Total Worker Health (TWH)

New School of Public Health embraces Total Worker Health!

As many may already know, Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University joined forces to create a new School of Public Health. At Occ Health Sci we are very excited about the School, including the recent selection of our founding Dean, David Bangsberg, M.D., M.P.H., who is a Portland native returning home to continue his good work! What many may not know is that the new School has also embraced Total Worker Health. … Read More

OHWC occupational health psychology summer institute held

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Summer Institute (SI) was held this week at Portland State University.  The SI focused on the broad scope of Occupational Health Psychology that encompasses the issues of Total Worker Health (TWH) and was attended by about 100 people, shown below at the opening keynote. Three main overarching themes from the Summer Institute were summarized by Dr. Hammer: Importance of the effects of leadership and leadership support … Read More

Quality sleep: an irony for our sleep researchers

It’s always a good day when you can cut out early from work. For the researchers in our Institute that study circadian rhythms, however, the regular rules don’t apply. In this photo, Matt Butler, principal investigator in the Clock Physiology laboratory, is on his way home at 9am to catch up on sleep after a 24 hour experiment. Work in the Butler Lab is focused on understanding how shift work can lead to health impairments, … Read More

Come attend our Summer Institute!

Here at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, we’re excitedly preparing for the 2016 Summer Institute: OHP Innovation and Creative Strategies Leading to Total Worker Health, July 12-14, 2016. Download the program here. Experts from academia and industry will discuss cutting-edge research in Occupational Health, share real-world experiences, and brainstorm active strategies to bring Total Worker Health into the workplace. Our speakers, excellent in their field, come from across the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. … Read More

Biking to work: Have you performed your JHA?

Many of us here at the Institute commute to work by bike. And OHSU has logged riders this year with surpassing 70,000 commuting miles! Certainly, bicycle commuting continues to gain popularity – and for all kinds of good reasons. It’s healthy, it reduces our carbon footprint …it makes us feel better and leads us to be more productive during the day. That being said, I have a few friends who believe bike commuting to be … Read More

Building a Total Worker Health ® Case for the Construction Industry

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences attended the Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference (PNWAEC) 2016, an event hosted by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). The biennial conference brought together policy makers, educators, business leaders and professionals in the construction trades. The goal of the conference was to create, “a platform to strengthen Registered Apprenticeship, empower the skilled trades Workforce and connect business, government and education.” Jason Kyler-Yano and Kent Anger presented a … Read More

Trading notes across the ocean

  Being part of OHSU Global Health SE Asia has given us a terrific opportunity to collaboratively learn with our Thai partners. As part of OHSU’s Alliance with Bangkok Dusit Medical Services I am in the midst of teaching a five-day class in Bangkok to occupational health and nursing professionals, kindly joined by two seasoned occupational health nurses. I thank my OHN friends, Karin Drake of Kaiser and Mary Salazar of the University of Washington, for … Read More

Start the Conversation: New supervisor tool released

It may seem like a no-brainer that employers should give all new workers safety training. For example, it would be outrageous for someone to walk onto a flight and announce, “Good evening folks, I’m going to be your pilot today and it’s my first flight ever, so please buckle your seatbelts, sit back and enjoy the ride.” Research, however, shows as many as 80% of young workers don’t receive safety training. Despite the many positive … Read More

Study serves veterans and service members

Dr. Leslie Hammer, new faculty member to Occupational Health Sciences, brings her research project, SERVe – the Study for Employment Retention of Veterans – a 5-year study funded by the Department of Defense, to the Institute. SERVe aims to improve the health and well-being of veterans and their families, and to increase retention of veterans in the workplace by training supervisors to better support their employed service members. Over the last three years the SERVe … Read More

BOLI vendor meeting informs

Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Apprenticeship & Training Division ODOT-BOLI Highway Construction Workforce Development Program “Promoting opportunities in Oregon’s highway construction trades” is a partnership to expand opportunities for diversity in employment, increase apprenticeship participation and increase training resources for individuals interested in highway construction careers throughout the State of Oregon. The Program held it’s quarterly vendor meeting at the Northwest College of Construction last week.  The meeting is pictured below. Vendors described available grants, loans at … Read More

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