UTHSCT Weekly News & Announcements – July 13, 2021

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!

UTHSCT Police Sgt. Stuart Alexander receives prestigious award
A special ceremony was held on Friday, July 9, honoring The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Police Sergeant Stuart Alexander for being chosen as the 2020 recipient of the Larry W. Fultz Memorial Award for Excellence from the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators. Congratulations to Sgt. Alexander on this well-deserved honor!

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 yordanos.tiruneh@nulluthct.edu, harrison.ndetan@nulluthct.edu or cmarzilli@nulluttyler.edu.

$100 gift card giveaway deadline Saturday, July 31
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. 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.

UTHSCT Health Disparities Conference set for Thursday & Friday, September 16-17
Save the date for the annual UTHSCT Health Disparities Conference being held on September 16-17, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s conference will be held virtually. The “ABCs of Health Disparities” theme will focus on education. CEU credits will be available. The cost for the two-day conference is $25.00. Registration details will be available soon.

Web content change requests
To request changes or updates to content housed on the uthct.edu website (faculty/staff directory, academic degree program pages and graduate medical education program pages), you will need to complete a Web Content Change Request form. Here are a few important things to make note of before requesting web content changes:
• Faculty/Staff Directory: Requests for additions or updates to the faculty/staff directory should be submitted here: https://www.myuthealthnews.org/directory-request.
• SharePoint Pages: These pages are not managed by the Public Affairs department. Contact the individual page manager for help with SharePoint issues.
• Academic Degree Program Pages: Only the Office of the Provost can approve changes to these sections of the website. Submit your request to that office. If approved, they will complete this form.
• Graduate Medical Education Program Pages: Only the executive director for graduate medical education can approve changes to these sections of the website. Submit your request to that office. If approved, they will complete this form.
If you have questions or encounter issues with the web content change request form, please email webmaster@nulluthct.edu.

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 carlton.allen@nulluthct.edu.

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 lifestylechangeprograms@nulluthct.edu or register online at: https://www.uthct.edu/lifestyle-change-programs-2/. No physician referrals are needed.


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