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phPIN Webinar: Everyday Wellness for Public Health Workers

November 8, 2019

This is the recording for the October 28 phPIN webinar with Stacey B. Plichta, ScD, CPH on October 28 at 1 pm CT.

Public Health administration is a stressful job, and managing that stress is one of the keys to remaining successful and engaged at work.  Public health agencies that promote self-care for their staff can see a return in worker health, job performance, and employee retention. This session will provide an overview of the sources of stress in public health work and some ways for mitigating the effects of that stress. Participants will leave this session being able to explain the biological mechanism of stress and the role of the relaxation response in reducing the harmful effects of stress. This session will also help participants explain the integrative medicine approach to self-care and to engage in several self-care practices.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify factors that contribute to job performance
  2. Identify factors that contribute to wellness in the public health workplace
  3. Describe how worker wellness improves public health work outcomes
  4. Apply a relaxation technique to improve response to stress in public health work

Dr. Stacey B. Plichta is a Full Professor of Health, Policy and Management at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She came into public health over 25 years ago as an advocate for battered women and children. Her work now focuses on the occupational health and well-being of front-line and first responders to victims of violence, and on how worksites can help these workers. She designs and conducts annual wellness workshops for the New York State Adult Abuse Training Institute (around 400 workers attend) and other sites upon request. Dr. Plichta most recently completed a study of occupational wellness and health in Family Justice Center workers in NYC. She has presented well over 100 papers at conferences, published over 60 articles/book chapters and is the primary author of two research methods books. Her doctoral degree is from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. She also has certifications in public health (CPH) and applied integrative medicine (IHELP/University of Arizona). When not working, you can find her in her garden raising fresh vegetables and teenagers.

For slides and materials, please visit the phPIN members-only file library.

More about the Public Health Performance Improvement Network (phPIN)

With nearly 600 members, The Public Health Performance Improvement Network (phPIN) is a learning community and peer exchange network. Participants from all over the country share innovative practices, trusted resources, and real-life experience leading performance improvement movements in their agencies and jurisdictions.

phPIN members participate in:

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  • Monthly webinars led by practitioners in the field
  • Library of 400 + (and growing) peer recommended tools, templates, and examples, searchable by topic.
  • Connections and information about national and regional events in the performance improvement field.

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  • Performance & Quality Improvement
  • Workforce Training & Education

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