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Kaiser Permanente FREE Flu Shot Clinic for Faculty and Staff

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Location: TBD
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Millions of people get the flu every year and hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, You don't need to be a Kaiser member to participate. Flu shots are for faculty and staff only. Flu shots for students will be available through the Student Health Center.

Stay tuned for information on how to register.
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Breast Cancer Care and Awareness for Trans and Non-binary Individuals
Article and Photo by: Canadian Breast Cancer Network

Being trans can mean not being accepted or validated in many facets of society. Unfortunately, this erasure can also occur within the healthcare sector. 

A study conducted in Toronto found that compared to cisgender Canadians, trans Canadians are 70% less likely to get screened for breast cancer. A reason for this finding may be due to the experiences that trans individuals go through within the healthcare system.

Stats and Facts:
  • Compared to cis men, trans women taking hormones such as estrogen and antiandrogens had a 46% higher chance of developing breast cancer
  • Trans men and transmasculine individuals who undergo top surgery are at risk for developing cancer
  • Hormone therapy in trans women means an increase in estrogen, a risk factor for developing breast cancer
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What’s the Difference?
Male Breast Cancer and Female Breast Cancer
Article by: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

When women’s breasts mature during puberty, they develop working lobules and milk ducts to produce and carry milk after childbirth. Most breast cancers in women develop in those ducts and lobules. Most men produce far fewer and smaller ducts and may not produce lobules.

While BRCA mutations significantly increase a man’s risk of breast cancer, men with those mutations are at a higher risk for prostate cancer than breast or other cancers.

More about male breast cancer:
  • More than 80 percent of male breast cancers are hormone-receptor positive
  • Male and female breast cancers share similar symptoms, including a lump or mass on the breast, changes in the size or shape of the breast, redness, swelling or irritated skin
Dyslexia Awareness Month
Article and Photo by: National Day Calendar

Dyslexia Awareness Month, held in October, seeks to raise awareness and share the tools to increase reading skills.

By improving literacy rates for those with dyslexia, we improve their success throughout their entire educational career and beyond. Learning to read is one of the most powerful tools a student can have in their lifetime.

Some signs of dyslexia include:
  • difficulty learning simple rhymes
  • speech delays
  • trouble identifying left and right
  • leaving out or repeating short words
  • trouble following complex directions
  • writing letters backward or reversing them while reading
  • difficulty with spelling
  • avoiding reading aloud
  • trouble learning to tell time
Campus Sustainability Month by SJSU Green Campus

October is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. Several San José State University departments and organizations will host in-person and virtual events to engage and inspire the campus community to become sustainability change agents.

In addition to celebrating sustainability in higher education, the Clothes Closet officially opened September 8, 2021. The Clothes Closet is designed to help alleviate two major issues: massive waste generated annually by discarded clothing, and students, faculty and staff who are unable to meet their basic needs. To make an appointment click here.

These events are open to faculty and staff. Register to attend.
Happy Sustainability Month from Transportation Solutions
Article and Photo by: Transportation Solutions

The Transportation Solutions (TS) team would like to wish you a Happy Sustainability Month!

TS would like to call on you to support Seamless Bay Area, a non-profit project that is actively aiming to implement a fully integrated Bay Area transit system. An integrated transit network would make taking transit easy and affordable. One of the near term recommendations is a pilot program for a “go anywhere” pass for universities.

To take action, attend the VTA Board meeting this month and provide a public comment about why this type of pass would not only benefit students but employees as well! For information on the meeting and how to submit a public comment visit VTA’s website, or join Seamless Bay Area’s mailing list for invites to upcoming meetings, talking points, and general updates.

Additional transit update:
  • The VTA Light Rail is now fully operational
We want to hear your good news!

University Personnel would like to highlight employee good news in our Well-being Wednesday newsletters. Please share your stories with us, send us photos of an activity you participated in, share "words of wisdom" from your kids, tell us what's been helping you cope through the shelter-in-place. During these trying times, it's important to find the good in things. Your stories can help us all do that.

Not sure what to share? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • How are you balancing your time between work and home life?
  • How have you been staying active?
  • A big project that you procrastinated doing for months & finally finished.
  • Something your kids have been involved in.
  • A new volunteer opportunity; a new hobby.
  • You welcomed a new baby, got engaged, got married, or other life events.
  • An act of kindness that someone did for you or you did for someone else.
Photo by: Daryl Eggers

My Educational Biography

My educational biography was highlighted in the monthly newsletter of the Biophysical Society, a scientific professional society with over 7500 members worldwide.

My lab’s main focus is water and how water influences binding and conformational equilibria. My group has published an alternative equation for equilibria that includes an explicit accounting term for water and that reveals the binding constant, K, is actually a variable that changes with product concentration when solvation is a significant contributor to the overall thermodynamics.

In addition, I am currently involved in a collaboration that examines the binding of potential therapeutic molecules to virus proteins. My lab is using microscale thermo phoresis to measure the interaction of glyco dendrimers, made by Katherine McReynolds at CSU Sacramento, with the surface proteins of HIV and SARS-CoV-2.

Daryl Eggers
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COVID-19 vaccinations are now available to everyone age 12 and older. G etting vaccinated helps you protect not only yourself but your loved ones, as well as the campus and greater community as a whole.

Contact your healthcare provider or visit the California Department of Health’s My Turn website to register for your vaccine appointment.  Looking for more information about the vaccine?
COVID-19 Vaccine

To safeguard the health and safety of all, SJSU has implemented mandatory COVID-19 testing. APC, CFA, CSUEU, SUPA, Teamsters and UAPD employees are required to undergo mandatory testing, as are unrepresented employees, auxiliary employees, volunteers and others in unpaid appointments who access campus and other university facilities.

Testing is in progress and will continue on campus--or at off-campus worksites, if applicable--at no cost on a weekly basis. Notifications and instructions on how to schedule testing will be sent weekly to those individuals who are required to participate in the testing program. Individuals who wish to opt-out of testing may do so by providing proof that they are fully vaccinated on the Self-Service Attestation page in SJSU @ Work.
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LifeMatters by Empathia Services

Are you experiencing anxiety with everything that's happening across the country and around the world? Are you worried about returning to work and trying to figure out day care for your children?

You’re not alone. There are many employees feeling this way. SJSU has partnered with LifeMatters by Empathia for your counseling and employee assistance needs.

Contact Empathia for more information: 1-800-367-7474
Homebuying I nformation
  • Landed: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program

Benefits Open Enrollment and Virtual Employee Services Fair
  • Benefits Open Enrollment is in progress and runs through October 15, 2021
  • SJSU's virtual Employee Services Fair will be held Wednesday and Thursday, October 20-21 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Additional Resources 
  • Find more health and well-being resources in MyWell-being on the UP website
  • SJSU Staff Council encourages staff campus engagement, promotes a positive staff culture and actively participates in University affairs

  • Employee Affinity Groups provide opportunities to make identity-specific connections and build community with other employees
Online Training Opportunities

Kaiser Permanente: Coronavirus/COVID-19
Coping with Stress and Uncertainty during COVID-19 i n CSULearn

Work-Life Balance  via LinkedIn Learning

Courses from United Healthcare
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022