COVID-19 Booster Clinic this Friday
We are holding a COVID-19 Vaccine third and fourth Dose Booster Clinic in the Auditorium from 1000 – 1200 h. The Moderna Bivalent vaccine will be administered. This booster is available to all employees 18 years of age or older.
Please note revisions to the intervals between doses.
- For a more robust and durable immune response, the Ministry of Health now recommends a 6 month (168 days) interval since your previous dose of vaccine. However, a minimum interval of 3 months (84 days) is acceptable.
- You will be asked to verify the date of your previous dose for your appointment to ensure it has been at least 84 days.
- To meet the minimum eligibility for a dose this Friday, you must have received your previous dose prior to and including July 22.
- To meet the recommended interval of 6 months for a dose this Friday, you must have received your previous dose prior to and including April 29
Since we are running the clinic at the hospital, Employee Health Services will automatically get a copy of the vaccine record of your 3rd or 4th dose. If you get a booster dose elsewhere, kindly email a copy of your vaccine receipt to EmployeeHealth@gghorg.ca so your records can be updated.
Healthy Workplace Month continues: this week
If you haven’t had the chance to participate in the Healthy Workplace Month events, they continue this week! For more information on what is going on and how you can join in on the fun, please click here for a list of what is still happening this week!
Crucial Conversations Clinics
Congratulations to draw winners Marjorie Luquinario-Landicho and Michelle Stiebelman! Both won two meals at our fabulous Bistro. So, take a teammate to lunch and continue to build your dialogue skills!
Next up is the crucial conversation clinic focused on responding to unexpected feedback. We can use this short video to review some critical decisions and behaviours that help us respond with grace and accept the feedback as the gift that it truly is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R7c6pBBy5w. Once you have tried it out, enter into a draw for lunch for two at the Bistro before October 26. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/crucialclinic
*seats are still available in both the November 24 and 29 Crucial Conversations courses – sign up today on the LMS
Truth and Reconciliation Reading List – Staff Contributions and more
Congratulations to Jacquie Bull for winning the Indigenous Box prize for sharing resources she finds insightful and helpful in her journey towards truth and reconciliation.
Recommended reading from our staff include:
Recipes and Reciprocity: Building Relationships in Research – This book “considers the ways that food and research intersect for researchers, participants, and communities, demonstrating how everyday acts around food preparation, consumption, and sharing can enable unexpected approaches to reciprocal research and fuel relationships across cultures, generations, spaces, and places.” Many concepts discussed in this book can be applied in the context of health care and building strong therapeutic relationships with patients. It is an excellent read for clinicians wanting to develop their cultural competency.
- Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun (Paul Seesequasis)
- Five Little Indians (Michelle Good)
- Reconciliation in Practice: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Ranjan Datta)
- Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City (Tanya Talaga)
- A mind spread out on the world (Alicia Elliott)
- Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (Robin Wall Kimmerer)
Additional authors of literature and poetry recommended – Kathererna Vermette, Cherie Dimaline,Richard Wagamese
*contact firstname.lastname@example.org in OD if you wish to borrow physical copies of these items.
All employees can discover more learning resources related to truth and reconciliation on the LMS at Additional GGH Courses |Organizational Development |EDI fundamentals
Mindwell for Healthcare Workers
This wonderful Canadian service has been designed specifically for those working in the healthcare industry to reduce stress, overwhelm, exhaustion, PTSD symptoms and burnout and is available at no charge. So far, the program has seen thousands of participants and has garnered the following results:
- 86% enhancement in mental health & well-being
- 82% improvement to stress management
- 92% satisfaction rate and the likelihood of recommending it to colleagues
The self-paced program runs for four weeks, requiring 10-15 minutes of learning each week with the additional option to connect with other healthcare professionals to enhance one’s results. If you are interested in joining the free program, the next session begins October 31, 2022. Please click here for more information or to register.
Furkids of GGH: Meet Daisy
Hi everyone at GGH! My Mom, Megan, who works in Employee Health Services, was very excited to introduce me to you all, as I am one of her most favourite things (I like to think of myself as the favourite thing, but maybe Dad is in there somewhere…). Anyway, I go by MANY names, such as Daisy Bean, Bean, Beanhead, Daisy Dog, Stinky, Stinkbutt (although those last two I find a bit questionable), and my official name is Cooperslane’s Daisy Darling. I am really as sweet as can be, but sometimes I get a tad moody when my parents are not giving me 100% of their attention and will go halfway up the stairs to demonstrate my displeasure. Please note that this strategy has a 100% success rate, because as soon as it’s put in action, people are taking my picture and talking to me. So, I’m not just a pretty face! I also do an excellent job of protecting the house from small, flying invaders (I think they’re called “bugs”), although my success rate at catching them may be a tad lower than my sulking skills (Mom may even say it is about 95% lower…but that’s irrelevant as it’s the thought that counts!).