From fighting the pandemic to fighting injustice, many mission-driven individuals are feeling burned out these days. It’s not just a matter of too much work, but also a reflection of the energy required to navigate a time marked by isolation, discord, and profound loss.
With nearly a million lives lost worldwide due to COVID-19, including over 200,000 Americans, there has been no collective mourning, no space during days of unyielding work and advocacy to come together — if even for a moment — to simply grieve, breathe, and rest.
Co-hosted by Rishi Manchanda, President of HealthBegins, and Varun Soni, Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, this 50-minute online forum will include a prayer and moment of silence to mourn patients, colleagues, and loved ones lost to the pandemic, a guided meditation on rest and spiritual sustenance, and a fireside chat about restorative practices, justice, and self-preservation among leaders in public health, health care, and health equity.
*Out of respect for the mourners who attended this event, HealthBegins is not publishing the recording.*
Staff Spotlight: Ellen Lawton, Pioneer of Medical-Legal Partnership
“There should be a lawyer, a legal aid lawyer, in every single clinic in the country. You don’t have to call them a legal aid lawyer. You can call them a problem solver.”
Staff Spotlight: Sara Bader, From Urban Planning to Health Equity
“I would encourage people that if they feel driven to the work of reducing inequities that there is a role for them in this work.”
Staff Spotlight: Taleen Yepremian, Determined to End Inequities in Health Care Access
“It was heartbreaking to see kids that can't see a doctor or can't see psychologists or any type of provider they need because they don't have the insurance, they don't have the access to care.”