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August 31, 2017

In Brief: Changes in University Communications, Wellness Coaching, Healthy Holidays Program

Changes in Office of University Communications

A number of moves have recently occurred in the Office of University Communications.

Vice Chancellor for Communications Susan Rogers has left the University, and a national search is underway for a permanent replacement. Bill Young, who served as the communication office’s executive director of marketing, has joined the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

An interim team is directing operations until the leadership search is complete. Kamrhan Farwell, assistant vice chancellor for communications, oversees media relations, web services, social media and university news publications. Executive Director Cynthia Gill leads the marketing, design and magazine divisions.

Also new, Patrick McMahon joined the office as executive director of communications on Aug. 28. He manages the work of communication managers assigned to schools and departments throughout the University to promote University news to the media as well as through the University’s news service, Pittwire.

Health and Wellness Coaching for Teams, Departments

Pitt’s MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center now offers on-site health coaching for your department or team. A health coach can help you and your department recharge during the workday and can help to build a positive, more engaged team. Available health coaching services include new hire and department orientations, Lunch and Learn series, exercise sessions for the workplace or at home and more.

For a complete list of health coaching services, as well as information on how to schedule a health coach for yourself or your department, visit the Wellness for Life page on the Human Resources website.

Focus on Healthy Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching, which means your commitment to healthy eating might need some extra help since the holidays can be especially hard on your ability to stay conscious about your eating habits. Pitt’s MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center can help you make more mindful choices about eating and staying active throughout the holidays.

The Healthy Holidays program includes four 40-minute sessions that focus on making time for exercise, healthy eating and maintaining your weight over the holiday season. Registration begins on Sept. 4 and runs through Sept. 15. Classes start at the beginning of October.

More information can be found on the Wellness Event Registration page.

To register, log in to From the main navigation/top row menu items, select My Resources > UPMC Health Plan > MyHealth Access > Better Health & Wellness > Wellness Event Registration.

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