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.
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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.
Virtual Symposium: Work Life Challenges and Integration in the Context of COVID
OHWC Quick Links
- We are celebrating NIOSH's 50th anniversary by interviewing NIOSH Director, Dr. John Howard in a podcast episode. Learn about the evolution of research and contributions to workplace safety, health and wellbeing across five decades in our latest podcast episode. Listen here.
- Virtual Fall 2021 Symposium announced for Friday, November 19th on the topic, Work-Life Challenges and Integration in the Context of COVID. Registration will open soon. View previous symposia recordings here.
- Dr. Leslie Hammer was interviewed on Mashable.com on organizational change in the workplace. The article, "Companies hope new benefits will solve your mental health issues. Don't fall for it" highlights Dr. Hammer's research on supportive supervision and work-life support for employees. Mashable is a popular digital information news portal featuring areas of technology, lifestyle and health.
- We have launched YourWorkpath.com monthly drop-in "Toolkits and Tools Tour" during the last Tuesday of the month from 9 AM to 10 AM PST. Learn more and sign up here.
- Thank you to our Outreach and Education Manager, Dede Montgomery's for your service with CDC's NIOSH COVID IPA. Read more about Dede's appointment here.
- OHWC has a Medium.com page and has released a new article, Learning from different industries to improve safety, health, and well-being at work.
- The SHIP toolkit: user guide, templates and leadership slides were improved to provide easier program implementation instructions, a more streamlined package and quick access to essential tools for everyday practice.
- NIOSH releases a book on Total Worker Health. It is an edited volume with chapters written by NIOSH and the Centers of Excellence including OHWC.
- The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (where OHWC is housed), Oregon OSHA, and SAIF Corporation signed an alliance to join efforts to expand the knowledge and efforts of Total Worker Health® .
Featured blog posts
- September is Suicide Prevention month
- 2021 Summer Intern Program podcast episode
- CDC NIOSH IPA Appointment
- New public health resources from CDC
- COVID Conversations: What have we learned?
- Implementing Total Worker Health
- Bedrooms on 18 wheels: improving sleeping conditions for truck driving teams
- Employee well-being during a pandemic
- 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.
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 Health, 18(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 Trials, 103, 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
- Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, 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
- University of Washington
- University of Florida
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