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Stephanie Price

There’s so much positive news and never enough space. In this forum, everyone can pat themselves on the back.  Have you been promoted, earned an award or received special recognition within your organization or the industry? If you’re proud of the honor, we want to know about it. Don’t be modest! Share your accolades, and feel free to attach a photo that shows your pride.

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Music, running and even simple note-taking—they have an app for that. There are popular apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that have been around for a relatively long time, while newer ones pop up out of nowhere, generate a lot of buzz and tend to fade away. There are even apps that claim to improve your health. Do you have a Smartphone that you can’t live without? Share your favorite app on today’s Hopkins Happenings Question of the Week

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In North America, trick-or-treating has been a Halloween tradition since the late 1940s. According to USA Today, about 4 percent of all candy consumed in this country occurs on that one day. What candy were you most excited to see in the bottom of your pillowcase or pumpkin bucket on Halloween? Are you a child of the ‘70s who enjoyed Bottle Caps and bubble gum cigars, or a child of the 90s who liked Big League Chew and Warheads? Share your favorite candy on today’s Hopkins Happenings “Throwback Thursday.”

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Password and identity thieves in cyberspace could do more damage than just causing your computer to crash. Learn how to keep your password protected, phishing attack awareness, privacy guidelines and how to avoid malware from Johns Hopkins IT experts.

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There seems to be new diet trends popping up every time you open the refridgerator. More and more people are thinking about becoming vegetarians or vegans for health and environmental reasons, while others believe that a meat and potatoes regimen is the way to go. And while there are benefits to both, what is your preference? Do you prefer the leafy greens or are you satisfied with steak and a starch? Take the Hopkins Happenings’ poll and share your comments in the section below.

What Type of Diet Do You Follow?

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When most people refer to a workday, they mean 9 to 5. But that’s not the case for all workers. Some folks work three 12-hour days, while others work part time and less hours. How many hours a week do you spend working? Cast your vote on today’s Hopkins Happenings poll.

How Many Hours a Week Do You Work?

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In its 46thyear, the Johns Hopkins Women’s Board Best Dressed Sale will be held Oct. 25-27 at the Evergreen Carriage House. The sale offers savings on new and vintage apparel, jewelry, shoes and accessories for women and men. Plan to attend this event, which benefits patient care—but also tell us about your favorite purchase from a Best Dressed Sale or any other great bargain in the Hopkins Happenings “Question of the Day.” For more information about the Best Dressed Sale, visit womensboard.jhmi.edu or 410-955-9341.

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Starting a new job can be a lot of pressure. It can be overwhelming since you are meeting lots of people, learning new things and trying to make a good first impression all at the same time. Do you remember your first day or week at Johns Hopkins? Did a coworker say something that sticks with you until this day, or was the whole experience a blur to you now? Share your story on today’s Hopkins Happenings’ Throwback Thursday.

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It’s not easy juggling a career and being a parent. In honor of National Work and Family Month, the Office of Work, Life and Engagement highlights several resources that are available to families welcoming a baby into their life. These services are part of the benefits package available to employees of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians and Johns Hopkins Health Care. FASAP services are available to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center employees. Therefore, these services are no cost to you. Learn more about the programs and feel free to ask questions in the comments section below and a Lifespan Services Manager will get back to you.

1. Baby Shower for New and Expectant Parents (hopkinsworklife.org/baby-shower)

Learn about breastfeeding support, choosing quality child care, postpartum depression, car seat safety and other topics at the semi-annual baby shower for new and expectant parents. Learn about the variety of services to support you during this exciting life transition. The fall Baby Shower is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please register by Nov. 13.

2. Breastfeeding Support Program (hopkinsworklife.org/breastfeeding)

Johns Hopkins recognizes the positive benefits of breastfeeding for you and your child. The Breastfeeding Support Program is available to help make the transition easier so that you can breastfeed for as long as it is the best choice for you and your baby. Mother’s rooms with hospital-grade breast pumps are available on several campuses. Breastfeeding employees can also purchase breast pumps at discounted prices.

3. Adoption Assistance (hopkinsworklife.org/adoption-assistance)

Johns Hopkins reimburses some of the eligible expenses related to adopting a child. For more information, employees should contact their Benefits Services Office at 410-516-2000 (university employees) and 443-997-5200 (hospital and health system employees).

4. Child Care (hopkinsworklife.org/child-care)

As you plan for your child care needs, consider the resources Johns Hopkins provides:

  • Referral LOCATE Child Care Services, a program of the Maryland Family Network
  • Tuition discounts for local child care centers
  • Preferential admission for children of Johns Hopkins University faculty and staff at select local centers
  • Scholarship opportunities for school of medicine students whose children are enrolled at the Johns Hopkins Family Center (Bright Horizons)

5. Backup Care (hopkinsworklife.org/backup-care)

The Johns Hopkins Backup Care program is a partnership with Care.com. It is designed to provide in-home sick, emergency, or backup care at a reduced cost for dependents and adults of benefit-eligible employees. Registration is free and gives you peace of mind that you have a plan when emergency care is needed.

6. Parenting Resources (hopkinsworklife.org/parenting-resources)

Being a parent is one of life’s greatest rewards, but without an owner’s manual, raising children can also be challenging—especially when you work. We offer resources and programs to assist parents in meeting the demands that come with raising a family and having a career. Lunchtime workshops, webinars and online resources focus on child development, strategies to strengthen families, and achieving a good work-life fit. To receive a monthly calendar of workshops and events, email worklife@jhu.edu with “add me to the email list” in the subject line.

7. Dependent Care Voucher Program (hopkinsworklife.org/dependent-care-voucher)

The Johns Hopkins University Dependent Care Voucher program is designed to provide eligible faculty and staff up to $5,000 per year to help cover the cost of dependent care so that you can work. Eligible faculty and staff must have a net taxable income of less than $50,000 as reported to the IRS.

8. Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) (fasap.org)

Welcoming a baby puts extra stress on a family and FASAP is available to assist you in identifying strategies to ease the stress. FASAP is a professional counseling and life management resource that can assist you in identifying and managing challenging issues, in healthy ways. Services are free and confidential, and there is no limit to the number of times you may access services. Your immediate family members may also access FASAP services. 

For more information, visit hopkinsworklife.org. A new website is set to launch in November to help continue to grow their online resources. You may email worklife@jhu.edu or call 443-997-7000 to reach the Lifespan Services Manager who can assist you during this very exciting time.

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