Total Worker Health (TWH)

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

Climate Change as a Public Health Issue

Many within the public health community are discussing climate change. We see this in communications shared by the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, American Public Health Association, and as recently expressed by Time Magazine in an article Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue. Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division sponsored a well-attended talk this week on How does climate change impact public health? Speakers Kathie Dello from the Oregon Climate Change … 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

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Holds Science Retreat

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET) faculty held a Science Retreat on Wednesday, October 30, to discuss their mission and research themes, and to learn from the OHSU Foundation about ways that the Institute can gain philanthropic support. Led by Director Steve Shea, PhD, the Retreat began with a discussion about why we are committing our careers to occupational health and safety.  Why do we do what we do.  Faculty conducting basic … 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

Staying Healthy at Work and at Home

Getting sick with the flu is a pretty good example of the relevance of  Total Worker Health™. In the end, it doesn’t matter much if you pick it up at work – from a patient or co-worker – on the bus, or at your child’s daycare – you still get sick. You still feel lousy, miss work (or choose to infect others around you and work ineffectively) and miss personal events. Getting good sleep, exercising, … 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

WestON talks TWH

The 6th annual Western States Occupational Network (WestON) is being held in Golden, Colorado. Total Worker Health (TWH) was the topic of a session that featured three interesting presentations, described below along with links to valuable resources. Brenda Schmidt and Eric Dinenberg of Viridian Health Management described CDC’s National Healthy Worksite project that they are leading. The project is described and toolkits are available at CDC’s National Healthy Worksite website.  Click to learn more about … 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

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