Moving Mental Health from Awareness to Action: Addressing our Nation’s Wellbeing Through Behavior Change

Wednesday, July 19, 2023: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Centennial Ballroom III/IV (Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta)
Mental health, burnout, depression – all greatly impacting the wellbeing of our nation. Roughly 41% of Americans have experienced high psychological distress since the pandemic (Pew Research Center, 2022). This, and other research, has been instrumental in raising awareness about and shaping our knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about mental health and wellbeing. But public education is not enough. Right now, it is most critical that research and education efforts move from raising awareness to affecting action – encouraging behavior change among some of our highest risk populations and the systems that serve them. This panel of representatives from leading organizations working to improve wellbeing and reduce burnout will share how they applied research to campaigns that take audiences such as youth and healthcare workers, among others, from awareness of mental health concerns to actions that directly support wellbeing. Representatives include: • CDC’s Division of Population Health will discuss how formative research shaped the “How Right Now” campaign, an almost-immediate response to support all Americans during COVID-19, and their plans to expand to emerging audiences experiencing high rates of burnout, such as teachers. • Health Action Alliance will explain how they applied available research to equip employers with actionable tools and resources to address and reduce burnout in the workplace and support a healthy workforce. • CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will share how research with frontline healthcare workers shaped a national campaign that equips hospital leaders with tools to address and revise the organizational policies that contribute to burnout among healthcare workers.

How Right Now: Addressing the Urgent Mental Health Concerns Among K-12 Teachers and School Staff
Cynthia Crick, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Amelia Burke-Garcia, MA, PhD, Westat; Neha Trivedi, PhD, MPH, NORC at the University of Chicago; Michelle Johns, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago; Jessie Biser, MPH, CDC Foundation; Ramot Adeboyejo, MPH, CDC Foundation; Crysal Ng, MPH, NORC at the University of Chicago,; Victoria Hallman, BSPH, NORC at the University of Chicago

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