EYE OF THE STORM: Healthcare Workers and Mental Health

Brian Tate | April 15, 2022

Above, the livestream archive from Thursday, April 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EDT.

How are healthcare workers responding to Covid-19 combat fatigue, pandemic disinformation, racial injustice and scapegoating staff and equipment shortages, and the moral concerns of healthcare today? How is mental health within the field?  What can their views and experiences teach us about strengthening mental wellbeing in our communities?   

Join us online for EYE OF THE STORM: A Town Hall with Healthcare Workers About Mental Health. With Marina Del Rios, MD, MS, Nancy Hagans, RN, CCRN, Navdeep Kaur, RN, CCRN, Michelle Lee, MD, and Steven A. McDonald, MD. Moderated by Dr. Marwah Abdalla. Opening performance by Tamar-kali.

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Marwah Abdalla, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Marina Del Rios, MD, MS, Emergency Medicine Physician; Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Nancy Hagans, RN, CCRN, President, New York State Nurses Association; Critical Care Expert, Maimonides Medical Center

Navdeep Kaur, RN, CCRN, CMSRN, Critical Care Nurse, ICU, NYC + Health Hospitals/Elmhurst  

Michelle Lee, MD, A Manhattan resident physician  

Steven A. McDonald, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center  

Opening Performance
Tamar-kali, singer-songwriter, composer, musician  

Panelist Bios


Marwah Abdalla, MD: Pandemic Stress, Exhaustion Weigh on Health Care Workers – U.S. News & World Report

Marina Del Rios, MD, MS: COVID-19 takes aim at Chicago’s Latino community, many without health care – ABC News

Nancy Hagans, RN, CCRN: Frontline workers reflect on two years of COVID – Amsterdam News

Navdeep Kaur, RN, CCRN, CMSRN: The Guardians of Elmhurst – Glamour

Michelle Lee, MD: Asian American Health Workers Fight Virus and Racist Attacks – WNBC-TV 4

Steven A. McDonald, MD: The ‘Black Tax’ and COVID-19: Amid Pandemic, Black Doctors Carry Double Load – U.S. News & World Report

Tamara-kali: Tamar-kali mixes Afropunk sounds and classical music in her film scores – The Los Angeles Times



GRACE UNDER PRESSURE: Town Halls on Mental Health (April 28-May 26) is a five-week examination of mental health from the perspectives of frontline thinkers and doers who help define American society: healthcare workers, K-12 teachers, mental health providers, activists, and journalists. The series will present frank talk about issues and solutions, with an understanding of history and eyes toward the future.

Streaming on Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST, from April 28-May 26.

Presented by The WNET Group, America’s flagship PBS station.

Curated by Brian Tate, Director of Community Partnerships, The WNET Group.

Promotional Partners

Asian American Federation
National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC)

Series Schedule