The University of Virginia has received a $2.14 million federal grant to support exhausted healthcare workers and first responders in the greater Charlottesville area through the American Rescue Plan and the Lorna Breen Act.
This grant was awarded to the University through the U.S. Health Research and Services Administration — a federal agency that provides grant funding benefitting public health organizations — as part of a larger initiative to help strengthen healthcare in the country’s underserved and underrepresented areas. It will expand the University’s Wisdom and Wellbeing Program, which uses a peer support model to provide social support for high stress health workers.
Because of this grant, many members of University’s health team will have access to resources and training that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to utilize. These resources and training can help support workers and ward against the burnout that many under-supported healthcare providers have experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.