You're busy taking care of others, be sure to make time for care for yourself.
University of Utah Health Resiliency Center: In addition to resources for U of U employees, the Resiliency Center has also created several helpful videos for all healthcare workers on their Accelerate page.
Emotional Health Relief Hotline
Intermountain Healthcare has launched the Emotional Health Relief Hotline for Utah health professionals and community members. The hotline is a free resource for those seeking emotional health guidance during these uncertain times. Callers are connected with a trained caregiver who can provide appropriate self-care tools, peer supports, treatment options, crisis resources, and more. The hotline has been developed in close collaboration with state partners, including the Department of Human Services and the University of Utah Health’s UNI Crisis Line. It’s available 7 days a week, from 10 am to 10 pm. The phone number is 1-833-442-2211
Dr. Jay's Peaceful Abiding: Meditation and mindfulness for healthcare providers, Buddhists, or beginning meditators. Dr. Jay Moreland, a Utah-based family physician and member of UAFP, has been a practicing Buddhist for more than 25 years in the Dzogchen Vajrayana tradition but he teaches in a secular style intended for those of all beliefs and backgrounds. His goal is to help you be happier and more peaceful. His podcasts are available in English and Spanish.
AAFP & OTHER STATE AFP CHAPTER RESOURCES
Physician Health First: An American Academy of Family Physicians’ interactive web portal with a wealth of well-being resources for Academy members.
Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition Continuing Medical Education (CME) Webinars: A series of six videos focused on addressing physician burnout. Each video is approved for CME credit.
Wellness Wednesdays Archive: A compilation of 45-minute videos from our partners at the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians with topics ranging from mindfulness, meditation, and gratitude to emotional energy through physician exercise and tools for overcoming burnout.
Professional Wellness page: Articles, videos, and other wellness resources from our partners at the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.
OTHER STATE AND NATIONAL RESOURCES
Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality - Several resources, videos, and readings on burnout and resiliency. Additionally, you can participate in the Three Good Things Study utilizing WISER resilience tools. WISER is a set of positive psychology tools which engage participants to briefly reflect on the science of resilience, relationships, strengths, gratitude and awe.
Headspace: An app that teaches you how to meditate. Headspace is offering free access to Headspace Plus for all US. healthcare professionals working in public health settings during the crisis.
Ten Percent Happier: Another mindfulness and mediation app. The site also has a free sanity guide and is offering free access to the app for healthcare professionals.
The Awake Network: Free Online meditation resources for times of social distancing/COVID-19.
Mental Health First Aid: Articles available that are specific to COVID-19 and mental health; relevant for any reader – physician, family, patient, or friend.
Inner Engineering Online: A free (just enter $0 in the payment section) program to help support the well-being of healthcare providers to improve physical health, enhance mental stability, and promote spiritual well-being.
Physician Support Line (PLS): This free and confidential hotline was launched on March 30 by Mona Masood, DO, a Philadelphia-area psychiatrist and moderator of a Facebook forum called the COVID-19 Physicians Group. The PLS is run by more than 600 volunteer psychiatrists who take calls from US physicians 7 days a week from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM (Mtn), with no appointment necessary. The number is 1 (888)-409-0141.
For the Frontlines: This 24/7 help line provides free crisis counseling for frontline workers. They can text FRONTLINE to 741741 in the United States.
Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience: Created by the National Academy of Medicine in 2017, the Action Collaborative comprises more than 60 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. In response to the pandemic, the group has compiled a list of strategies and resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians who are providing healthcare during the COVID-19 outbreak.
American Medical Association (AMA): The AMA has created a resource center dedicated to providing care for caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website includes specific guidance for managing mental health during the pandemic.
American College of Physicians (ACP): The professional society of internal medicine physicians has created a comprehensive guide for physicians specific to COVID-19, with a section dedicated to clinician well-being that includes information about hotlines, counseling services, grief support, and more.
American Hospital Association (AHA): The AHA's website now includes regularly updated resources for healthcare clinicians and staff, as well as a special section dedicated to protecting and enabling healthcare workers in the midst of the pandemic.
Presented by Mark Greenawald, MD - Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Community Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTC) and UAFP Board President Kyle Bradford Jones, MD, FAAFP – Associate Professor (Clinical) in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Upon completion of this session:
Physicians should be able to apply skills learned in order to alleviate the stress and cope with the trauma experienced while providing care to patients in the time of a global pandemic.
Learners will be able to develop strategies that encourage peer-to-peer support within practice that can benefit well being during a crisis.
Physicians should be able to develop an actionable strategy to help them cope with stress and anxiety that aligns with their practice style, values, and availability.
Approved for 1.00 AAFP Prescribed credits.
Quotes from the Edge of Nowhere – The Art of Noticing Unnoticed Life Wisdoms: Excerpts from this book written by AAFP President Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP
DISCOUNTS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES -
(original CNN article can be found here)
Lots of companies are already helping to support coronavirus relief efforts, offering millions in donations or using their resources to make supplies like masks and hand sanitizer. But many brands are now also giving thanks directly to the people putting themselves on the line to fight the pandemic, with special discounts for essential workers.
That means that if you're a medical professional or first responder, you can find savings on a variety of products that might make life a little easier right now. Most discounts can be found on shoes and athletic apparel, which makes sense given that many of these workers are on their feet all day and require comfortable, supportive clothing. But there are also deals on everything from mattresses to doughnuts, with brands like Purple and Krispy Kreme offering up their own forms of fuel to help essential workers take on each day on the front lines.
Most discounts extend to all hospital staff and first responders (including police, firefighters and EMTs). Teachers are eligible for plenty of deals as well, as are some retirees. If you've been involved at all in helping curb the pandemic, it's definitely worth looking into the deals below to see if you qualify for special savings.
Do note that these discounts all require proof of eligibility, either through emailed documentation or verification via a service like ID.me or SheerID. Instructions are included on all the discount pages linked below.
Shoes and apparel
Adidas: Medical professionals, first responders and members of the military all get 40% off their purchases. Professional verification is required via ID.me.
Allbirds: The popular shoe company has a few ways to get a discount. First, you can bundle your own shoe purchase with a pair to be sent to a health care professional. Prices range from $146 to $186 for both women's and men's shoe bundles. If you don't want any shoes for yourself, you can donate a pair directly to a health care worker for $60. Finally, health care workers themselves can purchase final-sale pairs from a special collection at a discounted price.
Asics: Medical professionals and first responders get 60% off any full-priced product. You must first create an Asics account using your professional email.
Crocs: Ultracomfortable Crocs have long been the shoe of choice for many health care workers, who can now sign up to get a free pair (complete with free shipping). Pairs have been running out due to high demand, so check back at noon ET each day to try to snag a spot in line.
Dagne Dover: Health care workers, teachers and members of the military all get 20% off Dagne Dover's collection of chic, high-quality bags, backpacks and wallets.
Danform Shoes: Health care workers can use the code SUPERHERO20 for 20% off online footwear purchases.
Enell: The sports bra company is offering health care workers, first responders and teachers a single-use, 50%-off coupon valid through May 30.
Nike: First responders and medical professionals (including technicians and researchers) get 20% off most items on Nike's website. The discount can be used up to four times per month, and Nike uses SheerID to verify employment status.
The North Face: The outdoor outfitter is offering a range of health care workers 50% off nonsale items, both online and in retail stores (once they reopen, that is) now through December 31. You must register with SheerID to confirm your eligibility.
Reebok: First responders, teachers, nurses and military all get 50% off their purchases, with no item exceptions. You must verify your status with ID.me.
Under Armour: First responders, health care professionals and educators get 40% off all purchases after verifying your employment with ID.me. A broad range of workers is included, so check out the full details here.
Vineyard Vines: Medical workers get 15% off their orders. A professional ID is required, and it will take one to two hours to be approved and receive your discount code.
Health and wellness
Care.com: Frontline workers get a month of free premium access to the company's services, which include care for kids, aging parents and pets.
Down Dog: All of Down Dog's wellness, yoga and fitness apps are actually free for everyone through May 1, but the offer is extended an extra two months, through July 1, for health care professionals, teachers and students.
Headspace: The mindfulness and meditation app is offering free subscriptions for all health care professionals working in public health settings. The subscription is good for all of 2020, and you'll need your National Provider Identifier or another form of professional verification to sign up.
Sittercity: All those working on the front lines of the crisis are eligible for three free months of Sittercity Premium, which connects families with trusted child care.
Talkspace: Doctors, nurses and social workers who have been impacted by covid-19 get free access to the therapy app's unlimited messaging plan.
Theragun: Theragun sells high-end percussive therapy devices — essentially intense vibrating massagers meant to help with muscle recovery. The company has already donated more than 300 devices to hospitals, and all health care workers can request $250 off a device of their own while supplies last. More info on how to reach out here.
Owala: Water bottle company Owala is helping first responders, government workers and medical professionals stay hydrated with 50% off their orders. Verification is done via VerifyPass, and retirees in the aforementioned fields are eligible as well.
Yeti: Another popular option for a water bottle or insulated cooler, Yeti is offering 30% off to all first responders verified through ID.me.
Travel and transportation services
AAA: Free roadside assistance is available for medical workers and first responders, though details may vary by state.
Airbnb: The company is waiving all fees for the first 100,000 stays in its new Frontline stays program. Individuals must first submit professional information to Airbnb to confirm their eligibility, after which they can book directly with hosts.
BP and Amoco: First responders, doctors, nurses and other hospital workers all get a one-time, 50-cent-per-gallon discount at BP and Amoco stations. Be sure to verify your eligibility with ID.me before fueling up.
Choice Hotels: Essential health care workers, first responders, transit employees and more can receive discounted room rates at participating hotels.
GM: GM has extended its preexisting first responder discount to include health care professionals through June 30. Chevy, Buick, Cadillac and GMC are all participating GM brands.
Honda: Through July 6, first responders and health care professionals get $500 toward Honda models from 2019 or later. To get the deal, you'll need to finance or lease with Honda Financial Services.
Wyndham Hotels: All essential workers — including health care workers, delivery drivers, grocery clerks and more — get a free instant membership upgrade to Gold status.
Food and drink
Tropical Smoothie Cafe (locations throughout Utah): Free smoothies for physicians, just show them your badge.
Home Chef: The meal kit delivery service is offering 50% off your first purchase for medical personnel, first responders, military and teachers. The maximum discount is $60 per sale, and subsequent orders will be discounted by 10%. Verification is completed using ID.me.
BlanQuil: Health care workers, military personnel and first responders can all snag 50% off BlanQuil's popular weighted blankets (or anything else on the website).
Lovesac: First responders, health care workers, teachers and military get 40% off all Sacs and Sactionals through May. Lovesac uses Sheer.ID to verify eligibility.
Leesa: First responders, educators, students and members of the military get 15% off their entire orders.
Purple: With 10% off any order of full-priced merchandise, Purple offers yet another opportunity for health care professionals to potentially save hundreds on a new mattress.
Tuft & Needle: Another popular mattress option, Tuft and Needle is offering a 15% discount to health care workers, first responders and veterans.
Tech and wireless services
AT&T: First responders and medical professionals can get three months of free wireless service on the new FirstNet Mobile Responder plan.
Tech21: Health care workers simply need to reach out with their professional ID to Tech21 via email to get 60% off antimicrobial phone cases.
Verizon Wireless: Verizon recently expanded its Those Who Serve discount to include nurses and teachers, in addition to first responders and military. Unlimited plans start at $30 per month.