Weekly News & Announcements – June 1, 2021

Texas Legislature gives approval to new UT medical school in Northeast Texas
Authorization for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler to allocate its resources to attain accreditation of a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program — a step needed to create a new medical school — has passed through the Texas Legislature and will soon be on its way to Governor Abbott’s desk for signature. The authorization is included in Senate Bill 1, the state’s biennial budget. Once approved, the new medical school will be the seventh in The University of Texas System and the first in Northeast Texas. To read the full release, click here.

All of Us Research Program launches today
Healthcare is often one-size-fits-all. But imagine a future where your health treatments are tailored to you. This is called precision medicine and is the basis for the All of Us Research Program. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and UT Health North Campus Tyler are partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the All of Us Research Program to help make that future possible. The mission of All of Us is simple: to speed up medical research. To do this, we are asking participants, specifically our patients, in East Texas to be part of one million people or more to share their unique health data with NIH-approved researchers to be used to conduct studies on health and disease. The data collected will contribute to research that may improve health for generations to come. To learn more and to enroll, please visit JoinAllofUs.org/UTHCT and click on the “Join Now” button. For additional information, contact Carlton Allen at (903) 877-1427 or carlton.allen@nulluthct.edu.

Active Living After Cancer workshop series to begin this week
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 begin this week. The last day to register for this class will be Friday, June 18.

UT Select fitness program new member special for June
UT Select members can join the fitness program in June and pay no enrollment fee. The fitness program offers flexible options and access to a nationwide network of fitness locations plus online enrollment and tracking, automatic monthly payment withdrawal, mobile app with check-in and activity history and more. Go to bcbstx.com/ut then log in and search for the fitness program under Healthy Living. Enter JUNESTART during enrollment to join for free before June 30. If you have questions or prefer to enroll over the phone, contact a health advocate at (903) 882-2034

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). For more information, contact Margaret Callens at (903) 877-8812 or margaret.callens@nulluthct.edu.

Walk with a Doc virtual walk video series event Monday, June 7
Watch Jennifer Chilton, PhD, RN, as she discusses “Alpha-Gal Syndrome, Risk and Prevention” in the current virtual edition of UTHSCT’s Walk with a Doc program. This Walk with a Doc video presentation will be posted on our website at: https://www.uthct.edu/walk-with-a-doc and on all of our social media channels on Monday, June 7, at 11 a.m.

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 July 15-31 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!

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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