Week in Review: Week of Oct. 12, 2020

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It’s Friday! Before you settle down for the weekend, be sure to go back and get caught up on anything you may have missed at Headlines.

For instance, there was vital information that will help you exercise your right to vote, and insight into the self-exams that can play a role in detecting breast cancer. The newsletter also featured a number of teams who wouldn’t let COVID-19 delay their quality improvement efforts; and faculty and staff learned ways to create a more inclusive work environment, even with social distancing measures in place.

Here’s a closer look at those stories and more!

Don’t forget: Make your voice heard on Election Day!

There are less than three weeks until Election Day and Michigan Medicine is helping you prepare. Click here to learn when, where and how you can vote — and ways you can assist patients, family members and those in the community in a bi-partisan way.

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Exploring the effectiveness of self breast exams

Finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Previously, self-exams used to be considered crucial to detecting breast cancer early, but that’s come under scrutiny in recent years. Check out this Q&A with an expert colleague who can help you determine the best course of action for you and your loved ones.

Turning chaos into quality: Teams showcase improvements made during the pandemic

HITS helped thousands of employees transition to remote work environments. Pathology created a dashboard to help monitor the organization’s blood supply. The Glaucoma Clinic created a drive-thru option to ensure patients could get the care they needed. These are just three examples of quality improvement work carried out amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Click through to learn more about these impressive projects!

Diversity Means More: Valuing individuality, promoting inclusivity

With many staff members working from home, it seems like it’s more difficult than ever to cultivate a workplace environment that gives everyone a sense of belonging. But inclusivity is essential to wellbeing — and with that in mind, the organization offered up tips and resources that will help you build better work conditions. Learn more in the latest edition of the Diversity Means More series.  

Get a sneak peek at one of next week’s stories — and learn how faculty and staff exemplified the value of caring as they implemented a new blood draw procedure for kids — on the latest episode of The Wrap! You can watch it via the YouTube link above or listen via the media player below. Please note, the media player is not compatible with Internet Explorer, so find The Wrap on your personal device or open this story in a new browser to take a listen.