Lorna Breen, MD
In late January, ASH sent letters of support to the Senate sponsors of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. The legislation would improve mental and behavioral health and aims to prevent burnout among health care providers. Health care professionals have long experienced elevated levels of stress and burnout, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the problem. The legislation aims to accomplish these goals by establishing a national evidence-based education and awareness campaign and establishing grants for health care providers and professional associations for employee education, peer-support programming, and mental and behavioral health treatment, among other things. The legislation is named in honor of Dr. Lorna Breen, a physician working on the front lines of the pandemic in New York who died by suicide in the Spring of 2020.
Learn more about this and other ASH advocacy efforts at hematology.org/advocacy.