is excited to announce “Active Living After Cancer,” a new program in addition to their Hypertension and Diabetes Prevention-Prevent T2 workshops. This 12-week, free workshop series is designed to help cancer survivors and their caregivers who are not currently receiving treatment to make healthy choices, get active and ultimately feel better. Participants will meet weekly using Microsoft Teams to discuss important topics and engage in physical activity. If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer and would like to learn more about reducing the risk of cancer recurrence, reducing fatigue, managing stress or improving strength, please call (903) 877-1436 or email lifestylechangeprograms@nulluthct.edu. No physician referrals are needed. Workshops will begin the week of May 31. The last day to register for this class will be Friday, June 18.

Cancer Support Group meeting Wednesday, June 2
Please join the Cancer Support Group for patients, caregivers and survivors on Wednesday, June 2, from noon to 1 p.m. The topic is “COVID-19, Cancer and Managing Relationships” featuring speaker Abigail Happli, PsyD. The meeting will be held at UTHSCT/UT Health North Campus Tyler in G building, room G3117 (behind the library). Please RSVP by phone or email to Margaret Callens by May 28; (903) 877-8812 or margaret.callens@nulluthct.edu.

Summer 2021 tuition assistance available – Application deadline Thursday, June 10
UTHSCT employees who are planning to attend college classes for Summer 2021 are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help with the cost of pursuing a college education. Scholarships are now available for employees interested in pursuing a career in nursing and for employees pursuing other degree programs. Applicants must be full-time employees and employed with UT Health Science Center at Tyler for at least one year as of the application deadline. For full details and a link to download the appropriate application, visit: https://www.myuthealthnews.org/16406/fall-2020-tuition-assistance-available. Completed applications must be submitted by Thursday, June 10, no later than 4 p.m. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed.

Annual compliance training due Wednesday, June 30
The University of Texas System compliance policy and directives state that employees of all UT institutions are responsible for compliance
with appropriate laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Compliance activity is closely monitored by each institution and periodically
reported to UT System. To ensure that employees are aware of and trained on the compliance requirements, annual training is
provided. In accordance with UT System, state regulations and The Joint Commission, compliance training is a requirement of all UT
Health Science Center at Tyler employees. Annual compliance training modules are required for every employee within 30 days of their
start date and annually thereafter. These modules have been updated and assigned to all employees in NetLearning (accessible through Performance Manager). To access the annual training modules, please go to https://www.healthcaresource.com/performance/uthsct and click on Learning Assignments. In conjunction with annual compliance training, tuberculosis (TB) surveillance is also due. Please ensure you complete the TB screening form. The link for the form can be found within the 2021 ACT Occupational Health module. Managers: Please ensure your staff is aware of these training requirements and ensure timely completion for your area. Managers may view the status of their employees’ training completions by selecting the “Employees” tab at the top of the screen, then select “Employee List” from the drop-down menu, then select “Vitals” per employee. Another option for monitoring progress is available by using the NetLearning reports feature. Instructions for running reports for your employees can be found at: http://bit.ly/UTHSCTNetLearningManagerReports. Managers will also receive weekly email reports listing their employees and their incomplete modules. The deadline for completion is June 30, 2021. Should you have any questions or problems accessing the material, please email kristine.voorhies@nulluthct.edu.

Annual enrollment July 15-31
Just a reminder that UTHSCT annual enrollment will be held from July 15 to July 31 and changes made during this time will be effective September 1, 2021. We are very excited to announce there will be no rate increase for benefit premiums and no changes to out-of-pocket costs such as copayments, deductibles and coinsurance for FY22!

New SharePoint site (EpiCenter) announced
The UT Health North Campus Tyler Epic Activation Team would like to announce a new SharePoint site called EpiCenter. This site is available to all North Campus Tyler staff and contractors and will serve as your single source of information for the Epic activation. On this site you will find timelines, contact information, training registration documentation, login instructions and other pertinent details surrounding the Epic activation. The site will be continuously updated as the project progresses, so check back often for updates. The link to EpiCenter is included below for your convenience. EpiCenter can be viewed multiple ways:
• Via myLINKS
• Via the EpiCenter link: https://uthsct.sharepoint.com/sites/EpiCenter
• Via the new desktop icon:

Your Diabetes, Your Heart workshops
UTHSCT Lifestyle Change Programs now offers Your Diabetes, Your Heart. This program includes is a single session virtual or in-person course that takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Participants will learn about diabetes and heart health to lower risks, helpful resources to live healthy with diabetes and will be able to connect with peers for encouragement. If you or someone you know has been affected by Type 1, Type 2, gestational or prediabetes and would like to learn more about diabetes, please call (903) 877-1436, email lifestylechangeprograms@nulluthct.edu or register online at: https://www.uthct.edu/lifestyle-change-programs-2/. No physician referrals are needed.

BlueCross BlueShield introduces BurnAlong, an online fitness program
There’s no place like home. BlueCross BlueShield is offering UT Select members (age 16 and older) the opportunity to participate in an
online fitness program to stay active while staying at home. The program is provided by BurnAlong, a digital-only option, that is now
available for members who prefer to work out at home. This new program offers full access to thousands of digital fitness videos or live
classes that are available in dozens of categories led by wellness professionals. Digital classes include cardio, boot camps, Barre, yoga and
more. And the digital classes are available for just $10 per month. Other options are available for an additional fee. UT Select participants
can access this new option by going to www.bcbstx.com/ut, hitting “Log In” in the upper right side to log in to Blue Access for members
and under “Quick Links,” choose “Fitness Program.” You’ll get access to BurnAlong directly through the website or mobile app. Plus, your
account will remain active as long as your BCBSTX tiered fitness program membership is active. You can join the fitness program for a
membership fee and choose from different options that vary by price – now including the digital-only option. If you prefer to join a gym,
check out the gym locations available near your home, your work or anywhere in the U.S.

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