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Help for the Healer ECHO: 

Resiliency in Health Care Providers and Administrators in the Time of COVID and After

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Get expert knowledge in a virtual learning network with mental health and wellness experts.


Our health care workers have given so much to care for our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, often times at the expense of their physical and emotional health.


The curriculum is aimed at supporting provider resiliency and caring for the care giver, healer, and helper during and after COVID.


Who Should Join?

This ECHO line is designed for all audience types with any credentials who are looking to find additional knowledge of self-care not only for their patients/organization, but for themselves as well.


Schedule -

Every Friday from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CST.  To join this ECHO, registration is a one-time requirement. Once registered, you will receive ECHO connection information and additional resources.




What Does the Help for the Healer ECHO offer?

  • Provides a platform to support individuals and organizations on caring for patients and communities during and after COVID.
  • Support for resilience, self-care and organizational opportunities addressed at health care workers and administrators
  • Collaboration and ongoing learning with specialists and other clinicians, including but not limited to:
    • Members from psychiatric medicine
    • Counseling services
    • Health and wellness specialists
    • Art/Music Therapy
  • Focusing both on individual self-care didactics and exercises that participants can engage in; as well as, agency and organizational efforts to support self-care and resilience in the workplace setting.

Why Help for the Healer ECHO?

  • The continued presence and exacerbation of the COVID-19 pandemic across the United States, and more notably in Oklahoma, the strain on health care workers is of increasing concern.
  • A recent survey from Mental Health America notes that:  
      • 93% of health care workers completing the survey reported experiencing stress
      • 86% reported experiencing anxiety
      • 77% reported frustration
      • 76% reported exhaustion and burnout
      • 75% said they were overwhelmed.
    • Emotional impacts extend beyond primary care and hospital medicine clinicians and employees to mental health care workers and others. 


Topics -

Sessions will address multiple topics including but not limited to:

  • Stress and the Body: Fundamentals of the mind/body connection
  • Supporting Healthy Relationships
  • Gratitude
  • Parenting in the Time of Uncertainty
  • Grief and Moral Injury
  • Life After COVID
  • How Do You Heal? The 8 Dimensions of Wellness


Team -

Sara Coffey, DO 

Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; OSU-CHS


Swapne Deshpande, MD

Associate Clinical Professor

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; OSU-CHS

M. Shawn Cooper, Jr., MA, LPC, BHWC

Student Counselor, Office of Student Life & Wellness; OSU-CHS


Nikkole Harris

Project ECHO Clinical Coordinator



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