The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), a NIOSH Center of Excellence, is a collaboration of Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET), Portland State University's (PSU) Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) program, the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente (CHR) and the University of Oregon's Labor Education Research Center (LERC).

The OHWC’s theme is Intervention Effectiveness, focused on:

  • team-based and technology-based interventions to promote and protect health, all crafted with attention to translating research to practice
  • improved social support and reduced job stress--that will in turn produce improved lifestyle choices, safer work practices, and better psychological and physical health.

News & Events

Pilot Project Program 2015-2016 Announced
Letter of Intent due Oct 15, 2015
Our Pilot Project Program has opened and we invite applications for Total Worker Health research. Visit this page for more information.

Save the Date: Mindfulness and Total Worker Health
Friday, November 20, 2015
University Place Conference Center, Portland OR
Speakers include: Autumn Krauss, Ph.D.,  Sentis; Rich Goerling, Hillsboro Police Department; Susy Reiner, RN, CDE and Captain Robert Wenz, Alaska Tanker; Robert Roeser, Ph.D., PSU. Learn more.

2016 Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute
July 12-14, 2016
Portland State University, Portland, OR
The 3-day event, featuring speakers in “Total Worker Health”, worker safety, and well-being, will be relevant to workers, HR personnel, occupational health practitioners, safety professionals, students and researchers. Learn more.

Recent Events

The 2015 Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute was hosted by St. Mary's University in Canada. Associate Director of OHWC, Leslie Hammer, Ph.D., presented at this event. Read more about it.

Occupational Health Sciences Spring Symposium: Temporary and Contingent Workers Safety and Health Thursday, May 28, 2015. Access recorded webinar and handouts.

The 2015 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference was held on March 9-12 in Portland.


A systematic review, "Effectiveness of Total Worker Health Interventions," by OHWC investigators was published last month in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Access the article online.

Have you seen our Health Impacts Safety guides? Use them for your safety and wellness meetings or toolbox talks!

NIOSH releases Let's Get Started: A Practitioner's Guide to Total Worker Health.

NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Webinar Series. Access previously recorded and upcoming NIOSH-sponsored webinars on Total Worker Health (no cost).

For more past events and resources, visit our Archives.