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How you will know if Oregon is bending the health care cost curve?

Dr. John McConnell of OHSU’s Department of Emergency Medicine is the person who leads the evaluation of health care data for Oregon in the affordable care act era. He spoke at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) this week. Oregon is testing a new model of health care delivery named Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) that is funded by a $1.6B grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.  Oregon’s pledge is … Read More

What’s New at the Toxicology Information Center

Fall is the season of change: summer’s heat and dryness yields to cool, foggy dampness as the sun lowers its arc over the horizon. And with the changing weather comes a shift in the types of calls received by our Toxicology Information Center (TIC). As people seal up their homes and workplaces from the cold and wet, we begin to hear more about indoor air quality (IAQ) issues; in particular, ailments associated with stuffy air … Read More

Employment Relationships and Worker Well-being

Today’s (November 15) Symposium, co-sponored by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) and the Portland State University Occupational Health Psychology program, dealt with the changing employment relationship (job loss, downsizing, working under contract) and worker well-being. Speakers addressed the improving employment climate in urbanized areas contrasted with the persistent unemployment in the more rural areas of Oregon, the impact of job insecurity on health and steps to reduce those health effects, relationships … 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

NIOSH Centers meet … without NIOSH

The first annual meeting of the leaders of all the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) extramural Centers occurred in Denver on October 3-4, at the University of Colorado.  This included the Directors and Associate Directors of the three types of Centers: 17 Education and Research Centers (one at the University of Washington in Seattle) 9 Agricultural Safety and Health Centers (one at the University of Washington in Seattle) 4 Total Worker Health … Read More

NIOSH Holds National Expert Colloquium on TWH

NIOSH convened the 3rd National Expert Colloquium on Total Worker Health (TWH) Thursday (September 19) in Washington, DC. Shown in the picture (from the right) are NIOSH TWH program managers Casey Chosewood and Anita Schill who convened the Collquium, and NIOSH Director John Howard (Dr. Howard has visited Oregon 2 times to speak at meetings sponsored/supported by CROET).  About 20 people attended the Colloquium in addition to members of the NIOSH TWH team, some also … Read More

At Your Fingertips: Oregon Poison Center

Many parents are familiar with the 24/7 services of the Oregon Poison Center – I know that my introduction was in response to learning that my mischievous three-year old had decided to eat all of her fluoride tablets. What you should also know, is that at least 2,000 of the more than 70,000 calls the Center receives each year are from workplaces. If you haven’t already added the Oregon Poison Center to your list of … Read More

Work, Family & Health Network Meets at Portland State University

The Work, Family & Health Network met in Portland last week to discuss their research progress. The Network is a group of scientists conducting the largest Randomized Controlled Trial of a work-family balance intervention in the workplace.  It has been conducted with supervisors working in information technology and health care settings. The intervention involves job restructuring, computer-based training on family-supportive supervisory behaviors and behavior tracking or self-monitoring to support behavior change. Shown in the picture … Read More

2013 CROET Summer Intern Poster Session

CROET faculty accepted 12 interns into the Center’s 2013 summer intern class.  This year over 150 college undergraduates (who are going to school in Oregon or whose family resides in Oregon) applied to the program. Each intern carries out a basic or applied science research project under the direction of the faculty member who selected them, and they report the research project in a poster presentation in mid-August. The 2013 poster session was held yesterday … Read More

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