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Diversity and inclusion meets safety and well-being

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences hosted our Fall 2016 symposium earlier this month; the event was co-sponsored by Portland State University and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC). Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Impact on Worker Health and Well-Being was among our most popular symposia yet. Almost 130 attendees from industry, government and academia joined us for discussions facilitated by researchers and industry leaders on workplace diversity. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Eden King (George Mason University), … Read More

Practicing diversity and inclusion

I met a new friend while grocery shopping the other day: she was on a knee scooter while I was newly “graduated” to one crutch. I struck up a conversation, sharing with her that there was hope in moving ahead. We all learn – whatever our personal trials – the power of sharing with those who may empathize with our challenges. We experience the emotional power of sharing every day in our lives: at work … Read More

Happy Halloween at APHA!

If you happen to be attending this week’s American Public Health Association meeting in Denver, stop by and see us! While we don’t promise chocolate, we’re happy to share research, resources and toolkits from the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health” is the theme of APHA 2016, the largest public health gathering of the year. Find us in the exhibit … Read More

NOHC short course focuses on sleep and shiftwork

The 2016 Northwest Occupational Health Conference (NOHC) short course on “Health and Safety in the 24/7 Economy” drew industrial hygienists from around the region today at the Sheraton Portland Airport. Our Institute was pleased to provide four faculty members and researchers to present their knowledge and research as part of the event. NOHC is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Today’s short course included the Peter Breysse keynote lecture, … Read More

Hello research, meet practice

Have you ever thought that science and practice don’t talk enough? As we develop and disseminate our evidence-based Total Worker Health interventions at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, it’s important to understand the steps organizations are currently taking toward healthier workforces. OHWC Center Manager, Anjali Rameshbabu attended the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) 2016 Forum last month. Geared toward sharing best practices in workplace health and well-being, HERO provides a common ground for researchers and … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Partners’ Luncheon

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) held it’s Partners’ Luncheon on Monday to thank our research and outreach partners from the first cycle (2011-2016) and our new partners for the 2016-2021 cycle. Partners from 2011-2016 learned what had been accomplished in the outreach and the four research projects, and learned about others in their research project (many for the first time) and about the other research projects and outreach going on at the Center.  The Partners, … Read More

Total Worker Health Centers Funded

We are excited to share with you that the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) has again been funded by NIOSH, joining 5 other funded centers! The OHWC was first funded in September 2011 as the fourth Total Worker Health Center of Excellence. In this new round of funding, our Center joins the previously funded Center for Work, Health, & Well-Being Center (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Center for the Promotion of Health in … Read More

Diversity, inclusion and Total Worker Health

We are pleased to announce our fall symposium that will address diversity, inclusion and Total Worker Health. We hope you will join us on Friday, November 18 in Portland as we delve into this topic and supporting research, examine best practices, and imagine how our organizations can move ahead. And as always, you can join us in person or by live webinar. Is it part of our own humanness that we don’t truly understand something … Read More

John Mohlis retires from OR Building Trades

John Mohlis’ retirement celebration was held at Edgefield (Troutdale, OR) last evening, August 23. John has been the Executive Secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council that represents approximately 25,000 construction workers in 21 member unions for well over a decade. John (pictured in the blue shirt, below) has been a strong voice for labor over his many years as Executive Secretary and most importantly has been strong voice for collaboration among labor, management, … Read More

Occ Health Sci summer interns present posters

Fifteen Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Summer Interns capped their 2016 internship on Wednesday with the annual poster session at which they present the results of their summer of research. Directed by faculty member Dr. Ryan Olson, the summer internship program had over 125 applicants and Institute faculty selected 15 enthusiastic undergraduates from Oregon or Oregon schools.  The interns attend undergraduate programs at Brown University, George Fox University, Portland State University (4), OHSU, Oregon State University (2), … Read More

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