Recently we have had a number of fraudulent charges showing up on various procurement and travel cards. Please be sure to safeguard your card(s) at all times and to actually READ those emails you get from Concur that outline what you’ve spent or what you’re being reimbursed for. Unraveling a travel-related mess is very
time-consuming and means we have less time to work on projects.
Stephanie Livingston, Finance & Contracts Coordinator
Member of DFM since: October 1999
Who You Are and What you Do?
I have proudly worked in the Department of Family Medicine for 13+ years and have had roles in several different areas with the department. I currently assist my fellow team members in the finance/budget/contracts area for the department.
To many in the department, I am the “book of knowledge” regarding the policies and procedures of the University and UPI systems. People come to me all they time and say “I was told that you know how or will find out how to do…….” This might involve getting items purchased and/or getting reimbursed for something. In this regard, I am also known as “Stephanie No-No,” because sometimes, we just can’t figure a way to work with or through or around the rules and I have to tell someone “sorry, we can’t do that.” Don’t shoot the messenger!!
In 2000, the University started using PeopleSoft and I was very involved in getting our department up and running on this system. I am the HRMS (Human Resource Management System) Liaison for the department, which involves making sure that all personal, slary and allocation information is correct and that everyone is paid correctly. I assist with the annual budget process and have recently started working with our department faculty on professional service agreements, with the intent that I will become more involved in the negotiation and renewals of the current and new professional service agreements.
What are the three most important things you’re working on?
I have been very involved in making sure that the department has continued to run effectively and efficiently over the last few months since we have been without a DFA. I have worked very closely with the management team to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
I continue to work very close with Terry Kosel on the monthly payroll process. There are always lots of changes, new hires, and other transactions, so we are always processing Payroll/HRMS actions. We’re getting ready to roll out My.Leave to the Department in the coming months, which will help us process payroll more efficiently.
I feel that it is very important that I come to work every day and to make myself available to the Departments’ needs and requests of the Chair and managers of our growing department.
Why do you like working for DFM?
I feel that I have developed great relationships with the current and former staff, faculty and leaders of the department. This department is surrounded by individuals that have been encouraging and supportive of me over the years. Working in this department has also allowed me to build professional relationships with others within other departments and the University.
What are your passions?
I love having a robust comprehension about the Department, the University and the systems that we work within. I want to be able to soundly represent the DFM and University with great competence.
As for my personal passions, I have a deep appreciation for my family and grandchildren. My family and grandchildren are a huge part of my life and I cherish every minute that we are able to be with each other. I very much enjoy riding motorcycles with my partner, Dan.
What do you do away from work?
I love traveling with Dan on our motorcycles, seeing the beauty of the state that we live in (and the many other states that we have traveled!). I love doing home projects, including yardwork and making updates to our home.
Being raised in Southeast Colorado, well, you can’t take the country out of this girl, so I will admit that I love country music. I grew up on country msuic and have listened to it pretty much my whole life. Thanks to Dan, I’m discovering a liking to jazz and some blues. Some of my new found favorites are Etta James, Dianna Krall, Frank Sinatra, Bonnie Raitt, and William Topley.
I have identical twin grandsons, who have a special place in their grandma’s heart. I had a younger brother that had Down’s Syndrome and I always wished that I could have found a place in life that would have allowed me to work with children with disabilities. I am a daredevil – I jumped out of a plane for my 50th Birthday! – and I live life to the fullest.
- Jeff Cain was named as the President of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
- Kent Voorhees was selected to be the Chair of the AAFP Commission on Education.
- Abbie Beachman has submitted an R21 Grant for a program called WellNOW! to address patient behavioral changes and primary care systems changes.
Here’s a little more about it:
Chronic diseases and conditions are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States and they are the most rapidly growing and among the most costly problems for primary care. In the US, only 3% of adults meet all four health behavior goals of being a nonsmoker, healthy weight, being physically active, and eating 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day. It is critical to address chronic health conditions and associated risk factors in the primary care setting.
Typically, in “real world” settings, the patients present with more than one chronic illness diagnosis and/or behavioral risk factors (e.g., sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, or cigarette smoking). Given that the majority of chronic illnesses and conditions will be managed solely through primary care providers, the PCMH is a model in which interdisciplinary team-based care, focusing on multiple health behaviors, can positively impact public health indicators, as well as primary care medical provider and practice/system level outcomes.
Project WellNOW! seeks to develop, implement and evaluate an inter-disciplinary and highly collaborative novel program designed to integrate two theoretical approaches of health behavior change – Multiple Health Behavior Change and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It is further posited that the implementation of this program will enhance outcomes on critical and often times overlooked levels:
- Primary Care Medical Providers in the practice
- Patient Health Care Utilization and cost within the broader health care system.
The program will be evaluated applying the RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance) framework for subsequent dissemination to other PCMH clinics. The project is expected to positively impact the ways in which practice and empirically-based approaches are applied to health behavior change in primary care settings.