Become a Pen Pal for Local Students

The Center for Community Health and Health Equity’s Pen Pals Program matches local second- and third-grade students with Brigham employees to exchange letters during the school year to promote literacy, provide students with an adult mentor, increase students’ awareness of the Brigham in their community and provide an avenue for elementary school students to practice their writing skills. Brigham Pen Pals exchange about six letters over the academic year and visit their student Pen Pal’s classroom at the Tobin School or Mission Grammar School twice over the same period. Learn more at or email

Hand Hygiene Celebration, Oct. 17

In appreciation of the tremendous progress the Brigham has made with our hand hygiene compliance rates, and to pledge our commitment to keep patients safe by keeping our hands clean, all faculty and staff are invited to a hand hygiene celebration on Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 a.m.–4 p.m., on the Braunwald Tower 2 mezzanine (across from the Shop on the Pike). Present your Brigham ID badge for giveaways and to enter a raffle for prizes.

Nominate a Colleague for the Brigham Way

Every day, Brigham faculty, staff and trainees go above and beyond to make the hospital a better place for all who come through our doors. There are hundreds of ways, both big and small, that employees care for our patients, visitors and each other. Tell us about how you or one of your colleagues goes the extra mile and your nomination could be featured on PikeNotes and TV screens across the distributed campus. Email your nominations to, or learn more on PikeNotes.

Sleep Health and Wellness Program

The Sleep Matters Initiative (SMI) is led by Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders. The SMI Sleep Health and Wellness Program is a nationally recognized, award-winning sleep education program that builds on 15 years of Brigham-led sleep research with over 30,000 participants thus far. This fall, the program is being offered to Brigham Health faculty and staff at no cost. Sign up here (filter by department and select “Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders to view upcoming classes). For questions, email or call 617-525-2617.

Research Sundry Fund Program

The Office of the President, in concert with department chairs, has made funds available beginning in FY20 to support a new program to establish or contribute to research sundry funds for Brigham investigators who obtain multiyear, non-mentored National Institutes of Health grants. No application is required; monies will be available for awards made on or after Oct. 1. Visit the BRI website for more information.

Travel Award for Research Assistant/Clinical Research Coordinators

Two travel awards of $1,000 are available. Research assistants and clinical research coordinators at the Brigham are eligible to apply. Please send a resume, personal statement and letter of recommendation from your mentor to You can also find the full RFA here.

Faculty Career Development Award

The purpose of this award is to provide transitional funding to enhance productivity and growth during the early critical years of an academic career when junior faculty must teach, do research, compete for grants, publish, and practice at the same time they may be assuming increased family or other responsibilities. The award provides $30,000 plus 15 percent overhead to support activities that contribute to the individual’s academic career development. Learn more.