3 healthcare organizations get nearly $8 million to fight burnout

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, physicians and other frontline healthcare professionals must deal with burnout in the profession more than ever.

As the AMA remains steadfastly committed to tackling physician burnout, the federal government recently announced grants that will boost efforts to reduce job distress and improve job satisfaction.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is giving 45 healthcare organizations $103 million over the next three years to reduce burnout and promote mental health in the workforce.

It is an important part of a multi-pronged, collaborative strategy needed across the US healthcare system to help organizations foster a culture of wellness among physicians and other healthcare professionals. The HRSA Awards, in addition to helping to establish a culture of wellness, are intended to support educational efforts that build the resilience of individuals entering health care careers.

Three organizations with which the AMA has worked closely to improve physician well-being are among the grant recipients. These organizations are expected to receive nearly $8 million over the next three years.

New York-based Icahn School of Medicine will receive $2.1 million for a health and public safety workforce resilience training program that supports the development of evidence-based, tailored training within the community. health profession. The program aims to help reduce burnout and promote resilience in medical students, residents and other healthcare professionals according to the HRSA.

Jonathan Ripp, MD, director of wellness at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is co-chair of the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM), an expert panel on physician burnout from centers and from leading medical organizations, including the AMA. CHARM created the Physician Wellness Charter, a way for healthcare systems, organizations and individual physicians to commit to addressing burnout.

Joining the CHARM Charter is also a criteria milestone for the AMA Joy in Medicine™ healthcare system recognition program, which provides a roadmap for healthcare system leaders to implement programs and policies that support physician well-being.

Additionally, at the start of the pandemic, Mount Sinai enhanced existing resources and created new ones to provide ongoing support for things such as food and supportive advice for those on the front lines of COVID-19. .

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Through HRSA, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore will receive nearly $2.8 million in grants over three years to help promote resilience and mental health among healthcare professionals there. The grant will help improve or expand evidence-based programs and practices to promote mental health and wellbeing among healthcare workers, including their employees, according to HRSA.

Prior to the pandemic, Johns Hopkins identified the need for more wellness programs and followed the nine organizational strategies to reduce burnout outlined in an AMA STEPS Forward™ toolkit, “Creating the Organizational Foundation for Joy in medicine”.

Johns Hopkins also helped physicians deal with moral distress during COVID-19, as physicians were sometimes forced to ration limited resources or postpone preventive care.

Learn more about Johns Hopkins Moral Resilience Cycles by exploring the AMA STEPS Forward success story, “Virtual Gatherings Build Moral Resilience During Crisis.”

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As part of the HRSA grants, the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans will receive $2.9 million over the next three years to promote resilience and mental health among healthcare professionals.

When the pandemic hit, Ochsner, a member of the AMA Health System program, quickly shifted focus to meet the changing needs of physicians and other healthcare professionals. But Ochsner’s vision for a wellness director predated the pandemic. In 2017, Nigel Girgrah, MD, PhD, hepatologist transplantologist and medical director of the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute, led a wellness task force. He is now Director of Wellness for Ochsner Health.

With this grant, Dr. Girgrah and his team are committed to helping physicians and other healthcare professionals stay engaged, rediscover joy, and find harmony by implementing training and strategies ahead of what they had originally planned.

WADA also worked with other organizations receiving grants. Over three years, the University of Kansas City in Missouri will receive nearly $1.6 million, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond will receive nearly $1.5 million, and the American Academy of Family Physicians will receive 2. $2 million.

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