Locally and internationally, Mass General is making a difference in our global community. Our mission takes us to many cultures and locales with the overarching aim to work in partnership with others to understand and lesson the burden of disease and provide support and care to communities in need.
Our profession has long held principles about the work we do. These include “first, do no harm,” and second, “take care of oneself so you may care for others.” Such principles obligate us to ensure we take steps to keep ourselves healthy and safe as well as those we work with.
Therefore, the health, safety and security (HSS) of colleagues and collaborators as they travel around the world is our first concern.
To fulfill the mission and uphold the values of the Center for Global Health (CGH), we are committed to establishing safe and innovative ways for our programs and staff to work. CGH has developed an HSS framework using many of the resources and subject matter expertise already available through MGB.
Please note: As of January 1, 2021, all MGB business travel is prohibited until Spring 2021. Personal travel, particularly international personal travel, is strongly discouraged. The policy is regularly reviewed, and updates will be forthcoming as circumstances change. Click here for more information.
HSS Focus Areas for Employees
Employees on approved travel have important roles and responsibilities. As an employee, you are responsible for exercising good judgement and ultimately for the decisions you make, for yourself, and as part of any group or team travel. Ensure that you are properly prepared and ready to adapt to the environment you find yourself traveling to and working in.
- Staff preparation: our employees prepare for travel by completing a standard set of pre-travel steps.
- Risk assessment and intelligence: we stay informed of the risks in places where we work, and we know where staff is and how to reach them.
- Incident management and reporting: we have the information needed to respond to an adverse event and can efficiently work with the traveler and/or key contacts to ensure a safe resolution.
HSS Resources for Directors/Managers
If you have staff that are or will be traveling in any capacity, visit this section for additional resources in the above focus areas that you should consider for your team. Our HSS team is available to assist any program directors and managers who wish to build a more comprehensive HSS profile for their program, department, or team.
Additional HSS Resources
Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the below contacts with any questions or to set up a time to discuss any of the information found on this page.