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Reminder: Keep the flu in check at a free UMHS flu fair

October 17, 2016

The clock is ticking — free flu fairs will be held for two more weeks at UMHS. Flu fairs are being held across the health system campus, making it easier than…

Cancer immunotherapy focus of Taubman Symposium

October 17, 2016

Two clinician-scientists whose landmark work has shown how the human body’s own immune system can fend off cancer will receive the 2016 $100,000 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science and present keynote talks on Friday, Oct. 21, at the annual symposium of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute.All are welcome to attend the event from 10 a.m. until noon at the Kahn Auditorium in BSRB. No registration is required and a networking coffeee session and poster presentation will precede the talks beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the BSRB lobby. Two CME credits are available to physicians. Suzanne L. Topalian,…

Culinary Classroom: MHealthy to host cooking demonstration

October 17, 2016

Healthy cooking doesn’t have to be a mystery. But if it were, Jason Schweitzer, executive chef, and Holly Scherer, a registered dietitian with MHealthy Nutrition and Weight Management, would solve it…

Supporting the health self-management needs of youth with disabilities

October 14, 2016

Young people with disabilities often have to manage more complex health needs than their peers. Physical and cognitive impairments can affect the ability to learn and execute self-management tasks. Additionally, there is a need for the proper self-motivation to manage one’s health. All of these issues serve as the basis for an upcoming discussion by Dr. Seth Warschausky, a professor and pediatric rehabilitation psychologist and neuropsychologist at UMHS. His discussion will be based on recent research and focus on what is known about motivation and cognition in health self-management and the implications for a successful transition to optimal independence. The…

Workshop: A gentle introduction to data analyses

October 14, 2016

Have you forgotten most of your statistics training? Did you never understand it in the first place? Do you skip over the statistics sections when reading a journal article? Do you wish you could converse more effectively with your statistician?This upcoming seminar is designed for faculty who desire a reintroduction to basic statistical concepts for clinically-focused research. Presented in plain English with many illustrations, this session will cover foundational statistical concepts, including p-value, effect size, confidence intervals, sample size and power, and some common statistical tests. Whatever your background, this gentle reintroduction will increase your comfort and confidence when it comes…

Plan ahead: Catherine St. Parking Structure project

October 14, 2016

Please be advised that a deck coating project is scheduled for this weekend in the Catherine St. Parking Structure. Plan ahead and expect delays if parking in the area.Here's what you need to know:The project is scheduled to take place between 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 and 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17The work will require the closure of approximately 33 parking spacesThe project also requires the closure of the Catherine St. entrance and exit lanes and the lower cross-over via the Ann St. Parking StructureAccess will be available via the upper cross-over from the Ann St. Parking Structure…

Open Enrollment on the way

October 14, 2016

The 2017 Open Enrollment period is almost here! UMHS faculty and staff may change benefits for 2017 during this year’s Open Enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 24 until Nov. 4.…

Feedback needed on revised IT security policy

October 13, 2016

Feedback from U-M community members is needed on U-M’s IT Security Policy, which is currently under revision.The revised policy is comprised of a risk management plan and clear standards that include best practices for protecting the institution’s data and information systems.Ultimately, the new policy will establish a more comprehensive and rigorous IT security and information assurance program for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses, along with UMHS.“We’re looking for IT staff from the various campuses to provide us with their thoughts and input,” said Donald Welch, U-M’s chief information security officer. “These staff members will play a leading role in interpreting…

Class helps clinicians move beyond readability formulas

October 13, 2016

An overreliance on readability formulas and readability scores is a common mistake health care professionals make when writing materials for patients. That's why all health system clinicians are invited to participate in the Patient Education Center’s class “Beyond Readability Formulas: Writing Clear and Effective Patient-Centered Educational Materials.” The class will take place on Monday, Nov. 7 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This class will focus on proven principles and guidelines of writing in plain language. Through the use of real-life examples, participants will learn to recognize elements that hinder understanding, and what language, layout, formatting and design methodologies aid…