Total Worker Health (TWH)

Making a difference on sleep apnea

Here is a story we think you need to see: Lives are being changed by sharing health and safety messages supported by Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences research. During lunch at the 2013 Spring Symposium, I asked Dr. Steven Shea, the institute’s director, how best to persuade SAIF’s Agricultural Safety Seminar attendees to seek treatment for sleep apnea. From his work on sleep disorders, Steve suggested they self-diagnose by seeing if they have four … 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

Occupational health spans the ocean again

I feel lucky to have another opportunity to trade notes with our collaborators from Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) through OHSU Global Southeast Asia. This week, Karin Drake, an occupational health nurse, and I are in the midst of providing another week of training in Bangkok involving BDMS occupational health nurses, safety staff, and occupational health medicine physicians. As we experienced last year, collaborative learning allows us to share our knowledge and U.S. occupational health … Read More

Symposium recordings have been posted

For those of you who either missed or would like to revisit the talks given at our recent symposium, “Creating a Positive Work Environment for Safety and Health”, webinar recordings are now available here. Enjoy!

Oregon educators commit to health and well-being

We applaud OEA Choice Trust on the completion of another successful Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference, attended by 250 or so Oregon educators during spring break. In the midst of the challenges and pressures affecting our educators, the vision of OEA Choice, conference sponsors, presenters and participants is encouraging and powerful. The mission of OEA Choice Trust is to provide expertise and resources to help Oregon public school employees create comprehensive and flexible wellness programs … 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

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

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

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Partners’ Luncheon

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) held it’s Partners’ Luncheon on Monday to thank our research and outreach partners from the first cycle (2011-2016) and our new partners for the 2016-2021 cycle. Partners from 2011-2016 learned what had been accomplished in the outreach and the four research projects, and learned about others in their research project (many for the first time) and about the other research projects and outreach going on at the Center.  The Partners, … Read More

Total Worker Health Centers Funded

We are excited to share with you that the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) has again been funded by NIOSH, joining 5 other funded centers! The OHWC was first funded in September 2011 as the fourth Total Worker Health Center of Excellence. In this new round of funding, our Center joins the previously funded Center for Work, Health, & Well-Being Center (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Center for the Promotion of Health in … Read More

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