Oregon Healthy Workforce CenterThe Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) was funded in September, 2011 as a NIOSH Total Worker Health Center of Excellence.

Collaborating organizations include:


The mission of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is to integrate programs to improve the health, safety, wellness and well-being of workers through:

  • Effectiveness research
  • Collaboration with partner organizations
  • Dissemination of evidence-based programs

Research Projects

Through the Center, four research projects are focused on intervention effectiveness, with the goal of improving employees’ lifestyle choices, and promoting safer work practices and better psychological and physical health.

The four research projects and two funded pilot projects combine proven and novel intervention methods with a diverse set of workers throughout Oregon including home care workers, water bureau and department of transportation construction workers, corrections officers, young workers in parks and recreation, Latino/non-Latino supervisors and employees in construction, and differently-abled workers.


Each research project:

  • Integrates health promotion and health protection
  • Employs a randomized control trial design
  • Produces scalable products for adoption
  • Utilizes a subset of cross-project measures to foster cross-project comparisons during data analysis