Paramedic Chiefs of Canada – COVID-19 Webinar A National Conversation: Part 4 – Supporting Staff During a Pandemic – April 16th | Recording and HandoutJenny Abercrombie
Canadian Paramedic Services National Conversation (Part 4) led by Darren Sandbeck, Senior Provincial Director & Chief Paramedic, Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services
Continuing forward from our recent COVID-19 Webinars, “A National Conversation” where we gather brief “snapshots” of current provincial and/or national states on a variety of pressing topics related to COVID-19. The focus of this webinar was on “Supporting Staff during a Pandemic.” Representatives from Alberta Health Services shared perspectives on the development of a dynamic workforce support strategy directed toward COVID-19 pandemic issues of workforce mental health and resiliency. Also reviewed several of the AHS implemented tactics to date, which include: social media connection, webinar support forums, rapid and continuous environmental scans, connection and engagement with EMS Workplace Health and Safety Committees, and the development of an AHS organizational approach to workforce COVID-related deaths. These tactics were designed to synergistically build upon each other, with the primary goal of creating an environment whereby our EMS workforce feels cared for during the course of the pandemic.
This conversation was in the tradition originally started with a conference call among Canadian Paramedic and EMS Leaders sharing information during SARS. This highly successful collaboration of information and best practices sharing approach was continued, with help from FirstWatch, during the H1N1 and Ebola outbreaks. This session was led by Darren Sandbeck.
Facilitator: Kyle Sereda
Webinar Facilitation and FirstWatch SitRep: Todd Stout
National Conversation Facilitator:
– Darren Sandbeck, Senior Provincial Director & Chief Paramedic, Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services
– Silvia Verdugo, MD, MPH, Medical Director – FirstWatch
– Pam Farber, RN, EMT-P, Public Health Advisor – FirstWatch
Guest Speaker (expected to attend, but COVID-19 and other issues could take precedence):
– Kathleen Fraser, LL.B, MC, CPHR Candidate, Provincial Program Director, EMS Office of Respectful Workplace, Alberta Health Services
The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) are our partners in these COVID-19 webinars.
For further information visit www.paramedicchiefs.ca