Support U Peer Responder Program distributes “care” bags to employees to boost awareness, spirits

With a surge in COVID-19 patients over the past three months, UC Davis Health employees at UC Davis Medical Center got a much-needed morale boost from the Support U Peer Responder Program, which distributed “Be KIND to Yourself, Enjoy a Break” bags.

Each “care” bag contained a café voucher, KIND bar, and resource card highlighting Support U, a program through which health care workers and hospital staff who experience stressful patient care events can receive psychological first aid from their trained Peer Responders.

“The goal was to raise awareness of the program and spread some kindness to staff throughout the health system and offer support during to our UC Davis Health Community during this difficult time in the pandemic,” said Michelle Linenberger, Support U Program Coordinator and UC Davis Children’s Hospital Nurse Educator. “We would like all of our colleagues who need this important resource to feel welcome and comfortable in seeking out their support from a trained Peer Responder.”

With more than 400 trained Peer Responders across UC Davis Health, the Support U Program Is helping to transform the work environment and foster professional well-being by creating a network of support for all providers and employees.

Connecting our peers to organizational support and resources is the foundation of this team-based approach. As part of the wellness effort at UC Davis Health, Support U is working to reduce burnout and foster resilience and well-being in health care.

In collaboration with Chief Wellness Officer Peter Yellowlees and Katren Tyler, Medical Director of Physician Wellness, the program continues to grow and reach all disciplines in the health system, striving to eliminate barriers to the vital support that can foster greater wellness among the UC Davis Health community.

For more information about the UC Davis Health Support U Peer Responder Program, visit the program website or email Michelle Linenberger at mjlinenberger@ucdavis.edu or Katren Tyler at krtyler@ucdavis.edu.