NHEW 2021: Navigating Workplace Mental Health Amidst COVID-19
Recorded On: 10/22/2021
In this live webinar, participants will be able to discuss the complexities of mental health and how it currently affects employees during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Participants will be able to identify the effects of mental fatigue, social isolation, trauma, burnout, and anxiety that can present themselves in employees and their subsequent impact on job performance. Participants will discuss the accessibility of mental health resources and how employers can prioritize their employees’ mental health amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
1. Discuss how all work models (in-person, remote, and hybrid) should address mental health concerns while supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of its employees
2. Analyze the significance of employee mental wellbeing and its relation to productivity, job performance, retention, and healthy workforce culture.
3. Examine how inequitable access to mental health resources can increase health disparities in different workplace populations.
4. Describe three ways professional leadership can support their team of employees and identify mental and emotional support for themselves.
Christine Thorpe, EdD, EdM, CHES®
Dean of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College
Dr. Christine Thorpe is the managing partner of Stronger Tomorrow, Inc. which serves to influence and reshape wellness in organizations through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion to create optimized, refined workplaces that are poised for growth. Her expertise includes women’s health and wellness, program planning and evaluation, health disparities and historical traumas, holistic nutrition, patient navigation, motivational interviewing, health literacy, health policy and management. Dr. Thorpe is a certified wellness coach and health education specialist with over 20 years experience in higher education and the health and human services field. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Syracuse University, a Master of Education degree in international educational development and a doctorate in health education from Teachers College Columbia University. Dr. Thorpe is also the author of Living Beyond the Facade: Inside the Health and Wealth Practices of Successful Americans of African Descent
Diana Karczmarczyk, PhD, MPH, MCHES®
Director for Employee Well-Being Support
DC Metropolitan Police Department
Dr. Diana Karczmarczyk received her PhD in Education with a minor in Public Health and a specialization in International Education from George Mason University. She obtained her Master’s degree in Public Health in Community Health Education from UNC Greensboro and is a certified Master Health Education Specialist (MCHES). Dr. Karczmarczyk has 20 years of teaching experience in higher education and working in the health education and promotion field. She is a Professional Lecturer at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
Prior to joining DC’s Metropolitan Police Department as the Director for Employee Well-Being Support, she worked at RAINN leading the development of educational content to support survivors of sexual violence. Prior to this role, she was an Assistant Professor at George Mason University teaching full time in the Department of Global and Community Health. She has also served as the Senior Analyst for Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) where she focused on health policy. Prior to her role at ASTHO, she worked at the American Diabetes Association. Her last role while she was there was as the Director of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Initiatives and the Women's Initiatives.
Dr. Karczmarczyk has also taught courses in health education at George Mason University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and at Randolph Community College. She has taught courses in Human Sexuality, Men's Health, Introduction to Behavior Change, Personal Health, Community Needs Assessments and Partnerships, Social Determinants of Health, Sexuality and Human Behavior, Program Planning and Evaluation, Health Education and Promotion, and Health Behavior Theory. She is a steering committee member of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria and a Commissioner for the Alexandria Commission for Women. Dr. Karczmarczyk is the co-editor of Men’s Health: An Introduction and co-authored two children’s books to promote positive mental health. The children’s books, It’s GREAT to be YOU! and It’s GREAT to be LOVED!, also promote messages of inclusion and celebrating diversity.