Employee flu shot clinics begin Oct. 1

Employee flu shot clinics begin Oct. 1

All MU Health Care employees are required to be immunized against the flu. To help save you time, Staff Health has scheduled more than 30 free flu shot clinics Oct. 1 through Nov. 8. Find a time that works for you.

You must bring your badge to receive a flu shot, and loose or short sleeves are recommended. If you choose to get your flu shot somewhere else, documentation must be submitted to Staff Health by 3 p.m. Nov. 8.

Free shots also are available at all Mizzou Pharmacy locations. No appointment is needed, and the pharmacies will update PowerChart and notify Staff Health that you have received a shot. Free immunization is available for all MU Health Care employees and volunteers, as well as faculty and staff of the MU School of Health Professions, School of Medicine and Sinclair School of Nursing.

As a standard practice, Staff Health will not offer walk-in flu shots this year.

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You're invited to a brown bag seminar

The MU Health Care Staff Council and the School of Medicine Staff Advisory Committee will host a diversity and inclusion brown bag discussion, “Looking Like the Enemy: When America Violated its Constitution,” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Acuff Auditorium, MA217.

Bring your lunch and hear from Michael Hosokawa, EdD, senior associate dean of education and faculty development, on his experience growing up behind barbed wire during World War II.

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Keep an eye on your inbox for survey link

MU Health Care is participating in the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” program created by Modern Healthcare and Best Companies Group. The program is designed to recognize outstanding places of employment in the United States.

As a part of the program’s process, a random sample of MU Health Care employees will receive an online survey in their email inboxes on Friday, March 30. If you receive the email, please take 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey. Please watch for the survey coming from Surveys@BestCompaniesGroup.com with the subject, “Best Places to Work in Healthcare - Employee Survey.” Please do not forward your invitation on to other employees, as each invitation contains unique access information that you can only use once.

If you accidentally delete your survey email, you will receive reminders on April 4, 9 and 13. A third-party agency will administer the survey and tabulate your confidential ratings. Please follow the instructions and submit your completed survey no later than Friday, April 13.

The survey is optional and is not mandatory. Your honest feedback is extremely valuable to this process. Thank you in advance for participating in the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” survey.

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Do you have an idea to improve care?

Each year, contributions made during the employee giving campaign are used to support everything from patient assistance programs to staff education and support.

This year, we’d like to support programs chosen by you! If you have an idea for a program that would enhance the health care experience for our patients and their families, we’d like to hear about it. Complete this online form if you would like us to consider funding your project through donations made during the employee giving campaign.

Funding requests for the campaign must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, April 9. All ideas are welcome and any health system employee may complete a funding proposal form. The "It Starts With Us" employee giving campaign committee will choose which projects receive support.

For more information, please email Cristin Clark or visit http://muhealth.org/employeegiving.

Take a minute for final nutrition trivia

March is National Nutrition Month, an opportunity to recognize our registered dietitian nutritionists’ dedication to quality patient care and their passion for food and people. To celebrate, Dining and Nutrition Services is hosting a weekly nutrition trivia contest.

Nutrition information available to consumers is vast and can be quite overwhelming. Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) can help you tease out the information most relevant to you and your family. In fact, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website, www.eatright.org, has plenty of good information on a wide variety of health topics!

This week’s question:
Which of the following are considered processed foods? (Hint: Check out this article.)
  a.  Pre-sliced apples
  b.  Whole grain crackers
  c.  Frozen pizza
  d.  All of the above

Send your answer with “NNM” in the subject line to muhealthtoday@health.missouri.edu. Submissions with the correct answer will be entered into a random drawing for a prize.

Have you taken the Patient Safety Culture Survey?

What do you do to keep patients safe? The Office of Clinical Effectiveness needs your input for the Patient Safety Culture Survey. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is open to any employee who provides patient care. It’s rolled out every 18 to 24 months to help measure the strengths and weaknesses in our hospitals’ safety systems.

The survey is open now through Monday, April 9. Patient care providers should have received an email invitation for the survey. It’s also posted on https://mymuhealth.org.

Learn more by watching the latest edition of Inside MU Health.

Say YES to you: Eat your fruits and veggies

MU Health Care is sponsoring 12 months of wellness for 2018. A new challenge will be announced each month. Keep an eye out for each month's challenge and how to enter for chances to win prizes.

March’s challenge is a healthy eating contest.

Challenge yourself to a health boost by eating more fruits and vegetables. Fill out the fruit and vegetable tracker to get started. Each week, submit your completed tracker for a chance to win a cooking class for yourself and a guest. The class will be taught by Ashley Ritzo, MU Health Care dietitian, and head chef Mike Hagen. You may submit a food tracker each week in March by emailing it to umhsmtswellness@health.missouri.edu, mailing it to DC920.00 or faxing it to 573-884-1373.

In addition to the fruits and vegetables challenge, the wellness team is sponsoring a squats challenge for March. Complete the number of squats listed for each day of the month. Submit a photo of you and your colleagues performing the challenge to umhsmtswellness@health.missouri.edu for a chance to win a nutritious catered lunch.

In celebration of nutrition month, free fruit will also be available to employees in the cafeterias every Friday in March. Off-site clinic managers may contact Hannah Nichols at nicholshm@health.missouri.edu for information on providing fruit to your staff.

Make plans to enter Sharing Days

Have you and your co-workers been working hard on quality improvement (QI) projects or other efforts to be innovative and efficient? Share your success stories and inspire others to improve our workplace by submitting a poster to Sharing Days.

MU Health will conduct the Sixth Annual MU Health Innovation and Improvement Sharing Days from May 1 through 3. Sharing Days provides an opportunity for systemwide sharing and dissemination of a wide range of exciting innovations and improvement initiatives occurring within the School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, Sinclair School of Nursing, University Physicians and University of Missouri Health Care.

The deadline to submit an entry form is Sunday, April 15. Check out this year's call for posters to learn more.

How should PHI be disposed?

When you are finished using protected health information, do you know how to properly dispose of it?

Privacy regulations created by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act affect everyone working in the health care field. HIPAA mandates protections for the confidentiality and security of protected health information, and it consists of the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule. HITECH expanded the penalties for HIPAA violations.

Tips in MU Health Today will help you learn more about these federal requirements.

Today’s tip is:
Disposal of PHI: Documents containing PHI should be placed in locked shredding bins in your area. Never place documents containing PHI in a recycle bin. Papers with PHI should never go in the trash. Electronic PHI also must be protected when you don’t need it anymore. Call the IT help desk at 884-HELP if you have questions about disposal.

For questions about HIPAA, HITECH or privacy issues, please contact Tina Adams-Salter, JD, LLM, health system privacy officer, at 573-882-3293 or adamssaltert@health.missouri.edu.



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 Sept. 26

Child Health: “Dermatological Aspect of Myositis: It’s a Diagnostic and Prognostic Value,” by Lisa G. Rider, MD, deputy chief of the environmental autoimmunity group at the National Institute of Environmental Health Services, National Institute of Health; noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at South Pavilion conference rooms.

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