Weekly News & Announcements – July 20, 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!

Retirement reception for Christi Nelson Thursday, July 22
All employees are invited to attend a retirement reception for Christi Nelson, Thursday, July 22, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Ornelas Amphitheater Lobby. Refreshments will be served.

Call for abstracts deadline Saturday, 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.

Law enforcement training at Riter Center Wednesday, August 11
University Police will be conducting law enforcement training in the Riter Center on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. All employees will need to depart the Riter Center by 7 p.m. on August 11, as various rooms and floors will be used for scenarios and training. University Police will check all areas of the Riter Center before training activities begin, and anyone still present in the building will be asked to leave. University Police will place personnel at entrances and exits during the training. Please contact Sgt. Stuart Alexander at stuart.alexander@nulluthct.edu with questions.

UTHSCT Health Disparities Conference 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.

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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