Researchers develop tool to determine number of contact tracers needed to reopen
Finding Hope marked TIME’s launch of the event series. Featured speakers included Mullan Institute Distinguished Fellow Dr. Leana Wen, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Angelina Jolie, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, the singer John Legend, journalist Katie Couric, epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant, artist and photographer JR and president of the Rockefeller Foundation Rajiv J. Shah.
Mullan Institute team members, Candice Chen, Patricia Pittman, Edward Salsberg, Clese Erickson, and Sara Westergaard co-author this Health Affairs piece that frames the health care service response to COVID-19 and the health workforce needs. The article outlines workforce strategies to protect, maximize, and expand the health workforce to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic. It outlines five considerations for implementing COVID-19 health workforce strategies for implementation. Read the full article.
Milken Institute School of Public Health, Beyond Flexner Alliance Announce 2021 Awards for Excellence in Social Mission in Health Professions Education
WASHINGTON, DC (April 20, 2020) —The Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University and the Beyond Flexner Alliance today announced the selection of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Awards for Excellence in Social Mission in Health Professions Education.
WASHINGTON, DC (April 16, 2020) – As the U.S. healthcare workforce struggles to care for a rise in COVID-19 cases, there are growing reports that there are not enough workers to meet the surge in demand. Some hospitals are reporting they do not have enough respiratory therapists to operate ventilators. And rising numbers of nurses and other health care workers in New York and other states have fallen ill and are quarantined, or simply unable to report to work due to family needs.
To meet the potentially explosive demand for healthcare workers, researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) have created a novel tool that will help states and the federal government estimate the need for health care workers under different scenarios of patient infection rates and health worker attrition. The estimates provided by the new tool will help state and federal pandemic experts plan for large spikes in illness and potential shortfalls of key ICU personnel, such as respiratory therapists, intensivists, critical care nurses and others.