Director of Graduate Studies College of Public Health, University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Presentation Details: This presentation will share information collected in the first ever national study of fatalities management workers or “Last Responders”. Fatalities management workers includes those who work in a funeral home, crematory, hospital decedent care unit, medical examiner office, etc.), and may have been exposed to stress related to their work during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which may have influenced their wellbeing.
Last Responders’ are the invisible faces of COVID-19. Yet their work is essential. This study was conducted by the College of Public Health, University of Iowa, and funded by US Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The purpose of this study and presentation is to understand stress, coping strategies and wellbeing of fatalities management workers across the US in relation to COVID-19; and to use that knowledge to guide the development of supportive interventions to promote wellbeing among these workers.
Upon completion, participants will be able to
Discuss purpose of study and research methodology and concepts assessed in the study
Generalize the preliminary data collected on the psycho-social impact of Covid-19 on fatality management workers.
Implement intervention strategies to prevent or manage stress and enhance wellbeing of Fatalities Management workers.