Total Worker Health (TWH)

Get Moving!

We look forward to next week’s symposium on Sedentary, Stationary and Physically Demanding Work. If the number of registrations is any indication of interest – wow, many of you are eager to learn more about health consequences and solutions as well. And while we look for ways to get ourselves moving during the day – whether that be sit-stand stations, walking meetings or stairwell challenges – we know that it really is a “lifestyle thing” … Read More

Coming Your Way in September

September in Oregon is not only a beautiful month, but kicks off a cycle of safety, health and wellness conferences. The fall of 2014 will be no exception, and in fact will be even richer than usual – so mark your calendar! Here at Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU we are a proud sponsor of the American Heart Association’s 5th Annual Worksite Wellness Summit, on September 17th at the Oregon Convention Center. This year’s theme … Read More

Creating New Conversations

Remember back when an occupational safety and health conference was just that? Information about safety and health – respirators, emergencies, forklifts. My, how our conversations have expanded into so much more – chronic disease, sleep problems, stress. Kudos to the planners and sponsors of this week’s successful Cascade Safety and Health Conference in Eugene. Not only did I have the opportunity to co-teach a class addressing Total Worker Health, but we particularly enjoyed the discussions … Read More

Practice Total Worker Health – At Home, At Play, At Work!

OK…..I’ll just say it: I was not thinking (actually, I was being stupid). And the consequences? Three broken ribs and four to eight weeks of painful recovery. We were so close to finishing the six-months-long job of readying my dad’s house for sale. Two thirty-cubic-yard dumpsters of trash, numerous estate sales, uncountable details dealt with, seventy-two years of household accumulations….the excitement was palpable. Then one last detail – clean the pine needles off the roof! … 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

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Participates in 2014 OPHA Capitol Visit Day

On February 20, 2014, the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) sponsored Capitol Visit Day, an educational and advocacy event that offered the chance for constituents to meet Oregon’s policy and public health leaders from around the state. Participants learned about public health-related bills that the legislature has been considering during the 2014 session and were offered the opportunity to share their views with leadership in the Oregon Senate and House. This year, the primary focus … 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

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

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