The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center was funded in September, 2011 as a NIOSH Total Worker Health Center of Excellence.
Collaborating organizations include:
- Center for Research in Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET), a free-standing institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, is the lead institution for the OHWC.
- Portland State University, Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Program
- Division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University
- Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon
- Center for Health Research
The mission of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is to integrate programs to improve the health, safety, and well-being of workers through
- Dissemination of evidence-based programs
- Effectiveness research
- Collaboration with partner organizations
Through the Center, four research projects and two translational projects are being employed, all with the goals of improving employees’ lifestyle choices, and promoting safer work practices and better psychological and physical health.
The four research projects combine proven and novel projects intervention methods with a diverse set of workers throughout Oregon including corrections officers, home care workers, water bureau construction workers, and workers with a disability, while two translational projects utilize proven intervention methods and make use of training plus social media-supported or behavior tracking intervention packages in young workers and Latino/non-Latino supervisors.
Each research and translational project:
- Integrates health promotion and health protection
- Employs a randomized controlled trial design
- Produces scalable products for adoption
- Utilizes a subset of cross-project measures to foster cross-project comparisons in analysis