October 30, 2017
Taking care of patients, students, and ourselves
Everyone at UI Health Care works so hard—providing patient care, teaching students, pursuing scientific discoveries, or studying and training for careers in health care—that we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves.
This week, UI Health Care employees, students, and trainees can learn more about the many resources available for helping with self-care and improving work-life balance at the UI Health Fair, Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UI Field House.
More than 40 UI organizations will be offering health screenings such as free blood pressure and blood glucose checks; exercise and stretching demonstrations; and a variety of health and wellness information. With the UI’s 2018 open enrollment for merit staff underway and P&S staff kicking off soon, representatives from TIAA-CREF, UI Benefits, the UI Health Plans Office, Delta Dental, and Wellmark will be available to assist employees with questions.
You can also get a free flu vaccination, and as you know, UI Health Care is aiming for 100 percent compliance with the employee flu campaign this year. Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do for your health, and for the health of your family, friends, co-workers, and our patients.
If you cannot make it to the fair, please know that resources are available year-round to assist when the demands of work and home life challenge us. A comprehensive list is available on the University Human Resources website and includes the UI Employee Assistance Program, which offers confidential counseling, and a free online program called SHUTi to improve sleep; and Family Services, which provides support for employees caring for elders and children, including flexible work arrangement consultations.
In addition, resources for medical students are available at the Medical Student Counseling Center, which offers personal counseling and weekly programs called Wellness Wednesdays. Held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, in 1155 MERF, the programs focus on personal and professional development, as well as mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being. For instance, the program on Nov. 29 is titled “Bouncing Back from Adversity: Increasing Resilience.”
These wellness programs and other resources available on the Student Health and Wellness website help support student success and healthy living.
As a co-sponsor of the health fair and an organization dedicated to changing medicine and changing lives, we have the opportunity to be good role models for wellness by educating ourselves about the importance of leading a healthy life and practicing better self-care.