Archive for 2017

Wishes for 2018

As we move through this final month of 2017, all of us at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences wish you safe, healthy and happy holidays.  In addition, our staff and faculty share the following specific wishes for the coming year: I hope that good ideas, careful science and hard work are always rewarded—-Steven Shea, Institute Director We wish everyone a safe holiday season with a reminder to wear fall protection even if your … Read More

What did we learn at “Navigating Mental Health at Work?”

We are always pleased when our symposia draw a full room: it tells us that our chosen topic is deemed both interesting and relevant to you, our supporters and partners. Last week’s Navigating Mental Health in the Workplace drew a high attendance, addressed serious concerns so many of us share, and left us with new resources and ideas. If you missed the event, you can access handouts and webinar recordings on our website. The day … Read More

Collaborative research across the ocean

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center hosted four colleagues from Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) last week as part of the Institute’s continuing partnership with BDMS through OHSU Global Health, Southeast Asia.  Building on this partnership, the BDMS team at Prapadaeng Hospital led by Dr. Pankit has developed an innovative wellness intervention involving individual improvement strategies, organizational support (e.g., making work time available, setting up an area of the cafeteria … Read More

#Mentalhealthatwork: Join in now

If you are sitting at work or home and wishing you had registered for today’s “Navigating mental health in the workplace: What do we know and where do we go,” join us now by webinar! Dr. Nancy Spangler is kicking off our morning helping us understand resilient individuals and resilient workplaces. All of our speakers today will be translating and applying research in this field. Tune in by visiting this website: and follow instructions … Read More

National Pesticide Information Center wins award

Perhaps the best “perk” I receive from working at the Institute is being able to associate with all the wonderful, intelligent and dedicated people here. But I also enjoy a similar reward as Co-Primary Investigator with the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), a project funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and cooperatively administered between Oregon State University and EPA. NPIC is staffed by highly trained and dedicated specialists who provide objective, science-based information … Read More

Industrial hygiene research meets practice in Spokane

Our fall safety & health conference season extended into Washington state at the end of October, when about 120 local and regional occupational health and safety professionals and students gathered in Spokane for the 60th annual Pacific NW Section – American Industrial Hygiene Association (PNS-AIHA) fall conference (a.k.a. NW Occupational Health Conference, or NOHC). Three concurrent technical sessions kept everyone hopping. Exhibit booth time also gave us an opportunity to engage in conversation with dozens … Read More

Connecting at OPHA

Faculty and staff attended the The 2017 Annual OPHA Conference and Meeting held in Corvallis, OR on October 9th to October 10th. During the conference we showcased research findings, networked with public health professionals, and met with attendees interested in learning more about toolkits and tools developed by the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC). With the exhibition of several posters at the poster session, many conference attendees were curious about the Institute’s role in researching and developing interventions to … Read More

Happy Halloween!

Fun at the Southern Oregon Safety & Health Conference

The Southern Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Conference, held Oct. 17-19 at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Conference Center, was (as are all Oregon safety & health conferences) educational and fun. So much fun that Dede and I forgot to get photos to show you of our presentation, Fatigue at Work: Causes, Impacts and Solutions. So, you’ll just have to imagine a conference room with about 80 attendees actively engaged in a discussion on the … Read More

SERVe Summit

This week, representatives from organizations across Oregon gathered at Portland State University for the Study for Employment Retention of Veterans (SERVe) Employer Summit. SERVe, a 5-year study funded by the Department of Defense, is aimed at increasing the retention of veteran employees within organizations and improving the health and well-being of veterans and their families through supervisor training. At the Summit, members of the SERVe research team, led by Dr. Leslie Hammer of Oregon Health … Read More

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