Sustaining Workforce Well-being: A Model for Supporting System Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Glob Adv Health Med. 2021 Feb 24:10:2164956121991816. doi: 10.1177/2164956121991816. eCollection 2021.


Professional well-being in health care is critical to the success of academic medical centers inpatient care, educating trainees, serving communities, and pursuing research missions. The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by SARS-COV-2, has stretched health care teams and individuals in unique ways, leading to high levels of persistent stress with concern for longer term mental health implications. The pandemic is a catalyst to grow and strengthen support for those who work in health professions. Using one academic health center as a model, this paper reviews how professional well-being can be approached comprehensively at a system level while considering the needs of diverse employees during a time of increased need. This ramping up of services has the opportunity to build community and support a trajectory of post traumatic growth.

Keywords: COVID-19; mental health; occupational trauma; professional well-being.