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Kaiser, Blue Shield of California and LifeMatters® by Empathia are CSU vendors.
These courses are optional and all times are PST.
 
 

 
 
CSU - Medicare Retirement Workshop for CSU employees
Determine if you are eligible and when to enroll in Medicare or switch plans.
  • Multiple sessions through Thursday, December 22 - Register now
Physical & Emotional Health: Signs, Symptoms, & Support
Knowing the signs of emotional suffering can help you recognize when you or someone you love may need to seek help.
Kaiser Permanente Health Talk - Women's Health
Be informed about the gynecological exam, cervical cancer screening, and HPV. You'll also learn about great Kaiser Permanente OB/GYN services.
 
 
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Social media state of mind: Managing the pitfalls of social media
Learn how to balance social media with everyday life.
 
 

 
 
Managing Multiple Priorities
Learn how to organize and prioritize tasks while managing workload stress.
 
 
Please note, Empathia courses and services are only available to faculty and staff on the state side, not those in auxiliary organizations.

For more information call 1-800-367-7474 or visit mylifematters.com (Password: spartans)
 
 
 
 
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Spanish Language Empower Homebuyers SCC Down Payment Assistance Webinar

Many renters in the Bay Area think it would never be possible to come up with a down payment to buy a home. With a down payment assistance loan through Empower Homebuyers SCC – a program funded through Santa Clara County’s Measure A – homeownership is possible.

Learn more at HousingTrustSV.org/Empower, call 408-703-3837 ext. 301 or email EmpowerHomebuyersSCC@housingtrustsv.org.
All are welcome. This webinar will be presented entirely in Spanish.

View flyer in Spanish.

 
 
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Learn To Enjoy Alone-Time
Article by: Kaiser Permanente; Photo by: Canva

Spending time alone, in moderation, is not only good for you but it’s an important part of nurturing a strong sense of identity. Being alone gives us the time and space to listen to and get to know ourselves, and to experience (and enjoy!) our own company. Learning to be more comfortable with ourselves can also improve our interactions with others.

Here’s a practice to help you start feeling more comfortable being alone.

Go somewhere you can be alone. Outside, maybe go to a park or garden, or find a quiet room indoors. Find a comfortable place to sit or even stand, and let your body really rest into the support of wherever you are.

Notice your body. Start by taking a minute or so to notice what’s going on in your mind, and then move your attention down into your body. Keep your eyes open with a relaxed gaze. Sense how it feels to be alone—you might even say to yourself, “I’m all alone here.” Notice any sensations in your body—how does it react to “all alone”?

 
 
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40 Positive Affirmations For Better Self-Care
Article and Photo by: Kaiser Permanente

The old saying, “You are what you think” may be true. For example, negative thoughts may lead to a more negative outlook on life, which then can lead to more negative thoughts. This cycle of negativity may result in stress, anxiety, and depression, which can damage your physical health.

To break the cycle, it’s important to introduce more positive thoughts into your life as often as possible.

What is an affirmation?
The word “affirm” means to validate or confirm. In the mental health world, affirmations are short, encouraging statements that you can use to create a more positive frame of mind.

You can repeat an affirmation to yourself as often as you’d like — while brushing your teeth, driving to work, or before you fall asleep. The more often you use an affirmation, the more it can help reinforce your value and self-worth and it may even positively affect your behavior.

 
 
 
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Vaccinated SJSU staff and faculty as well as auxiliary employees and those in volunteer or other unpaid appointments are eligible for on-campus COVID-19 testing. Individuals participating in this program must have a completed vaccination attestation on file in SJSU @ Work. Those who have attested that they are not accessing campus may not participate at this time. Those with approved exemptions will continue to test through the mandatory testing program.

Please note, if you recently tested positive via a PCR test, you should not participate in this testing as the positive result will continue to show up for 90 days.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you should not come to campus and should not participate in this testing. Contact our Leaves Unit for appropriate guidance and direction for next steps at Yazmin.Perez@sjsu.edu/(408) 924-2155, Elizabeth.Munoz01@sjsu.edu/(408) 924-2148), or Melanie.Nguyen@sjsu.edu/(408) 924-2243.
 
 
 
 
 
Testing Steps and Requirements

You must be affiliated with SJSU to participate.

Voluntary testing will be available Monday - Wednesday through May 20. Testing will resume in June; more information to come.
  • TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day
  • LOCATION: Event Center
  • YOU MUST BRING: Valid photo ID (SJSU Tower Card is recommended)
Appointments are required. You will be asked to enter your insurance information in order to be tested; there will be no out of pocket cost to you.
 
 
 
 
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Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL)

Signed by the Governor on February 9, 2022, SB 114 (SPSL) provides up to 80 hours (10 days) of COVID-related leave through September 30, 2022. The CSU has extended the program's deadline to December 31, 2022, and provides full pay during the leave. SPSL is available now for all non-represented and represented employees except for Teamsters (Unit 6) employees. The state leave program is available for Unit 6 (through 9/30/2022).

If you have questions about this or any other leave program, please contact Yazmin Perez, Manager of Leaves, Workers' Comp and Accommodation Programs. She can be reached via email at yazmin.perez@sjsu.edu or phone at 408-924-2155.
 
 
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Booster Shot Requirement

Chancellor's Office policy now includes a requirement for faculty, staff and students regarding vaccination and booster shots. Non-represented employees, volunteers, auxiliary employees, all Unit 3 (faculty) and Unit 8 (SUPA) employees who are eligible for the booster and have not had their booster within 30 days of eligibility date and/or updated their SJSU @ Work record with the updated information are not in compliance with policy and may be subject to formal consequences. Deadlines for other represented employees will be announced soon.

Already received your booster shot? Update your Vaccine Attestation Record in SJSU @ Work with the date of the booster and your updated vaccination record. Details on how to do this can be found in the user guide.
 
 
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May Is National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month
Article by: Stony Brook Medicine; Photo by: Canva

Skin cancer — including melanoma as well as basal and squamous cell carcinomas — is the most common of all cancer types.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States this year there will be about 100,350 new cases of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and 6,850 deaths from it. The rates of melanoma have been rising for the past few decades.

Melanoma is more common in men overall, but before age 50 the rates are higher in women than in men.

The number of cases of the more frequent skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, has been increasing for many years.

 
 
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Sunscreen Sense: Are You Getting The Coverage You Need?
Article and Photo by: Kaiser Permanente

You’re wearing sunscreen — that’s great! It can help you avoid wrinkles, sunspots, and skin cancer. But don’t go wild on alfresco fun just yet. Kaiser Permanente dermatologist Nicole Annest, MD, sheds some light on a few falsehoods about sun safety that could be preventing you from getting all the protection you need.

Myth: A little dab’ll do.

Truth: Dr. Annest says many people use less than half the amount of sunscreen they should, so they don’t get the full SPF (sun protection factor) coverage listed on the packaging. For full protection, you need 1 ounce — about 2 tablespoons — approximately every 2 hours to cover your whole body, she explains.

 
 
 
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Homebuying Information

Landed: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program

Campus Sustainability Reminders 
  • Find more health and well-being resources in MyWell-being on the UP website
  • Email audiology@sjsu.edu for full complimentary audiological evaluations and counseling regarding hearing conservation
  • KinderCare - Save 10% on full-time, part-time, and drop-in tuition for early childhood education or school-age distance learning programs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022