Pursuing Total Worker Health at OHSU

The graphic on the OHSU internal web page addressing TWH.

Our friends and partners know that here at Occupational Health Sciences, and at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), we have been talking aboutĀ Total Worker HealthTM (TWH) for some time. In fact, the OHWC is one of four-funded Centers of Excellence in the U.S. to explore and research the concepts of TWH. This funding is provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Total Worker HealthTM, as defined by NIOSH, is “a strategy integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion to prevent worker injury and illness and to advance health and well-being.” Our goalĀ  at OHWC is to translate our research findings for use by organizations and companies.

Here at OHSU we are lucky to have many resources to support improved safety, health and well-being of all employees. But as we sometimes find in large organizations, it is sometimes difficult for employees to know about the wide range of available resources.

We are very pleased to introduce a new internal (O2) web page (OHSU employee access only) that introduces Total Worker Health and more comprehensively identifies the available resources that can be used to support a total picture of health – physical, emotional , mental, spiritual and financial – at work and outside of work. We thank OHSU Communication Staff for creating the new graphic and page.

What’s next? How can we take what we are learning through research and implement it to make us all healthier at OHSU and beyond? You tell us!

NIOSH Total Worker HealthTM
Oregon Healthy Workforce Center website
OccHealthSci topic page: Total Worker HealthTM and Wellness
See the Total Worker Health page on OHSU’s internal employee pages (employee access only)

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Dede supports the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center's research, engagement and education programs. She is a certified industrial hygienist.

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