OHWC gets renewed for 5 more years

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) is celebrating! Led by Co-Directors Leslie Hammer, Ph.D. and Ryan Olson, Ph.D., and founded in 2011 by Kent Anger, Ph.D.,  our center has been successfully renewed for another 5 years by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Read our latest blog post on our grant renewal.

NIOSH has released a formal press release with more information on this exciting news.  OHSU News and Portland Business Journal highlight OHWC’s grant renewal and research on improving well-being in workers.

COVID-19 and the World of Work

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center's COVID-19 and the World of Work webpage is designed to provide evidence-based and curated content to support workplaces in their Total Worker Health® efforts during these unprecedented times. Users can view videos and trainings from our faculty and partners,  as well as access articles, resources and best practices for workforce safety, health and well-being during the pandemic. A message from OHWC directors, Drs. Leslie Hammer, PhD and Ryan Olson, PhD in our May newsletter.


YourWorkpath is our OHWC resource websites that houses and delivers Total Worker Health® tools and toolkits, to lead and help employers find a path towards a healthier and safer workplace. Download our free and low-cost safety, health and well-being resources or read more about this new website in our featured blogpost or one pager.

Join our Dissemination Specialist for our monthly drop-in sessions, "YourWorkpath Tool and Toolkit Tour" to learn more about our resources. Drop-in sessions take place the last Tuesday of each month from 9AM to 10AM PST.

YourWorkpath.com, an Oregon Health Workforce Center resource on workplace safety, health and well-being tools and toolkits

Listen to our podcast

Click photo to find out more information and to listen to OHWC's What's Work Got To Do With It, a workplace safety, health and well-being podcast
Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences

The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), a NIOSH Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health® was established in 2011. OHWC is housed within the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, a free-standing research institute at OHSU. Visit our about us page to learn more. Please contact us with any questions.

Work-Life Challenges and Integration in the Context of COVID

OccHealthSci Fall Symposium

Virtual Symposium: Work Life Challenges and Integration in the Context of COVID

OHWC Quick Links

Featured blog posts 

Visit and subscribe to our Oregon and the Workplace blog for weekly blogs to your inbox.

  • Visit our resources website, YourWorkpath.com to download Total Worker Health workplace safety, health, and well-being tools and toolkits.
  • What's work got to do with your health? Our Health Impacts Safety guides can tell you! Go ahead and use these easy-to-use, self-guided, and free tools at your safety huddles and wellness meetings.
  • Watch recorded webinars from previous Fall and Spring Symposiums and Summer Institute events.
  • Looking for information on a specific work safety or health topic? Visit the OccHealthSci Resource Directory for curated information and related research on all things work-related.
  • We're improving the health, safety, and well-being of workers through effectiveness research, collaboration with partner organizations, and dissemination of evidence-based programs. Learn more about our current and past projects.

Recent publications

  • Wipfli, B., Wild, S., Donovan, C., Hanson, G. C., & Thosar, S. S. (2021). Sedentary work and physiological markers of health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(6), 3230. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063230

  • Hanson, G., Rameshbabu, A., Bodner, T., Hammer, L., Rohlman, D., Olson, R., Wipfli, B., Kuehl, K., Perrin, N., Alley, L., Schue, A., Thompson, S., Parish, M. (2021). A comparison of safety, health, and well-being risk factors across five occupational samples. Frontiers in Public Health, section Occupational Health and Safety, 9:614725. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.614725

  • Wipfli, B., Wild, S., Hanson, G. C., Shea, S. A., Winters-Stone, K., & Thosar, S. S. (2021). The active workplace study: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial with sedentary workers. Contemporary Clinical Trials103, 106311. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2021.106311
  • Olson, R., Johnson, P., Shea, S., Marino, M., Rimby, J., Womack, K., Wang, F., Springer, R., Donovan, C., & Rice, S. (2020). Advancing the safety, health, and well-being of commercial driving teams who sleep in moving semi-trucks: The Tech4rest pilot study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 62 (12), 1082-1096. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002063

Click for more publications.

In this pioneering book on Total Worker Health®, NIOSH delves into the current landscape around work and the state of affairs with regard to worker well-being. OHWC members authored two chapters in the book:

Effectiveness of Total Worker Health® Interventions - Chapter 4
Reducing Work-Life Stress - Chapter 15

NIOSH's Edited Volume on Total Worker Health. It contains a picture of the book and links to order online and get a digital exam copy.

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