Compassion Fatigue During Public Health Epidemics

This is a link to an issue brief I wrote collaboratively with Jennifer Farfalla and Victoria Pless of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in order to raise awareness combat compassion fatigue and offer ways to combat it.

ASTHO works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their members are currently facing three coinciding epidemics: the opioid crisis, increasing cases of suicide, and COVID 19.

It is crucial for everyone involved in administrative and direct work with these and other crises to work on mindfulness, self-compassion, equilibrium self-care, and compassion resilience in order to maintain well-being and continue to be effective.