May 2023 Announcements

By Office of Communications & Marketing | May 1, 2023

UPD Announce Evolv Weapons Detection System (Evolv)

In response to the seemingly endless tragic mass shootings nationwide, the President’s Office has instructed University Police Department (UPD) to impose greater rigor in screenings at the various entrances to our campus, including enhancing technology to improve safety for all constituent groups. As such, UPD is proud to announce the deployment of the Evolv Weapons Detection System (Evolv) throughout the campus.  

Evolv is a non-intrusive system that balances a new approach in technology with the community's needs and understanding the role that security measures play in reducing anxiety and improving safety on campus. The system incorporates state-of-the-art weapons detection that identifies weapons while ignoring harmless personal items as students, staff, patients, and visitors enter at a natural pace. This technology has been employed around the state, including at other SUNY campuses. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep each member of the Downstate community safe. Installation of the system will begin this week, with completion and a go-live scheduled for early next week.

Regardless of these new measures, always remember that safety is a shared responsibility. If you hear, see, or have an alarming or unusual experience on or near the campus, it is vital that you immediately contact UPD at X-2626 or from a non-campus phone at (718) 270-2626. If you are off campus, dial 911 for emergency assistance. Timely reporting can help prevent crimes or other incidents.

Preparations Continues for the Cafeteria Expansion Project

As we enter the early stages of the Cafeteria Expansion project,
we ask for your cooperation and patience as construction gets underway.


Beginning Monday, May 22nd National Grid will be opening up the sidewalk/street to install gas piping. We anticipate the duration of this work to be two days. National Grid will be posting signs and barriers and will take up approximately 5 parking spaces along Lenox Road. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained utilizing jersey barriers and flagmen when required. 


We hope this work will cause minimal disruption to our daily operations. We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation and will do our best to provide frequent updates as the project progresses.

Please direct any questions to:

Jason Elijio at ext. 3242

Anthony Piscopo at ext. 4668

Alesia Varga at ext. 3714

Thank you.

Register Today for an Upcoming Active Violence Emergency Response Training (AVERT)

AVERT, short for Active Violence Emergency Response Training goes beyond active shooter training by teaching emergency bleeding control techniques, warning signs of a potential aggressor, quick response in a violent situation, escape, evade, or attack in critical seconds during an event, and staff confidence needed to respond. University Hospital at Downstate is now a training center with 14 certified instructors that includes staff from Emergency Management, University Police, the HAZMAT team, and the ED.

Please RSVP by using the link below to register for an upcoming Active Shooter Training:

Culture of Safety Survey 2023

Patient safety is everyone's priority.  By completing the survey, you make a difference by identifiying gaps in safety and what steps are needed to correct them.

This survey is ANONYMOUS and you can take it in your preferred language. Please complete survey between May 1 - May 28.

Safety Survey


UPDATE: Wearing Masks in the Hospital and Clinical Areas

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As of now, we will not screen staff or visitors at the entrance utilizing WellScreen or with hand-held devices. If any employee has any symptoms related to COVID-19, please report to Employee Health Service.

Masks are to be worn on all inpatient nursing units, the Emergency Department, procedure areas, diagnostic testing areas, Student Health Center, Employee Health Service, and all outpatient clinics. 

Masking will no longer be required in first-floor corridors, lobbies, the cafeteria, break rooms, conference rooms, and offices. 

Staff who elect to wear face masks should continue to feel comfortable doing so.

It is strongly recommended that staff, patients, and visitors with respiratory symptoms wear a face mask and practice respiratory etiquette. 

The Infection Control Office actively monitors the situation and will adjust the hospital masking policy accordingly. Our paramount concern remains with the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff. 

We thank everyone for their continued dedication and cooperation.

SUNY Pilot Telecommuting Policy Extended through June 30, 2023

TelecommutingAs a reminder, SUNY has extended the Pilot Telecommuting Policy until June 30, 2023.

If you are an employee whose title has been identified as eligible to telecommute, please be advised that the SUNY Telecommuting Policy set to expire for UUP, CSEA, NYSCOPBA, and PBANYS on December 31, 2022, has been extended to June 30, 2023. Therefore, if you have an approved application, no further action is required on your part.

If you have not submitted your telecommuting application and would like to participate, please contact for more information.

Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Brooklyn Stroke Symposium

Thursday, May 25, 2023
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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There's still time to register for this free in-person and virtual symposium for physicians and other healthcare professionals featuring top stroke experts.

Maimonides Medical Center designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


  • Provide an educational review of new research and clinical paradigms in stroke care and biomarker discoveries for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of stroke
  • Provide updates and gain insight on the contemporary management of cerebral aneurysms, carotid web, and cardiovascular surgical advances in stroke treatment
  • Learn about state-of-the-art stroke neurocritical care and current trends in neurorehabilitation


  • Physicians, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurointerventionalists, radiologists, intensivists, hospitalists, cardiologists, vascular specialists, emergency and critical care specialists, as well as medicine, primary care, and other physicians
  • Healthcare professionals, including first responders/EMTs, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, rehabilitation specialists, and others
  • Interested members of the public

Register for the Event

Annual Graduate Day Keynote Lecture

Thursday, May 4, 2023
2:00 PM 

Graduate Day Lecture

Autism Spectrum Disorders for the Primary Care Practitioner and Other Providers

Friday, May 5, 2023
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Join Us for Hospital Week 

Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12

Hospital Week


14th Annual Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Conference

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


This educational activity is designed to provide a forum to highlight current nursing research and evidence-based practice for improving healthcare and patient care outcomes.

Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nursing and Healthcare Leaders, Students and Faculty of Nursing and the healthcare disciplines.

At the end of the educational program, participants will be able to:

    1. Disseminate nursing research to drive evidence-based practice.
    2. Examine research and evidence-based initiatives that display nurses’ contributions in leadership and innovations in practice.
    3. Critically appraise original research and evidenced-based practice reports for practice implications within the context of evidence-based practice.
    4. Examine findings and outcomes of selected nursing studies and evidence–based projects for application to practice.
    5. Engage in networking opportunities for evidence-based practice research.
    6. Recognize the contributions of Nurses .

Register for the Event

WellNYS Everyday Monthly Webinar:
Fitting in Your Favorite Physical Activity

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

WellNYS Physical Activity

May is National Physical Activity Month. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health.  What is your favorite physical activity? When do you fit it into your busy schedule?  Join us as we share the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and how to fit physical activity into your busy day. 

Presented by:
Linda Carignan-Everts 

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Register for this Webinar

You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. This session will be recorded and made available on the WellNYS Everyday website.

Work-Life Services (WLS) Programs are joint labor-management programs that benefit New York State employees by enhancing employee wellbeing, increasing productivity, and improving morale in the workplace. The WLS programs include the Employee Assistance Program, Network Child Care Centers, and DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning. The WLS programs are funded through the collective bargaining agreements between the State of New York and the public employee unions: CSEA, PEF, UUP, NYSCOPBA, GSEU, Council 82, and DC-37 and PNANYS. The Office of Employee Relations contributes on behalf of management/confidential employees.

Haitian Culture Day Parade and Street Festival

Saturday, May 13, 2023
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

We are recruiting hospital employees, faculty, and students to walk with Dr. Pardo representing SUNY Downstate in the Haitian Culture Day Parade and Street Festival.  We hope you will join us with community leaders, elected officials, business leaders, non-profit & education, media influencers, and cultural activists to commemorate and celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of both Little Haiti & Little Caribbean communities.  SUNY Downstate will also have a booth set up to promote our services.  Please let us know and I hope you can join us.

10:00 am: Line up on Nostrand and Church Ave. to walk as a SUNY Downstate team in the parade with Dr. Pardo

11 am – 3 pm: Street Festival where SUNY Downstate will have a booth to promote SUNY Downstate services will be on Foster and Brooklyn Aves.

Hatian Culture Day

Register for the Event

Interested in Volunteering?

Hatian Culture Day 2023

Volunteer for the Event

Third Annual SOHP Dean’s Lecture Series: “Using Data-driven Decision Making to Improve a Clinical Practice or Program”

Wednesday May 24, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Deans Lecture Series



Holidays / Observances



5/6: National Nurses Day

5/8: National Student Nurses Day

5/12: Birthday of Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day

5/18: National Speech Pathologist Day

5/23: National Medical Coders Day


5/7-13: National Hospital Week

5/14-20: Neuroscience Nurses Week


National Nurses Month – (replaces Nurses week)

            Week 1 – Self Care

            Week 2 – Recognition

            Week 3 – Professional Development

            Week 4 – Community Engagement


5/1: Melanoma Monday

5/2: World Asthma Day

5/3: World Maternal Mental Health Day

5/5: World Hand Hygiene Day

5/12: Fibromyalgia Day

5/15: Global Employee Health and Fitness Day

5/18: World AIDS Vaccine Day

5/20: Clinical Trials Day

5/20: World AiArthritis Day

5/24: World Tuberculosis Day

5/31: National Senior Health & Fitness Day

5/31: World No Tobacco Day


5/1-7: National Physical Education and Sport Week

5/7-13: Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

5/14-20: Maternal Sepsis Week

5/14-20: National Women’s Health Week

5/14-20: Healthcare Documentation Integrity Week

5/14-20: Neuroscience Nurses Week

5/22-28: National Respiratory Care Week



American Stroke Month

Better Hearing and Speech Month

National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

Healthy Vision Month

Hepatitis Awareness Month

Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month

Melonoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

National Arthritis Awareness Month

National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month

National High Blood Pressure Education Month

National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

National Stroke Awareness Month

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

National Trauma Awareness Month

National Women’s Health Month

Oncology Nursing Month

Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Psoriasis Arthritis Action Month

Skin Cancer Prevention and Awareness Month


5/5: Cinco de Mayo (Mexican)

5/5: Vesak (Buddhist)

5/8-9: Lag B’Omer (Judaism)

5/17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

5/21: World Day for Cultural Diversity

5/23:  Declaration of the Báb (Baha’i)

5/25-27: Shavout (Judaism)

5/26: Birthday of Buddha (Buddhist)

5/28: Pentecost Sunday (Christian) 


Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Jewish American Heritage Month

Military Appreciation Month

Older Americans Month

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