Outreach workers provide crucial services where individuals live, work, and spend time. They often take on many roles, which can leave them susceptible to burnout due to long work hours, prioritizing others’ needs over their own, and being a witness to the challenges and traumas that their communities experience. For health centers, it is important to promote and implement self-care practices within the workplace in order to recruit and retain staff, as well as foster a healthy and supportive work environment. This two-part series will provide an overview of self-care, including the various types of strategies that can be effective at the individual and organizational level.
Part Two: Organizational Self-Care
In part two, HOP will address organizational self-care – a broad organizational approach to foster a healthy and supportive work environment that can reduce burnout and improve staff satisfaction and retention. The presenters will demonstrate the importance of organizational self-care for the sustainability of health centers, explain concepts around compassion fatigue and burnout, and propose strategies to support organizations in establishing a culture of self-care.
• Participants will understand and be able to define the concept of organizational self-care;
• Participants will learn about the benefits of aligning organizational policies and practices with self-care principles; and
• Participants will identify at least one self-care practice to implement at the organizational level.