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Health Care Worker Safety and Well-Being

Health care workers are experiencing increased mental stress due to COVID-19, from personal trauma to the loss of their patients and loved ones.

We know your time is precious. We want to make the complex simple by curating trusted information and resources to address these needs for your easy access.

Prepare and Plan

These resources help health care providers and leadership assess, plan and develop strategies to improve the safety and mental wellness of their workforce and include:

  • Best practices to assess health care safety
  • Quality improvement efforts to increase safety
  • Tools for health care systems
  • Foundation for health care worker resiliency
Prepare and Plan Resources


COVID-19 Anxiety Workshop Toolkit

University of Arkansas Pat Walker Health Center | PDF

Teaches effective coping skills to decrease and manage anxiety around COVID-19. Covers the theory of cognitive behavioral skill development and provides tools to evaluate and change thinking, identify triggers and promote self-care.


Prepare and Plan Tip Sheet

Comagine Health | PDF

Strategies and considerations for leaders in preparing to meet COVID-19 challenges. Includes organizational self-care strategies to support staff and how to assist them in planning support for their families.


COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response | PDF

Prepares health care settings to meet the challenges of a pandemic. Organized by level of adoption (not started, in progress, completed) and designed to guide organizations in performance improvement efforts to increase staff and patient safety prior to a peak in cases.


Caring for Healthcare Workers During Crisis: Creating a Resilient Organization

American Medical Association | PDF

Actions organizations can take before, during and after a crisis to reduce psychological trauma for their workforce. Taking these steps can increase the probability that the workforce will not just survive the crisis but may even thrive.


Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | PDF

Actions for organizations to take to meet staffing needs during COVID-19. Addresses planning for protection from exposure, steps to take if staffing shortages occur as a result of exposure, and criteria to help decide when infected staff may return to work.


Managing Healthcare Workers' Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | PDF

Techniques for dealing with stress through preparedness, during the coronavirus outbreak, and in the aftermath of the outbreak.


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Manage During Peak

The following resources are provided to protect, preserve and promote front-line health care workers’ physical health and safety and mental well-being in a rapidly changing environment, including:

  • Resources for physical safety (infection prevention)
  • Resources for mental health support
Manage During Peak Resources


A Guide to Understanding and Coping with Compassion Fatigue

2U, Inc. | External Website

Describes compassion fatigue, its warning signs, and self-care techniques to overcome professional burnout. Includes resources, toolkits, books, podcasts and videos help those suffering from compassion fatigue.


Managing During Peak Tip Sheet

Comagine Health | PDF

Provides resources to support a health care team’s personal safety and exemplary patient care with a daily plan, clear communication and innovative management strategies during a rapidly changing environment.


Interim NIOSH Training for Emergency Responders: Reducing Risks Associated with Long Work Hours

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | External Website

Developed for emergency workers who deploy to work at disaster sites caused by catastrophic events. Gives strategies to reduce risks from fatigue due to long shifts during the emergency response and recovery operations.


COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Resource Center for Physicians

American Medical Association | External Website

Comprehensive updates, clinical information, guides and resources on topics like advocacy and medical ethics.


Caring for our Caregivers During COVID-19

American Medical Association | External Website

Guidance for health care leadership to create and ensure an infrastructure and resources to support physicians, nurses and care team members.


COVID-19 Pandemic Response Resources

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress | External Website

Includes fact sheets and other resources to support the health and well-being of communities impacted by COVID-19.


Sustaining Yourself During the Coronavirus: Virtual Town Hall

Thrive Global, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Creative Artists Agency | Video


Sustaining Yourself During the Coronavirus: Self-Care Tip Sheet

Thrive Global, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Creative Artists Agency | PDF

Microsteps first responders can take to support and sustain themselves while confronting the COVID-19 emergency.


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Recover and Learn

Resources in this section support health care workers and leaders in building plans to recover and learn from each other to strengthen our health care workforce for future challenges, including:

  • Guidance on supporting staff dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression or burnout
  • Emergency preparedness: tools to assess your organization’s pandemic response, identify gaps that created issues, and plan for addressing these gaps for future emergencies
  • Business recovery tools and opportunities for contracting for tailored support
Recover and Learn Resources


Recover and Learn Tip Sheet

Comagine Health | PDF

Starter resources to support health care workers and leaders in building plans to recover and learn from crisis in efforts to strengthen the health care workforce for future challenges.


Caring for Healthcare Workers during Crisis: Creating a Resilient Organization

American Medical Association | PDF

Actions organizations can take before, during and after a crisis to reduce psychosocial trauma and increase the likelihood of their workforce coping or even thriving.


Resilience Resources for Emergency Responders: Employee and Family Post-Deployment

Occupational Safety and Health Administration | External Website

Resources for workers deployed for disaster response that are translatable to health care workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Traumatic Incident Stress: Information for Emergency Response Workers

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at CDC | PDF

Tips on how to watch for and manage traumatic incident stress; health care leaders may share these recommendations with employees to maintain health following the coronavirus pandemic.


Traumatic Incident Stress

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at CDC | External Website

Quick reference on symptoms of stress and recommendations for monitoring and maintaining health both on-site and at home.


SAMHSA Publications and Digital Products on Disaster Response

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration | External Website

Disaster response materials including resources for employers, supervisors and staff.


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We can support a customized plan for your team including:

  • Assessment of current state and needs
  • Creation of improvement plans
  • Implementation strategies

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