The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rise in mental health crises in the United States. Essential, non-healthcare workers, who have been exposed to significant healthcare risks, and other work-related stressors, have been understudied despite their vulnerability and mental health needs. In response to this gap in research and the need to educate students to address this crisis, we are developing a simulation that can be used as a learning tool to help students better understand and intervene in a retail environment
Our study examines the effectiveness of three simulations that are being conducted during the summer of 2022. These simulations consist of social work and business students who will be provided a case study of a grocery store employee during a simulated team meeting. This study uses brief qualitative interviews and the ISVS-21 to ways that students' attitude towards interprofessional collaboration is influenced by this learning experience. In the future, we plan on examining how simulations can help with developing collaborative skills.
During our lightning talk, we plan on discussing several themes. Firstly, we will discuss the need for interprofessional education to help students be able to address pressing social needs; namely addressing the impact that COVID-19 has had on retail workers and how professional collaboration is important in intervening with this population. This goal aligns with the theme of focusing on what matters most; namely, helping professionals better address the needs and concerns of vulnerable people.
Secondly, social workers and other healthcare professionals often work with non-healthcare professionals in work settings and specialized training would enhance their ability to collaborate with people who are not healthcare workers. Thirdly, we will share our use of evaluation tools and discuss key concepts that are important to measure when conducting this simulation.