Integrating worker wellness into Public Health Organizations: Good food, healthy drinks, and stress-reducing environments in the work place.
Wednesday, July 29th | 12:00 - 1:00 PM (Eastern)
Stacey Plichta, PhD
FREE - NYSPHA members
$10 - non-members
Continuing Education Credits:
1 CHES credit available
1 CPH credit available
Space is limited, registration is required.
Professionals who work with vulnerable populations (e.g. public health workers, social workers, nurses, adult protective services workers) are routinely exposed to a variety of physical and emotional health hazards - and those who support them in 'back-office' work are affected as well. Research from my own work and that of others shows that these exposures can lead to chronic stress, burn-out, secondary trauma, poorer physical health, depression/anxiety, absenteeism and job turnover. However, research also shows that organizations take action to mitigate the effects of these hazards through supportive supervision, team-building and taking actions to create a wellness oriented organization. While there are professional companies who will consult with organizations and provide such programs, they are usually out of the price range of public organizations. The purpose of this presentation is to help leaders and managers at public health organizations develop their own wellness plan for their organization and their employees. This presentation should promote attendance because it directly addresses a concern that public health organizations are facing and it offers a way to develop a strategic plan to address that concern.
By participating in this webinar you will be able to:
1. Describe the stressors faced by public health workers and explain how those stressors lead to poorer health and decreased job performance.
2. identify several actions a public health organization can take to create a healthier environment that helps workers engage in wellness activities and self-care
3. plan a specific wellness activity or intervention at their worksite
4. develop an organizational strategic plan for worker wellness
Dr. Stacey B. Plichta is a full Professor of Health, Policy and Management at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She came into public health over 25 years ago as an advocate for battered women and children. Her work now focuses on the occupational health and well-being of front-line responders to vulnerable populations. She also studies ways in which organizations can become 'wellness organizations' and support their workers. Dr. Plichta has designed and conducted wellness workshops for many frontline responders, including Adult Protective Services workers, public health professionals and supervisor groups. She has presented well over 100 papers at conferences, published over 60 articles/book chapters and is the primary author of two research methods books. Her doctoral degree is from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University and she has certifications in public health (CPH) and applied integrative medicine (IHELP/University of Arizona).
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