New Britain chamber, HOCC hosting webinar on dealing with pandemic at home, work

Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:38
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – The Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce and Hospital Of Central Connecticut will be hosting a wellness webinar this Friday at 8 a.m.

“During these challenging times, it is important that we take all necessary precautions to avoid the covid-19 virus and learn how to deal with the pandemic in our lives and our workplaces. This webinar will present practical advice and strategies for your well-being and that of your family and co-workers,” said Bill Moore, Greater New Britain Chamber president.

The discussion on wellness during a pandemic will be led by Jess Collins, regional director of behavioral health at Hartford HealthCare.

“We’re going to address some of the issues businesses may encounter, but it’s really for anybody who is looking for ways to release some of the stress of living during the current pandemic,” Moore said.

During the presentation, Collins will focus on how the human body responds to stress during a pandemic; the impact of the pandemic on loved ones, staff members and ourselves; how to maintain our lives and cope; supporting staff; and covid-19 and the holidays.

“She really is one of the top notch people in the area,” Moore said. “She is very well regarded in her field and we’re honored to have her with us really to give insight and lead the discussion on what happens when you’re constantly driven every day by news updates of the pandemic; how do you really maintain a balance; how do you maintain empathy for others; how do you really cope with this pandemic?”

Collins is a board certified registered nurse with a Masters in Community Counseling. As the Director of Behavioral Health for HOCC and MidState Medical Center, she oversees a 32-bed inpatient unit, two psychiatric emergency rooms and two large adult outpatient clinics for behavioral health and substance abuse. Collins has worked to develop programs around employee and patient wellness, as well as community opioid abuse support.

To attend the free webinar, register by sending an email to or by calling 860-229-1665.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:38. Updated: Wednesday, 18 November 2020 15:40.