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Ensuring Frontline Essential Health Worker Safety and Support

October 21, 2020

Sponsored by the California Future Health Workforce Commission

Frontline health workers have been the heroes of caring for those affected by COVID-19. Whether in the ICU, emergency department, ambulance, or providing in-home or community-based services, essential health care workers are critical to the delivery of patient care and life-saving services. Since a state of emergency was declared under COVID-19, a variety of issues have arisen, relating to the supply and distribution of personal protective equipment, the need for child care for people working long-shifts, the right to be kept informed about potential and actual risks, the need for emotional and mental support, and concerns over job loss. Given the anticipated long-term duration of the pandemic, are we prepared to continue to protect these workers and prevent burnout and compassion fatigue in the event of resurgence? Panelists will discuss remedies that have been undertaken, as well as identify where there may still be gaps and how we can address them going forward.

Opening Remarks:

  • Judy Belk, CEO, President and CEO, The California Wellness Foundation


  • Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, President and CEO, HealthBegins

Panel Members:

  • Dave Duncan, MD, Director, California Emergency Medical Services Authority
  • Connie M. Leyva, Senator, California State Legislature
  • Stephen Parodi, MD, Executive Vice President External Affairs, Communications, and Brand, The Permanente Foundation and Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group
  • Brandi Wolf, Policy Director, SEIU

QUESTIONS: Contact Ha N. Tank at the Center for Collaborative Planning at 916-498-6960 or [email protected].

Register here.

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