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.
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.
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 of research and contributions to workplace safety, health and wellbeing across five decades in our latest podcast episode. Listen here.
- Access our recordings from our Spring Symposium held virtually on Friday, May 21st. The topic this year was Adapting to Climate Change for Worker Safety, Health, and Well-being. View the recordings here.
- We have launched YourWorkpath.com monthly drop-in "Toolkits and Tools Tour" on the last Tuesday of each month from 9AM to 10AM PST. Learn more and sign up here.
Dr. Leslie Hammer was interviewed and quoted in ASSP.org's Safety Professional Journal (SPJ) on Burnout Helping Employees Avoid & Weather the Challenges of Working From Home
- OHWC Co-Director, Leslie Hammer gives a talk during NIOSH's first webinar in the new series on the future of work. View the recording on, "The Role of Organizational Design in the Future of 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 every day practice. Translating research to practice is not an easy or fast process, and we are grateful for the support and feedback we received from our community and partnering organizations to help further develop and improve our toolkits.
- OHWC has a Medium.com page and released a new article on, "10 Things to Know About Total Worker Health", "How Managers Can Support Employee Well-being During a Pandemic" and "Looking for ways to support your employees? Start with work-life balance."
- Leslie Hammer, Ph.D. and David Hurtado Sc.D. is currently serving on the OHSU Covid Wellness Task Force. Drs. Hammer and Hurtado provided expert guidance and helped develop a wellness pulse survey in early May, asking the OHSU community to respond with information about their current psychological health and well-being, workplace experience and use of OHSU wellness resources.
NIOSH releases 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
- Bedrooms on 18 wheels: improving sleeping conditions for truck driving teams
- Happy 50th to NIOSH. We are celebrating on our podcast
- 10 years at OHWC and YourWorkpath updates
- Vaccines and workplaces
- New podcast featuring our scientists
- Celebrating the relaunch of the SHIP toolkit
- 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
- Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing
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