Collaboration releases draft national plan for health worker wellbeing

The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience today released for public comment through May 27 a draft national plan for healthcare worker wellbeing, which builds on nearly six years of work between 200 participants, including the AHA.

The plan identifies goals and actions to help health care leaders, educators, boards and federal agencies achieve health workforce wellness in seven priority areas: work environments and culture and positive learning; measurement, evaluation, strategies and research of well-being; mental health and stigma; compliance, regulatory and policy barriers to the daily work of health workers; effective technological tools; the effects of COVID-19 on healthcare personnel; and recruiting the next generation.

AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and AHA Director of Nursing Robyn Begley, CEO of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, said, “When other fled the pandemic, healthcare workers ran to her to try to prevent the spread, treat the sick and save lives. Healthcare staff worked tirelessly to provide life-saving care to patients, but it took a heavy toll on their own well-being. The AHA is proud to be a member of the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience to develop solutions to help our staff ensure they have the support, resources and wellness programs to be to maintain good mental and physical health.

During a NAM webinar today on the plan, Pollack shared two key points from a hospital and health system perspective: The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated health disparities, the lack of access to behavioral health care, and shortages of health workers and resilience at the level of a national emergency; and solutions require collaborative efforts across the health system and its stakeholders.

Michael A. Bynum