Courage to Care

A conference promoting nurses as leaders in pandemics — and beyond

October 15, 2020

Conference Overview

In Discussion With

Inspiring conversations with thought leaders and influencers as they discuss the role of nurses during pandemics — and beyond.

In one-on-one conversations, ICAP’s Susan Michaels-Strasser will discuss how nurses can transform the lives of their patients, their communities, and the world.

Maggie Rawlins

Registered nurse, supermodel

A registered nurse turned fashion model from South Carolina, Rawlins was appearing in the pages of Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Love magazines before the outbreak of COVID-19. Now she’s lending her medical skills to patients in need.

Fatu Kekula

Former nursing student, full time mother of one

A young nursing student in Liberia during the 2014-2016 Ebola virus epidemic, Fatu Kekula improvised personal protective equipment which allowed her to care for several family members without becoming ill herself. Her technique, now referred to as the trash bag method, has been recognized as a simple and accessible way for people to protect themselves in an epidemic.


How to Build Engaging Virtual Trainings for Health Workers 

Claire Steiner, Health Information Adviser at ICAP

In this session, ICAP technical experts will use real world examples from their own lived experiences to share best practices on creating, implementing, and measuring virtual trainings for health workers.

Self-Care in a Crisis

Craig Spencer, Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

As a survivor of Ebolavirus disease and director of a busy emergency health unit in New York City, Dr. Spencer knows how difficult it can be to take care of yourself while caring for others. In this workshop, he will provide actionable tips and tricks on how health workers can care for themselves in the midst of emergency contexts.

Honoring the Heroes of COVID-19

2020 has brought into focus just how important nurses are across the world. While our lives have changed with the emergence of COVID-19, the resilience and commitment-to-care of our health front lines has not. Nurses and others in the frontlines have risen to the occasion, ready to fight for their patients and for the greater public health in the face of great uncertainty and many unknowns. It is who they are, and what they do.

In this special award ceremony, ICAP will present two awards to exemplary health care workers active in the global COVID-19 response.

ICAP Health Advocacy Hero Award

Given to an outstanding advocate for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Courage to Care Award

Presented to a health worker(s) on the frontlines who have shown exemplary commitment-to-care and resiliency in the COVID-19 response

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