2019 MSA Diversity Week

Posted on August 19, 2019

Slated for September 9-13, the 2019 MSA Diversity Week celebrates our rich (and enriching!) diversity through an array of events, workshops and discussions (on the Medical Campus as well as NCRC) that will raise awareness, stimulate engaging conversations, create thought-provoking experiences, and inspire dedication to promoting an inclusive, even more diverse workplace. Listings are also on the MSA Intranet homepage – along with those registration links. All are welcome — staff, students and faculty.

Interprofessional Facilitation Workshop

Posted on August 19, 2019

All University of Michigan faculty are invited to register for this free opportunity. The workshop will help with skill-building that can be utilized in leading interprofessional courses and offerings (including IPE in Action). It is sponsored by the Michigan Center for IPE and its Faculty Development Committee. Space is limited, so register now!

Grass Lake Van pool has two openings! Join us and never worry about parking again.

Posted on August 19, 2019

Grass Lake Assembly of God Church. Mount Hope Rd
6:20 AM

UH South Employee entrance across from P4
7:00 AM

UH South Employee entrance across from P4
4:35 PM

Grass Lake Assembly of God Church. Mount Hope Rd
5:40 PM

Jim Munn

#MommyMonday: Latching Issues? Try These 5 Breastfeeding Positions

Posted on August 19, 2019

Breastfeeding positions that are comfortable for both you and your little one can help with latching issues and make the breastfeeding experience much more enjoyable. Being in a comfortable and relaxed position also aids in let-down, the reflex that causes milk to flow when mom is ready to breastfeed.

Although one position might work well, frequently changing positions can help in preventing blocked ducts, according to Michigan Medicine lactation consultant Carrie Pawlowski, RN.

Regardless of the position, Pawlowski says it’s important to follow these breastfeeding tips: click here to view.

The Michigan Medicine’s Health blog is running a series named #MommyMonday for Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Check back every Monday during August for more important tips and information on breastfeeding!

Take the Research Communications Survey

Posted on August 19, 2019

Do you work in biomedical research at U-M? Then you could win a $50 Amazon gift card! All you have to do is complete a quick, online survey for the Medical School Office of Research.

The Office of Research (OoR) is conducting a survey to improve its understanding of the communication needs and web usage habits of the U-M biomedical research community.

Click here to take the survey.

The time you spend completing this survey will help the OoR provide more effective communications that meet your daily needs. And to thank you for sharing your feedback, there will be a drawing for a $50 gift card. To enter, simply remember to include your contact information at the end of the survey.

The Medical School Office of Research is committed to providing high quality, customer-focused communications. Questions about the survey? Contact


Yoga, Zumba and more take over the Big House on Sept. 20

Posted on August 19, 2019

Find your way to well-being at “Be Well in the Big House” on Sept. 20!

Join thousands of your colleagues at Michigan Stadium for this free community-building event for all U-M faculty and staff.

Last year, more than 1,200 attended, joining in health and wellness related activities both on and off the field.

Register early for on-field sessions

Yoga, Zumba and strength training return to the field, along with a new session inspired by popular football training drills. All fitness levels and abilities can participate. Extra instructors will be on hand to help participants with modifications.

Register for up to two 45-minute classes:

  • 3 p.m. – Football Drills and Thrills (no equipment required)
  • 4 p.m. – Yoga
  • 5 p.m. – Zumba
  • 6 p.m. – Strength Training (using body weight)

Guarantee your spot on the field and register now! Space is limited on the field – last year, most sessions reached capacity weeks before the event.

For the best experience, bring appropriate footwear, a mat or towel, water bottle and your U-M employee ID.

Food and fun activities on the concourse

Look for plenty to do off the field as well! No registration is needed to enjoy these fun activities focused on personal well-being, community building and giving back:

  • Participate in 15-minute sessions of Tai Chi, meditation or Cardio Drumming (offered every hour)
  • Sample healthy snacks and get recipes
  • Talk with health and financial well-being experts
  • Visit the onsite M Farmers Market (cash and credit accepted)
  • Donate a non-perishable food item to Food Gatherers, the food rescue and food bank program serving Washtenaw County

Need additional accommodations to participate in any part of Be Well in the Big House? Contact MHealthy at 734-647-7888 for assistance.

Be Well in the Big House information:

When: 3 – 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20

Where: Michigan Stadium

This is a free event and open to U-M faculty and staff

Learn more about Be Well in the Big House and register for an on-field class.

Reminder: UMHS-GlobalUser to be updated; what to watch for in your email inbox

Posted on August 19, 2019

Please be advised that the UMHS-GlobalUser email address will soon be retired. In the coming weeks, employees will begin receiving emails from two new email addresses: and

The new addresses are easier to identify and more accurately reflect the name of the academic medical center. The addresses also fall in line with the types of messages they will be sending.

Of course, MM-Headlines will be sending out Headlines, the daily Michigan Medicine employee newsletter.

MM-EmployeeMessage, meanwhile, will be alerting faculty and staff to important information that they should be aware of.

These two addresses will not be sending spam messages, so please ensure that emails from these accounts are not automatically delivered to your spam folder. 

Beyond backpacks: Help students get school supplies and healthy meals

Posted on August 19, 2019

Another school year will begin soon and the Michigan Medicine community will once again have the opportunity to make an impact on the 1,300 K-12 students in Washtenaw County who are currently experiencing homelessness.

For the eighth consecutive year, the organization plans to provide local children with the tools necessary to support their educational pursuits.

The annual school supply drive will benefit three local agencies:

  • Education Project for Homeless Youth, which works to ensure students experiencing homelessness and temporary living situations enroll, regularly attend and succeed in school.
  • Ozone House, a community-based, nonprofit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services.
  • Community Action Network, which partners with children, youth and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live.

The school supply drive at Michigan Medicine began in 2012 with 238 backpacks and 10 boxes of supplies donated. In 2018, the collective enthusiasm and generosity resulted in record-setting donations of 402 backpacks and 161 cases of a variety of school supplies. In addition, hundreds of pairs of socks, underwear and personal care products were donated to meet an expressed need.

In total, from 2012 to 2018, the team has donated 2,221 backpacks and 655 cases of supplies.

“It is inspiring to see how caring members of our community can be,” said Tony Denton, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the U-M Health System. “If each of us makes a small donation, we can make a huge impact on those who need assistance right in our own neighborhoods.”

2019 school supply collection effort details:

  • The Sept. 9 Administrative Forum meeting (8 a.m.-10 a.m. in the Ford Auditorium) will serve as a final collection point for in-kind school supply contributions
  • Help grow this effort by reaching out to your teams to request their involvement and support
  • Off-site area teams are encouraged to coordinate their own collection drives. If needed, arrangements can be made to pick up off-site collections prior to Sept. 9. 
  • Please review the list of needed items to the right and consider making a donation.

Support Maggie’s Marketplace

In May 2017, the Ypsilanti Health Center (YHC) opened Maggie’s Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind food pantry serving Michigan Medicine patients to improve nutrition and health. The marketplace is run by the YHC team and carries fresh fruit and vegetables, along with basic staples such as potatoes, milk, cheese and eggs. All the food is given for free to patients and community members. Thus far, an estimated 7,950 people have been served, providing more than 15,000 meals.

Last year, in addition to donations of school supplies, Michigan Medicine employees helped to reduce food insecurity by making monetary donations which funded support of Maggie’s Marketplace operation for more than two months.

“Studies show that proper nutrition positively influences health and prevention of diseases,” Denton said. “That’s why we’re once again offering the option to contribute monetary donations to Maggie’s Marketplace.”

If you are interested in supporting Maggie’s Marketplace, donations can be conveniently made by clicking here.

If  you have questions,  please contact Janet Martinez at 734-647-8161 or

On behalf of children and families in need, thank you for being leaders and best in supporting education, nutrition and health!

Being a Parent in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

Posted on August 16, 2019

Mary Jo Desprez, MA, Wolverine Wellness Director, and Amber Horwitz, MSW candidate, will discuss the importance of maintaining a strong recovery program while parenting in recovery from substance addiction; explore “parenting skills 2.0; and include a panel discussion by parents in recovery from substance use disorders.  Part of the Dawn Farm Education Series. Free, open to all; registration is not required. Provides free CEUs for addiction professionals. For more information: please see or contact 734-485-8725 or