C-TECH initiated a tele-mentoring and distance consultation program for PEPFAR supported sites in January 2018 via an Extension of Community Healthcare Outcome (ECHO) program. This is a weekly clinical consultation program offered virtually to link care and treatment sites in Jamaica to a multidisciplinary group of HIV experts. This programme engages clinicians and support staff in a continuous learning system and partners them with specialist mentors at an academic medical hub.
The program is a collaborative model of medical education and care management and does not directly provide care to patients, but instead, it increases access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas. This provides front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions and empowers them to provide appropriate HIV management to PLHIV accessing care in HIV treatment clinics. It subsequently assists in increasing HIV viral suppression rates among PLHIV and therefore helps to support the goal of HIV epidemic control. The program supplements the onsite mentoring, providing easily accessible cost-efficient clinical mentoring and continuing professional education. It allows mentoring to be conducted with more clinicians, more frequently, islandwide and fosters the development of peer networks and communities of practice that increase provider satisfaction.
Since its inception, the HIV ECHO program has been expanded to include Quality Improvement HIV ECHO, Mental Health HIV ECHO and Emerging Diseases HIV ECHO.
There have also been several sessions providing updates on developments in the management of COVID-19. (Including study outcomes on Remdesevir, Hydroxychloroquine and Dexamethasone therapies).
A stressful work environment can contribute to several health issues both mentally and physically, these may include headache, insomnia, stomach-aches, anxiety, difficulty concentrating high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.
It is important then that we take meaningful steps to ensure that we are manging our own personal space to avoid some of these issues. Our assumption, perception and expectation affect how we react to others and life situations and ultimately how we view how jobs. When assumption, expectations and perceptions are not met, we respond through our thought’s feelings and behaviours. It is important to practice positive thinking as our thoughts affects how we feel, and our feelings affects how we behave.
Here are some tips to help you with your work environment:
We often here people expressing how stressed they are feeling or how over worked they are, not having enough time to do the things they like such as spending time with friend and families or even a few self-care activities. We have watch families suffer due to long working hours as well as our jobs due to loss of interest and enthusiasm resulting from burnout.
When workers are balanced and happy, they are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay in their jobs.
Here is how you can accomplish work life balance
Tameca Dempster-Mattocks is an accomplished Associate Counseling Psychologist and Financial Counsellor, holding an M.Sc. Degree in Counselling and Social Work from Mico University College, along with multiple certifications in mental health from the University of Washington.
Currently, she holds the positions of Regional Psychologist – NERHA and Mental Health Program Coordinator at the Caribbean Training & Education Center for Health (C-TECH). Tameca has successfully managed regional mental health projects, overseeing and leading impactful initiatives that positively influence the mental well-being of individuals in the region.
With a passion for community service, Tameca actively contributes to various private and charitable organizations, dedicating her time as a volunteer to support community members and at-risk youth.
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