March 2024 Announcements

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Mar 1, 2024

Submit Proof of Flu Vaccination to EHS: Deadline is March 15, 2024

As a reminder, the flu vaccine for the 2023/2024 season is still being offered at Employee Health Services (EHS). Since December 2023, designated EHS staff have been in contact with many supervisors, but a sizeable number of employees have not responded, and their Flu immunization status remains unknown. In the event you have received the Flu vaccine elsewhere (not at EHS or at the Flu Fair), it is imperative to contact EHS by Friday, March 15, 2024This mandatory report is required by NYS Health Laws

Here is how we can all comply: 

  1. Visit Employee Health Service:  To receive the vaccine, submit proof of vaccination or sign the declination form 
  2. To submit proof of the vaccination,simply drop off at EHS or e-mail at:
  3. Use the QR code or link provided below for the Flu vaccine declination

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Remember:   Even if you have currently declined, you are free to change your mind and visit EHS later to receive the vaccine. 

Any questions may be directed to the attention of:  

Mona Pervil-Ulysse, M.D.  
Director, Student/Employee Health Services 

Lefferts Clinic Temporarily Moves to Family Medicine Practice (Suite B) at UHD

We would like to let everyone know that effective February 12, 2024, our services at the Lefferts Clinic (840 Lefferts Avenue) have been temporarily moved to the Family Medicine Practice (Suite B),1st floor, located at our 470 Clarkson Avenue entrance at the hospital. This move is temporary and pending a move to our permanent new space at 253 Empire Boulevard at a later date to be announced.

If you have any questions or referrals, please call (718) 493-0300 or fax (718) 493-6166. Patients may also be directed to our website

A Reminder About The Importance of Cancer Prevention

Ruth O'DonnellDuring National Cancer Prevention Month, we want to emphasize the significance of proactive measures in reducing cancer risk. While the topic of cancer prevention can feel overwhelming, even minor adjustments can profoundly impact our well-being. Whether it involves quitting smoking, undergoing screenings such as mammograms or prostate exams, shielding our skin from UV rays, or being mindful of our diet, each choice contributes to a healthier future.

Every endeavor, regardless of its scale, contributes to prioritizing our health, particularly in cancer prevention. Maintaining regular check-ups, embracing a balanced diet, or integrating exercise into our daily routines—every step taken toward prevention is invaluable.

Cancer prevention and early detection can make a difference. We celebrate Director of Nursing Ruth O’Donnell MSN, RN, and her very personal journey of breast cancer diagnosis, her treatment right here at UHD, and how she continues to maintain her health.

Register Today For An Upcoming AVERT Active Shooter Training

AVERT, short for Active Violence Emergency Response Training goes beyond active shooter training by teaching emergency bleeding control techniques, warning signs of a potential aggressor, quick response in a violent situation, escape, evade, or attack in critical seconds during an event, and staff confidence needed to respond. University Hospital at Downstate is now a training center with 14 certified instructors that includes staff from Emergency Management, University Police, the HAZMAT team, and the ED.

Please RSVP by using the link below to register for an upcoming Active Shooter Training:

Upcoming TIAA Consultations

TIAA continues to offer on campus/in-person counseling sessions by appointment only. If there are no times available, that means all appointments are taken. Please consider virtual/zoom meetings as an alternative. Please self-schedule via website or by phone. When choosing by video(virtual/zoom) be sure to select “Stephen Baumeister” as the TIAA Financial Consultant. RSVP today, as space is limited. Register for sessions at or by calling 800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

TIAA Consultations


TRANSPORT Presents: Junior Faculty Training Program

Deadline: On a Rolling Basis
No Later than Monday, April 1, 2024

Junior Faculty Training Program



SUNY Downstate’s Cardiovascular Health Related Research Summer Institute is open for Summer 2024 Applications

June 16 - June 28, 2024

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Upcoming Events

CREST & COE Research Training Programs Info Session - Academic Year 2024

Unlock your potential and make a difference! Join us for an engaging Health Equity Research Training Programs info session where you'll learn about our research training program opportunities.

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Register Here

2024 Clinical Research Scholars Training Program (CREST)

The Downstate Clinical Research Scholars Training Program (CREST) will provide a formal didactic curriculum (SUNY Downstate MPH) and structured mentored clinical research experience to physicians and nurses with doctoral degrees, who are from groups underrepresented in biomedical science, and who seek academic careers in health disparities research.

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Corebridge - 2024 Q1 Appointment

AIG Retirement Services is now Corebridge Financial

In preparation to meet retirement and financial goals, employees are encouraged to sign up for appointments being offered by AIG. Employees in the TDA program are also welcome as there will be some valuable information. 


Now is a great time to take action for your financial future  - Free Financial Planning

Schedule a time to meet to make sure you’re on track for the retirement you want. 

When we meet, we can discuss:

  • The benefits of enrolling in your workplace retirement plan  
  • How to boost your overall financial wellness via Financial Planning
  • What your retirement income picture looks like – Thorough Financial analysis  
  • Your broader financial/retirement  goals so we can put a plan in place to help you get there  

We can meet in person at a time that is convenient for you.

Click here to schedule an appointment

Wednesday, March 6th
Tuesday, March 19th

Time:   7:45 AM to 2:00 PM
(45 minute appointments available)

Location:  Downstate Student Library - 1st Floor OR your Office
Downstate Health Sciences University

Virtual Meeting Dates: Will accommodate by Email Request

Email for Virtual Meeting Request

Location - Microsoft Teams Meeting – Link sent after registration

Need help, contact us. 

With Corebridge, you get help from a financial professional at no extra cost – plus access to our tools and resources.

Richard Grofsick, CFP®
Financial Advisor
Direct: 973.902.8488
Office: 603.594.8340
307 Fellowship Road, Suite 205 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Michael L. Grofsick
Financial Planning Advisor
Direct: 973-461-3834
Client Care: 800.448.2542
307 Fellowship Road, Suite 205 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Mike R Grofsick
Financial Advisor
Direct: 631.241.0493
Client Care: 800.448.2542
307 Fellowship Road, Suite 205 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Ramadan 2024
Month of Blessing & Forgiveness

Sunday, March 10, 2024 - Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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Join Us In Preparation  

Thursday, March 7, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
PHAB Hall A - 1st Floor

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Senior Women Leadership Accross SUNY

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Women's leadership

Look for Downstate’s Christina Guillen, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program, who will be participating as a panelist in the forthcoming Women's HER-Story Month Celebration on March 20, 2024.

Dr. Guillen will be among distinguished senior women leaders from across SUNY, discussing their professional trajectories in ascending to their current roles within higher education.

University at Albany, SUNY - Dr. Carol Kim
SUNY Broome Community College - Dr. Carol Ross
SUNY New Paltz - Shelly Wright
SUNY Cobleskill - President Marion Terenzio

Panel discussion moderated by The State University of New York - Cheryl Hamilton


7th Annual Transport Symposium: Advancing Health Equity Research: Building Partnerships between Academia, Community, and Government

Friday, March 22, 2024
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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School of Health Professions Dean's Lecture Series - 4th Edition 2023 - 2024 "Telehealth"

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
5:00 PM

SOHP Deans Lecture Series March


Cohort #3 of the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training is now open!!

April 16-18, 2024

All applications are due by end of business on April 1st.

What is Lean Six Sigma?
Lean Six Sigma is a data-driven method for improving performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation in processes through collaborative team efforts. Increased performance and decreased process variation can drive error reduction and improvements in operational efficiency, care delivery, employee morale, and economic health. Our certification course will provide candidates with hands-on experience in over 100 process improvement tools and techniques.

What is the training timeline?
Green Belt candidates must attend all sessions of the program.

Session #1 – April 16 / April 17 / April 18 [in person]
Session #2 – May 14 / May 15 [virtual session]
Session #3 - June 25 / June 25 [virtual session]
Session #4 - July 16 / July 17 / July 18 [in person]

Who Should Apply

Green Belt candidates may include individuals in managerial and supervisory roles as well as front line staff in both clinical and non-clinical areas. The certification is ideal for those who can be tasked with improving existing processes across the hospital. 

Applicant Criteria
To be considered for the program you must possess all of the following:

  • Interest in Process Improvement – Participation in process improvement initiatives and demonstration of “quality consciousness” in previous work.
  • Ability to Manage Change – Change management skills are critical to help the hospital through the process of facilitating organizational changes.
  • Process Orientation – A focus on the complete process instead of viewing things in isolation – ability to visualize how resources and tasks interact with each other.
  • Resilience – The ability to adapt in the face of potential failure, adversity or significant stress in order to pursue stated project objectives.
  • Commitment to Dedicate Required Time – This training program and subsequent projects are in addition to your current job responsibilities. Commitment to the Green Belt can quickly become a lower priority if dedicated time is not allowed. It is your responsibility to ensure appropriate time is allocated to Green Belt efforts.
  • Zeal to Learn – Green Belts learn many tools and techniques, and to gain confidence in using the methodology, practice is required.
  • Leadership Skills– It's important to lead employees through organizational changes and delegate roles to the right people. This is critical to success.
  • Understand Customer Experience – Six Sigma is all about meeting customer expectations (whether patients or staff) so a Green Belt with little understanding of customers experience may be less likely to relate this aspect of Six Sigma.
  • Ability to Leverage Data Analysis – Six Sigma is a data-based methodology, so a commitment to understanding and making data-driven decisions is required.

Please click the following link to apply:

Downstate Green Belt Certification Training Application

For all questions related to the application or program please contact Tyshawn Toney or Chasles Abimana, Directors of System Engineering.

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