Wellness Group Explores Art’s Wellness Abilities, Weekly Health Campaigns

November 18, 2019

GNYHA’s November 15 Wellness Workgroup meeting explored ways to enhance employee wellness offerings. Participants learned of The Monday Campaigns, a not-for-profit organization that produces programs that use the first day of the workweek to recommit to nutrition, physical activity, stress reduction, and smoking cessation. Managing Director Ron Hernandez and Michele Bombacie, Program Manager at the Center for Comprehensive Wellness at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center, introduced various free materials and resources that are available from The Mondays Campaign. They also described the development and implementation of a 24-week pilot program with oncology nurses that was undertaken at the Medical Center in 2017. The program was so successful that it was expanded to several other units within the hospital and eventually reached 500 employees. Following the presentation was a discussion on how The Monday Campaigns materials can be co-branded and adapted by hospitals and health systems to enhance and expand their ongoing wellness efforts.

NYC Health + Hospitals’ Linh Dang discussed art-based programs that enhance the wellbeing of patients, health system staff, and the communities they serve. Participants also learned about three employee-focused programs—SoulCollage, Zentangle, and HHART Medicine—that can reduce stress, increase interpersonal connections, and improve communications. Ms. Dang, Senior Director of Art in Medicine, also discussed a community mural project that matches artists with acute care hospitals to produce murals that were designed and created with community input.

The Workgroup also discussed GNYHA’s efforts in the areas of workplace violence prevention and mitigation, clinician burnout, and focus areas for 2020.