Event Date

May 17, 2022 2:00–3:30 pm EDT

The opioid epidemic and COVID-19 pandemic have shined an uncomfortable spotlight on the long-standing shortage of primary and behavioral health care professionals and paraprofessionals, particularly among communities of color and in urban, rural, geographically remote, and otherwise underserved communities. These professionals and paraprofessionals have never been needed more: the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in depression and alcohol consumption and drastically exacerbated overdose deaths throughout the United States. These extraordinary circumstances have created undue stress on the healthcare workforce.

This biweekly, 8-session CoP will provide resources and approaches that can be used within community health center settings to build primary and behavioral health care workforce resilience, as well as strategies for enhancing employee recruitment, engagement, and retention. Examples of self-care techniques and exercises that healthcare workers can use will also be shared. Topics will include low- and no-cost approaches that healthcare settings can use to improve staff retention, boost morale, and reduce stress and burnout. 

Date: Bi-weekly on Tuesdays starting May 17, 2022 to August 23, 2022 

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm EDT 

Facilitators: Philip H. Rainer, MSW, LCSW-R, SAP ; Katie Crowley, BS (Co-facilitator) 

Philip H. Rainer, MSW, LCSW-R, SAP is a Senior Program Associate II at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). Mr. Rainer is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Federal Department of Transportation qualified Substance Abuse Professional with experience including direct clinical care; program design, implementation, and management; and senior organization leadership roles in behavioral health care. 

Mr. Rainer is facilitating SAMHSA-funded COVID-19 emergency services supporting the behavioral health workforce through a virtual mutual support meeting and agency consultation focused on staff wellness, workforce retention, and provider self-care during the pandemic. Mr. Rainer has worked with the SAMHSA Mental Health Technology Transfer Center to provide training for behavioral healthcare providers in meeting the needs of first responders and frontline healthcare workers facing unprecedented challenges during the pandemic. 

Katie Crowley, B.S., is a program associate at AHP. Ms. Crowley has a background in policy development and is skilled in health promotion, helping skills in the healthcare field, and customer service. Prior to joining AHP, Ms. Crowley had roles in hospital administration, state and federal governments, and a health and human services agency. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Health from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a minor in Sociology. 

Earn 1.5 continuing education credits for each CoP session, with a maximum of 12 CEs for participation in all eight sessions