Care 4 Caregivers Now to offer frontline health care staff additional wellness services.
The California Medical Association’s Wellness Program (also known as CMA Wellness) is partnering up with Mercury Insurance on the new Care 4 Caregivers Now initiative. This program was developed to provide frontline health care workers with additional support and coaching for emotional and mental wellness.
It was created to provide much needed support to health care workers on the front line of the pandemic.
The initiative will begin by training and connecting volunteer nurses, physicians and health care workers to offer front line health workers with peer-to-peer coaching to support them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Mercury Insurance donated the $150,000 funding for the Care 4 Caregivers Now initiative through the California Medical Association’s program.
Peer support and coaching are a proven emotional exhaustion and burnout prevention methods. They have also been proven to enhance resiliency. The pandemic has made these services more important than ever for health care workers in supporting their capacity to maintain a healthy mental space throughout the pandemic.
The California Medical Association and Mercury Insurance are using the program to keep workers healthy.
“One of the most difficult things to do for anyone is to seek help and support to ensure their emotional well-being,” explained CMA wellness CEO, David C. Logan, PhD. “The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the well-being of physicians, nurses and other medical personnel, and we want them to know this resource is here for them during these challenging times.”
The new Care 4 Caregivers Now initiative is the first of its kind. It will provide various resources and solutions for decreasing stress, emotional exhaustion, and burnout for medical technicians, nurses, doctors and support staff. It has already identified over 300 volunteer nurses and physicians who are either already trained or who are willing to be trained to be peer coaches for frontline health care workers facing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This program will provide critical support to these brave men and women who are risking their lives to help protect their communities. They want and need access to this kind of care and we’re very pleased to be able to partner with the California Medical Association to help make Care 4 Caregivers Now a reality,” said Gabriel Tirador, president and CEO of Mercury Insurance.