The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) was funded in September 2011 as a NIOSH Total Worker Health Center of Excellence.
Collaborating organizations include:
- Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET), a free-standing Institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, is the home institution for the OHWC.
- Portland State University, Occupational Health Psychology Program
- Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon
- University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
- Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing (transitioned from Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente)
The mission of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is to integrate programs to improve the health, safety, and well-being of workers through:
- Effectiveness research
- Collaboration with partner organizations
- Dissemination of evidence-based programs
Research ProjectsWith the shared goal of designing effective interventions, OHWC's research projects are focused on improving occupational safety, occupational health, and employee well-being. Specifically, our research projects combine proven and novel intervention methods, which are tested with a diverse set of workers across Oregon. While our previous studies helped address the needs of home health care workers, public workers (Water Bureau and Department of Transportation, Parks and Recreation), construction workers, corrections officers, young workers, and Latino/non-Latino supervisors, projects in our current cycle tackle the Total Worker Health of call center workers and truck drivers.
Each research project:
- Integrates health protection (i.e., occupational safety and health) and employee well-being (health promotion)
- Employs a randomized control trial design, considered the gold standard for research
- Produces scalable products for adoption within organizations
- Utilizes common measures for cross-project data analysis