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It’s official: Alliance on Total Worker Health®

Yesterday, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (including the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center), Oregon OSHA and SAIF Corporation signed the first alliance we are aware of to expand the knowledge and application of Total Worker Health® principles by leveraging the strengths of three state-based organizations. What we consider to be unique in this alliance, is forging partnership between Oregon’s state OSHA, Oregon’s not-for-profit, state-chartered workers’ compensation insurance company, and an Oregon-based academic research institute. … Read More

Oh GOSH! Time to register for Oregon GOSH

I’ve said it before, but the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference is one of my most favorite safety events to attend. This conference, the largest safety conference in the Pacific Northwest, is held every other spring in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, this year March 6-9, 2017. Without a doubt – it is the place to be if you are interested in workplace safety and health. The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health … Read More

Dr. Kelsey Parker awarded new grant

We congratulate Dr. Kelsey Parker on the awarding of a small grant from the Professional Training Opportunities Program (PTOP) in Occupational Health and Safety. This program is sponsored by our regional NIOSH Education and Research Center at the University of Washington. We appreciate the collaboration with and support of the University of Washington ERC, the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. Kelsey’s project is titled “The Impact of Caregiving on Worker Health: A Daily … Read More

Inspirational talks about creating change – delivered on your smart phone!

We have some amazing speakers visit us at Occ Health Sci. However, only the select few who brave the OHSU parking scene get to see them! We also have great speakers at our symposia (access recorded webinars here), but want to keep experimenting with new ways to spread great ideas for making positive changes at work. What if we video recorded compelling talks by scientific and business innovators in creating organizational and behavior changes? Well, … Read More

What are your plans for Summer 2017?

Interested in an internship with the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences?  Or do you know an undergraduate student who is? Our application cycle for the summer of 2017 opens on January 15, 2017.  Check our application home page for downloadable instructions and access to our online application. Our program aims to introduce Oregon college students to the multidisciplinary fields of biomedical and occupational health research.  Interns participate in the everyday research activities of their … Read More

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

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