The Other Side of the CurveJuly 2nd, 2020
Over the last few months, our workforce has continually demonstrated amazing efforts and accomplishments to serve our patients, families, and support each other. But even as we look to the future, we know we have tough times ahead. The high costs of COVID-19 have forced us to make some very tough, and very sad decisions, along the road to recovery. And, we live with these decisions under a dramatic backdrop of social unrest, racism and divisive election year politics.
Given all that is happening, I want to encourage everyone to protect their own wellbeing.
I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say we are a workforce in trauma. Given uncertain times ahead and the growing possibility of a national COVID-19 resurgence, the anxiety and stress that we experience is likely to continue, not abate. We cannot afford to dismiss or postpone our needs to step back, seek help and support, and find ways to recharge. On occasion, we all need consolation and care from our friends, families, and colleagues. Please take advantage of the support you so rightly deserve.
Put aside any stigmas. Be open to the extra support we are providing. Our Wellness Office brings together many resources such as MHealthy, the offices of Counseling and Workplace Resilience, Health Equity and Inclusion, Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, and Clinical Affairs, as well as Human Resources, to enhance efforts around well-being.
Reach out to Support Groups. You are not alone. There are abundant support groups throughout the organization. Most recently, The Office of Health Equity and Inclusion launched the Black Resource Group and the Working Families Resource Group, joining a roster of current resource groups: LGBTQ+ Resource Group, Disability Resource Group and Spirituality Resource Group. Learn more by clicking here.
No doubt, there will be more challenges ahead of us. All the more reason to take the time to care for each other AND ourselves.
Be well. Be safe.
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