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Health Workforce Well-Being (HWWB) Day

March 18

The national HWWB Day is March 18, the anniversary of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act being signed into law. The act aims to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health professionals.

In 2022, the NAM Collaborative published the National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being, calling for collective action to strengthen the health workforce’s well-being and restore the health of the nation. The HWWB Day will further the priorities of the National Plan and provide an annual opportunity for collective action.

Health workforce well-being is essential to ensuring health professionals are able to provide high-quality, personalized, and respectful patient care. Health workers have been increasingly strained by their work environments, and as the pressures put on our health workers increase, anxiety, depression, burnout, and overall dissatisfaction have skyrocketed. Health worker well-being is one of the greatest threats to our health care system: it’s estimated that burnout costs the U.S. health care system at least $4.6 billion annually, and in 2023, nearly half of health workers reported often feeling burned out, up from a third in 2018. A healthy workforce means healthy patients and communities.

Read the full announcement: Announcing the Health Workforce Well-Being Day of Awareness – National Academy of Medicine (nam.edu)

The American Nursing Association (ANA) has joined with NAM to kickoff HWWB Day: ANA Joins the National Academy of Medicine Collaborative to Kick-Off Health Workforce Well-Being Day of Awareness (nursingworld.org)


March 18


National Academy of Medicine
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