We are thankful for the many health care heroes working to keep our communities safe. Below, we’ve compiled a number of free resources intended to support health care professionals and members of the community during this time, as well as opportunities to volunteer. Thank you for all that you do. If you have any resources to add, please contact us.
Tools for Healthcare Worker Support and Well-Being
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released the following three documents intended for use by frontline healthcare workers and the patients they serve, focused on emotional health and well-being.
Caregivers: Supporting emotional health of the healthcare workforce
Caregivers: Behavioral Health Guidance for Clinicians
Patients: Addressing Emotional Needs
ACP Michigan: Resource Helps Clinicians, Patients & Caregivers Focus on What Matters Most
A resource has been created to help clinicians and their patients tailor health care to what matters most to each person. Patient Priorities Care allows clinicians and patients to use materials found online to focus all decision making on the health priorities of the patient. Learn more here.
Supporting First Responders During COVID-19
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services put together a kit to provide resources to help preserve your own resilience and mental health, as well as that of your family. Additionally, it strives to highlight areas you can monitor for yourself and your peers during this crisis, in order to seek help early in coping with the unique stress you experience. Many first responders are experiencing increased levels of depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress. You are not alone in these feelings, and there are resources to help you get through them.
Download the toolkit here.
COVID-19 Training Resources
Training related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available through the TRAIN Learning Network, a national learning network that aggregates training opportunities for public health, healthcare, and preparedness professionals from thousands of training providers. This includes training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and other organizations.
Access training on:
- Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication
- Infection Control in Long-Term Care Facilities
- Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions
- Personal Protective Equipment
10 Quick Mindfulness Exercises for Coping with COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety
For the busy health care worker, it’s not always easy to prioritize self-care. Use the 10 exercises here to begin incorporating mindfulness into your daily life.
Discounts & Offers for Healthcare Professionals During COVID-19
American Hospital Association (AHA) has provided the following list of discounts and offers available to health care professionals as they heroically fight COVID-19 on behalf of their patients and communities.
Please note, AHA is sharing information provided to them by these organizations, but is not in a position to guarantee the discounts listed.
Click here to download or visit www.100millionmasks.org to learn more.
Assistance for Nurses
Nurses House provides short term grants to nurses who are unable to work due to medical crisis. Assistance provided helps cover basic needs such as rent or mortgage payments or medical expenses.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis Nurses House will be expediting all grant applications from RNs and LPNs who are ill with COVID-19, caring for a family member with COVID-19, or are under employer mandated quarantine due to COVID-19. This will be in effect through July 31, 2020.
Volunteering Opportunities in Michigan
Please click on the name of the organization to learn more about each opportunity. Organizational needs are described to the right. Please feel free to share other volunteering opportunities you’re aware of below!
Regional & Nationwide
America Red Cross Blood | Donors
State of Michigan | Volunteers
MI Volunteer Registry | Volunteers
Lighthouse | Volunteers/Food Donations
Macomb Community Action | Meals on Wheels
All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry | Volunteers/Donations
Focus Hope | Food Prep for Seniors
Detroit Medical Center | Ongoing
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries | Volunteers
Gleaners Food | Donations/Distribution
Crossroads of Michigan | Volunteers
Capuchin Food Kitchen | Volunteers
Brightmoor Connection Food Pantry | Volunteers
Samaritas | Supplies
Forgotten Harvest | Volunteers
Neighborhood House | Volunteers/Food Donations
Open Hands Food Pantry and Garden | Volunteers
McLaren Hospice | Volunteers