Wellness

Wellness@Work Strategic Planning Meeting

The planning committee to Oregon’s Wellness@Work program, now located in the Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI), met Monday (January 14) to confirm and extend its mission, objectives, and organization. Pictured is the group meeting at Kaiser Permanente in Portland; others are on the phone.  Dawn Robbins, program manager, lead the meeting. Wellness@ Work provides tools to: Assess your company’s wellness culture and environment Tailor model policies to meet your organization’s needs (in wellness) Inspire other … Read More

Total Worker Health in Portland (OR) Parks and Recreation

Critical to workforce health is the safe and healthy work and home practices of the nation’s youth.  An innovative program developed by the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center, a NIOSH Center of Excellence, offers both safety and health training as well as healthful lifestyle information to summer workers in Portland (Oregon) Parks and Recreation pools that is subsequently reinforced by messaging on social media sites such as Facebook and Pintrest.  Depicted are focus group and study … Read More

Total Worker Health Conference in Iowa

The Total Worker Health conference in Iowa began this morning with a presentation by Dr. John Howard, the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),  on the critical importance of prevention in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The role of workforce health in the nation’s health, where prevention is the primary method for reducing health care costs, was the theme of Dr. Howard’s presentation. Shown in the picture is a … Read More

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

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