Staff Safety and Wellness During COVID-19 Resources

The circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have created a great deal of stress and health risk. The safety and wellbeing of staff is always a top priority. Follow the links below for:

SAFETY AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

3M
How to Identify Fraudulent PPE
This webpage describes how 3M is committed to help combat fraudulent activity in connection with 3M products and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Scroll down to “Counterfeit Alerts” for fact sheets that help you identify fraudulent surgical respirators.

Advent Health University
A Comprehensive Guide to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
This guide includes summaries and important links regarding the use of PPE in healthcare during COVID-19.

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
PPE Dos and Don’ts
Flyers that outline key points on how to use PPE in non-surgical settings.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Counterfeit Respirators/Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval
List with pictures of counterfeit respirators and entities misrepresenting NIOSH approval on the market.

COVID-19 Update: Optimization Strategies for Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Recorded webinar that provides a COVID-19 update and discusses strategies for healthcare facilities to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies such as eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks, and N95 respirators.

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
Recommended infection prevention and control (IPC) practices for routine healthcare delivery during the pandemic and caring for a patient with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Guidance for the Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Healthcare Settings
Slides from a webinar including information on the selection and use of PPE in healthcare settings.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator
App and spreadsheets designed to help healthcare facilities plan and optimize the use of PPE for response to COVID-19.

Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators: Crisis/Alternate Strategies
Crisis capacity or alternate strategies to accompany and build on conventional and contingency capacity strategies.

Community Health Network (CHN)
Homemade Face Mask Instructions 
Approved instructions for masks with elastic and non-elastic ear loops.

Healthcare Finance
Keeping Frontline Healthcare Workers Physcially and Psychologically Safe is Paramount During COVID
Article discusses why that administrative teams need to ensure that equipment and processes are in place that can reduce the risk of transmission.

The Hub: Patient Safety Learning
RLDatix: The Person Behind the Mask (Sept. 2020)
A mini docuseries featuring health workers who are serving and caring for others during the pandemic and the inextricable link between healthcare worker safety and patient safety.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Recommendations for PPE Conservation: Restrict, Reduce, Re-Use
Common approaches that many systems are currently taking in conserving PPE.

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
TheCHCstore.com: PPE Items
Store currently has a limited supply of PPE. Presently highlighting two different options for face masks but expect to have varying levels of availability and pricing. To order masks, contact NACHC account manager Adam Biats.

OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard: Clinical, Operational, and Compliance Impact for Health Centers
NACHC webinar that provides insight on finding the appropriate balance between regulatory requirements and workforce capacity. The webinar highlights existing COVID-19 resources in the Health Center Resource Clearinghouse and new health center compliance checklist.

Premier
Glove Conservation COVID-19
One page document summarizing CDC’s glove conservation strategies.

RegisteredNursing.org
How to Reuse PPE
Standards for most PPE, broken down into bite-sized pieces, but still based on the CDC and OSHA standards.

Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), HHS, ASPR
PPE Preservation Tool Kit
This toolkit is designed to aid any organization to plan and implement preservation of PPE strategies.

Maintaining Healthcare Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic: ASPR TRACIE Speaker Series
A series of presentations featuring healthcare professionals sharing their operational experiences of prioritizing healthcare safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Personal Protective Equipment and Preservation Best Practices
Fact sheet summarizing best practices sustain personal protective equipment (PPE) while ensuring the protection of healthcare personnel (HCP) and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic response.

PPE Preservation Planning Tool Guide
An instructional guide, to be used with the PPE Preservation Planning Toolkit embedded in the document. The toolkit will guide your facility in PPE preservation and PPE supply planning steps to enhance supply in the event of a surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standards
These standards released June 10, 2021 outline how healthcare employers (including CHCs) must protect staff from COVID-19.

Healthcare Workers and Employers
This section provides guidance for healthcare workers and employers. This guidance supplements the general interim guidance for workers and employers of workers at increased risk of occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.

Resources to assist CHCs in complying with OSHA standards for protecting workers from COVID
Resources to assist CHCs in complying with OSHA standards for protecting workers from COVID.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Medical Glove Conservation Strategies: Letter to Health Care Providers
The conservation strategies described are intended to augment CDC guidance.

Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies – Letter to Healthcare Providers
Conservation strategies for use by healthcare organizations and personnel categorized for a range of needs and supply levels and intended to assist healthcare organizations as they determine operating procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak.

World Health Association (WHO)
Keep Health Workers Safe to Keep Patients Safe
5 steps to improve healthcare worker and patient safety.

 

WELLNESS

For more information, visit CHAMPS’ Resiliency Resources webpage.

American Medical Association (AMA)
Caring For Our Caregivers During COVID-19
Lists that provide practical strategies for health system leadership to consider in support of their physicians and care teams during COVID-19.

Behavioral Health Bridge
COVID-19 and Mental Health for Healthcare Providers
This learning module for healthcare providers discusses adaptive ways healthcare providers might cope with their stress reactions, provide an overview of psychological and psychiatric difficulties, and provide an overview of simple pragmatic approaches that can be used to enhance mental health and well-being.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Emergency Responders: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself
Resources and tips for emergency responders to cope with stress.

Manage Stress & Anxiety During COVID-19
Information on stress and coping during COVID-19 including reducing stress in self and others, information for parents, information for responders, and more.

Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS)

Resiliency Resources
Webpage with resources to help health centers and Primary Care Associations, as well as individuals employed in these organizations, practice strength, compassion, and mindfulness as they build resiliency skills.

Working on Wellness On-Demand Learning Modules
Developed in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, these pre-recorded learning modules address a variety of resiliency and wellness topics specific to the needs of health center staff.

Community Health Centers, Inc.
Dr. Jay’s Peaceful Abiding
Meditation and mindfulness for healthcare providers in English and Spanish.

Fingerprint for Success
9 Mindfulness Exercises to Help You Manage COVID Stress
The webpage contains some mindfulness exercises to help you deal with COVID-19 stress.

Health Outreach Partners (HOP)
Self-Care: Taking Care of Ourselves So We Can Take Care of Others
Resource with self-care practices, its benefits, and strategies to build a culture of self-care that supports staff health and well-being and helps health centers recruit, motivate, support, and retain staff.

Health Story Collaborative
Coping with COVID-19
To support us all in caring for ourselves, our families, our loved ones, and our communities, Health Story Collaborative has put together a list of resources that will be updated regularly.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
A Tool to Promote Psychological Safety During and After COVID-19
Discusses utilization of QI tools that link psychological safety/empathy to maximal clinical/operational benefit to help determine where best to put effort and scarce resources.

Does Joy in Work Matter During a Pandemic?
Opinion piece on the importance of joy in work during a pandemic and how to foster it in the health care workforce during this challenging time.

Tips for Improving Staff Wellbeing During COVID-19
Suggestions for how to prioritize staff wellbeing and joy in work now.

What to Do and Say to Support Psychological Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tips for leaders at all levels who want staff to feel they can speak up, make suggestions, and point out problems without fear of reprisals.

Why Is “Psychological PPE” Important For the Healthcare Workforce?
Recommended evidence-based “psychological PPE” — individual and system-level actions to safeguard and support the mental health and well-being of the health care workforce.

Mental Health First Aid USA
Word of the Year: “Resilience”- and Five Tips to Help you Maintain it in 2021
This article discusses the word “resilience” and tips to help you get started or maintain your resilience in 2021.

Minnesota Department of Health
COVID-19 and Healthcare Responder Stress
Information on healthcare responder stress, the stress cycle, stress reactions, and tips for personal stress management.

National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Resources offer information on how to support the health and well-being of clinicians during public health emergencies, including the COVID-19 response.

Stigma Compounds the Consequences of Clinician Burnout During COVID-19: A Call to Action to Break the Culture
Commentary that makes an impassioned call to break the culture of silence that surrounds mental health support and assistance for clinicians.

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Resource Packet: COVID-19 FQHC Employment Issues/Human Resource Guidance
Packet contains guidance on emerging and immediate human resource/employment questions relevant to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) across the country.

National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC)
Organizational Strategies for Supporting the Mental Health & Wellness of Providers and Staff
Recorded hour-long webinar on supporting staff and provider wellness.

Building Resilience for Front Line Providers: What Does “Self-Care” Really Look Like?
Recorded hour-long webinar with self-care strategies for providers.

Nursing License Map
2020 Mental Health Resources List
A comprehensive list of resources and tools — chosen from colleges and other organizations — for anyone hoping to improve their mental health.

Patient Safety Network (PS Net)
Commentary: Attending to Emotional Well-Being of the Healthcare Workforce…
This commentary discusses one health system in New York City and its experiences identifying and supporting the emotional needs of its workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poverty Policy Podcast
Episode 9 – Resilience
Discussion on self-care from front-line workers.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
How to Maintain Cybersecurity for Your Remote Workers
Information on securing the technology organizations’ remote workforces are using.

Promoting Workplace Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19
Strategies designed to support organizational mental wellness efforts.

Student Training and Education in Public Service
Mental Health & Wellness Guide for Public Service Professionals
Health care worker specific information and general information for public servants.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
24/7 Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
Preventing and Managing Stress: Tips for Disaster Responders
Fact sheet which provides tips to help disaster response workers prevent and manage stress while on assignment. It includes strategies to help responders prepare for their assignments, take stress-reducing precautions, and manage stress in the recovery phase.

Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), HHS, ASPR
COVID-19 and Healthcare Professional Stress and Resilience- Speaker Series
A four session speaker series focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic can affect healthcare professional stress and resilience. Topics in this series include acute and chronic stressors, identifying at-risk employees, and fostering resilience.

Ten Percent Happier
Free Guided Meditations
The site is sharing meditations specifically designed to help you deal with coronavirus-related stress and anxiety – and mixing in some old favorites that should also help.

Thrive Global
First Responders First
Resources including for first responders to manage and recharge under stress.

Well Being
Resources focused on well-being for first responders.

Understand, Service, and Innovate (USI)
Checklist – Business Pandemic: Influenza Planning
Checklist on what employers should do to protect employees’ health and safety.