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Since 1949, Mental Health America and their partners across the country have led the observance of May as Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.

On May 4th, 2020 the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), an NRHI member, held a webinar on “Mental Health Support for Healthcare Workforce” as part of the NRHI’s Collaboratives in Action: Responding to COVID-19 webinar series. This page provides selected resources about the mental health of healthcare workers as a way to continue raising awareness about this critical issue. 

Featured Event


Feb 3, 2021
12:15-1:00pm (CST) 

Presentation by: Catherine (Kate) Butler, MD, MA, Nephrologist, Bioethicist and Acting Instructor at the University of Washington

Dr. Butler and her team have conducted a series of qualitative studies to better understand US clinicians’ experiences and perspectives on providing care, managing resource scarcity, and navigating changes in their professional roles and relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will discuss some of the implications of this work for understanding moral distress and opportunities to support clinician wellbeing.

Featured Member

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) is an independent, nonprofit health care improvement organization with member medical groups and hospitals, nonprofit health plan sponsors, and active connections with and broad representation by employers and consumers. It is comprised of approximately 50 medical group and hospital members representing 8,500 clinicians in Minnesota and surrounding areas.

They frequently partner with state health and public health agencies, professional health care associations, regional health collaboratives and others in Minnesota and across the nation.


Collaboratives In Action

Collaboratives across the country are taking swift action to support their key stakeholders responding to the community needs during COVID-19 pandemic. The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is holding a series of webinars to share key findings, promising practices, important innovations, and stories of hope from our members and other national thought leaders. To learn more about other webinars and register for upcoming webinars visit our COVID-19 page.

On May 4th, NRHI held the fourth webinar in the series, during which ICSI shared their work on mental health support for healthcare providers during COVID-19. 

  • Some of discussion topics included:
  • Stressors on the healthcare workers 
  • Tools that health systems developed to help their employees cope with the current situation
  • Health systems/providers are paying for enhanced services for their employees
  • Success stories.

Watch the recording below

Key Findings from the Mental Health Support for Healthcare Workforce Webinar

At the end of March 2020, ICSI announced an expansion of their website with dedicated space to provide mental health support for the healthcare workers during COVID-19. The introduction of the resources that Jodie Dvorkin, Associate Medical Director at ICSI, did was both “grounding,” a word Jodie used, and somber. 

"These resources have been contributed and curated by over 100 leaders in Minnesota and upper Midwest healthcare systems, mental health agencies, county and state agencies, and others. The group’s goal is to quickly organize and mobilize support for our physicians, nurses, and other staff on the frontlines of COVID-19 crisis response."

One of the resources are series of webinars where healthcare and mental health leaders share implementation strategies and practices along with a Q&A forum to share information as it happens.

Find an overview of each webinar with a link to the video recording. 

To watch all webinars on mental health support for healthcare workforce as well as other ICSI webinars, visit their YouTube channel.

Register for their webinar series with the next one on May 20th, 2020.

In addition, ICSI provides curated resources structured around 2 major themes:

  1. How Systems Can Help Their Workers, which includes focus on planning and development infrastructure, training, counseling and referrals, hotlines, and support groups 
  2. How Workers Can Get Help Themselves, which includes links to free apps, blogs, and podcasts for healthcare workers

Visit additional resources on ICSI website.

More Resources on Mental Health of Healthcare Workers

NRHI Members on Mental Health

Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) published New Analysis Shows Frequency of Mental Health-Related ED Visits (December 2019)

Oregon Health Authority names Comagine Health as behavioral health support program contractor (April 2020). This three-year contract ensures that Oregonians with severe and persistent mental illness are actively involved in directing their treatment through person-centered care planning.

MN Community Measurement released a blog Depression Care in Minnesota: We can’t let another year go by (April 2020). 

Stratis Health has “healthy selfie”social media “campaign” where their staff posts selfies with the different ways they are staying mentally healthy during COVID-19. Follow their campaign on Twitter and LinkedIn