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Supporting Healthcare Professionals in Times of Disaster: Reflections on “At-Risk Employees”

What is unique about the pandemic and its contribution to our country’s actual and perceived risk? Brian W. Flynn, Ed.D., RADM, USPHS, Ret., Associate Director for Health Systems, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Adjunct Professor, and Joshua C. Morganstein, MD, CAPT, USPHS, Associate Director Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, both from the Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University, offer a unique view on risk, how it may be manifested in this unprecedented time, and important steps in risk mitigation to enhance sustainment. Note: In this article, we use the term “healthcare worker” to refer to those involved in providing behavioral and physical healthcare. As this and other recent disasters have shown, support staff (e.g., housekeeping, logistics, maintenance, information technology, nutrition) are also being impacted in many of the same ways, and it is critical that they be included in organization-wide resilience-building efforts.
 
The article and be viewed HERE