Restoring the Healthcare Workforce for Equity Initiative

Restoring the Healthcare Workforce for Equity Initiative

Introducing the Restoring the Healthcare Workforce for Equity Initiative (RHWE), developed in response to the unprecedented challenges faced by healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the significant losses and the debilitating effects of burnout experienced among the healthcare workforce, RHWE was launched with the overarching goal of creating and amplifying resources to restore and support frontline workers as they navigate their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) COVID-19 Response Fund, the initiative focuses support for individuals working in community health centers (FQHC) and free and charitable clinics across the U.S.

Our Mission

Enhancing the resilience and resources of frontline workers in health centers and clinics is critical to maintaining healthcare access for medically underserved communities. By rebuilding the capacity of the healthcare workforce in regions disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, we strengthen the resilience of all communities against the next major disaster.

 Our mission is clear: to champion health equity by providing comprehensive training, resources, and policy advocacy to restore and empower the healthcare workforce.

Explore the virtual trainings, informational policy briefs, and resources developed through this initiative in the links below.

Needs Assessment Report: Restoring the community health center and clinic workforce beyond the pandemic

This Needs Assessment delves into the significant challenges healthcare workers and vulnerable communities face following disasters. With research collected from interviews, focus group, and review of publicly available literature, the report addresses losses and burnout among healthcare workers, especially those who serve rural, low-income, or racially and ethnically diverse populations, emphasizing the essential role of leaders and policymakers in fostering positive workplace culture and equitable policies. Explore the insights, data, and recommendations within the report, uncovering crucial steps for restoring and rebuilding the essential healthcare workforce.

[Download Needs Assessment]

Resources and Virtual Trainings on Mental Health and Resiliency

Explore our series of virtual trainings tailored to support the recovery and resilience of healthcare workers primarily serving medically underserved communities, particularly those in community health centers (FQHC) or free and charitable clinics. Developed in collaboration with partners such as the All-Healers Mental Health Alliance, National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and Project HOPE, we covered various topics related to mental health and resilience in under an hour per session. These engaging webinars, such as “Breaking the Ties that Bind: Moving Toward Health Equity” and “Social Determinants of Mental Health and the Fallout from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” were supplemented with valuable resources available on our website. Designed by healthcare professionals for those on the front lines.

[Explore FREE Webinars and Resources]

Informational Policy Briefs: Essential policies to support FQHCs

Check out two informative policy briefs highlighting the vital role of community health centers (FQHC). These resources aren’t just for reading—they’re tools to help you learn and advocate for crucial policies that support the hardworking healthcare professionals in these centers. Dive in and empower yourself to make a difference! 

[Check out our FREE resources] 

In partnership with ACU

Informational Policy Briefs: Essential policies to support free and charitable clinics

Explore this insightful policy brief crafted specifically for free and charitable clinics. Use this resource as a practical tool to enhance your understanding and advocacy for essential policies that benefit the dedicated healthcare workforce in these clinics. Dive in and equip yourself to make a positive impact!

[Check out our FREE resource] 

In partnership with NAFC

About Healthcare Ready

Healthcare Ready is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to ensure patient access to healthcare in times of disaster, emergency, and disease outbreaks. We leverage unique relationships with government, nonprofit and medical supply chains to build and enhance the resiliency of communities before, during and after disasters. Learn more about Healthcare Ready

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