Explore the latest research, news, and developments in the world of wellness in this installment of the Well-Being Weekly. Get caught up on this week's biggest stories surrounding mental health and well-being in the healthcare industry, provided by Well-Being Index experts Patrick McNally and Sunny Prabhakar.
Permanente CEO: Clinicians Need 'Psychological Safety'
In a recent WebMD interview, CEO and Executive Director of the Parmanente Medical Group Richard Isaacs, MD discussed the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the 'pandemic of fear,' health disparities in medicine, and how Kaiser Parmanente is supporting provider well-being and mental health.
"We focus on morale, physician wellness, and physician safety. Since I became the president and CEO it has been a priority as much as quality and safety of our patients," said Isaacs. Learn more about the measures Permanente Medical Group is taking to support clinicians and the infrastructure they've established to help their physicians.
UAB launches UAB CARES Suicide Prevention Initiative
Along with utilizing the Well-Being Index to measure and improve well-being, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has implemented a new suicide prevention initiative to help those in need at their organization. "The mission of UAB Cares is to support and assist the entire UAB community — no matter who they are — in finding the help they need and ensuring they know they are important and matter."
According to the article published in UAB News, the initiative consists of "resources for suicide education, prevention, intervention, response, follow-up and post-vention." Learn more about how UAB is prioritizing the mental health of students and employees in the article linked above.
Well-Being Index Partners with NAM to Support Clinician Well-Being
The Well-Being Index has joined a network of over 100 organizations to support the National Academy of Medicine's initiative on clinician well-being. The Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience was launched by the National Academy of Medicine "to improve baseline understanding of challenges to clinician well-being, raise visibility of clinician stress and burnout, and elevate evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions."
As one of the initiative's many stakeholders, the Well-Being Index will now provide input on activities of the Collaborative, partner with the National Academy of Medicine to build new efforts around clinician well-being, and share resources to support the Collaborative's goals and objectives. Learn more about the partnership and read the Well-Being Index's Commitment Statement on Clinician Well-Being by visiting our recent blog article.
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