Resources for the Workforce

This resource database consists of quality-curated content spanning various topics relevant to the healthcare workforce. This database is designed to provide the health workforce with quick and easy access to information, resources, and tools that address a number of workforce challenges.

The Daily Brief

Therapists Donate Their Time to Counsel Distressed Health Care Workers

This article published in the Medical News & Perspectives section of JAMA discusses how therapists are donating time to help health care workers who are distressed following the high rates of death and severe illness experienced treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emotional PPE Project is one of at least three volunteer organizations that was created in the early days of the pandemic to link health care workers with licensed mental health practitioners who were willing to counsel them, free of charge. The Emotional PPE Project became popular because its therapists made sessions easily available via Zoom.

“The culture of medicine tells you, suck it up,” Jessica Gold, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, said in an interview. Gold wrote an editorial in the BMJ about the pandemic’s psychological risks to health care workers, including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance use disorder. The editorial also accompanied a meta-analysis of research on the psychological responses of health care workers during virus outbreaks. Among the findings: access to psychological interventions can help protect health care personnel from emotional distress.

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  • COVID-19 for the Workforce

    The coronavirus pandemic has impacted healthcare workers all over the world. Use these resources, tools, and trainings to navigate the unique needs and challenges of COVID-19. This includes personal safety, mental health, childcare, infection control, and using PPEs.

  • Health and Wellness

    This category provides resources to help the workforce stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Resources include tools for coping with trauma, online therapy options, screening, childcare, substance abuse, healthy eating, and stress management, among other topics.

  • Return to the Workforce

    For healthcare professionals returning to the workforce, either after sick leave, retirement, or a break, resources found here will help make the transition smoother, particularly for those rejoining due to the workforce shortage during COVID-19.

  • Trainings for the Workforce

    Access trainings and guides on various healthcare requirements, such as COVID-19 preparedness, using PPEs, mental health, infection control, and communications.

  • Volunteer

    Use these resources to navigate volunteer requirements and registration.

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