Week in Review: Week of Aug. 31, 2020

September 4, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

The long holiday weekend is ahead, but first, you can take just a short glance through the Week in Review to get caught up on the latest at Michigan Medicine.

For instance, faculty and staff got a sneak peek at a virtual Employee Appreciation Week set to take place later this month; expert colleagues helped debunk the biggest myths about masks during COVID-19; the Rogel Cancer Center shared the importance of cancer awareness months; and readers were given insight into why a diverse workforce strengthens the organization.

Check out those featured stories below!

Employee Appreciation Day goes virtual for weeklong celebration

Normally around this time of year, Michigan Medicine hosts an Employee Appreciation Day (also known as the Ice Cream Social). While COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into those plans, the organization is taking the opportunity to celebrate its incredible faculty and staff for a full week. Click through for details of the upcoming virtual Employee Appreciation Week!

Debunking mask myths that put us at risk

No, there isn’t a dangerous build-up of carbon dioxide if you wear a mask for a long period of time. And yes, it is still important to practice social distancing even if you are wearing a mask. Those are just two of the most common mask myths that Michigan Medicine experts helped debunk. Learn the facts about masks and why some myths have become so prevalent in society.

Raising awareness: September offers chance to improve cancer treatment, prevention

Cancer awareness months serve as a time to improve outreach, provide education and raise funds to improve treatment options. Every September, childhood cancer, gynecological cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and thyroid cancer all get their time in the spotlight. Find out why such awareness months are so important both at the Rogel Cancer Center and across the world.

Why diverse teams matter

Research shows that groups and teams made up of different backgrounds create a collaborative environment that challenges thoughts, sharpens understanding and fosters innovation. And the organization has a unique opportunity to ensure that more women and minorities pull up to their seats at the table and share their excellence in the months and years ahead. Click here to learn more about diverse teams at Michigan Medicine!

Michigan Medicine is undergoing a journey to reform the way it manages, governs and applies policy, procedures and guidelines. Learn more about this process on this week’s episode of The Wrap employee podcast. Listen via YouTube at the top of the page or media player below. Please note, the media player is not compatible with Internet Explorer, so open another browser or find it on your personal device to take a listen.