NEW ULM — Brown County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a request for three county health workers to attend the Minnesota Cares Wellness Workshop Oct. 6-7 in Minneapolis.
The action came on a motion by commissioner Dave Borchert of New Ulm, seconded by Tony Berg of rural New Ulm.
“I think it’s important and a great opportunity,” said Borchert.
The conference is billed as a way to thank healthcare workers and promote healing and wellness within the healthcare community, including public health, following the COVID-19 response.
“Our healthcare community has given selflessly to care for the people of Minnesota during the pandemic for more than two years, to the detriment of their physical and mental health,” said Public Health Director Karen Moritz.
“Workers say they are exhausted, overwhelmed, depressed and anxious. We are seeing shortages in almost every job category,” Moritz added.
She said all department staff who participated in the COVID-19 response were offered the opportunity to choose up to three staff members to participate. Moritz said three staff members — disease control and emergency preparedness coordinator Michelle Steinbeisser and maternal and child health nurses Michelle Miller and Lisa Compton — have expressed interest. There was no need to exclude anyone who wanted to attend.
Accommodation, mileage and meal costs will be covered by the county’s federal COVID-19 funding.
The event is open to all members of the healthcare community in hospitals, clinics, long-term care, pharmacies, emergency medical services, public health and others who have provided care or support services during the pandemic.
A number of current and former healthcare leaders donated their time and expertise to plan the free two-day event to honor the healthcare community and provide them with evidence-based tools. evidence to improve their well-being and build their resilience.
Workshop topics include “Burnout and self-care: the path to well-being”, “From the front line to the future” and “Finding Your Rhythm – The Rhythm of Life.”
Session themes include small group sessions with active participation, activities that help recover from stressful events, activities that provide tools and techniques that people can use at work to reset their autonomic nervous system to that they can continue to work while taking care of themselves; and activities that build the ability to cope with stressors over time.
Commissioners unanimously approved a request for Brown County Public Health Educator/Planner Erin Krohn-Schwab to attend Minnesota’s Prevention Program Annual Sharing Conference Oct. 20-21 in Duluth .
The action came on a motion by Rural Commissioner Dean Simonsen of Sleepy Eye, seconded by Jeff Veerkamp of Comfrey.
“There haven’t been a lot of opportunities for that in the last couple of years. I support him.” said Simonsen.
Hosted by the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center, the conference supports those committed to substance abuse prevention.
Krohn-Schwab is responsible for the planning, collaboration and coordination of the Chemical Health Action Team. The conference will expand knowledge of chemical health and provide prevention ideas and connect with other prevention officers in the state.
Accommodation, mileage and meal costs will be covered from funds from the 2022 budget that were not used for a conference that staff were unable to attend. Opioid settlement dollars are another possible source of funding, should they become available.
(Fritz Busch can be emailed to [email protected])