Oregon Healthy WorkForce

Wellness at GOSH: What are you waiting for?

Don’t wait until the last minute! Join us at the 2013 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Conference short course on wellness – Thursday, March 7 at the Oregon Convention Center. Register online and select course # 706 (Excellence in Wellness: Taking your program to the next level). And what can you expect? Learning about what works – networking with others with great ideas. Here’s a few highlights: Keynote presentation Sharing Data and Evidence about … Read More

Pedestrians and Bicyclists: Staying safe as we become fit

We always seek feedback from our stakeholders while exhibiting at events. Last week’s Northwest Agriculture Show was no exception. One of the more emotional requests to us as a way to make a difference in safety was a plea to encourage pedestrians and cyclists to become more visible to motorists in the dark. Here in Portland and in many of our neighboring cities, we pride ourselves on how many of us get exercise during our … Read More

Work Stress and Focused Coping

As a way to help members of CROET, OHSU and the community get to know and meet our staff at CROET, we have been holding regular seminars to showcase their research. One of the seminars within our Young Investigator Highlight series was given by Rob Wright, a Postdoctoral Researcher working with CROET’s Ryan Olson, on January 9th.  Rob recently completed his PhD in Social Psychology and Occupational Health Psychology at Portland State University and has … Read More

Wellness@Work Strategic Planning Meeting

The planning committee to Oregon’s Wellness@Work program, now located in the Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI), met Monday (January 14) to confirm and extend its mission, objectives, and organization. Pictured is the group meeting at Kaiser Permanente in Portland; others are on the phone.  Dawn Robbins, program manager, lead the meeting. Wellness@ Work provides tools to: Assess your company’s wellness culture and environment Tailor model policies to meet your organization’s needs (in wellness) Inspire other … Read More

Total Worker Health in Portland (OR) Parks and Recreation

Critical to workforce health is the safe and healthy work and home practices of the nation’s youth.  An innovative program developed by the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center, a NIOSH Center of Excellence, offers both safety and health training as well as healthful lifestyle information to summer workers in Portland (Oregon) Parks and Recreation pools that is subsequently reinforced by messaging on social media sites such as Facebook and Pintrest.  Depicted are focus group and study … Read More

Total Worker Health Conference in Iowa

The Total Worker Health conference in Iowa began this morning with a presentation by Dr. John Howard, the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),  on the critical importance of prevention in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The role of workforce health in the nation’s health, where prevention is the primary method for reducing health care costs, was the theme of Dr. Howard’s presentation. Shown in the picture is a … Read More

Collaborating in Medford

The Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference was once a well kept secret. In recent years, including this week’s event with 318 registered attendees, it has proved itself to provide a wealth of top notch technical sessions and networking opportunities for health, safety, wellness and environmental professionals. And – although not expecting it – it seems that references to Total Worker Health are popping up everywhere. Today it was in the keynote, provided by … Read More

Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center External Advisory Committee

The External Advisory Committee (EAC) of the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center met last Thursday to learn about the research, education and outreach in the Center’s first year.  Pictured and attending are EAC members (from right) Joe Hurrell (formerly of NIOSH, now Editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology), Leda Garside (Tuality Heathcare ¡Salud! Services), Chuck Easterly (SAIF),  John Mohlis (Oregon Building Trades), Noah Sexius (University of Washington) and Mark Cullen (Stanford University). The EAC concluded … Read More

Wellness@Work: An Economic Imperative

Did you know that in Oregon, healthcare costs doubled between 1990 and 2001, and doubled again between 2002 and 2012? Did you know that, since 2000, employment based health insurance premiums have increased by 87%, and have significantly outpaced inflation and workers’ earnings over the last 20 years? These are a few of the statistics cited by Mark Hurliman, Oregon OSHA SHARP and VPP Program Manager, during an educational session he chaired at the recent … Read More

Oregon Healthy WorkForce Partner’s Luncheon

The Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center held it’s first annual Partner’s Luncheon in Portland on Friday. Over 125 people attended to hear keynote speaker Larry Chapman of the Chapman Institute in Seattle present “An authoritative look at the ROI of worksite wellness.” He described the evidence basis for the high return on investment (ROI) of workplace wellness programs measured in dollar savings to the organizations. In a conservative meta-analytic review of 22 published, scientifically rigorous studies: … Read More

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