Real-Time Support for COVID-19 Healthcare Workers
While most of the U.S. is social distancing and staying home, healthcare workers are manning hospitals and clinics overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. These heroes are working long hours in highly contagious environments, and are expected to make life-saving decisions while deprioritizing their own health. These conditions place an enormous amount of stress on the mental health of COVID-19 healthcare workers.
We have the opportunity to protect the mental health of these healthcare heroes, ensuring that they get the care that they deserve and are in the position to effectively care for the COVID-19 patients that rely on their sound judgment.
Through this fundraiser, our goal is to raise the $100,000 as part of a larger ongoing campaign aimed at nationwide expansion, to launch an innovative health assessment system that leading U.S. mental health experts are collaborating on with the pro bono technical support of a leading global tech company.
Heroes Health is a smartphone-based data-driven health assessment system to support COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers. A brief health assessment will review key domains relevant to COVID healthcare workers (e.g. sleep, stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, ability to fulfill work responsibilities, and work characteristics like shift lengths, team roles, and overall work settings. Workers demonstrating substantial worsening in health will be contacted by their employee health program and assisted with support and local services. Aggregate data will be sent to key stakeholders on a weekly basis.
This information that the Heroes Health assessment system will provide is critical to support mental health, ensure safety, and reduce infection for COVID-19 healthcare workers, as well as distribute healthcare workers and resources effectively.
Since there is a vast international need to effectively care for the mental health of COVID-19 healthcare workers, ongoing discussions are taking place with government agencies to disburse this critical information to all countries facing the pandemic.
You can make this highly influential health assessment system a reality by donating today! Please share with friends and family who can make a difference for those on the front line working around the clock to save lives.
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill