The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience today finalized its National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being, which builds on six years of work among 200 participants, including the AHA.

The plan identifies goals and actions to help health care leaders, educators, governing boards, payers and federal agencies achieve health workforce well-being across seven priority areas: create and sustain positive work and learning environments and culture; invest in measurement, assessment, strategies and research; support mental health and reduce stigma; address compliance, regulatory and policy barriers for daily work; engage effective technology tools; institutionalize well-being as a long-term value; and recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive health workforce.

In a statement, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and Chief Nursing Officer Robyn Begley, CEO of AHA’s American Organization for Nursing Leadership, said, “Health care workers play an absolutely critical role in treating patients and saving lives each and every day, and that fact has never been more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the reality is that the pandemic has only exacerbated the existing strain on our health care workforce. 

“The National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being helps address the needs of the health care workforce by proposing actionable solutions, including eliminating regulatory and policy barriers that impede health care workers’ daily work. The National Plan also promotes innovative strategies and new research to improve well-being and mental health. 

“The AHA is proud to contribute to the work of the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience as we continue to develop resources to protect and optimize the well-being of current health care workers and future generations of clinicians.”

For the latest AHA resources, including a three-part series to help hospital and health system leaders navigate workforce challenges and opportunities, visit the AHA’s workforce webpage.

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