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Wellness Wednesday: A new approach to anxiety

October 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic, incidents of racial injustice and political tensions have all worked together this year to create an environment of heightened fear, anger and unrest across the country. Even before the pandemic, anxiety disorders were the most common mental health concern in the U.S., impacting more than 40 million (18.1%) adults.1 Now, with the added stressors that surround us and touch our daily lives, individuals suffering from anxiety disorders may be experiencing more symptoms, and people who have not previously struggled with anxiety may find themselves filled with worry and fear. “Anxiety is an emotion a lot of us…

Cut back or abstain from alcohol this holiday season

October 28, 2020

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is right around the corner. For many, the end of the year will include celebrating the season and connecting with family and friends in person or virtually. Sometimes, this may include alcohol. If you are looking for tips on how to either be more mindful of your drinking choices or not drink alcohol at all, sign up to receive weekly emails from MHealthy’s Alcohol Management Program (AMP). Every Monday, Nov. 16 through Jan. 4, 2020, participants will receive a “Holiday Stop and Swap” email. This year, you can choose between two options: Practice more…

Free online webinar will help you create common ground during difficult conversations

October 28, 2020

Holding a civil, productive conversation with individuals who may not agree with you is always a challenge. This year, it seems to be an even bigger challenge, but it is still an important skill to continuously improve. Political or personal values conversations are an important part of civil discourse, especially if each party is willing to listen and connect with mutual respect and a goal to seek common ground. Creating Common Ground for a Kinder, Better Future: Growing the Capacity to Listen and Connect in Politically Charged Times is a new session that will help provide a framework for better conversations…

Plan ahead: P3 and P2 construction projects

October 28, 2020

Please be advised of upcoming projects scheduled for the P2 and P3 parking structures. Plan ahead and alert patients if they will be parking in the area. Here’s what you need to know: Beginning on Monday, Nov. 2 and lasting approximately one week, Logistics, Transportation & Parking plans to initiate a critical repair to the Level 4 landing within the southeast stair tower at P3.  Concrete curb repairs will also be made to a railing area at the ground-level of P2. During repairs at P3, the southeast stair tower will be closed on Levels 3.5 and 4. Approximately 50 parking spaces will…

Be a hero at upcoming blood drives

October 27, 2020

This year’s Be a Hero at the Big House blood drive event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 1 at two new Ann Arbor locations: From 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at The Kensington Hotel Ballroom, 3500 S. State Street; and 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Terrace Ballroom at Graduate Ann Arbor, 615 E. Huron Street. An additional blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 at the North Campus Research Complex, Building 18, Room G064. To maintain proper social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, donors are asked to make appointments in advance by entering…

Own your upgrade! Self-serve Microsoft Windows upgrades to begin Nov. 4

October 27, 2020

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 4 and continuing through late February 2021, some (but not all) Michigan Medicine PC users will see notifications requesting them to download and install a required upgrade to their Microsoft Windows operating system.  Users who receive one of these requests can “Own Their Upgrade” by clicking: “Start Now” to begin the upgrade sequence immediately. “Snooze” to choose from the pull-down menu to pick a time that’s more convenient.“Not now” to delay the upgrade, but only temporarily. After the deadline (shown on the initial pop-up request), the upgrade will run automatically, so users should consider selecting a time that’s…

Do you have immigration-related hiring questions? Faculty Affairs launches web portal

October 27, 2020

Each year, the Office of Faculty Affairs Immigration Support and Compliance (ISC) assists U-M Medical School and other U-M faculty and managers in navigating the complex and ever-changing legal process of hiring, retaining, and promoting highly-skilled foreign national clinicians, educators, and researchers, and bringing in visiting international faculty, medical graduates, students and scholars. To streamline their services, ISC has launched a new, robust and agile case management software application. More than ever in this digital, remote work environment, having one central location that houses all inquiries, documents and correspondences is essential to delivering high-quality service. Developed by Health Information Technology…

Help celebrate Spiritual Care Week

October 27, 2020

Join the Michigan Medicine Department of Spiritual Care as it honors Spiritual Care Week over the next few days! The department encourages all members of the organization to celebrate the individual and collective contributions by Michigan Medicine’s diverse group of professional spiritual care providers and volunteer spiritual caregivers — a team that provides care and support to patients, families and colleagues at Michigan Medicine and in the surrounding communities. Please visit the Spiritual Care’s webpage https://mmspiritualcare.org for Spiritual Care resources.

Workshop: Teaching food insecurity as a social determinant of health

October 27, 2020

In 2018, 1 in 8 Americans struggled with food insecurity, including nearly 11 million children. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 54 million Americans, or close to 1 in 6 may face food insecurity in 2020. Food insecurity can negatively affect health regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or other demographic characteristics. However, food insecurity as a social determinant of health is often neglected in graduate medical education curricula. Based on successes from a three-year food bank and health care partnership program, U-M Internal Medicine and Food Gatherers, the regional food bank, will lead a faculty seminar on how to: Train the next generation of health…