CU Online Portal Update
Later this summer, the university will roll out Duo Security’s multi-factor authentication tool, which will greatly increase the security of personal information by requiring two layers of authentication before granting access. If you haven’t already, you need to log in and enter/confirm your phone number and other information.
Every time you open the portal lately, it tells you that you should do this, but here’s more information, just in case you’re curious. They shut down electronic direct deposit changes and accessing your W2’s online after a security breach in December, so if you want to be able to get your info updated quickly, you’ll need to verify your information ahead of time. It only takes a minute to log in and update today!
Advisory Council Update
The DFM Advisory Council recently met to discuss where we, as a department, should be focusing our efforts. Specifically, the question was asked, “Our Department has matured to the point where we should be actively thinking about how we can positively impact the medical campus as a whole. As the leaders of our Department, how can we integrate this broader worldview into our activities and initiatives?”
Lively discussion ensued, with ideas ranging from educating the new CEO of UCHealth and the new SOM Dean about the importance of primary care to better marketing what we’re doing in terms of research and practice transformation.
The group discussed how we could increase the impact and the perception of primary care within the campus, and it was noted that the hospital’s new strategic initiative around primary care was a good sign that the system is starting to “get it.” However, the question was also raised about the amount of effort and resources we should expend on making ourselves visible in the face of significant resistance, especially when there are lots of other entities who WANT to work with us, and we have to turn some of them away due to a lack of resources.
The group talked about the opportunities to raise our profile that exist that don’t meet with much resistance, like having clinicians have some protected time (or at least a coordinated effort) to do more with medical students. They discussed how it is harder to offset time in family medicine than in other specialties to make time for teaching.
Trying to drive payment reform was also discussed as a way to impact the campus and the medical community as a whole. It is hard to go out and sell the idea of payment reform when the system we work in is reluctant to give up on the fee-for-service model.
Colleen has been intimately involved in “strategery” sessions with UCHealth and with Jean Kutner (Internal medicine) as the new CMO for the system, it is hopeful that primary care will receive the attention it deserves.
The Advisory Council meets monthly and everyone is welcome to attend and listen in on the thoughts of the various leaders in the department. The next meeting is Thursday, 7/31 at 9:00 a.m. in 3101. Join us!
Name: Lizzy Sinatra
Position: Project Coordinator, Community-Campus Partnership
Member of DFM since: February 2014 – a newbie!
Who you are and what you do:
I am…two simple words with profound significance. “SOHAM” is a mantra that serves as a wonderful tool for one to begin a foundational meditation practice. The purpose of a mantra is to achieve a mindless state, as the vibration from the mantra is powerful and centering, offering a meditative space. SOHAM literally means “I AM THAT,” and is immensely powerful. So, to answer this question “who are you and what do you do” I can of course say that I am a 27-year-old female, Taurus, born and raised in CT, who moved to Colorado 6 years ago with my horse, my dog, and my truck to pursue veterinary school. I lost interest in vet school because I had a strong urge to search for something bigger, create big change for the ones who need it the most — human beings.
I found the Colorado School of Public Health which opened my eyes to wonderful community and national efforts for preventative healthcare. This, in addition to my personal spiritual journey with meditation and yoga (I obtained my Sattva yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, the birthplace of yoga), has allowed me to merge public health and spirituality into my business, Health Consciousness LLC. I am a life, health, and spiritual coach for individuals who are ready for true change and who finally want to live a life without stress and self-hatred, to dissolve fear and feelings of inadequacy.
The majority of my Master’s work and thesis revolved around the Northwest Aurora Community, as I have been curious about the medical campus’ surrounding community since I first commuted through this area for school. Researching and immersing myself in this community showed me firsthand the health disparities and lack of access to healthcare experienced by residents. I was thrilled to be invited to join the Community-Campus Partnership by my wonderful mentor and boss, Robert McGranaghan, to truly make a change for our neighbors and bridge the gaps between our campus and Aurora. In addition, I teach free yoga for adults and youth in the Northwest Aurora community at the Aurora Resilience Center, and have partnered with Aurora Central High School to offer a yoga, meditation, mindful eating and physical activity after-school program, and to allow students to visit the Anschutz Medical Campus and learn about health-related careers. I am also a volunteer with Aurora Youth Options and Bridges to Care.
I am an athlete and compete in fitness competitions, and am currently training for my third sprint triathlon coming up at the end of July. I enjoy anything and everything outside, including paddle boarding, hiking, biking, and playing games like bocce! I have my horse, Rio, and also play polo at the Denver Polo Club.
With all that said, I think the best answer I can give to “who am I” is simply “I am that” 🙂
What are the three most important things you’re working on?
In terms of the CCP, currently I am:
- Working on an asset-based website for the Partnership; our virtual hub
- Meeting with community and campus partners/schools/student groups/hospitals
- Researching and identifying existing partnerships in the nation that are comparable to the CCP to serve as models for certain ideas, strategies, and planning.
Why do you like working for DFM?
Although I am somewhat of a newbie, I LOVE the community feel of this department. The department does a wonderful job sending out events that are happening and other ways of bringing people together, and learning about each other. For example, this!
What are your passions?
Lots of passions….but my true love is to live. Live with reasonless joy, the love fully and deeply, to not judge others, to surrender to all that shows up in my life and appreciate them, for better or worse. Everything is an experience, a chance to grow, to learn even more about myself. This is the beauty of life.
What do you do away from work?
From long boarding to dancing, I always try new things….a hobby queen, for sure. I spend a lot of time riding my horse.
I love all music — mostly I am attracted to certain songs rather than genres. I am a big fan of John Butler Trio because they are super nice guys (I met them!), are extremely passionate about their music, fans, and creating change in our society, and their music is simply wonderful.
Favorite movie and why?
Honestly….probably The Little Mermaid. It has been my favorite ever since I was a teenie tiny little girl, and it brings back wonderful, warm memories of my family, in particular my mom. We always used to watch this together, and even though she lives across the country, I feel her when I watch this (so yes, I STILL watch it!).
I have traveled to South Africa, India, Egypt, Turkey, England, Italy, France, Scotland, and Australia.
The UCHealth recently approved a Strategic Initiative Grant proposal: “University of Colorado Health Primary Care Comprehensive Chronic Pain Project, 2014-5” headed up by AVC of Clinical Affairs, Pete Smith. A little bit about the project:
Increasing use of opioids like OxyContin for chronic non-cancer pain has become a huge problem, leading to addiction, accidents, overdose, and deaths. Non-medical use of these drugs cost the US $72 billion in 2007, more than HIV or asthma! Nationally, far more people die from prescription opioids than heroin and cocaine combined. In Colorado, twice as many people die from opioid-related problems than drunk driving. The Primary Care Oversight Committee has provided funding for us to tackle this problem with the help of our primary care partners (GIM, WISH, Seniors).
We’ll be working over the next 18 months to educate providers and engage patients in the safest and most effective approaches to managing chronic pain. This will be supported with shared tools, guidelines, workflows, and registries. This project is based on successful approaches used by other leading academic medical centers, and will complement the extraordinary work already done by the Chronic Pain Advisory Group lead by Kyle Knierim.
For more information about this great project, contact .
WORKOUT AT WORK
Family Fitness continues with great trainer-led workouts at the AHWC every Tuesday. Contact or for more info.
RUN (or walk) WITH US!
The DFM has a team for “the happiest 5K on the planet” – The Color Run – on August 2nd. This family-friendly event is open to all ages and fitness levels! Our team name is “DFM Rocks” and the price is $45. Register here.
…are continuing – join us the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a different lunch –and-learn topic related to your health! Upcoming sessions (AO1, room 3101 from noon-1:00 p.m.):
- July 16th – healthy recipe exchange and potluck!
- August 20th – Integrating Behavioral Health into Everyday Life, Shandra Brown Levey, DFM