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Retiree Spotlight: Peter Lazes & Marie Rudden
Retiree Spotlight is dedicated to sharing retiree experiences within our community. To share your story, email 
Peter Lazes and Marie Rudden have recently published a timely and important book, From the Ground Up- How Frontline Staff Can Save America’s Healthcare (Berrett-Koehler, November 2020)It documents the fragmentation and dysfunction of our American healthcare system and the reasons behind its failure. It also provides a proven method for increasing access and enhancing the quality of care in our hospitals and clinics by creating Labor-Management Partnerships. These partnerships enable frontline staff and administrators to work together in a structured way to reduce healthcare costs while providing frontline healthcare workers with the means to correct shortcomings in their hospital or clinic departments. Lazes and Rudden have found that increasing employee participation in workplaces also results in greater civic participation by those involved. This is vital for preserving an active democracy.

At a time when the massive gaps in our healthcare systems have been laid bare by the fragmented responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, this book offers hope and a plan for change.

Peter Lazes, PhD, a clinical and industrial psychologist, was the founder and former director of Programs for Employment and Workplace Systems and of the Healthcare Transformation Project in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He has been an educator, researcher, and practitioner for over 40 years, dedicated to designing systems in which the knowledge and experience of frontline staff are used to improve patient care and to save jobs of American workers. He has written over 50 articles on topics including engaging frontline workers to improve the effectiveness of their organizations, leadership, innovative strategies for improving patient care, union building, and the importance of creating meaningful work. He has provided consulting advice to manufacturing companies, healthcare systems, and unions in both the U.S. and Europe.
Marie Rudden, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is an associate editor for the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies and former Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Psychoanalysis in the CommunityShe is a clinical assistant professor in psychiatry at Weill Cornell School of Medicine and has written widely about leadership, group impasses, and dysfunctional group processes.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Tompkins County & Surrounding Areas COVID Vaccine Information
New York state is distributing COVID-19 vaccines in phases based on need and risk. We have gathered some local resources for you below. You can also find more information on the Cornell Retiree COVID Resources web page.

COVID-19 Vaccine Office Hours
The Tompkins County Health Department will continue to host COVID-19 Vaccine Office Hours, with two offerings scheduled for Wednesday, February 24th, 2021.
  • Wednesday, February 24th, 3:00 pm: "Office Hour for Older Adults" with Dr. Deidre Blake, MD, Cayuga Health Systems Orthopedic Program
  • Wednesday, February 24th, 5:00 pm: "Office Hour in Spanish" with Dr. Maya Aponte, CMC, and Carolina Gilbert, RN, CMC, moderated by Patricia Fernandez de Castro Martinez, Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County.

Vaccination Clinics
Cayuga Health System - Ithaca Mall, 40 Catherwood Dr., Ithaca. Side entrance to the old Sears store behind Best Buy. Appointment required. Register

New York State Operated Sites – There are 13 State vaccination sites. Click here for the full listAppointment required. Register online or by phone at 833-697-4829. Determine eligibility using the Am I Eligible app.
Nearest Sites:
  • Johnson City: SUNY Binghamton, 10 Gannett Drive, Johnson City, NY 13790
  • Syracuse: State Fair Expo Center, NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13209
  • Rochester: Dome Arena, 2695 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14467

New York State has designated retail pharmacies for vaccinating people age 65 and older (65+). Pharmacies in NYS are receiving only a limited supply of vaccines from the state and may only make appointments based on the number of doses they are being allocated at any given time. If you have questions, please refer to the pharmacy websites.

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Cornell Offerings
Home Fruit Tree Pruning
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Pruning your home fruit trees is key to robust disease resistance as well as vigorous fruit production. Join Agriculture Issue Leader and farmer Graham Savio as he shows you the best techniques for pruning pomme fruits (apples, pears) and stone fruits (apricots, plums, cherries, peaches). He will demonstrate the basics of pruning each type of tree and share general pruning tips and strategies for renovating old overgrown apple trees, which are common in our region.

Cost is $0-$30 - self-determined sliding scale.
Kick-Start to Mindfulness Practice
This workshop series is designed for anyone who is interested in mindfulness or meditation but may have felt apprehensive, too busy, or perhaps too skeptical to give it a try. Ruth from Cornell Wellness will offer a 4-part practice in different kinds of mindfulness to show you how you can fold it into your routine for better focus, relief of symptoms of worry/anxiety, slowing of the noisy mind, and physical relaxation. During this pandemic winter, this workshop series will provide tools to bring a little sliver of peace into your day.

Join the workshop every Monday at 4 pm on March 8, 15, 22, and 29. Contact Ruth Merle-Doyle with questions and to register.
Cornell Wellness Social Club
Bring a hot or cold beverage of your choice and a healthy snack. Cornell Wellness Social Club will provide the opportunity to say hi to old friends and make some new ones. Each week, we'll play a different game (Would you rather? Have I ever? Trivia) together. You can answer live, in the chatbox, or by holding up a sign. It will be a fun way to interact and try something new. Once a month we'll also feature an additional guest to present on an educational topic of interest.  Email Keri Anne Johnson for more information and links.

  • Monday, March 8th, 11:10-11:50 am: Let's talk Sleep with Jeremy - Join Jeremy Stewart from Cornell Wellness as he dives into some pre-sleep habits that could help improve your quality of sleep. Jeremy will talk about some of his experiences dealing with sleep difficulties and suggest solutions that have worked for him and might work for you too.
Cornell Adult, Senior, and Caregiver Connections Facebook Group
Caring for an older adult or loved one can be a difficult and isolating experience. Many people may not self-identify as a caregiver and this often keeps them from finding a group of people to provide a listening ear, a strong shoulder, or a piece of advice. Being able to “talk” with others who truly understand what you’re going through reduces stress, validates your experience, and can provide connection and support.

This group is designed to be a place to share best caregiving practices, problem solve and reduce stress and/or isolation. Join us!  
Cornell Cinema Resumes Programming
Cornell Cinema resumed its virtual cinema program this semester. As was the case in the fall, most films are offered at no charge, but reservations are required as there are limits to the number of views available. Reservations typically open one week in advance of a film’s first playdate. The best way to stay on top of the schedule is to sign-up on their homepage for Cornell Cinema’s weekly e-newsletter, which comes out on Fridays. Visit their web page for information on available movies.
Winter/Spring 2021 Cornell Concert Series
The Cornell Concert Series is dedicated to presenting impactful, innovative programming that complies with the COVID-19 guidelines mandated by Cornell University and New York State. Until we are able to safely re-open our concert halls to you, we will be presenting our artists in a virtual format. 
Our online episodes will feature artists performing and speaking about their music: offering insights into their repertoire, and discussing ways of creating, practicing, and enjoying music in a socially-distanced world. 
Every episode will allow you to directly participate in guiding the conversation. The Cornell Concert Series is soliciting video and written questions from the Cornell and greater Ithaca communities to be presented to the artists. Our episodes will be pre-taped, with submission deadlines advertised as the season progresses. All questions can be submitted to us at
Each episode will premiere on at 7:00 pm, where it will remain viewable for 14 days. Episodes will be available for future viewing with a account on our ticketing site.
Local and Virtual Offerings
Science in the Virtual Pub at PRI
Science in the Virtual Pub is a bi-weekly program where you can grab a drink and engage in some friendly science! Joins us every other Thursday to learn about some interesting aspect of science followed by rich conversation.

Meetings are held on Zoom and links to join are sent upon registration. Sessions are generally live-streamed through the Science in the Virtual Pub Facebook Group, but participation in the discussion requires joining the Zoom meeting.

  • February 25, 2021, at 7:30 pm - Introduction to The Maple Syrup Making Process & Delicious Cocktail Recipes with Katie Bagnall-Newman, Associate Director for Nature Center Programs, The Paleontological Research Institution. Come discuss a New York staple: maple syrup! Learn the basics of the syrup-making process from tree to bottle. This program will also feature a couple of cocktail recipes to try at home. After the presentation, stick around to hear some personal tales from the sugarbush. Register
  • March 11, 2021, at 7:30 pm - Ethnogeology and its Implications for Geoscience Education with Dr. Steve Semken, Professor of Geology and Education, Arizona State University. Ethnogeology is the scientific study of the geological knowledge of various peoples and cultures, generally carried out in their traditional homelands and only with their informed permission and partnership. Research in ethnogeology blends the methods of field geology and field ethnography. Findings from ethnogeologic research can inform place-based and more inclusive and locally relevant ways of teaching geoscience, and support environmental and cultural resilience and sustainability. This talk will offer an outline of this relatively new science with examples from studies done in the Southwest USA, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Register
Mindfulness Lite and Calm/Safe Place
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm
Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and the Physician Assistant program faculty continue their series on Stress Resilience in the Pandemic, exploring tools that can help ground you in uncertain times. Join Susan Salahshor, PA, PhD, and learn to build resilience through mindfulness and relieve your stress anywhere and anytime.

Dr. Salahshor is the Founding Program Director of the Physician Assistant Program in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College. She has been a Physician Assistant (PA) for 25 years and has experience in approximately 10 specialties. A 1994 graduate of St. John’s University/Bayley Seton PA Program, she has worked at Catholic Medical Center in Queens, NY, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Mayo Clinic Florida, and in private practice. 
Book Discussion: Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 5:30-7:00 pm                              

This event, hosted by Hospicare, will include an interactive discussion of the book, Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. Laura Ward, LMFT, CT will discuss how to apply the information in this book to supporting oneself through grief. 

Registration is required by March 1st. Contact the Bereavement staff via phone at 607-272-0212 or email for registration information. Login details will be provided after registration. 
Ithaca Snow Angels
Winter has certainly not given us a break this season and clearing snow has become an almost everyday task! Give help or ask for help, with Ithaca Snow Angels, a new Snow Removal platform developed by Cornell students. The program relies on reporters (of areas in need of shoveling) as well as shovelers, so anyone can contribute.

Simply navigate to the Ithaca Snow Angels web app (be sure to allow “locations” in your browser). To report an area in need of clearing, find the area on the map, click “Request a Snow Angel,” and take a photo of the spot. The corner will be flagged with a red pin and listed as being in need of a Snow Angel and sent out to participating shovelers.

Learn more about this program in this Cornell Chronicle article.
Miscellaneous Articles & Webinars
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