Applied Research

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

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

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

Western States occupational health community gathers in Denver

An engaged group of epidemiologists and other occupational health and public health professionals gathered in Denver last week for the 10th annual Western States Occupational Network (WestON) meeting. The Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program (OR-FACE) and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center made presentations. The mix of “Quick Takes” presentations, panel discussions, and small group breakouts sparked lively discussions and new potential collaborations.  Michael Grabell of ProPublica gave the provocative keynote – The Dismantling of Workers’ … Read More

Workplace mental health, fires and hurricanes

It is fitting that our upcoming November 30, 2017 symposium will address mental health in the workplace. While there has long been an awareness of the importance of mental health support within the workforce, it is more recent that many safety and health professionals recognize the direct linkage between our psychological and mental health, and our ability to work safely and be healthy. Our interests in Total Worker Health® and well-being naturally bring us into this discussion, … Read More

What a summer we’ve had!

August 9th was a festive day here at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. In a room abuzz with nervous excitement, our summer interns stood by their posters, proud to share their summer’s work with Institute staff, friends, and family – all just as excited. Beginning in 1993 and currently directed by Dr. Ryan Olson, the annual Summer Internship Program is an opportunity for students to be mentored by Institute members conducting research in the … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Toolkits

Research studies that began in 2011 at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) have resulted in four toolkits that we are eager to disseminate to workplaces! The toolkits, “SHIP”, “PUSH”, “Be Super!”, and “COMPASS” are for supervisors, young workers, construction workers, and homecare workers respectively. These evidence-based toolkits, described below, are designed to share our intervention findings in a practical manner so to promote occupational safety, health and well-being within the workplace. Safety & Health … Read More

Industrial hygiene and green chemistry

I didn’t realize when I went to meet with Teni Adewumi-Gunn the other day that I was about to meet a rock star. Well, a rock star of sorts in our line of work and among newer industrial hygienists! I knew that I was going to meet with a SAIF Corporation summer industrial hygiene intern to trade notes about green chemistry resources and needs in Oregon. I was in for a big treat to be … Read More

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