Support for nursing home workers, home health aides, long-term care aides, and personal care attendants (PCAs) in Massachusetts, from the Betsy Lehman Center and GPS Group Peer Support.
Frontline health care workers have carried a huge amount of added stress throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. MASStrong’s goal is to provide support to this workforce — prioritizing their resilience and well-being. The focus of MASStrong is on low-wage, frontline home care workers. These workers are primarily women of color, refugees, and immigrants and many do not speak English as a first language. Supporting these important and vulnerable health care workers is the core mission of the MASStrong program.
The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety is collaborating with GPS Group Peer Support to bring a model of group peer support to frontline health care workers across the Commonwealth. Funding for MASStrong was awarded by the Massachusetts legislature and signed by Governor Charlie Baker in 2020 as part of the American Rescue Act Plan funds to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
MASStrong offers frontline health workers an opportunity to attend three small, peer led group sessions using the GPS Group Peer Support model.
Sessions will be available via Zoom. Participants can receive up to $180 in gift cards after completing registration and follow-up surveys. Feedback will be used to improve the program.
Groups begin in November 2022 and run until December 2022, with the option to choose morning, afternoon or evening meeting times.