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Strategic plan event, Common Reading project among week's activities

Published on Friday, February 20, 2015

Published on February 20, 2015
A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

Monday, Feb. 23

UMMC/2020 #AHealthierMS to unveil new strategic plan

For more than a year, a Strategic Plan Steering Committee of institutional leaders, appointed by the Medical Center's Office of Governance and Strategic Planning and guided by a Strategic Plan Core Team representing each of the institution's missions, have met to develop the UMMC Strategic Plan.

The results are now ready to be unveiled.

A sense of collegial collaboration and solidarity of purpose will be on display at noon on Monday, Feb. 23, when Medical Center leaders and members of the Strategic Plan Committee formally present UMMC's Strategic Plan to all faculty, staff and students at the "UMMC/2020: The Plan for #AHealthierMS" event in R-153, the lower amphitheater.

All UMMC faculty, staff and students are invited to the event, which will include a dynamic vide and informative presentations by Medical Center leaders. For more information about the event, call 4-1100.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Health officer to give health disparities presentation

Michael L. Jones, deputy director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities and chief community health officer, will lead a Health Disparities Journal Club discussion from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in classroom A140a in the School of Nursing.

The Health Disparities Journal Club, formerly the Population Health Journal Club, is hosted by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Felicia Bowens at 5-9019 or email her at fbowens@umc.edu.


Wednesday, Feb. 25

Common Reading Project to explore Mississippi author's memoir

The School of Medicine's Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Divisions and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities will sponsor a UMMC Common Reading Project of the novel, "Men We Reaped: A Memoir," by Jesmyn Ward from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The annual event, now in its fourth year, highlights the many dimensions of diversity and reminds participants how good literature can help in the exploration of complex human problems.

Participants should read the book before attending. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 in attendance.

For more information, call LaFreda Sias at 4-1339.


Lunchtime presentation to help turn heart failure into success

Dr. R. Craig Long, assistant professor of cardiology, will give a lunchtime presentation, "Turning Heart Failure into Heart Success," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the University Hospital administration large conference room.

Long will discuss causes, prevention, risk factors and treatment options for heart failure and what's on the horizon for heart failure therapy. Lunch will not be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, call Carrie Colbert at 4-5078 or email her at cvcolbert2@umc.edu.  


Thursday, Feb. 26

Weill Cornell neurologist to give presentation from the heart

Dr. Costantino Iadecola, director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute and Anne Parrish Titzell Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College, will present the 18th Gertrude and Florian Nelson Cardiovascular Research Lecture sponsored by the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center and the American Heart Association, "Hypertension and Dementia: A Bench-to-Bedside Approach," from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

Iadecola's seminar is the last of the Cardiovascular Renal Research Center's series of visiting presentations to spotlight cardiovascular disease research and to raise awareness of the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited to the presentations. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis.

For more information, call Betsy Davis at 5-1436.


Saturday, Feb. 28

Jackson Heart Study to host celebration at Medical Mall

The Jackson Heart Study and Jackson State University will host the 15th annual Celebration of Life event from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 28, at center stage of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The project is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Attendees should  enter the mall from Bailey Avenue. Lunch will be available. For more information, call Darcel T. Odom at (601) 979-8709 or Marty Fortenberry at (601) 979-8736.

On the horizon

Physicians: Brush up on your ICD-10 coding skills

In conjunction with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Mississippi State Medical Association and UMMC's Healthy Linkages Program will offer a free ICD-10 training opportunity for physicians and practice managers, "Road to 10: A Small Physician Practice's Route to ICD-10," from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The session will offer background and strategies on ICD-10 implementation.

For more information, email Dr. Michael Jones at mljones2@umc.edu


UMMC to be well represented at national history conference

Medical Center leadership will be well represented at the 17th annual Southern Association for the History of Medicine Meeting, a national conference on history in medicine, scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, March 12-14, at the Jackson Marriott downtown.

Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, is scheduled to open the conference, while Dr. Doug Bacon, professor of anesthesiology, will give the keynote address, Dr. Mark Mitchell, professor of surgery, will give the plenary address, and Dr. Claude Brunson, professor of anesthesiology, and Dr. Rick deShazo, professor of medicine, will serve as moderators.

The conference is cosponsored by UMMC, the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Mississippi State Medical Association. For more information, visit http://www.sahms.net/sahms-2015-jackson.html.


Break out your clubs and hit the links for the JFC

The Jackson Free Clinic is seeking participants for its inaugural golf tournament, the JFC Invitational, scheduled for Thursday, March 19, at Whisper Lake Country Club in Madison.

The cost is $60 per player or $50 per student, and includes a round of golf, lunch, drinks on the course, and entry in a drawing. Prizes will be awarded for the overall tournament winner, the longest drive and the closest to the hole.

For more information or to register, click Read More below.