As a Training & Curriculum Specialist at the NYC Mayor’s Office, Brittany Pinson, GSS ’16, has conceptualized and led the Office’s organizational wellness initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“On May 26, 2020, the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) organized the inaugural virtual Wellness Convening with representatives from the stakeholder organizations that we had been convening with during the start of the pandemic,” Pinson said. “NYC gender-based violence (GBV) leadership members from across sectors (i.e. nonprofits, District Attorney’s offices, city and state agencies) convened to share and learn from each other the strategies they had found effective in supporting Family Justice Center (FJC) staff around wellness and self-care, as well as to discuss gaps and difficulties they had faced in their efforts.”
“In summer of 2020, ENDGBV began working with onsite FJC partners to develop a comprehensive plan for the safe reopening of the City’s FJCs. Three work groups met regularly for two months to develop a collaborative reopening plan that resulted in the decision to move forward with a phased reopening of the City’s FJCs. A focus on supporting worker wellness was integrated into the reopening process from the beginning, with one work group specifically focusing on best practices for supporting survey participants’ wellness as the FJC reopened. To that end, ENDGBV conducted an FJC-specific wellness survey of partner staff working at the FJCs to gather their feedback on the usefulness of specific wellness activities offered at the FJCs.”
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