Hashtag #FirstRespondersFirst is an initiative of the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Thrive Global and the CAA Foundation, which has raised over $ 10 million to support health professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation today launched the next phase of ALL IN: WellBeing First for Healthcare, debuts a new one interactive online practice community. That ALL IN website will serve as a center for mental health and resilience resources, providing tools for implementation and a platform to share and engage with other perspectives and comments from frontline health professionals, institutional leaders, and the general public.
In addition, the organizations have launched the ALL IN Foundation with an initial donation of $ 1,000,000, which aims to provide financial resources to implement health care professionals’ wellness solutions and / or further scale promising existing practices.
As we enter year two of this global pandemic, our efforts and donations are part of our steadfast commitment to ensuring that the well-being of first aid staff and medical professionals remains intact, as well as our commitment to use our resources to help to drive meaningful change for these communities, ”said CAA Foundation Executive Deborah Marcus. “We invite you all to join us on this journey.”
Grants from All IN Fund will support organizations that are in line with the coalition’s key focus areas, leading projects that change operational processes to alleviate the known causes of burnout, programs that complement existing employee assistance programs to expand engagement with wellness and mental health. support and initiatives to support the well-being of healthcare professionals.
Along with funding, beneficiaries will also receive exclusive access to toolkits, resources, webinars, and peer-to-peer support networks, along with reinforcement options. The fund is by invitation only and will be administered by #FirstRespondersFirst, a foundation of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charity, and Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation. Initial investment in the fund will be provided by #FirstRespondersFirst, Johnson & Johnson Foundation and Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation.
“Healthcare professionals are experiencing unprecedented rates of burnout, trauma and isolation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – the most serious global mass trauma event since World War II. We are just beginning to understand the full impact of these traumatic events, but it is no exaggeration to say frontline employees are on the brink of a secondary health crisis – one that can last for generations, ”said Michelle Williams, dean of the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
Partners include leading health organizations such as The American Association of Nursing Colleges, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Foundation, Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine, Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation, Medicine Forward , National Black Nurses Association, Philippine Nurses Association of America and Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. The organizations represent close to 300,000 frontline workers across the country.