Join the UMKC Book Club!

Do you occasionally want to give your brain a breather from your everyday work tasks?  Have you been looking for ways to connect with other people around campus? Join the UMKC Book Club! We will be reading a variety of books related to work, happiness, and positivity. Topics that we all need during times like these.

Our first read will be, “How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life,” by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton. For this title, a total of four sessions will be held in Zoom on a bi-weekly basis. As of May 5th, you can enroll for each session through MyLearn, which is also where you can access the book in both text and audio versions.

The inaugural meeting will take place Thursday, May 21st at 3pm. Each meeting will be set up for 45 minutes. Please note, space is limited to 23 spots per meeting, so sign up as soon as possible!

Please see the schedule below, along with chapters to be discussed:

Thurs, May 21st – Introduction and Chapter One: Negativity Kills

Thurs, June 4th –  Chapter Two: Positivity, Negativity, and Productivity and Chapter Three:                                                  Every Moment Matters

Thurs, June 18th – Chapter Four: Tom’s Story: An Overflowing Bucket and Chapter Five:                                                       Making it Personal

Thurs, July 9th –    Chapter Six: Five Strategies for Increasing Positive Emotions and                                                                Epilogue

Sign up today in MyLearn. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wellness Incentive Deadline!








Don’t miss your opportunity to receive $225 on your final May paycheck for earning 225 points for Cycle 1 of the Wellness Incentive, ending April 30, 2020.

United Healthcare and EAP Services

24/7 Emotional Support Line

United Healthcare has gathered several resources to support your personal well being during the current health crisis. These resources include a free emotional support helpline from Optum Health, which can be accessed 24/7. Additional information can be found on the United Healthcare website.


As a reminder, to support continued social distancing efforts, EAP clients are encouraged to utilize the telephonic coaching option as an alternative to in-person sessions. If you are interested in learning more about the Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE EAP program and the services it provides, please visit the EAP page on the Human Resources website.

UMKC Benefits – Wellness & Program Resources

Please join Caroline Murphy, RN onsite Nurse Liaison with and Shannon Giambalvo Benefits Expert with United Healthcare, as they talk about a few programs offered by United Healthcare. You may receive a phone call from United Healthcare inviting you to take advantage of the following wellness programs and services — offered to you at no additional cost as part of your health plan.

Caroline and Shannon, will discuss the following programs:

  • Disease Management Programs
  • Case Management Programs
  • Care Coordination
  • Healthy Pregnancy Program
  • Behavioral Health Solutions
  • United Healthcare App (Formerly Health4me App)
  • Rally
  • Preventive Care
  • Virtual Visits
  • Real Appeal

The sessions listed below are eligible for 25 Healthy for Life Wellness points! Cycle 1 will end April 30, 2020.  Please visit the Wellness Incentive website for more information.

If you would like to participate in one of the sessions, please sign up through MyLearn

Participants will receive a link to participate online on WebEx. You will provide your Employee ID for your wellness points. The number is on your insurance card.

The WebEx information will also be available for each session time on the UMKC HR Events page at

Date: Monday, April 20, 2020

Three online session times:

11:00 a.m. –noon
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

If you have questions or need assistance, please call the HR Service Center at 816-235-1621 or email


EAP Services Available to All Employees

At Human Resources, we realize that this can be a stressful time of year for many employees. 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 continued partnership with Saint Luke’s Health System, Human Resources and UM Total Rewards offers an EAP service to all faculty, staff, and dependents. 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.

Visit for more info and to explore the many benefits they provide.

The username is UMKC and password is EAP.

Employees can receive up to three phone or in-person counseling sessions for any personal issue. EAP also provides access to more than 5,000 online articles and 500 videos about health topics. In addition, a monthly webinar series is also available that has recently covered topics such as care for aging loved ones, finances, nutrition, health, and an upcoming Vision Board webinar in January.

Schedule your appointment today by calling 816-931-3073 or toll-free 1-800-327-1223 during business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Services are provided through five offices located across the Kansas City area, as well as more than 40,000 network providers nationwide. Evening appointments are available, and emergencies are responded to 24/7. EAP counselors can also assist in referral for on-going care.

For more information or questions, please contact the HR Service Center at 816-235-1621.