Oregon Healthy WorkForce

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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

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center wins GOSH award

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center was recognized along with eight other individuals and groups with an Oregon GOSH award today. Nominated organizations and individuals are Oregon workplaces and safety and health advocates who make extraordinary contributions to workplace safety and health. The OHWC is greatly honored to receive the Safety and Health Advocate Team Award in recognition of our intervention research, successful research partnerships and outcomes, and education and outreach in Total Worker Health®. The Oregon Governor’s … Read More

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

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

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