A Healthy Workforce Means A Healthy You

When workplace policies and practices support the safety and well-being of health workers, health workers can then focus on providing high-quality, personalized, and respectful care. In contrast, high workloads, administrative burdens, and poorly designed technologies divert health workers’ time away from patient care. Health workers and the communities they serve have common goals – for more interaction and equitable access to care, safety, and better outcomes. Each of us can play a role in improving health worker well-being, which in turn benefits every patient, every caregiver, every person that will require health care in their lifetime.

What is Health Workforce Well-Being Day?

In pursuit of improved health workforce well-being and patient care outcomes, the NAM Collaborative and founding partners—including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation—have established March 18 as the annual, national Health Workforce Well-Being (HWWB) Day.

HWWB Day aims to recognize the importance of protecting health workers’ well-being to sustain our health system and ensure quality patient care. HWWB Day is also a day for action—learning from one another on the progress to advance the movement to support health worker well-being, and expand evidence-informed solutions to make system-wide changes to improve health worker well-being and transform cultures.

Countdown to Health Workforce Well-Being Day

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HWWB Day Celebratory Event

Intersection of DEI with Health Worker Well-Being

 

APHA New Approaches to Investing in the Next Generation of Public Health Leaders

HRSA Workplace Change Collaborative Meeting (closed event)

The Schwartz Center Reframing Distress: Why Moral Injury Matters

HRSA Workplace Change Collaborative Meeting (closed event)

HRSA Workplace Change Collaborative Meeting (closed event)
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Health Workforce Well-Being Day

NIOSH Impact Wellbeing Guide release

Johns Hopkins University and ALL IN: WellBeing First for Healthcare From Crisis to Transformation Summit Visit each individual page to see how we’re all taking action! If you’d like to share your well-being event with the broader community, let us know about your event at ClinicianWellBeing@nas.edu 

Participate in HWWB Day

Share your stories and experiences around health worker well-being on social media, including through short videos

Show your support online using the materials provided

Encourage institutions to sign up to be Change Makers

Host a local event or activity

  • Be sure to use #HWWBDay to share how you’re recognizing the Day!

2024 Highlights 

As part of NAM’s HWWB Day celebration, we announced over 350 institutions have now signed up as NAM Change Makers, declaring their commitment to making health worker well-being a long-term value. Join the movement: nam.edu/ChangeMaker

In honor of the first annual HWWB Day, the NAM Collaborative shares a new project visually depicting health leaders’ reflections on the urgent need to prioritize health worker well-being and combat the burnout crisis in the United States. 

Hear why a healthy workforce matters more than ever from different care team members. Thank you to University of California, Irvine, for this inspiration to participate in HWWB Day!

A series of events have kicked off to recognize health workforce well-being in March, starting with the NAM Collaborative’s celebratory event on Capitol Hill, featuring the Surgeon General, members of Congress, founding partners, and public participants.

Hear why a healthy workforce matters more than ever from a student. Thank you to Rohini Kousalya Siva, MPH, MS-4 (National President, American Medical Student Association), for this inspiration to participate in HWWB Day!

The NAM Collaborative and founding partners announced March 18, 2024, as the first annual, national Health Workforce Well-Being Day.

Take Further Next Steps in the HWWB Movement

Click to learn more about your role in the national movement and access relevant tools.

Health Care and Other Institutional Leaders

Commit to establishing well-being as a long-term value

Sign up to be an NAM Change Maker and use available tools like the Impact Wellbeing™ campaign materials to integrate professional well-being into existing systems and operations. Leaders have tremendous responsibility and opportunity to initiate change alongside health workers to address issues at the root of workplace stress and burnout.

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Examples to inspire more action

For the inaugural HWWB Day, the NAM Collaborative announced that more than 350 health care institutions nationwide have signed up to join the NAM’s Change Maker Campaign, declaring their commitment to making health worker well-being a long-term value. Organizations are invited to sign up on a rolling basis. The NAM Collaborative will continue to highlight Change Makers’ important progress.

Policymakers

Prevent and reduce the unnecessary burdens that stem from laws, regulations, policies, and standards placed on health workers

Involve health worker input while making policy decisions. Burnout is at crisis levels among health workers but can be improved through changes in policies and practices in how the U.S. health care system operates.

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Examples to inspire more action

The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, a first-of-its-kind legislation supporting health workers’ mental health and well-being. Since passage in 2022, the Lorna Breen Act has funded $103 million across 44 organizations to implement evidence-informed strategies that reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders.

Health Workers

Catalyze your institutions to accelerate their well-being efforts

Approach leadership at your organization about becoming an NAM Change Maker. As health workers, you inspire your institution to prioritize well-being as a long-term value of the health system.

Tools

Examples to inspire more action

Many NAM Change Maker Accelerators are operationalizing health worker and learner well-being in their strategic plans and core values whether they are a health system, professional association, or accreditation body. Examples include active recruitment of a Chief Wellness Officer, providing infrastructure to support leaders in championing well-being internally, and collecting employee pledges toward embracing well-being as a shared value within their organization. Learn more >>

Patients, Families, and Communities

Foster partnerships, trust, and mutual respect together with your health providers

Contribute to an environment that supports shared well-being. Health workers and the communities they serve have common goals: more time for visits, timely and equitable access to care, safety, and better outcomes. We are all in this together.

Tools

Examples to inspire more action

NAM Change Maker Accelerators showcase local initiatives that are creatively increasing connections between health workers and the communities they serve. OhioHealth’s Honor Walk for patients on their way to donate their organs and the ACGME-supported Back to Bedside Trading Card Program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (meant to introduce fun facts about health care workers to young patients) demonstrate different ways—big and small—to foster trust between health workers and their patients while bringing more joy to work. Learn more >>

Background

The national HWWB Day is March 18, the anniversary of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act being signed into law. The act aims to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health professionals.

In 2022, the NAM Collaborative published the National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being, calling for collective action to strengthen the health workforce’s well-being and restore the health of the nation. The HWWB Day will further the priorities of the National Plan and provide an annual opportunity for collective action.

Health workforce well-being is essential to ensuring health professionals are able to provide high-quality, personalized, and respectful patient care. Health workers have been increasingly strained by their work environments, and as the pressures put on our health workers increase, anxiety, depression, burnout, and overall dissatisfaction have skyrocketed. Health worker well-being is one of the greatest threats to our health care system: it’s estimated that burnout costs the U.S. health care system at least $4.6 billion annually, and in 2023, nearly half of health workers reported often feeling burned out, up from a third in 2018. A healthy workforce means healthy patients and communities.

Brought to You by

Planning Committee

Carol Bernstein, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
Tim Brigham, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Neil Busis, NYU Langone Health
Bob Cain, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
Al Carter, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Kevin Cockroft, Penn State Health
Sarah Delgado, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Jeane Garcia-Davis, Office of the Surgeon General
Thomas Granatir, American Board of Medical Specialties
Art Hengerer, Federation of State Medical Boards
Eve Hoover, Orion Behavioral Health
Anna Legreid Dopp, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Bern Melnyk, Ohio State University
Edith Mitchell, National Medical Association
Julie Sees, American Osteopathic Association
Tina Shah, Abridge
Michelle Williams, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


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