Friday, September 27, 2013

What's Happening: Sept. 27, 2013

Flu Vaccine update
Paul D. Biddinger, MD, chief of Division of Emergency Preparedness and medical director, Emergency Department Operations at the MGH was a panelist at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ Influenza/Pneumococcal News Conference in Washington, DC on Sept. 26. Biddinger noted that last year’s flu season started especially early and with a large number of severe cases. His words of advice: “Don’t wait until you hear about an outbreak in your area. Get vaccinated now to protect yourself, those around you and your community.”

  • The MGH Centralized Flu Vaccine Clinic
    Location: Wang Lobby on the following dates through Nov 1:
    Monday to Friday: 8 am to 6 pm and on Oct. 14 (Columbus Day) from 9 am to 3 pm 
    Saturdays and Sundays: closed
  • MGH East/Charlestown Navy Yard (CNY)/One Constitution Center
    Location: On the first floor (adjacent to the waterfall) of Building 149, on 13th Street:
    Oct. 2 and Oct. 9, 8:30 am to 3 pm
  • MGH West/Waltham
    Location: First floor conference room of Building 40 (next to Mammography)
    Oct. 10, 2 to 4 pm
  • MGH Danvers
    Location: First floor Administrative Conference Room, No. 1050
    Oct. 15, 10 am to 2 pm 
  • 101 Merrimac Street
    Oct 3, Time: 11 am to 1 pm

Employees unable to attend these flu vaccine clinics may visit MGH Occupational Health Services located at 165 Charles River Plaza, Suite 404 or call 617-726-2217 to schedule an appointment. 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month events
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Domestic Violence Working Group will host events throughout the month to raise awareness.

  • Information and Awareness Tables
    Test your knowledge of domestic violence and be entered into a raffle to win great prizes.
    Date: Oct. 1
    Time: 4 to 7 pm
    Location: Main Campus Central Lobby

    Date: Oct. 2 and Oct. 8
    Time: 10 am to 2 pm
    Location: Main Campus Central Lobby

    Date: Oct. 29
    Time: 10 am to noon
    Location: Charlestown Navy Yard (CNY), Building 149 East Lobby

    Time: noon to 2 pm
    Location: Charlestown Navy Yard (CNY), West Lobby
  • DV and The Media: From Television and Newspapers to the 24-hour News Cycle
    The Unsung Hero Award presentation followed by a panel on media representation of domestic violence. Panelists include Gail Dines, chair and professor of American Studies at Wheelock College and founder of National Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement; Stacey Kabat, RN, producer of “Defending Our Lives”; Toni Troop, director of Communications at Jane Doe, Inc. and Marianne Ingrid Moner, domestic violence specialist and owner, creator, editor of Culture of Abuse Magazine. Discussion will follow the panel. A light lunch will be served.
    Date: Oct. 9
    Time: 11:45 am  to 1:30 pm
    Location: Main Campus, Yawkey Building, Room 2-210
  • Telling Amy’s Story
    A screening of the documentary "Telling Amy's Story," which reviews systems' responses to Amy Homan McGee prior to her murder. Discussion to follow the screening.
    Date: Oct. 22
    Time: 3:30 to 5 pm
    Location: Main Campus, Yawkey Building, Room 4-820

    Date: October 31
    Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Location: Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 114 Conference Room D-1
  • Trauma and Social Justice: Implications for Social Work Practice 
    MGH Social Services Grand Rounds, featuring Carole Warshaw, MD, director at National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health. 

    Date: Oct. 23
    Time: 2:30 to 4 pm
    Location: O’Keeffe Auditorium


Trauma-Informed Care: Innovative Practices Across Partners
Register by Oct. 11 for a half day symposium with keynote speaker Carole Warshaw, MD, director at National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, as well as a welcome by city councilors and a panel of clinicians from across Partners. In the afternoon, there will be a poster session highlighting trauma-informed care throughout Partners. Social work and nursing continuing education credits will be offered. For more information contact Liz Speakman, or visit

Date: Oct. 24
Time: 8:30 am to 2 pm
Location: Brigham and Women’s, Bornstein Family Amphitheater 

For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month events, visit

Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation annual conference
The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation will host its annual conference in Nashville, Tenn. from Oct. 2 to Oct. 5. MGH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program staff will present "Utilizing a Cardiac Rehabilitation Framework to Address the Growing Epidemic of Metabolic Syndrome." The team includes lead author Clare LaMorte, RN; Christie Kuo, RN; Emily Handler, RN; Kate Traynor, RN, FAACVPR; Anne Thorndike, MD; and Paul Huang, MD. In addition nutritionist, Deborah Krivitsky, MS, RD, LDN, will present, "Integrating Nutrition into the Individual Treatment Plan."

Latino Heritage Month
In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, the Committee for Latino Initiatives and Human Resources will host the following events:

  • Presentation of documentary “La Ciudad” by writer and producer David Ricker
    An exciting story of four Latinos in New York City.
    Date: Oct. 2
    Time: Noon to 1:30 pm
    Location: Thier Conference Room
  • What is the MGH is doing to curb growing levels of diabetes and obesity in Latinos?
    Guest Speakers will include Alexander Green, MD, MPH, from the Disparities Solution Center; Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, from the Pediatric Medical Services; Monica Beato-Howson, MGH employee sharing her success story of overcoming diabetes; Barbara Chase, APRN, BC, ANP, Chelsea Primary Care; and Eli Sanchez, RN, diabetes educator.
    Date: Oct. 15
    Time: 12:30 to 1:30 pm
    Location: O’Keeffe Auditorium

For more information, contact the Committee for Latino Initiatives at

MGH Clinical Research Day
The MGH community is invited to the Clinical Research Program’s 11th annual MGH Clinical Research Day on Oct. 3 from 8 am to noon. The theme is “Future of Collaborations between Academic Health Centers and Industry.” Elias Zerhouni, MD, president, Global R&D, Sanofi France, will give the keynote address at 8 am in the O’Keeffe Auditorium. Following the keynote, a poster session will be held under the Bulfinch Tent. At 11 am, Mason Freeman, MD, chief of the Lipid Metabolism Unit and director of Translational Medicine, will host a panel discussion on “The Critical Role of Translational Medicine Capabilities in Academic Health Centers." For more information about Clinical Research Day, contact Gina Gillis at 617-726-5500 or

Harvard Catalyst’s inaugural Child Health Symposium
All MGHers are invited to attend Harvard Catalyst’s inaugural Child Health Symposium, “Transforming Child Health Through Genome Biology,” from 2 to 5:30 pm, Oct. 8 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School. Registration is required. For more information, visit

Health Literacy Month events
October is Health Literacy Month. The following events have been scheduled for patients, families and staff:

  • The Patient Education Committee will staff a table in the White corridor, sharing educational materials on Health Literacy from 8 am to 3 pm on Oct. 9. This event is open to patients, families and staff. "Communication" is the theme with the goal of exploring ways to enhance the learning process for patients and families and improve the effectiveness of encounters between patients and providers.
  • The Blum Visiting Scholar Program will be held in the O’Keeffe Auditorium from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Oct. 30. Janet Ohene-Frempong, Plain Language and Cross-Culture Consultant, will discuss and answer questions about the use of plain language across cultures. This presentation is for staff. No pre-registration required. For more information, call the Blum Center at 617-724-7352.

Senior HealthWISE events
MGH Senior HealthWISE will host the following events in October:

  • “The Many Sides of Loss: Groaning and Growing through Our Sadness and Grief” Oct. 17, from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room with guest speaker Bob Weber, PhD, assistant in Psychology at the MGH.
  • “Living with Hearing Loss” Oct. 31, from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room with guest speaker Ellen O’Neil, ScD, associate director of the Department of Audiology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

For more information, call 617-724-6756 or visit

Stop the Clot forum
The MGH Anticoagulation Management Service (AMS) and the National Blood Clot Alliance are cohosting a half day educational program for patients and families with blood clotting disorders on Oct. 19 in the O'Keeffe Auditorium. National experts will speak on various topics, highlighted by a patient panel comprised of volunteers from the AMS clinic. Registration begins at 7:30 am. For more information, contact Judi Kaplan Elkin at 617-529-1054 or

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