The MN Resilience Program is a program developed to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on members of our community. We are all having different reactions, and there are strategies we can use to increase our resilience.

There are 2 components to the program:

  1. The 1-on-1 Battle Buddy system, adopted from the U.S. Army
  2. Access to a mental health consultant (MHC)

Implementation Guide

There is no manual for what we are rolling out, but there is a small evidence base to guide us. Here are the tools we have developed:


The program is led by Sophia Vinogradov and Jeff Wozniak, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and they each oversee a specific squad of departments/units. Faculty members (and other colleagues) are invited to serve as MHCs to specific units. 

The Steering Committee includes Sophia, Jeff, Barbara Gold (Anesthesiology, Risk Management), Brian McGlinch (Anesthesiology, Colonel in the Army Reserve), and Sophia Albott (Psychiatry, trauma and resilience researcher, PI of the MN Resilience Program research project).

The program is supported by Annie Walsh and Dawn England from Risk Management.


If you have questions or want to implement this in your area, please contact Annie Walsh, awalsh10@umphysicians.umn.edu or Dawn England, dengland10@umphysicians.umn.edu.

We acknowledge the grief, anger and fear we are all experiencing in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd. This horrific situation adds and acute stressor to the chronic stress we are already handling. Please reach out to us if we can provide any additional support during this time.