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Burnout Among Health Care Workers Continues. Here’s What to Do
Burnout among health care workers is at an all-time high. And while there has been progress in curbing the COVID pandemic, there seems to be no respite for those working in health care. On this episode of CU on the Air, host Emily Davies talks with Dr. Marc Moss from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, who studies burnout syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and wellness among critical care health professionals, specifically ICU nurses.
Dr. Moss is also the Roger S. Mitchell Professor of Medicine and head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the director of the Colorado Resiliency Arts Lab.
* At the start of the pandemic, people realized that health care providers are there to help; the providers realized this is what they’ve been training for. Everyone bonded together behind that common vision.
* Fatigue with the month-over-month continuation of the pandemic has left people disillusioned. Providers are still battling COVID-19 at high levels; the public is weary of hearing about it.
* Health provider burnout is exacerbated by uncertainty. The need for ER care and intensive care units can fluctuate daily or hourly.
* Health care professionals are threatening to leave – and some are leaving – the profession. This puts more strain on the remaining professionals to cover critical care patients.
* The CU College of Nursing graduates about 500 nurses annually, which – along with other CU Anschutz graduates entering the profession – is very helpful to the pipeline.
* Moss discusses the symptoms of burnout: what to look for in a loved one, colleague and oneself and some helpful steps to take.
* The Colorado Resiliency Arts Lab (or CORAL) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine blends arts and medicine for better outcomes, such as creative art therapies.
* As the Roger S. Mitchell Professor of Medicine and head of the Division, Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Moss researches and treats acute respiratory distress syndrome, neuromuscular dysfunction in critically ill patients who require mechanical ventilation and more.
* Dr. Moss outlines some advancements in treating people with ARDS, including some that have come from the COVID-19 pandemic.
* How can you help our health care workers? “People want to feel appreciated and supported in anything. If you know, people that are health care professionals, I think just reaching out to him and ask him how you’re doing and letting people know you’re thinking about them. And that’s an easy first step and gets back a little bit to those signs in neighborhoods at the beginning of the pandemic,” Dr. Moss.
* Colorado Resiliency Arts Lab
* University of Colorado School of Medicine
* CU College of Nursing
* CU Anschutz Medical Campus
* Reddit Q&A with Dr. Marc Moss
CU Continues Its Long History of Honoring, Serving Veterans
November is National Veterans and Military Families Month, one of the 12 months each year that the University of Colorado prioritizes and supports the needs of those who have served our country. Today on CU on the Air, we talk to Lisa Buckman, director of veteran and military affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and Yvonne Dinsmore, interim director, and Colton Johannesen, transition and support coordinator, at the CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campuses.
The University of Colorado has a long history of serving veterans, as well as their families, and helping veterans reach their educational goals. Whether through Boots to Suits community mentorships, student mentors, new veteran centers, extensive services for vets and their families on the campuses, or mental health guidance, CU is there for the veteran and military communities.
* UCCS Veteran and Military Services
* CU Denver Veteran and Military Services
* CU Anschutz Veteran and Military Student Services
* UCCS Boots to Suits
* CU Denver | Anschutz Boots to Suits
* CU System Military Resources
* University of Colorado Colorado Springs
* University of Colorado Denver
* University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
CU Denver Engineers Diverse Ways to Serve Communities
Engineering is a higher calling, a service today to diverse communities that benefits society for generations to come. There are many avenues for engineering graduates and today on CU on the Air, host Emily Davies talks to Dr. David Mays, professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. He has assisted more than a thousand students onto their path.
* Since starting in 2005, Dr. Mays has advised 32 master’s and Ph.D. students and educated about a thousand students total.
* Engineering degrees are great preparation for anything. For example, one of Mays’ students is now a full-time instructor in engineering technology at Metro State. Two other students finished their engineering degrees and then went on to seminary to become preachers.
* Engineers are not only working for themselves and their own organizations, rather they’re trying to serve people they haven’t met.
* Civil engineers are responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and eventual disposal of the infrastructure that supports the social and economic intercourse of civilization.
* In civil engineering, what is being built today often is still in service a hundred years from now.
* Engineering attracts students of all ages and backgrounds.
* Mays discusses his research on environmental contaminants and how they can be neutralized through filters and aquifers for a cleaner, healthier society.
* Almost every river that crosses the Colorado border is flowing from Colorado to a neighboring state. Because of that, Denver has good water quality.
* In one study, Mays found that even a small leak of pure methane into the environment can cause a lot of damage because methane is much more damaging greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
* Mays discusses how wildfire suppression – exacerbated by the climate change – has hindered soil and water conservation.
* Grants from the National Science Foundation have funded groundwater and hydrologic sciences research, which is now being picked up and expanded by other researchers across the USA and around the world.
* Mays discusses his role in the NSF-sponsored program Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands.
* Mays is taking action to build community among diverse cultures, based on the premise that engineering is an opportunity for common ground in a world where many things are pulling us apart.
* There is a need to root out hidden curriculum that can reinforce privilege.
* A new program called Engineering is Not Neutral is transforming instruction by collaboration, inclusion, and engagement.
* The mission of CU Denver’s College of Engineering, Design and Computing is to serve the people of Colorado from every walk of life and every income level. This requires the college to be dynamic and change along with the changing population of the state.
* Mays is a Teach for America alumnus. Many people who work in Teach for America go on to become K through 12 teachers as their career.
* To truly serve public safety, health, and welfare, civil engineers must spend time getting to know the people of the community to better understand their needs before creating a blueprint for their future.
* Engineering is more like music or architecture than people might realize because it is fundamentally creative. This is why there is a lot of space here for people with different points of view and different backgrounds.
* College of Engineering, Design and Computing
* Colorado Oil and Gas Association, COGA
* Environmental Defense Fund
* Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands
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RECCS pairs community college students with CIRES scientists
Participants research STEM as they prepare to transition to four-year institutions
The Research Experience for Community College Students, or RECCS (pronounced Rex), is a paid summer research internship program at the University of Colorado Boulder open to all Colorado community college students. RECCS gives community college students an authentic research experience where they explore environmental or geosciences and gain the confidence to transition to a four-year program in the STEM disciplines. A CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) program, it was initiated by former faculty member and current Regent At-Large Lesley Smith.
RECCS students receive a weekly stipend of $600 to conduct field- or lab-based independent research over a nine-week period in the summer while working with a team of scientists, explained Alicia Christensen, program manager for program. They learn basic research, writing and communication skills, and they present their research at a local student science symposium.
“It has been running since 2014,” Christensen said. “We work with a variety of community colleges across Colorado, both in the Denver Metro area and also rural Colorado to bring community college students to campus and connect them with research mentors here at CU.”
In addition to the scientific endeavors undertaken by students, RECCS participants glean a wealth of experience through the program.
“Some of the professional development we did was around identity and science identity and what it’s like to come into the science culture at a four-year university,” Christensen said. “They were very brave in terms in being vulnerable and talking about some really tough subjects. In the end, I think these students are continuing to hang out and talk to each other after this experience.”
The typical cohort is about 10 students, she said. However, this past summer RECCS had 18 students. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Geological Survey and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Education have been instrumental in external pairings.
“(Students) work on a variety of research topics related to atmospheric sciences, climate change, air quality and pollution,” Christensen said. “We also have a variety of students who will do more field-based experiences and ecology based projects.”
Students also participate in a professional development workshop through the summer with the help of program staff and some CU Boulder graduate students, she said.
“That’s really focused around helping the students understand how to synthesize the research that they’re doing into a scientific poster and also a formal conference presentation,” Christensen said. “They learn the skills required to communicate their science to a more general audience than those that are specific to their disciplines.”
Christensen said another aspect of the program that is imperative and unique is the importance of introducing racially and ethnically diverse students going into the sciences. “It is because it’s hard for them to feel welcome. And these programs, especially those focused around community college students, tend to be more ethnically and racially diverse,” she said.
Anne Gold, director of this year’s education outreach program, shared a sampling of how the program has changed these students’ lives.
UCCS’ Bachelor of Innovation Boldly Goes Where None Have Gone Before
Benjamin Kwitek, director of innovation at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, understands that innovation is critical to solving the problems our society faces. Kwitek understands the United States is at the forefront of innovation at a local and global level. At UCCS, he is also the innovator of the world’s first Bachelor of Innovation.
* What is innovation and why is it important?
* How the U.S. is able to push boundaries and lead the world in innovation.
* The importance of an educated population and university collaborations that lead to a culture of trying new things.
* Angel investors and capital can turn a startup idea into a company that makes a huge difference.
* The making of an inventor: Kwitek grew up in a family of creators and innovators.
* Kwitek is the inventor of the technology in the Dr. Grip Pen.
* He recently got his 10th U.S. patent with more pending.
* Portable cinnamon roll sold at Taco Bell and others is another invention.
* UCCS is unique that it offers a Bachelor of Innovation degree – the first in the world.
* Innovation is created in teams – not big teams just enough for two pizza.
* The importance of complementing strengths and skills creating a culture of innovation.
* UCCS program combines multiple areas of study.
* Diversity of faculty backgrounds and why it’s important to have people who have experience in their field vs. only learning from a book.
* ‘Innovation’ in the degree name is important as a distinguishing factor that will help students stand out.
* How a BI can be a direct pipeline from CU to careers that benefit the state and world.
* Ongoing projects already making a difference in Colorado.
* Colorado Springs has the makings of a mecca of innovation – can a school at CU be dedicated to innovation?
* Realizing the biggest difference any of us can make is by empowering other people to make a difference, because then the light continues.
* How the students at UCCS are providing hope and a new vision for the future during tumultuous times.
* Kwitek’s world travels highlight the power of innovation and how every nation can add value.
* The inspiration from Germany for those cool “street” signs people put in their homes and garages and how they landed Kwitek on Leno.
* What Kwitek has learned from failure, and how that benefits him, as he perseveres, and his students as he guides them past pitfalls.
* Learning not from focusing on the orange cones, rather the space between them.
* Why innovation is different from entrepreneurship: Innovation is not stepping over the bar, it’s raising it to new heights.
* CU Colorado Springs Bachelor of Innovation
* William Shatner keynote at UCCS
* Grip Pen
* Portable Cinnamon Roll Patent
* At the sign post, up ahead, Colorado Springs Business Journal
The Affordable-Housing Crisis and Building Transportation, Health and Wealth in Underserved Areas
For many families in the Metro area, safe, adequate housing is a dream, and the limited access to transportation is a nightmare. Today on CU on the Air, we’re talking to CU Denver’s Carrie Makarewicz, associate professor of urban and regional planning in the College of Architecture and Planning, about the housing and commuting crises and what is in the works to remedy them.
* The “missing-middle” and why teachers, police officers, nurses, and people in many other professions cannot afford to buy a home in Colorado.
* The inspiration for Makarewicz’s interest in urban planning – The Rust Belt and its fluctuating employment for heads of families.
* A recent report out for the state of Colorado by the Common Sense Institute shows since the Global Financial Crisis the region hasn’t continued to build the amount of housing we were producing before the crisis.
* The lower supply of housing is a problem because people continue to have children and those children eventually grow up and want to move out and raise their own families. Those new households from children of existing residents combined with people moving into the area contribute to the disparity between who can and cannot afford a home because of the imbalance between supply and demand.
* Why communities that resist growth are contributing to the problems that come from growth, such as traffic congestion, poor air quality, and unaffordable housing.
* How the inability to afford adequate housing, or spend too much income on housing, means people do not have a healthy place to recuperate each day or enough leftover discretionary income to invest in other things that support their mental and physical health as well as their professional development. This then hurts the workforce longer term, which hurts the economy and employers. It also hurts schools when children are not able to come to school prepared, because of inadequate housing and their family’s lack of income.
* Large developers are not doing thorough enough market analyses and are focusing on the small share of high-income groups who can afford expensive single-family homes as well as high-end luxury apartments, rather than smaller homes, townhomes, and condos, at moderate prices. This leaves the middle class to rent high priced apartments, which often requires them to pay too much of their income toward housing without building equity.
* Why high-rise apartments are valuable for highly populated areas, the economy, and the environment.
* Building permits from recent years, about 25,000 each year, have largely been for single-family homes across the Front Range. In the 7 counties, excluding Denver, 70% were for single family. With Denver, 59% of permits were for single family. Denver is building a large percentage of the multi-family structures that are needed for the growing population but it’s not enough.
* If every single-family home that was built in the last two years were replaced by two townhomes, that would have doubled housing production. It would also reduce the amount of land needed for each home and therefore the distance between housing and other destinations, which could help to reduce traffic. As we drive past more low-density housing, it adds more time, more traffic, and requires more road needs.
* Why do so many people want a single-family home? A lot of factors, people want private yards, gardens, etc., but there are ways to design denser housing that can accommodate these amenities at lower costs and through less land consumption.
* The region’s focus on single-family home construction—which require more land—means people are moving farther out of town and therefore are taking on longer commutes, harming their own health and the state’s environment.