Applied Research

What’s up with Epigenetics?

Did you know that your choices can alter the way your DNA works – all without changing the “letters” that make up your genetic code? You may have heard of genetics, but what about epigenetics? It is a brand new field of science and was even recently featured on NPR! In collaboration with epigenetic researcher, Dr. Mitchell Turker, at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Let’s Get Healthy! developed a set of classroom lessons … Read More

Celebrating OHSU Research

Congratulations to all of the OHSU researchers, including our staff from Occupational Health Sciences, upon a successful research week. OHSU Research Week is a university-wide event celebrating the excellence of research performed by students, faculty, research-ranked employees, postdocs and staff across all schools, centers, institutes and education programs.                                                       … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Partner’s Luncheon – Dissemination

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) Partner’s Luncheon was attended by company presidents, vice presidents, directors, managers, coordinators, administrators, specialists, supervisors and technicians – reflecting the full gamut of the workforce. Just the right group for the topic of the Luncheon: How the OHWC should disseminate best practice safety, health, wellness and well-being tools and program toolkits to businesses and public organizations in a form that they could readily use. The number of registrants in … Read More

Lunch is on us!

‘Tell us your workplace problems, and we’ll give you interventions/solutions’ is the promise of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. One more thing, tell us how to get the interventions to you at our March 20 (11-2:30) Partner’s Luncheon at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion, and you get a free lunch: register here.  How do your qualify to be one of our partners?  You have to work at a company, government organization or union in Oregon … Read More

Creating Messages about Sun Exposure

The Environmental Protection Agency’s SunWise program is teaming up with the SHADE Foundation of America with  their annual Poster Contest.  K-8th grade students are invited to submit original, creative posters illustrating ways to prevent skin cancer and raise sun safety awareness. At least five awareness and prevention tips must be shown on the poster and may include: ·       Using adequate sunscreen, ·       Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, ·       Seeking shade when UV rays are … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Advisory Committee Meeting Talks Future Directions

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHSC) External Advisory Committee assessed the 6 interventions (some call these solutions) in Oregon workplaces to improve safety, health, wellness and well-being as ‘impressive’ in that they had been conducted so quickly after funding and had recruited and retained sizable workforce samples (over 750 participants) from construction, corrections, home care, parks and recreation (young) workers, and workers with disabilities.  The OHWC is a NIOSH-funded Total Worker Health Center of Excellence. Are They … Read More

Talking TWH at the WSU School of Nursing

Dr. Kent Anger, Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, presented “What the Research Literature Tells us about Total Worker HealthTM (TWH) and what the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is Doing About It” at the Washington State University (WSU) School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington (pictured right).  The WSU School of Nursing is led by Dean Patricia Butterfield, a CROET (now Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences) ‘graduate’ who also worked on a project with … Read More

Today’s Symposium: It’s your lucky day

We are busy here this morning kicking off our fall symposium. Perhaps you meant to to join us and weren’t able to? We invite you – on the spur – to join us by webinar as our guest and at no charge. Simply visit http://ohsu.adobeconnect.com/croet now or later this morning. Sign in as guest (enter your name) and choose “enter.” You will join us live. And if you miss us today, keep in mind the … Read More

TWH at American Public Health Association in Boston

The four NIOSH-funded Total Worker Health (TWH) Centers presented a symposium Monday at the American Public Health Association meeting, in Boston (pictured below). The Centers described part of their research programs. The following results were of particular interest: Research showed that worker participation in a TWH process resulted in increased program sustainability, presented by Glorian Sorensen of the Harvard TWH Center Studies indicated that worker participation was necessary for effective integration of TWH, presented by … Read More

Job Stress at NOHC

Dr. Joe Hurrell, Editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, keynoted the final day of the Northwest Occupational Health Conference (NOHC) in Seaside, Oregon, on October 11 (pictured below). Dr. Hurrell’s talk, the topic of the day, was on Job Stress: Causes, Consequences and Interventions.  He reviewed the scientific surveys revealing that one third of all workers report high levels of job stress and that work is the primary source of stress among employed … Read More

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