Virtual Learning Hour Special Series: Peer Support: Fostering Connection and Destigmatizing Mental Health for Caregivers

July 24, 2020


  • Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, President Emeritus and a Senior Fellow, IHI
  • Christine Hein, MD, Chief Wellness Officer and Associate Medical Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Maine Medical Center; and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Harvard Medical School; and Senior Faculty, Center for Medical Simulation
  • Moderated by: Jessica Perlo, MPH, Director, IHI


This program is part of the IHI Virtual Learning Hour Caring for Caregivers Special Series, delivered in partnership with Well Being Trust.

This Virtual Learning Hour explores why care team members tend not to seek mental health support when needed and the potential for peer support to be an effective resource for care team health and well-being.

  • Why peer support is an effective intervention in the pursuit of well-being and joy in work
  • The characteristics of peer support
  • How creating these connections aid in the destigmatization of health-seeking behaviors among caregivers
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