Get Physical This Fall!

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Register for 1st and 10!

Let's get physical this fall! In support of the Year of Healthy U, join your colleagues and sign up for 1st and 10, an eight-week football-themed physical activity program, offered to UPMC Health Plan members.

Simply set your fitness goal and track your physical activity during each two-week "quarter" of the game. Register between Monday, September 25, and Friday, October 6, by logging in to my.pitt.edu, then My Resources > UPMC Health Plan > MyHealth Access > 1st and 10 Registration. The game kicks off on Monday, October 9.

University Recognized for Workplace Health Achievement

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The University of Pittsburgh was recently recognized as an “early adopter” by the American Heart Association in their Workplace Health Achievement for 2017.

The University of Pittsburgh was recently recognized as an “early adopter” by the American Heart Association in their Workplace Health Achievement for 2017. AHA logoThe AHA Workplace Health Achievement recognizes companies that implement health programs and services for employees and promote a culture of healthy practices. One of the services that Pitt has implemented is the UPMC MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center. The Center, opened in April 2016, offers free health services to faculty and staff regardless of insurance coverage. UPMC Health Plan members may take advantage of additional services such as health coaching. Visit the Health and Wellness site for more information.

Registration is Open! Fall 2017 FSDP Workshops

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Registration is Open! Fall 2017 Faculty & Staff Development Program Workshops

With over 60 courses, including four certificate programs, the Faculty and Staff Development Program (FSDP) offers numerous workshops to grow the career skills and personal development of University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff.

To see the schedule of fall FSDP workshops and to register online, visit www.hr.pitt.edu/fsdp.

Ready to Earn $100 for Healthy Activities?

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Did you know Pitt offers up to $100 for participating in healthy activities? UPMC Health Plan members can earn incentives by signing up for a biometric screening, seasonal flu shot, or other preventative activity such as a physical exam with a PCP.

Did you know Pitt offers up to $100 for participating in healthy activities? UPMC Health Plan members can earn incentives by signing up for a biometric screening, seasonal flu shot, or other preventative activity such as a physical exam with a PCP. Activities can earn anywhere from $25 to $75 each, with a maximum incentive of $100!

On-campus clinics for seasonal flu shots will begin on the Pittsburgh campus September 14 in the WPU Assembly Room, and at all regional campuses at the beginning of October. Earned incentives will be applied to a Flexible Spending Account or Health Incentive Account debit card. Biometric screening events will also be held on October 19, 24, and 31. Learn more and schedule a biometric screening appointment today!

Questions? Email hr-benque@pitt.edu.

Flu Shot Clinics Offered On-Campus

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All faculty and staff, as well as their dependents, are encouraged to obtain a flu shot. In particular, faculty and staff who work in health sciences or have any type of exposure to patients should consider the vaccination.

All faculty and staff, as well as their dependents, are encouraged to obtain a flu shot. In particular, faculty and staff who work in health sciences or have any type of exposure to patients should consider the vaccination.

Listed below are the flu shot clinic schedules (subject to change):

2017 Pittsburgh Campus Flu Shot Clinics

Date Building Room Time
Sept. 14 WPU Ballroom 10am-2pm
Oct. 4 BST Foyer 10am-2pm
Oct. 11 BSP II 11am-1pm
Oct. 25 WPU 548 10am-2pm
Oct. 30 Benedum Hall Conference room 102 10am-2pm
Nov. 8 Craig Hall 342 11am-1pm

 

Regional Campus Flu Shot Clinics

Date Campus Room/Bldg Time
Oct. 3 Bradford University Room, Frame-Westerberg Commons 11am-2pm
Oct. 3 Mechanicsburg First Floor, Computer Room 2 12pm-2pm
Oct. 11 Greensburg Village Hall 8am-10am
Oct. 12 Johnstown Cambria Room, Student Union 7am-11am
Nov. 8 Titusville Student Union Gym 8am-11am

If you are unable to attend one of the flu shot clinics listed, you can attend one at Falk Pharmacy. Clinics will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 13-Nov. 29 from 9:30am to 3:00pm.

Starting on Dec. 1, Falk Pharmacy will be administering the vaccines on a walk-in basis during the regular business hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

What to Bring When Attending an On-Campus Flu Shot Clinic

If you attend an on-campus flu shot clinic, you will need to bring your University ID card, as well as, your UPMC Health Plan insurance card. Individuals who participate in the Panther Advocate plan can receive $25 in HIA credits for obtaining a flu shot.

If you do not carry the University's medical insurance plan, you can still obtain a flu shot on campus for a $30 out-of-pocket charge. The cost of the High Dose flu shot for individuals over the age of 65 is $55.

Can't Make it to an On-Campus Flu Shot Clinic?

UPMC Health Plan members may obtain a flu shot from a participating provider at no out-of-pocket cost. Members also may obtain a flu shot with no out-of-pocket cost at CVS, Giant Eagle or Rite Aid pharmacies. Simply present your UPMC Health Plan member ID card at the time you receive your flu shot and you will not have to submit a receipt or any other additional paperwork to UPMC Health Plan.

If you obtain a flu shot at a clinic or pharmacy that does not participate with UPMC Health Plan, then you will need to pay for the flu shot at the time of service and file a claim for reimbursement. Reimbursement forms can be downloaded from UPMC Health Plan at www.upmchealthplan.com, under "Commonly Used Forms ' at the bottom of the page.

For details regarding flu shots for students, please refer to the Student Health Services website for their flu shot clinic calendar.

A Class to Help You Stay Healthy During the Holidays!

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Pitt’s onsite health coach Taelor Vetica is offering a class full of helpful tips and techniques to support your desire to stay healthy over the holiday season.

The academic year has just begun and the holiday season is right around the corner! To support you in making healthy decisions throughout the holiday season, Pitt’s onsite health coach Taelor Vetica is offering a class full of helpful tips and techniques.

The four session class will focus on how to make healthy food choices, stay active during the season, maintain your weight, and manage stress during this festive, but hectic time of year!

Participation is limited to UPMC Health Plan Members. Registration is open from September 4 – September 15 and classes start on October 3rd(just in time for Halloween!).

Learn more and sign up today to secure your spot! Questions? Contact bewell@pitt.edu.

Fiscal Year 2018 Salary Pool

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An update on the salary pool and operating budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

The Board of Trustees has approved a $2.2 billion FY18 operating budget, up from $2.1 billion in FY17. This pool of funds support increases for faculty and staff whose contributions are critical to the success of the University. The approved budget includes a 2.25% salary pool, which comprises a 1.5% maintenance pool and a 0.75% merit, market, and equity pool. Staff and faculty who have received a satisfactory/successful performance evaluation within the last fiscal year will receive a 1.5% maintenance increase and may be eligible for a merit, market, and equity increase, as well. These salary increases will be processed in the September paycheck.

For more information on the FY18 budget and salary increases, the University Times featured an article on the salary process, including frequently asked questions about pay increases. You can also revisit the Chancellor's letter and explore the HR website.

Update on Total Rewards Study

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Update on progress of Total Rewards study at the University of Pittsburgh

Data collection for the first two phases of the job analyses for the Total Rewards study has ended. The phases, which included the academic segment of the University, achieved a high response rate. Phase three (also known as the Green Phase) will begin at the end of July and span September of this year and will encompass Computing Services & Systems Development, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the regional campuses at Bradford and Titusville, among other parts of the Pitt community.

For more information about the Total Rewards program, visit the website, including the frequently asked questions page (employee login required). Employees can opt in for updates sent directly via email or text message. The Office of Human Resources’ Q&A column in the June 8 issue of the University Times featured answers to the most-asked questions about the project and job analysis questionnaires.

University of Pittsburgh Designated as Live Well Allegheny Workplace

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The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced that the University of Pittsburgh has committed to Live Well Allegheny by becoming a Live Well Allegheny Workplace. The announcement was made at the University of Pittsburgh’s MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center in celebration of the facility’s one-year anniversary.

live well allegheny logoThe Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced on April 19, 2017 that the University of Pittsburgh has committed to Live Well Allegheny by becoming a Live Well Allegheny Workplace. The announcement was made at the University of Pittsburgh’s MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center in celebration of the facility’s one-year anniversary.

“I’m thrilled to have the University of Pittsburgh join us in our effort to make our county healthier,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “It’s not surprising that the University is a good fit as a Live Well Allegheny Workplace with its focus on health, athletics, nutrition and so many other things that are the foundation to healthy living. I congratulate Chancellor Gallagher and all of the administration, faculty, staff and students on this designation and thank them for their involvement in the program.”

The University of Pittsburgh has committed to several action steps as part of its faculty and staff wellness program to be designated as a Live Well Allegheny Workplace.

“We are so excited to have the University of Pittsburgh join our Live Well Allegheny efforts” said Dr. Karen Hacker, Director Allegheny County Health Department. “Our Live Well Allegheny Campaign continues to grow and we know that employers play a significant role in promoting the health of their employees. It is organizations like the University of Pittsburgh that can make a real difference in the health of our county’s population by providing opportunities, incentives, and support for employee health improving activities.”

In the spirit of the University of Pittsburgh’s initiatives, the MyHealth@Work for the University of Pittsburgh Health and Wellness Center was created to provide free medical services, treating both acute and chronic conditions, for University faculty and staff regardless of insurance coverage. In addition to opening the MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center, the leadership has committed to faculty and staff wellness by hiring two staff positions, including a Wellness Specialist and part-time onsite Health Coach. The Wellness Specialist assists with the development of a wellness committee and creates recommendations for wellness initiatives appropriate to University faculty and staff. Currently, the University offers free health coaching in five lifestyle programs (weight management, nutrition, tobacco cessation, physical activity, and stress management). Learn more about the programs offered by visiting www.hr.pitt.edu/wellness.

“The University has top-down support for its wellness efforts. We have a responsibility to take advantage of the world-class expertise on campus, UPMC Health Plan’s experience, and the University community’s enthusiasm for the programs,” said John Kozar, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Cheryl Johnson added, “At the University, we are cultivating a wellness culture, which will provide additional incentives for all of us to become more involved in making healthy lifestyle choices.”

The University of Pittsburgh has been long committed to free preventative services and offers incentives to faculty and staff for participation in health improvement activities, including biometric screenings and preventative physical exams as well as completing an online health risk assessment. The University also developed the Healthy Lifestyle Institute under the direction of Dr. John Jakicic, Distinguished Professor of Health and Physical Activity, which aims to improve community health by examining how biological factors like genetics can influence lifestyle behaviors, and how those factors impact chronic diseases and negative health outcomes, and translating evidence-based initiatives to programs focused on healthy lifestyle practices that target the University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, and students are a key component of this initiative.

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participating workplaces can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 by County Executive Fitzgerald as a comprehensive, innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Board of Health and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker.

For more information on the Live Well Allegheny campaign, including detail on how your business can become a Live Well Allegheny Workplace, visit www.LiveWellAllegheny.com.

Total Rewards Study Has Launched

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The Office of Human Resources is proud to announce the launch of the total rewards program.

The Office of Human Resources is proud to announce the launch of a comprehensive total rewards study. Read more about the study in the letter from Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Cheryl Johnson or visit the total rewards website at totalrewards.pitt.edu.

Questions about total rewards? Email the project team at total.rewards@pitt.edu.

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