The Minnesota Resilience Action Plan (MinnRAP) 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:
- The 1-on-1 Battle Buddy system, adopted from the U.S. Army
- Access to a mental health consultant (MHC)
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 MinnRAP research project).
The program is supported by Annie Walsh and Dawn England from Risk Management.
- Battle Buddies: Rapid Deployment of a Psychological Resilience Intervention for Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Factors Associated With Mental Health Outcomes Among Health Care Workers Exposed to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Maximizing the Resilience of Healthcare Workers in Multi-hazard Events: Lessons from the 2014–2015 Ebola Response in Africa