Cancer Support Group meeting Wednesday, July 7
Join the Cancer Support Group for patients, caregivers and survivors on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, from noon to 1 p.m. The topic is: Stress, Relaxation and You. The group will meet at UT Health Science Center at Tyler, room G3117, (behind the library). A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by phone or email to Margaret Callens by June 30; (903) 877-8812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Call for abstracts deadline July 31
The 2021 Health Disparities Conference at UTHSCT brings together members of the healthcare community, researchers, trainees, clinicians, insurers, health system representatives, community-based organizations and other stakeholders to offer attendees accessible learning and networking opportunities. This year’s conference will be held virtually September 16-17, 2021, and the theme is education, with specific focus on three important audiences: physicians and other healthcare providers, future physicians/healthcare providers and the community. The Health Disparities Conference Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a virtual presentation highlighting diverse perspectives, experiences and research addressing health disparities. Abstracts will be reviewed and selected submissions will be invited for an oral or poster presentation at the conference. The abstract should not be more than 500 words and the deadline to submit your abstract is 5 p.m. (CST) July 31, 2021. Please send your abstracts to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
$100 gift card giveaway
UTHSCT employees are eligible to be entered into a drawing to win one of 10 (yes, 10!) $100 gift cards by completing an online smoking cessation training course by July 31, 2021. This training qualifies as CME for medical providers. To be eligible for the drawing, you must also complete a follow-up survey that will be emailed to you three months following the completion of your smoking cessation training course by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Both the online training course and the follow-up survey must be completed by November 15, 2021. You can access the online training course here: https://study.mdanderson.org/courses/49. The gift card drawing will be held Thursday, November 18, 2021. For more information or questions, please contact the TNET Nicotine Tobacco Cessation Program Coordinator Tonny Williams at (903) 877-1477.
New faculty announced
UTHSCT is pleased to announce two new faculty members – Dr. Archana Chidambaram and Dr. R. Michael Galbraith. Archana Chidambaram, MD, PhD, is a board-certified medical oncologist who joined the UTHSCT faculty June 1. Dr. Chidambaram will practice at UT Health East Texas HOPE Cancer Center at UT Health North Campus Tyler. To learn more about Dr. Chidambaram, click here. R. Michael Galbraith, DO, is a board-certified primary care and sports medicine physician who joined the UTHSCT faculty June 14. Dr. Galbraith will practice at UT Health East Texas Physicians on Patriot Drive in Tyler and serves as the program director for the UTHSCT Sports Medicine Fellowship. Click here to learn more about Dr. Galbraith.
EAC announces monthly drawing winners for July
Congratulations to the following winners of the Employee Advisory Council’s (EAC) monthly drawing: Patricia Royal, winner of Parking Lot B prime space; Cheyenne Mattes, winner of Parking Lot C prime space; and Martina Davis, UT Health North Campus Tyler Gift Shop certificate winner.
The EAC is here to be your voice to and from administration. Please feel free to contact an EAC member with any issues you would like to discuss. EAC members include: Cindy Scott, Robert Wieck, Amy Tvinnereim, Niki Farley, Caitlin Foster, Roger Henry, Yvonne Deese, Stuart Alexander, Sydni Blundell, Brista Hurst-Kent, Carol Henson, Vice Chair; and Corrinne Warren, Chair.
Texas Collaborative for HIV Education and Prevention learning series
The Texas Collaborative for HIV Education and Prevention (TCHEP) is hosting a series of six webinars dedicated to several aspects of HIV prevention in healthcare settings, including routine HIV screening, biomedical HIV prevention strategies, stigma and bias, status neutral approach to HIV prevention, cultural humility and other topics. CME/CNE/CHES/CPH/SW ethics credits will be offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Visit the TCHEP website for dates and to register.
Work transition and change
This last year we have learned that so many things in our lives may have felt out of our control. We adapted, found new ways to manage our lives, and some of us even thrived. Some may have worried about returning to the office while others were relieved to be back, and many are somewhere in between these two extremes. We need to remain aware that our colleagues may not be feeling the same as we do. Some healthy ways of managing change and the benefits of dealing with it positively as we transition back are:
• Be patient with yourself and others. Remain open to another person’s perspective.
• Remain calm. Deep breathing while relaxing has been shown to decrease anxiety and brings a sense of control back into your life. Consciously taking control of our breath is something we can all do anywhere and anytime, helping us feel calmer.
• Get back into a new routine. Dusting off the cobwebs and dressing up again can be fun. Learning new challenging tasks can bring a sense of satisfaction. Take a moment at the end of the workday to mentally review what you have accomplished and enjoy that feeling.
• Find gratitude. Gratitude comes in all sizes, small and large. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life and turns what we have into enough. Once a day, make it a point to tell a colleague at work how much you appreciate their help. Then carry this same gratitude home and tell a friend or family member how much you enjoy their company. Write a gratitude journal.
You do not have to make this transition alone. Call UTEAP (UT Employee Assistance Program) at (800) 346-3549 to speak with a licensed clinician 24/7. UTEAP is available, ready and willing to help during this time of transition.
All of Us Research Program looking for participants
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Diabetes, Your Heart workshops
UTHSCT Lifestyle Change Programs now offers Your Diabetes, Your Heart. This program includes 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 email@example.com or register online at: https://www.uthct.edu/lifestyle-change-programs-2/. No physician referrals are needed.
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Weekly announcements about news and events for faculty, staff and students must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the item is to appear in the following Tuesday’s UTHSCT newsletter. Submit announcements here. Early submissions are always welcome! Emails to this address will not receive a personal response.