The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare proudly supports the healthcare workforce in providing high-quality, compassionate, patient-centered care across the country and around the world. We are steadfast in our mission to advance compassion for all who give and receive care, as we have been since our founding in 1995.
Those on the front lines are caring for worried and suffering patients and families and working long, stressful hours. Caregivers are at significant risk for psychological distress and in need of crucial emotional support right now.
The Schwartz Center’s mission to put compassion at the heart of healthcare holds true no matter how extraordinary or difficult the circumstances.
Below are some tips and resources we have compiled to help caregivers find information they need to continue supporting each other and caring for themselves. We will continue to update this page with additional information, so please check back.
REMEMBER SELF-CARE: Take time to monitor your stress levels and bodily needs. Remember to take breaks, exercise and, if possible, get outside. To be able to care for others, you need to take care of yourself.
STAY CONNECTED: Check in regularly with colleagues, family and friends, consult with peers and supervisors. Support each other and seek support as best you can.
PRACTICE COMPASSION: Please know that your commitment to the health and well-being of others is respected and appreciated. Compassion is the driving force that unites us in our collective efforts.
The Schwartz Center has joined the ALL IN: Wellbeing First for Healthcare campaign as a founding collaborator. Led by #FirstRespondersFirst and the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation, and in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Nurses Foundation, and the American Hospital Association (AHA), this campaign convenes like-minded organizations to provide a road map for institutions to invest in and cultivate environments where their workforce feels valued and supported.Learn more
The Schwartz Center is hosting a special webinar series to help healthcare workers manage stress – theirs and others' – as we face the ever-changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. The series is made possible by the generous support of the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation and by a donation made in memory of Julian and Eunice Cohen.
Five Evidence-Based Actions Leaders Can Take Now to Support the Healthcare Workforce
Why Social Support Matters for Frontline Caregivers Right Now
When Healthcare “Heroes” Need Help: Destigmatizing Mental Illness in the Healthcare Workforce
Grief, Loss and Mourning in the Time of COVID
Leading with Compassion: Supporting Healthcare Workers in a Crisis
Caring for Yourself & Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Managing Healthcare Workers’ Stress
Managing Traumatic Stress: Evidence-Based Guidance for Organizational Leaders
Caring with Compassion: Supporting Patients and Families in a Crisis
Communication in the Age of COVID
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Heal: Processing Grief through the Written Word
Managing Our Fears and Stress: Strategies to Cultivate Emotional Agility
Supporting caregivers is at the heart of our work. We are introducing new programming and resources to address the challenges they are facing. Please consider giving today and help support the healthcare community.Donate