UMKC Staff Professional Enrichment Fund – Application Deadline Approaching

The UMKC Staff Professional Enrichment and Emergency Relief Funds (SPEER) are designed to recognize the importance of engaged, well-qualified staff to support the overall mission of the university. These funds were made possible by two donors and long-time volunteers and champions of the university, Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee. Bill and Mary Kay believed strongly that part of what makes a great university is investing in its people. It was their intention that these funds be used by staff for professional and career growth.

The Staff Professional Enrichment Fund supports qualified staff by reinforcing their competencies and strengthening their talents and abilities. This fund can be used to help cover registration fees and travel costs for professional development opportunities, such as conferences, conventions, summits, seminars, and professional development materials/tools. Funding is available for individuals or a group of staff. The next deadline to apply for the Staff Professional Enrichment Fund is September 1st, 2023.

Visit SPEER Fund to learn more and apply.

August Monthly Newsletter – United Healthcare

National Immunization Awareness Month

August’s Health Observance is National Immunization Awareness Month. Looking for educational information related to this topic? If so, check out the following UnitedHealthcare educational resources: 

Understanding Colds & Flu

Check out this month’s Health Tip Flier on Understanding Colds & Flu. (PDF)

Click here for the Understanding Colds & Flu education presentation which includes an overview of the common cold and flu symptoms and explores the differences between these two illnesses. Preventive measures, flu vaccination facts, and myths and treatment options are also discussed. You can also find the Understanding Colds & Flu presentation in Spanish.

Rally Mission of the Month: Keep a Journal  

If you are enrolled in a university medical insurance plan, Rally Missions can help support you in taking small steps to live a healthier live. Rally is available at no additional cost to you, as part of your health plan benefits with UnitedHealthcare. Check out the Rally overview flyer (PDF) to learn more, and get started today at®.

Mission of the Month: Keep a Journal 

How to get started:

First make sure you have created your account from®. Then log in to your account from either the app or web.

In the app click on the Activities tab at the bottom of the app. From there you will click Join Activities at the top.  You will then click on the Mood and choose the Keep a Journal mission.

On the web log into your account and click on the Health & Wellness tab at the top. You will then click on missions then click browse all. Click on the Mood tab and choose the Keep a Journal mission.



New Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Optum Live and Work Well

As an employee at UMKC, your personal and professional well-being is a priority. There is no better time for a reminder that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to help with personal, family, relationship, and financial difficulties.

Through our new partnership with Optum Live and Work Well program, Human Resources and UM Total Rewards offers an EAP service to all faculty, staff, and household members. Program benefits include access to professional counselors trained to assist with stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, work concerns, financial issues, and family or relationship difficulties.

Employees are eligible for up to 3 no-cost, in-network counseling visits. If you need more sessions, you can work with your provider to discuss options for care beyond the EAP offered sessions.

Please visit the UM System website for more information related to professional care, self-help programs, and resources specific to your needs.


Mammogram Van coming to UMKC!

We will be bringing back the Mammogram Van to campus this year.  If you are interested in scheduling a mammogram van appointment please reach out to Secily Adams, Reminder that mammograms are suggested for women 40 and over, once per year.

Kansas City 
July 18, Volker Campus 8:30am – 12:00pm
July 18, Health Sciences Campus, 1:30pm – 5:00pm

For any additional questions or the link to sign up please email your Health Engagement Coordinator, Secily Adams,

Join us for a Movie!

Tuesday, June 27th at 11am we will show a movie in the UMKC Student Union Theater for employees to take a break and enjoy with others. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. More information to come.