2022 NORA Symposium

2022 NORA Online Symposium

The Changing Nature of Work: Impacts of COVID-19 on our Health Care Workforce

Thursday, May 5

12:00pm – 3:00pm Central


The NORA Symposium will be held online via Zoom.


The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant rise in burnout in our frontline health care workers. The resulting risks to our workforce include an increase in stress and mental health issues, workplace violence, and racial disparities. This dramatic increase in stressors on our health care workers also has a significant impact on health equity and access to care.

Join us Thursday, May 5 @ 12pm Central as we discuss the health and safety impacts of COVID-19 on our health care workforce.



This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Lotte Dyrbye, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Chief Well-being Officer at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Dyrbye’s presentation, “Strategies to Address Burnout Among Clinicians” will include up-to-date information on the prevalence of burnout and potential contributors, describe the consequences of burnout, and identify individual as well as organizational strategies to enhance clinician well-being.

Following Dr. Dyrbye’s presentation, a panel of experts representing various sectors of healthcare will discuss the wide range of impacts of COVID-19, including workplace violence, health equity, and rural healthcare. This panel presentation will include an opportunity for participants to engage in the discussion via a live Q&A session.

The symposium will begin with a virtual poster session on occupational health and safety research by MCOHS- and UMASH-sponsored students and partners.



  • Define the potential impacts of COVID-19, including the increased risk for burnout, among healthcare workers.
  • Identify ways to decrease the impacts of COVID-19, including burnout, across a range of healthcare work environments.
  • Describe challenges relative to the impacts of COVID-19 among low-resource healthcare worker populations.



Virtual poster session on occupational health and safety research by MCOHS- and UMASH-sponsored students and partners.

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Lotte Dyrbye

Panelist Presentation and Q&A


Lotte Dyrbye, M.D., M.H.P.E.

Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Chief Well-being Officer; Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Dyrbye is a recognized thought leader in physician burnout and engagement. She has conducted numerous national and multi-institutional studies, randomized clinical trials of possible solutions, and been an innovator. She is frequently invited to give presentations both nationally and internationally and has authored more than 130 journal articles, abstracts and other written publications related to physician well-being. She has received 11 competitive research grants to support her work and co-developed the Well-Being Index and an interactive web-tool that provides a validated instrument for self-assessment, access to tailored resources, and organization level reports with comparisons to national norm.

Dr. Dyrbye is a member of National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience and co-authored the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine consensus study report, Taking Action Against Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being, which was released in the fall of 2019. The report calls upon leaders in health care organizations to prioritize major improvements in clinical work environments to prevent and mitigate clinician burnout and foster professional well-being.

Following Dr. Dyrbye’s presentation, a Q&A session will be moderated by Dr. Marizen Ramirez, MCOHS Director.


Following Dr. Dyrbye’s presentation, there will be presentations by a panel of experts on the various impacts of COVID-19 in health care, including stress and mental health issues, workplace violence, racial disparities, and health equity.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jeff Bender, UMASH Director.


Dr. Casey Clements MD, PhD
Emergency Medicine
Mayo Clinic

Josh Gramling
Director of Occupational Health, Wellness and Jail Health Services
Hennepin Healthcare

Karl Oehlke ABIM, PA-C
Avera Medical Group, Sioux Falls, SD

Myra DW West PsyD
Clinical Psychologist, Human Resources Director of Organization Trauma & Resilience
Marshfield WI Clinic Health System

Availability is limited.  Please register in advance.

The webinar will be recorded for later viewing.


The NORA Symposium was co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center (MCOHS) and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).