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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

Tell us what you think!

Construction workers, homecare workers and young workers all have high rates of preventable injuries and illnesses. The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) has developed Total Worker Health® toolkits to improve occupational safety, health, and well-being. These toolkits aim to cultivate effective supervision and educate workers on safety practices and healthy habits. Our next step is to disseminate our evidence-based resources. We have created one-page infographics corresponding to each of the four toolkits, SHIP, PUSH, Be … Read More

What we do

Those of us at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences dedicated time and energy this past year to create short videos to demonstrate to our friends, partners and stakeholders, just what it is that we do. And we are pleased to say – we love them! All of the videos embedded below, and many others, are accessible from our playlist on an OHSU’s YouTube channel. We hope that you will take some time, if … Read More

Work, Stress, and Health 2017: Oregon Healthy Workforce Center in action

The 2017 Work, Stress and Health bi-annual conference headed toward the Great Lakes last week to explore the latest research on how work lives impact the health and well-being of workers. Minneapolis, Minnesota welcomed a crowd of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners June 7-10 for research presentation sessions, professional development, and networking events. The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) was well represented, both to present our own work, as well as well as to learn from … Read More

Cannabis use a growing concern of employers

Cannabis (marijuana) use is on the rise. Twenty-nine US States have legalized medical cannabis and 7 (including Oregon) have approved recreational use. Thus, cannabis use in the workforce is a growing concern of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, and Nicole P. Bowles, Ph.D., who works in the research group of Steven A. Shea, Ph.D., wants to better understand this issue. Despite decreased stigma and touted health benefits, including improved sleep and reduced pain, … Read More

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