Dr. Well-Be and Employee Wellness

A Crisis in Health Care

Burnout is a condition characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a diminished sense of self-efficacy. It is becoming more prevalent in healthcare and related professions. There are many factors driving the epidemic of burnout, with the electronic health record (EHR) being a notable contributor for physicians. The Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Global Health Institute, have formed a coalition to address this important issue. In their recently released white paper, they identify burnout as “A Crisis in Health Care” and issue a call to action. They make three specific recommendations for all health care organizations. Their recommendations are:

  1. Improve access to mental health treatment and support for physicians
  2. Improve EHR standards with a focus on the use of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  3. Appoint executive-level chief wellness officers at every major medical organization

The goal of this report is to inform and enable health professionals and health care leaders to assess the challenge presented by physician burnout in their work and organizations, and to take appropriate measures to address this public health crisis. It is our hope that with the implementation of these recommendations, our physicians can improve their well-being and provide better care for their patients.

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The Great American Smokeout

Dr. Well-Be partnered with colleagues across UAB to the spread awareness about the harms of smoking on November 15, 2018 for the Great American Smokeout. The Love Your Lungs event was hosted by UAB Employee Wellness. This event provided information about how to take care of your lungs, and educate others about the negative effects of smoking. There were prizes, Dunkin Donuts provided coffee, and there was a 50-foot pair of blow up lungs! Learn more about the dangers of smoking below.

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#TakeTheStairs Campaign

Dr. Well-Be wants you to take the stairs! This month-long campaign highlighted the advantages of taking the stairs for physical and mental health. This campaign was implemented on his main soical media platform, Twitter and through a series of videos on Vimeo. The video series featured special guests including division directors, administrators and Blaze the dragon. He showed how this simple change in habit can make a huge and lasting effect on your overall health.

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Equal Access Birmingham

Dr. Well-Be and his partners from Employee Wellness, Anna Threadcraft, and Riley Thornton supported Equal Access Birmingham in the Heart + Sole 5K race on August 24, 2019. Proceeds from the race went to EAB which is a student-run free clinic that medically supports and educates underserved people in the Birmingham area. EAB exposes medical students to clinical and socioeconomic factors that contribute to health disparities, training future doctors to provide quality care for all individuals while interacting with and learning from their community. 

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