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News and Opinion Sep 24, 2021

Pamela Cantor M.D. Serves as Expert in Launch of AFT Educator Well-Being Campaign

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently launched a campaign focused on supporting educator health and well-being. The campaign kicked off with a virtual session featuring a panel of experts, including Turnaround for Children Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Pamela Cantor M.D.

The campaign aims to offer resources and opportunities to help teachers improve their mental wellness and create programs to support their emotional and physical well-being.

Dr. Cantor spoke during the interactive session, explaining how relationships are key to relieving stress:

Explaining that stress is a natural reaction to experiences of uncertainty—and pointing out that the pandemic has brought fear regarding safety, instructional loss, economic instability, social isolation and more—Cantor reassured participants that “humans have some powerful tools to combat the stress of uncertainty and fear.” Cultivating the natural hormone oxytocin is one of them, and relationships stoke that supply.

Learn more about the campaign here.