Workplace Well-Being Grant Program

About the Faculty & Staff Workplace Well-Being Grant Program


The Wellness Office aims to encourage and support innovative approaches for improving the quality of experience and well-being at work. The goal of the grant programs is to encourage and support innovative, scalable, and sustainable approaches that improve the quality of experience and well-being at work and in the learning environment among faculty, staff and learners at Michigan Medicine. Awards will be granted up to $5,000 for projects spanning 12 months. This program is open to all faculty and staff at Michigan Medicine.

2022-2023 Faculty & Staff Workplace Well-Being Grant Program Awardees

Six awards of up to $5,000 were granted for the following projects:

LHC Wellness Project
Dr. Sahoko Little & Dr. Christine Medaugh, Department of Family Medicine

  • Implementing intervention to increase communication and solicit stressors and issues from the staff and providers at Livonia Health Center (LHC) and discuss root causes and solutions during team meetings to solve the issues.

Improving Wellness of Trainee Mothers Through Hands-Free Pump Loan Program
Dr. Amanda McCormick, Department of Pediatrics

  • The demands of graduate medical education affect many trainees' decisions to have children, and for those women who give birth during training, breastfeeding when returning to work can be a major source of stress. The benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and infant are well known, however many residents who choose not to breastfeed do so because of the additional stress, low supply, and the disruptive nature of pumping in the training environment. While many areas of Michigan Medicine accommodate breastfeeding mothers, proximity to clean and private pumping areas is not always possible due to the demands of residency rotations. The current proposal would provide starter funding for a wearable pump loan program. All house officers returning from maternity leave would be eligible to participate.

A Novel Interdisciplinary Recognition Program to Strengthen Perioperative Workplace Morale and Relations
Dr. Adam Was & Ms. Sarah Tackett,
Department of Anesthesiology

  • Incredible work is being done by all types of employees in the Mott perioperative areas. These acts are often remarked upon, especially by members of different teams, but they go officially unrecognized. We propose a novel, incentivized recognition program to improve interdisciplinary relations. This recognition program would uniquely require that the recognizer have a different job title than the person they are nominating.

Encouraging a culture of wellness in the department by establishing an "Employee of the Month" style recognition program for Wellness "Influencers"
Dr. Maria Westerhoff, Department of Pathology

  • There are two goals to this project: 1) Encourage a culture of wellness by recognizing department members who actively improve the wellness of others through their help and mentorship of team members 2) Improve the connection between leadership and department members in regards to establishing that wellness is an important value.

Reducing Second Victim Traumatic Stress on Labor and Delivery
Dr. Angela Liang, Dr. Lauren Owens, and Dr. Elizabeth Campbell, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • The goals of this project are to develop a structured process following adverse events, including the development of a formal debrief session as well as facilitating peer-to-peer support to improve the emotional wellness of our healthcare providers and learners.

Addressing Moral Injury Among Surgical Trainees with High-Performance Team Training
Dr. Pratyusha Yalamanchi & Dr. Mariel Watkins, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

  • This high-performance team-based training is based on validated management and leadership development programming tailored to meet the specific needs of busy surgical trainees. Content will focus specifically on tangible solutions to (1) establishing trust within the team, (2) effective, open communication, (3) giving and receiving effective feedback, and (4) coping with complications.

2021-2022 Workplace Well-Being Grant Program Awardees

Six awards of up to $5,000 were granted for the following projects:


  • Adapting the Providers Share Workshop Methodology to Support COVID-19 Caregivers

Lisa Harris, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Compassion Awareness Project

Sarah Thurston, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM)


  • Creating a Positive Organizational Culture with Storytelling

Kim Garver, MD and Amy Young, PhD, Department of Radiology


  • Improving Burnout Wellbeing for Faculty, Staff and Learners with Positive Leadership Training

Kim Garver, MD and Amy Young, PhD, Department of Radiology


  • Parenting Stories at Michigan Medicine

Kelly Paradis, MD and Helen Morgan, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology


  • Timeular: A Different Approach to Time Management, Productivity Tracking and the Work/Life Balance

Courtney Oliver, Department of Internal Medicine


2020-2021 Workplace Well-Being Grant Program Awardees

In this pilot year, eight awards of up to $5,000 were granted for the following projects:

  • Improving Radiology Wellness Through Inclusive Imagery
    Aparna Joshi, MD, and Kimberly A. Garver, MD, Department of Radiology

  • Improving Workflow to Alleviate Physician Burnout
    Cristina Alvarado Nieves, MD and Elif Oral, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes

  • Ob/Gyn Wellness Book Club
    Meghan Seewald, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department

  • Overcoming Barriers to Participation in COMPASS, a Peer to Peer Support Program
    Ruby Marr, MD, Department of Internal Medicine

  • Professional Development for Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics Trainees
    Anna Laucis, MD and Kelly Paradis, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology

  • Sustained Presence of High Quality Nutrition Leads to Improved Provider Wellness
    Anita Amin, MD and Jason Ham, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine

  • Three Good Things Text Intervention
    Katherine Gold, MD, Department of Family Medicine

  • Women in CVM Peer Mentorship Pilot
    Sarah Gualano, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine