ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – The LECOM Health system has been awarded a Health Resources & Services Administration workforce resiliency grant in the amount of $2,280,666.
This grant was created to combat the current burnout epidemic among the healthcare workforce.
LECOM will develop a strategic wellness and resiliency plan that will be culturally embedded with aligned systems, processes, policies and rewards that can serve as a model for other professional healthcare organizations.
LECOM hopes to accomplish the following goals with the help of this funding:
- Assess and advance protocols to reduce and address burnout, suicide, mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
- Promote resiliency among healthcare workers, residents and students, paying special attention to those responding to the disproportionate needs of rural and underserved communities.
- Deploy initiatives, resources, policies and procedures for staff, leadership and organizations.
- Develop, enhance, and expand the mental health and wellness curriculum to effectively manage stressors, reduce barriers to mental health support, and raise resilience of the current and future health professional workforce.
- Evaluate, sustain and disseminate resources and tools to strengthen the wellness and resilience of the community of healthcare professionals and public safety workers.
“The global pandemic has submerged healthcare workers in a cyclical, high-volume pressure cooker for the past few years,” said Danielle M. Hansen, D.O., chief of staff for Millcreek Community Hospital, medical director for Medical Associates of Erie and clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at LECOM. “We’re committed to leveraging evidence-supported activities and interventions to prevent stress and establish a healthier baseline for current and future healthcare professionals. We are grateful for our competent and committed staff. We must find ways to protect and support them to withstand the challenging demands of healthcare.”
Metrics will be monitored, and rapid cycle quality improvement principles will be applied to ensure the program and interventions are achieving LECOM’s goals.