Provider Vitality: Strategies for Ensuring an Energized & Effective Healthcare Workforce

Module Description

Healthcare is undergoing unprecedented change. Every day, clinicians and other healthcare workers are called upon to apply new clinical information, use new health IT systems, implement new payment models and stay engaged with patients and families. It is overwhelming, and burnout is a serious challenge for many organizations. This module is designed to explore provider vitality and provide real-life strategies to assist leaders in ensuring an energized and effective healthcare workforce. Dr. Jeffrey Ring will present a Vitality Model that can be implemented in most clinical settings with particular relevance to the safety-net.

Intended Audience

This course is designed for physicians as well as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and allied health professionals who are working toward population health management, especially in safety-net settings.

Duration and Fee

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

Registration Fee: $20

CME Credits

This Enduring Material activity, Population Health in the Safety Net, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 10/01/2018. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Dr. Jeffrey Ring is a clinical health psychologist and author who knows culturally responsive integrated healthcare from the inside out. He is an executive leadership coach, and assists leaders and teams in productive functioning toward effectiveness and competitive advantage. Dr. Ring is a champion for healthcare practitioner vitality, and is skilled in supporting teams in mindful reflection on creative approaches to self-care and wellness enhancement.

For 19 years he served as the director of behavioral sciences and cultural medicine at the family medicine residency program at White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles. There, he worked in a multi-disciplinary team providing woven behavioral and primary care health services to a predominately Spanish-speaking underserved population. He is a clinical professor of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and has clinical experience with patients along the lifespan including geriatrics.

During his career, Dr. Ring has focused on the elimination of health disparities, with an emphasis on the role of medical education and the provision of outstanding care in underserved communities. He has published extensively on medical education and culturally responsive care.

Dr. Jeffrey Ring discloses that he serves on the Speakers Bureau for Merck Pharmaceuticals on the topics of culturally responsive care, doctor-patient relationship and other non-pharmaceutical topics. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • List strategies to increase attention paid to practitioner vitality in your organization
  • Describe the drivers of vitality
  • Develop and employ strategies to enhance practitioner meaning and vitality
  • Describe methods for enhancing personal well-being and vitality
  • Describe how vitality is linked to value-based care and the Triple Aim

Module Content