Week in Review: Week of Feb. 1, 2021

February 5, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Well, the groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter, but with so much going on this week — including a Black History Month celebration, heartwarming patient story and wellness tips — Headlines has been heating up in recent days. 

On Monday, the newsletter kicked off Black History Month with a look at how employees can commemorate it at Michigan Medicine. Then there was a feature on patient David Labelle, who was able to realize his dream of playing the piano at University Hospital; a rundown of ways to limit emails to reduce stress and burnout; and a recap of a number of initiatives demonstrating inclusion across the organization.

In case you missed anything, here’s the Week in Review!

Celebrating the past, improving the present: Black History Month kicks off at Michigan Medicine

With keynote lectures, town halls and online exhibits, the Black History Month celebration is sure to have something for everyone at Michigan Medicine. Learn more about the festivities — and find out how you can take part in a unique photo gallery honoring members of the organization’s Black community later this month!

Music mattered most: Faculty, staff come together to grant one final wish for patient

When David Labelle’s prognosis turned dire, members of his care team at Michigan Medicine quickly acted to ensure he could live out a decades-old dream: playing the grand piano in the University Hospital lobby. Take an inside look at how they safely pulled it off amid a pandemic, helping Labelle make his final wish come true.

Wellness Wednesday: Buried by emails? Here are a few ways out

Let’s face it — you probably get too many emails from too many people to keep up with every day. It’s a problem that many faculty and staff have pointed to that causes them stress and burnout at work. But there is a way to improve the situation. From learning better ways to organize your inbox to limiting how often you check your mail, click here for tips on reducing email anxiety.

Inclusion: Fostering a sense of belonging

The Black Voices Resource Group is giving Black employees an avenue to share their experiences with colleagues at all levels. Meanwhile, a 25-person translation team is creating hundreds of documents in foreign languages so that patients and families have a better understanding of their health care. These are just two of the many inclusion initiatives going on across Michigan Medicine. Click through for even more examples of this vital work!

This week, The Wrap employee podcast sat down with two members of the Anti-Racism Oversight Committee to learn more about their work and how it will affect the organization going forward. Check it out via the YouTube video at the top of the page or media player below. Please note, the media player is not compatible with Internet Explorer, so open in a new browser or search for “The Wrap by Michigan Medicine Headlines” on your personal device to take a listen!

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