As a nurse (Karin) and a public health professional married to a healthcare worker (Heather), we both knew in March of 2020 that the world’s healthcare workers and their families were about to encounter an overwhelming challenge. They would need all the support they...
HCW HOSTED is a Tucson-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to facilitating community support of healthcare workers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Because we can only be as healthy as the healthcare workforce that cares for us.
Since Our Founding in April 2020
We Have Provided…
A primary goal of HCW HOSTED is to provide safe quarantined housing for healthcare workers exposed to COVID-19 to reduce risk of exposure to families, loved ones, and colleagues at limited expense.
As of November 2020, we have facilitated housing for 35 healthcare workers for periods of 2 days to 5 months, providing them a safe space to live while they mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to their families. The typical stay has been 24 days.
Depending on the healthcare worker’s needs they are placed in local hotels or in homes provided by generous community members.
Emotional Support Services
HCW HOSTED offers free mental health and wellness support to healthcare workers enrolled in the program. Healthcare workers may experience significant physical, psychological, social and financial stress while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These stressors are complicated by being physically distanced from loved ones and normal routines of coping.
Healthcare workers trained in the Assisting Individuals in Crisis program through International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. and the University of Arizona Resilience in Stressful Events (R.I.S.E.) program are peer coaches who help other healthcare workers move through short term crises and to encourage and identify effective coping mechanisms.
As of November 2020, we have offered emotional support services to 51 healthcare workers.
Every day, registered healthcare workers receive a 2-3 minute survey via text or email to check on their last work shift, COVID-19 symptoms, stress level, and sleep quality. HCW HOSTED staff check on healthcare workers when changes in their baseline daily monitoring occur.
As of November 2020, we have provided daily monitoring services to 49 healthcare workers and counting.
In the first phase of our existence, we have focused on smaller trials of services, refining our understanding of what services healthcare workers want. During this phase, we offered services to 135 Tucson healthcare workers.
We continue to offer those services locally as we develop a technological platform that can be used in communities around the globe to allow employers to contract for the services and connections in their local communities that will support the physical and emotional well-being of their employees.
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Because COVID-19 is a new disease, information about it evolves continually. Our Medical Anthropology & Epidemiology Team reviews, evaluates, and compiles COVID-19 information as it emerges so that we can help you find current and accurate information about the pandemic.
We have categorized information into several categories for your convenience.
Staying Safe at Home and in the World covers the latest in COVID-19 prevention and management information for a general audience.
Healthcare Workers & COVID covers the mental and physical health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers.
Our COVID Overview discusses some of the most recent research on COVID-19 from evidence-based published and unpublished sources.
In Additional Resources, we provide links to other sites you may find useful.