Staff Emergency Fund for Derecho Recovery

The UI Health Care Staff Emergency Fund (SEF) provides limited financial assistance for those impacted by the August 10, 2020, derecho. Funds granted to you may be counted as income and may be subject to federal and state taxes.

This specific fund is dedicated to employees whose employment does not require student status.

The SEF is made possible through the support of the Vizient Foundation.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a currently employed, active, UIHC staff member
  • Have full or part-time continuous employment for at least 3 months prior to the date you apply
  • Have experienced a significant financial hardship because of damage caused by the August 10, 2020, weather event
  • Have an annual base salary (equivalent to 100% FTE) of $75,000 or less
  • Awards will be limited to $250 per household
  • The deadline for application is Sept. 21, 2020

Given the limited amount of funds, not all requests will be granted even though there may be a clear need for assistance. Awards will be made until the funds are exhausted, so qualifying employees are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Employees separating from university employment are ineligible.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Staff Emergency Fund – Derecho Recovery Workflow form at: (you may need to copy and paste link into your browser). Be sure to verify that the information is valid and accurate.
  2. You will be required to attach copies of bills related to the hardship, insurance filings, and a relevant photo illustrating the loss to the Workflow form.  Other documentation may be requested during the application process.
  3. You may be contacted by Human Resources staff to review the application and to discuss other resources or services.
  4. You will be notified by HR of approval or denial after your completed application and supporting documents are received and reviewed.
  5. If your application is approved, disclosure of your Social Security number (SSN) will be requested from you in order to process payment. Internal Revenue Service regulations require that the money be reported as income. Failure to provide your SSN may result in inability to release the funds. Payment will be made by direct deposit (if you have an established accounts payable ID in the UI system) or by check sent to the MAILING address you specify.

Note: If your application is found to contain misleading or false information it will be invalidated.

If you have questions or need to make alternate arrangements to submit your application, please email or call 319-356-2008.

Chair Search Update

Drs. Jackson and Winokur informed us that the final 2 candidates for chair have declined at this time. Because of COVID the recommendation from the search firm is to hold off the search for 6 months and reconsider at that time.

Dean Jackson is committed to a National search.

He emphasized that the candidates were enthusiastic about the state of the Department and their decision not to join at this time was personal.

Dean Jackson is encouraging us to continue the great work everyone is doing in the Department of Pediatrics. The Deans were appreciative for all the help the Department faculty had provided before and during the search.

Let me know if you have questions

Thank you

Dr. Eva Tsalikian, Professor and Interim Chair, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics; and Interim Physician-in-Chief, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Ride 4 Youth Virtual Bike Ride

For the 8th year in a row, this charity bike ride is being coordinated by a group of hard-working volunteer medical students who are part of the Lois Boulware Learning Community at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  100% of Ride 4 Youth proceeds benefit youth and families at United Action for Youth.

The ride is September 26 – October 4 and there are multiple ways to give or participate. Register today!

United Action for Youth (UAY) has been providing support to youth and families in Johnson County since 1970.  UAY is a local, arts-based youth organization that provides mental health, advocacy and enrichment programs for young people in Johnson County and surrounding areas. This year, UAY celebrates 50 years of empowering young people to CREATE, GROW & LEAD.  Help us celebrate by participating in the 8th Annual Ride 4 Youth!

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Sun

Please welcome Dr. Hua (“Linda”) Sun as Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation.

Dr. Sun received all of her training from Nanjing Medical University in China that includes her Bachelor of Medicine degree in 2001, MS in 2004, and MD in 2007. Next, she completed international pediatric residency training from Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine in 2009.  Dr. Sun then completed US pediatric residency from the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics in 2017.  She recently completed nephrology fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric nephrology.

Dr. Sun will serve as a physician scientist with a research focus in podocyte biology and genetic renal disease.  While her major role will be to facilitate the expansion of the department’s research portfolio, she will also be instrumental in accelerating the expansion of specialized clinical care in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology.

Please welcome Dr. Sun to the Department, the University, and the community!

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Luangrath

Please welcome Dr. Mitchell Luangrath as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Critical Care.

Dr. Luangrath earned his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010.  Next, he earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2014.  Dr. Luangrath completed pediatric residency training in 2017 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.   He recently completed pediatric fellowship training in pediatric critical care at the University of Iowa.  He is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in critical care medicine. 

Dr. Luangrath will attend on one of the PICU inpatient teams, share on-call responsibilities, participate in teaching and educational activities within the Department and help continue the development of the Critical Care program in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

Please welcome Dr. Luangrath to his new role in the Department!

Dr. Tsalikian to Present State of the Department Address

Dr. Eva Tsalikian, Professor and Interim Chair of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics; and Physician-in-Chief of University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital will present the annual State of the Department Address on Friday, September 4 from 12:00-1:00 via Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

The Zoom link will be sent out the day before.