Microgrant Recipients

Supporting Resilience Among Frontline Providers

Brandeis University

Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

with funding from

The Henry Luce Foundation


The goal of this fund is to provide resources to chaplains who are partnering with an administrator (staff member outside of chaplaincy department) at their organizations to extend the work on the frontlines of COVID-19, especially the needs of the most impacted, as well as the social inequalities around or related to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Round 2 Recipients

See Round 1 recipients here

“Restorative Care for Faculty/Staff during COVID-19”
Keene State College
Keene, New Hampshire

Cynthia Lambert Cheshire, PhD Candidate
Dr. Dottie Morris, Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity

Our project seeks to address two important needs in the Keene State College community: directed spiritual care related to the COVID-19 pandemic for faculty and staff, and opportunities for restorative circle practices as a mechanism for campus-wide discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We see these two elements as connected and synergetic, working together for the holistic growth and care of our campus community. Our grant award will be used to create support groups, pop-up events, and spiritual care workshops for faculty and staff, and will also assist in training a cohort of restorative circle practitioners.  

ALL God’s Children: Spiritual Care and Support for Lower-Wage Hospital Colleagues Managing Burdens of COVID-19
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Ann Arbor and Livingston, Michigan

Thomas J. Rea, M.S., M.P.S., B.C.C., Manager of Spiritual Care
David Nantais, M.S., M.A., M.T.S., Director of Mission Integration

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital frontline colleagues are stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic. For people in lower-wage jobs—environment services, food service, transportation, security—the impacts can seem insurmountable. These colleagues make lifesaving contributions to the health, safety, and well-being of patients, but need better support for the burdens of COVID-19 illness at work and home. This program will offer them: 1) individual and group spiritual support, 2) monthly Lunch and Learn sessions and handouts about building and maintaining resilience, 3) fresh farm produce and staples for families in need of food security, and 4) referrals for additional services.

The Body Knows
New York – Presbyterian Hospital
New York, New York

Linda S. Golding, MA, BCC, Coordinator, Pastoral Service
Courtney Vose, DNP, BDA, RN, APRN, NEA-BC, Vice-President and Chief Nursing Officer

The Body Knows is a psycho-spiritual program designed to enhance relational resilience in frontline healthcare workers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  This cross-campus chaplain-led program will foster healing and transformation through collaborative spiritual integration with trusted others using workshops, follow up and regular evaluation. THE BODY KNOWS will encourage the courageous sharing of spiritual, moral, and/or religious struggles arising from COVID-19, public anguish/lament of systemic racism and its impact on the body, and related stressors (e.g., political, financial and family concerns) by recruiting spiritual resources and body-centered practices to alleviate stress and to integrate staff experiences in healthy and embodied ways.

Building Resilience during COVID for MLH Frontline Folx
Mainline Health
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Rev. Dr. Liam Robins, CPE Manager and Interfaith Chaplain
Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, Chief Operating Officer

To support frontline workers at Lankenau Medical Center, Rev. Dr. Liam Robins, the Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education, and medical center administrators are bringing new programing in Self-Compassion Training to Lankenau’s healthcare staff. Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) is a 6-hr evidence-based healthcare adaptation of the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion program created by Dr. Neff and Dr. Germer. Facilitated by trained SCHC teacher, Dr. Annie Allen, online group trainings will support healthcare staff to build resiliency and strengthen skills to deal with stress in daily life. In addition, 5 candidates will continue on to become facilitators to ensure on-going support.

A HeartMath Pilot to Support Staff Resilience
Presbyterian Health Services
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Elizabeth Morse, MDiv, CPXP, BCC, CHWC, Director of Spiritual Care
Doyle Boykin, RN, Kaseman Hospital Chief Executive

Our team will pilot HeartMath interventions in our metro area hospitals and in one regional hospital in New Mexico. We will facilitate the learning of HeartMath as a new tool to support staff resilience and well-being. Chaplains and unit leaders will be trained in HeartMath and will each be given an Inner Balance™ device to use with team members on designated units. This intervention will be open to all disciplines that serve these units, since all areas of the hospitals have been impacted in unique ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Implementing Code Lavender
Carilion Clinic
Roanoke, Virginia

Andrew Tressler MDiv, BCC, Chaplain
Suzanne Bowser MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Unit Director

Implementation of Code Lavender includes staff support for frontline healthcare providers.  This will include all members of the healthcare team.  Code Lavender will provide support of the caregiver to include presence, aromatherapy, and resources for the recipient.  This will assist in the promotion of resilience and well-being for the caregiver.  Initial implementation will occur on the COVID-19 units and the Intensive Care Units with the highest mortality rates, and advanced in phases. Research on the effectiveness of the intervention will be performed.  The team is interdisciplinary and includes chaplaincy and nursing with oversight from the organization’s Wellness Advisory Council.

Space for Wholeness at Work: Nourishing and Sustaining Resilience in Medical Language Interpreters
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Richmond, Virginia

Allison DeLaney, MPH, BCC, PCHAC, Pediatric and Women's Health Chaplain
Even Lee-Ferrand, Office of Language Services Supervisor

Space for Wholeness seeks to engage frontline Medical Language Interpreters to identify sources of stress and strength as they provide a vital bridge between patients, families and the healthcare team during COVID-19.  Focus groups and interviews will shape a two pronged intervention:

  1. Education- workshops with presentations to empower and inspire language interpreters to consider their areas of needs and interests.
  2. Reflection- an opportunity to participate in a 6 week evidence informed journaling intervention facilitated by a team of Board Certified Chaplains (BCC).

Supporting Resilience among Frontline Providers
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
Everett, Washington

Rev. Kenneth Chukwu, D.Bioethics, STL, MA, BCC, Manager of Spiritual Care
James Cook, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Forty healthcare employees (known as “Caregivers”) at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, WA will receive training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for a total of 79 Caregivers (13 teams) trained in CISM.  These trained Caregivers will offer peer support to other Caregivers when a critical incident happens to them at work that affects their well-being and productivity.  The CISM Teams will be deployed to provide crisis interventions, defusing, and debriefing for Caregivers who have been negatively impacted by stressful, critical or traumatic incidences at work in order to decrease job stress, burnout, or suicidal ideations or actions.

Supporting Resilience among Frontline Healthcare Workers & Spiritual Care Staff
Baylor Scott & White Health
Temple, Texas

Dan Roberts, M.Div., BCC, Innovation in Spiritual Care Chaplain
Niki Shah MBA, MHSA, CCHW, VP, Community Health

Baylor Scott and White Health’s Office of Mission and Ministry and Department of Community Health will launch a pilot program that uses video conferencing, quantitative assessments, and other tools to provide individualized staff support.  The participants in this project will have personalized care plans created by chaplains based on the scores of their quantitative assessments for moral injury, burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and spiritual struggle.  Interventions to address their needs will be provided over the course of an 18-week period, and the participants will be assessed three more times during the project to adjust their care plans as needed.

The Well
Liberty Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri

Jennifer Judd, Chaplain
Joanie Peterson, MSN, JD, Chief Nursing Officer

The Well concept is to create a mobile self-care training and practice lab that can be brought to hospital staff instead of asking more of already overwhelmed and depleted staff by adding yet another training to their plate. The goal is to enable employees, through the lab, to discover small, quick methods of providing self-care, practicing self-empathy for themselves in their regular work day. As employees learn these techniques, they will have the ability to draw upon these practices in times of stress. As the demands of the day empties an employee’s well, their own personal practices have the possibility of pouring back into their well. And what’s down in the well, comes up in the bucket. Empathy and caring beget empathy and caring.