Resumption of Operations

Much effort has been and is being invested to enable the phased reopening of many of the normal operations of The Lundquist Institute.  Earlier this week, procedures were distributed which will enable the BRC (vivarium) to resume operations to a limited extent.  Effective June 10th, the second floor of the MRL building (Infectious Diseases) began resuming operations under strict new procedures designed to prevent virus transmission while allowing for us to operate at close to 60 % capacity.  Similar work is underway to enable research operations to resume in the Martin Building, targeting June 18th for implementation of the new procedures.  Finally, there have been four 45-minute mini-town hall meetings scheduled for Friday, June 12th with key clinical research stakeholders to finalize the procedures to be used in the resumption of our clinical research activities.  These mini-town hall meetings will be facilitated by Drs. Christina Wang and Quim Madrenas as well as our EVP Operations, Rich Katzman.

Dealing with Stress

These are unprecedented times that we are living through.  Not only are we dealing with a pandemic caused by a new relatively unknown virus, but also an economic collapse not seen since the great depression.  And if that weren’t enough, the recent events resulting from the tragic death of George Floyd has caused even greater anxiety and concern over our society’s ability to deal with systemic discrimination.  These events are impacting everyone.  How it impacts individuals varies and the impact can result in insomnia, excessive alcohol consumption, depression, domestic violence, workplace violence and even suicide.  We are all stressed at some level or another and we all need to remember that everyone is trying their best to manage through these difficult times.  If a co-worker or family member is overly snappy towards you, recognize that might just be a result of the stress they are feeling.  In times like these it is important to remember that you are not alone and that there are many people and organizations around you who care about you.  Let’s look out for one another.  If someone seems out of sorts, reach out to them and see if you can help.  

Resources

We have some valuable resources to help manage these issues.  The Department of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has developed a “Coping with COVID web site that includes resources that are available to all Lundquist staff.  Here’s the link to that site: https://www.harbor-ucla.org/coping-with-covid/.  Even if you are feeling “normal” it is worth your time to look at the web site, as others around you may be in need of your help.  The Lundquist Institute also provides a confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide employees and their household members with confidential support for any of the issues they may be dealing with as a result of these events.  This is a free and confidential service which can be accessed by calling 1-800-316-2796.

Office of Education

As announced earlier, due to the on-going COVID-19 situation, there will be no students or interns authorized on campus.  The High School Summer Fellowship Program will be operating remotely this summer offering a different but still valuable experience for high school students and because of the new virtual structure of the program this year we have been able to accommodate a total of 80 students, in contrast to the 12-15 that we host onsite.