Oregon Healthy WorkForce Partner’s Luncheon

The Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center held it’s first annual Partner’s Luncheon in Portland on Friday. Over 125 people attended to hear keynote speaker Larry Chapman of the Chapman Institute in Seattle present “An authoritative look at the ROI of worksite wellness.” He described the evidence basis for the high return on investment (ROI) of workplace wellness programs measured in dollar savings to the organizations. In a conservative meta-analytic review of 22 published, scientifically rigorous studies: … Read More

Partners Luncheon – Reserve your spot today

Are you seeking to improve safety, health, and personal wellness in your workplace? Are you a member or employee of a company, union, or government organization in Oregon or a neighboring area? If you answered “yes,” to these questions, we would like to meet you. Please join us at the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center’s 1st Annual Partners Luncheon on September 14, 2012 to be held in Portland at the Red Lion – Jantzen Beach Hotel … Read More

SHIFT in the News

We are eager to follow the work of CROET’s Dr. Ryan Olson and the staff of the Safety and Health Involvement for Truckers (SHIFT) project. Last week we enjoyed reading the blog at Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES), a health and safety blog for the trucking industry. If you missed it, read SHIFT into Health Gear now. SHIFT is currently conducting a research study of driver health and safety with funding from the National Heart, … Read More

Lights, Camera, Action

In partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, investigators in the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine at OHSU were awarded an almost $300,000 Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) grant to create and distribute two 20-minute safety videotapes. One video will be for owners and workers in Adult Foster Homes (AFHs). AFHs are a rapidly expanding living situation for vulnerable adults. Training resources for AFH employees are limited, and collaborators at the Office … Read More

Improving Health Through our Commutes

When I first began working here at Oregon Health and Science University, I was warned that the biggest challenge was the lack of parking. Some folks I spoke with even questioned taking a job at OHSU because of this. I did put my name on the parking waiting list – but several years later when I was awarded a space (something of course that I’d have to pay for) it was one of the easiest … Read More

Join us in Total Worker Health

I couldn’t help noticing last week at the Blue Mountain Occupational Health and Safety Conference, how many discussions related to wellness. And not just about traditional wellness programs, but the desire to integrate wellness into organizational values and health and safety programs. This is exciting stuff! Please consider joining this discussion with us at the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center’s first annual Partners Luncheon on Thursday, September 14 In Portland. We are eager to hear our … Read More

Registration for the Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Summer Institute closes in two weeks!

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is excited for our first annual Summer Institute in Occupational Health Psychology. A full agenda and online registration is available on the Summer Institute webpage. Join regional, national, and international researchers and practitioners and register for a day or all four days to learn more about OHP. Registration closes June 30th, 2012. Submitted by: Kendra Evans, Manager, Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center

Moving Towards Total Worker Health™

If you’ve been following our news over the past few months, you’ve heard about the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center. There is no doubt that we have all been pretty excited about it as we recognize that only by looking at the whole worker – the whole person, really – can we make significant strides in health, safety and wellness. If you’ve been scratching your head about what this really means, make sure you visit the … Read More

Protect Your Eyes From UV

For those of you lucky enough to have found a cloudless location, the May 20, 2012 annular solar eclipse was quite the visual treat, provided you were careful to avoid exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation….I was one of the lucky few Oregonians to have seen and recorded this event. But this wonderful experience got me to thinking about the cumulative risks to the health of our eyes we all face … Read More

Moving into Wellness

Healthy eating, exercise, adequate sleep….do you feel like you are being bombarded by topics about health and wellness? Guess that’s because you are! The case has been made pretty clear that our workforce is aging and becoming less healthy. This impacts everything from productivity to healthcare and worker compensation costs.  What you should also know, if you have anything to do with a wellness program at your workplace or want to move ahead with one, … Read More

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