This 2-part learning collaborative series will address the COVID-19’s lingering impact on mental health. Session one will focus on the field of nursing and session two will explore mental health disparities exacerbated by the pandemic.
Session 1: February 9th → The Good, Bad, and Ugly Side of COVID 19: The Pandemic’s Influence on Healthcare Wellbeing. Hear from nurses who worked through the pandemic and their thoughts on how it shaped them and today’s healthcare environment.
Session 2: February 23rd → An Open Wound: Addressing the Trauma of Healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic amplified long-standing racial injustice in the healthcare system. This presentation addresses the layers of trauma racially and economically marginalized populations experience and the impact on their mental health and well-being. Strategies to work equitably and compassionately within under-served communities and individuals will be provided.
Amy H. Ricords, MEd, BSN, RN, NPD-BC is the Director of Nursing Professional Advancement for the Pennsylvania Action Coalition and leads the state efforts to produce a Nurse Residency program and committee for education advancement in nursing. She is passionate about supporting nurses (whether that is with technology or education) so nurses can support our patients. She is also the Vice President, of the Customer Experience at Sage Technology Solutions, Inc./Peak Outcomes a healthcare communication and integrations consulting firm. She has 24 years nursing experience, ranging from acute care, home care, rehab direct care nursing, and leadership. Amy has spent the last 14 years of her career in senior nursing leadership positions with expertise in clinical education, Nursing quality, project management, and Nursing informatics.
Dr. Ebony White, LPC, NCC, ACS is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Counseling & Family Therapy Department at Drexel University. As the Executive Director of the Center for Mastering and Refining Children’s Unique Skills (MARCUS), a non-profit organization, she focuses on expanding developmental pathways for at-promise adolescents in Trenton, NJ through counseling and social support. Clinically she focuses primarily on issues that impact the relationships and functioning of African Americans, primarily women and teens. She provides multicultural and mental health training for law enforcement, religious leaders, educators, and community members. Her research interests broadly focus on advocacy and social justice within the African American diaspora. As an expert in her field, she has been quoted in numerous outlets including Newsweek, Medium, the Philadelphia Inquirer, PopSugar, and the New York Times. Dr. Ebony has received numerous awards including the Woman of the Year award from the Mercer County Commission on Women and the Dr. Judy Lewis Counselor for Social Justice award from the American Counseling Association. She recently gave a TEDx talk, titled “You Don’t Get to Name Me.” She is the current President of Counselors for Social Justice and was appointed to the ACA Anti-Racism Commission. She holds the identities of daughter, sister, cousin, friend, godmother, and niece as equally important. She lives by Ubuntu, “I am because we are, and because we are, I am.”