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Virtual Teaching Kitchen Classes


To help you eat well and provide a fun, family-friendly activity during this period of isolation, Olivia Weinstein, Teaching Kitchen manager and registered dietitian, is hosting live cooking classes every Tuesday and Thursday via Zoom. You can find the updated schedule and register for classes here

Upcoming Classes:

  • Thursday, May 28 at 5 pm – Quick Dinner: Thai Peanut Brown Rice Bowl
  • Tuesday, June 2 at noon - Sweet Potato Pancakes

Teaching Kitchen
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Culinary Nutrition Manager

Recruiting AmeriCorps Members for BMC's Immigrant and Refugee Health Center


The BMC Immigrant and Refugee Health Center has been approved as an AmeriCorps host site for the 2020-21 service year and is looking to fill two positions: a legal navigator and a career coach. These individuals will provide English language instruction, job training services, and citizenship education for the full September 1, 2020 - July 30, 2021 service year. AmeriCorps members who provide a year of service are paid a living stipend, receive an education award, health insurance, and other benefits. 

Interested individuals should submit their application to the New American Integration Program (NAIP) at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.  Please feel free to share this announcement with your networks.
Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights
[email protected]
617-414-4338
Career Counselor

Notes of Hope: Musicians Thank Frontline Workers with the Gift of Music


Inspired by the #ClapBecauseWeCare salute, Boston classical musicians are “playing it forward” with a short daily streamed performance to comfort, thank, and cheer on our city’s heroic frontline workers. Starting today, May 11, Notes of Hope will provide a daily performance of thanks by leading Boston classical musicians and organizations for frontline healthcare workers at BMC, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Each daily performance will start promptly at 7 p.m. and will be accessible via the Notes of Hope Facebook page and website. The Notes of Hope organizers would like to gather photos of frontline workers across the city watching these performances. If you're interested in sharing a photo of yourself and colleagues tuning in to the daily broadcast, please email your pictures to [email protected].

 


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Support BMC at Stop & Shop


This June, BMC’s Belkin Breast Health Center will be the featured recipient of Stop & Shop’s Community Bag Program! You can show your support by visiting the Stop & Shop at 1100 Massachusetts Avenue, Dorchester, MA to purchase a reusable Community Bag—$1 from every sale will support the center!
Office of Development
[email protected]
(617) 638-6766
Development Assistant

Boston Symphony Orchestra Members Play Pieces for BMC to Say Thank You


In recognition of the work BMC employees and providers are doing during this time, musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra have created a weekly video series of short performances for BMC to say “thank you.” Watch video one and two.


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Employee Benefits and Wellbeing

AchieveHealth Hypertension Care Rewards program


We are excited to announce a new hypertension care management program for BMC employees and their family members in the BMC employee medical plans. This free program will match health plan members with high blood pressure (hypertension) with a health coach to create a personalized plan to get their hypertension under control. Program participants who have at least 4 coaching sessions a year will receive their medications for a $0 copayment when the prescription is filled at one of the BMC pharmacies. If you have any questions, or if you would like to enroll in the program, please call 866-234-4635.
Benefits
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MBTA Pass Order or Change Deadline


The deadline to enroll in, cancel, or change your July MBTA pass with Commuter Benefit Solutions is June 1. Changes can be made on CommuterCheckDirect.com or by calling 888-235-9223 and selecting option 1. BMC's company ID is 1535.  If you have lost your MBTA pass, your card doesn't work, or you have inquiries regarding credits owed to you, please reach out to Commuter Benefit Solutions directly for their assistance.
Benefits
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Estate Planning Resources


Spending a little time to get all your affairs in order is one of the best gifts you can give your loved ones, even if you have few assets or no children. Estate Planning helps you prearrange not only how your assets should be distributed, but helps you decide how you want to be cared for should you become incapacitated. On the Hub we have some tools and resources to help you put a plan together. Review tips for estate planning.

MetLife Free Estate Planning: FREE to all BMC employees and their spouses through June 30, 2020, you can create the following documents online:

  • Healthcare Proxy – Make decisions about your own medical care and/or appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf.
  • Power of Attorney – Delegate someone you trust to manage your financial affairs. 
  • Estate Planning Documents (Last Will and Testament) – Choose who should receive your assets and name beneficiaries for minor children.

The process is as simple as answering a few questions, and in as little as 15 minutes. Visit MetLife.com/Heroes to get started.
 


Benefits
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Enhancements to Medical FSA Benefits


Due to the CARES Act, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and menstrual care products are now considered reimbursable through a flexible spending account (FSA).These changes are effective retroactively to January 1, 2020. If your FSA debit card doesn’t work at the time of purchase for these newly eligible items, pay out of pocket and save your receipts. Then request reimbursement from Benefits Strategies through the mobile app or online through the Benefits icon in Workday or visit HR Forms on the HUB for a claim form to request reimbursement by email, fax, or mail. If you have any questions about FSA reimbursements, contact Benefit Strategies at 833-262-0007.


Benefits
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Simple techniques to improve your sleep


During the new “Safer at Home” advisory, it may be tempting to stay in bed and abandon usual activities. Staying active and keeping a regular sleep-wake schedule is critical to improving your sleep and supporting your mental health. One of the most beneficial ways to manage mood, anxiety, and sleep is by maintaining a regular routine that includes exercise. Tap into the host of on-demand workout videos online or simply go for a walk! You can learn how to get your sleep-wake schedule right by starting Sleepio, an automated digital sleep program that teaches you scientifically-backed skills to sleep better. Start today by taking the 2-minute sleep test and get your Sleep Score at www.sleepio.com/bmc.


Benefits
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Events

Reflective Writing Workshop


Every day we are reminded that we are living in historic, unprecedented times.  Maybe you would like to investigate and explore in writing some of your recent experiences and join in conversation with your BUSM/BMC colleagues.  Reflective writing offers the opportunity to excavate your own experience and bring the abstract into form on the page.

The BUSM CME office and Sarah Wingerter, MD, Director of the BUMC Narrative Writing Program, will host a Virtual Narrative Workshop on Wednesday, May 27 from 5 - 6 p.m. for clinicians of all programs.  We will share stories, read poetry, and do some free-writing.  No prior experience or prep needed - just have a pen and paper handy. You can register for the workshop here


 
Department of Pediatrics
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 5:00pm
6:00 p.m.

Care.com Webinar – Managing Stress in the midst of COVID-19


Stress is a normal part of our day-to-day lives. However, in this new era of COVID-19, when you add working from home, home-schooling your kids, and caregiving for ailing parents to the external stressors of our uncertain world, it can be a dizzying balancing act. How can you manage stress when you feel like you have no time for yourself? There are some tangible things you can do to avoid burnout, even when you feel like you have limited time.

This seminar will address: warning signs of a stress overload, techniques to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing, and ways to get the support and help needed to balance work and life. Register here.
 


Benefits
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Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 2:00pm
Team BMC

Run the 2020 Boston Marathon with Team BMC!


John Hancock has graciously granted Team BMC additional bibs for the 2020 Boston Marathon on September 14, recognizing our response to the COVID-19 crisis and the role we play in the city of Boston. Applications are now open to run with Team BMC and raise critical funds for BMC’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Team BMC benefits include an indoor private meeting spot at the start and finish lines, complimentary training program, Team BMC gear, and more!

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information and to submit an application to be considered for the team, visit www.teambmc.org or email [email protected].


Office of Development
[email protected]
617-638-8918
Information Technology Services

MICROSOFT PATCH Today, MAY 26


The Information Technology Services (ITS) Department deploys monthly updates to BMC managed computers. The next update is scheduled for today, May 26, at 8:15 p.m.

Your machine may need to be rebooted after the installation of the updates. You will see a countdown dialog box prior to your computer restarting. If your computer is off when the updates are deployed, it will receive the updates once you turn it on.
 
Information Technology Services
[email protected]
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Team Lead - Desktop Engineering
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