Total Worker Health (TWH)

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

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

How Digitization, Twitter and Sensors Will Put You in Control of your Health Care

Dr. Eric Topol began his 125th OHSU Anniversary lecture by asking the audience how many were on Twitter and then illustrating why Twitter is an important source of medical information and will only get more so.  One example was that patients with a particular disease now find other patients with the same disease and get their medical information from those patients … who they don’t even know and have never met. Reflecting on his book, … Read More

Workplaces and Eldercare

It’s been about a year since I was immersed in decisions and responsibilities related to my parents’ care. Filling up medication boxes, following up with physicians and hospitals, advocating in rental agreements. I wouldn’t give up any of it, given the choice. In living this – and sharing my experiences with friends and co-workers – I’ve found it to be more common than not, that those around me are facing the same daily phone calls, … Read More

Sleep Loss Costs US Workers … and Industry’s Bottom Line

The Sleep and Shift Work: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity Symposium (learn more on Twitter at hashtag #CROETSleep), reported that insomnia costs US industry an estimated $63 billion per year based on a loss of 8 days of productivity per year determined in a survey of nearly 8000 people (published in Sleep, 2011, by Kessler).  Turning to an example of impact on working people, shift workers (who have disturbed sleep) have a 5-fold increased … Read More

OHSU’s Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness Talks Urgency

The health of the US population has gotten dramatically worse during the last 4-5 decades and reversing that is a matter of the highest priority at a population and personal level. At the top of the list is the health of pregnant women because the entire life of their unborn children is affected by their nutrition while pregnant.  This was the message of Dr. Kent Thornburg, Interim Director of the OHSU’s Moore Institute for Nutrition … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center speaks at Work Stress Health in LA

The Principal Investigators of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center research and translation projects spoke at the Work Stress and Health conference in Los Angeles (CA) in a symposium devoted to their solutions intervention projects on Total Worker Health (TWH). The PIs are shown in the picture answering audience questions after describing their pilot research now largely completed.  They are now conducting their randomized controlled trial studies to evaluate the effectiveness of their solutions interventions. Those … Read More

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