What is the Oregon Total Worker Health Alliance?
The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (including the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center), Oregon OSHA and SAIF Corporation signed the first state-wide Alliance we are aware of to expand the knowledge and application of Total Worker Health® principles by leveraging the strengths of three state-based organizations. What we consider to be unique in this alliance, is forging partnership between Oregon's state OSHA, Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company, and an Oregon-based academic research institute. The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, a NIOSH-funded Total Worker Health Center of Excellence, is housed within the Institute. Needless to say, we are excited and very pleased to have such strong partners who support the mission of Total Worker Health.
Signing the document was just the beginning. Prior to the signing, these three partners have collaborated on many issues and initiatives impacting occupational safety, health and well-being. Since the signing, however, we are specifically targeting how we can work together to move the needle in Oregon to improve health, safety and well-being for all workers, utilizing concepts, evidence and data related to Total Worker Health principles, and in creating a training curriculum.
Currently, the most active initiative involving the Alliance has been the development of the Oregon Total Worker Health Alliance training curriculum. The training is designed for occupational safety and health, worker compensation, and human resource practitioners and professions.
Total Worker Health Curriculum
Curriculum modules and classes developed to date include:
- Total Worker Health 101: The Basics. This class is the prerequisite course within the curriculum. Additional modules will augment and broaden knowledge and skill sets within the TWH discipline, and evolve as informed by research and practice. The purpose of the Oregon Total Worker Health Alliance curriculum is to create and provide consistent and reproducible training that is research-based and supports current practice. Materials used include the “Fundamentals of Total Worker Health Approaches: Essential elements for advancing worker safety, health, and well-being.” (CDC/NIOSH Dec. 2016). Graduates of this course are invited to virtual quarterly meet ups. The objectives of this half-day class are to:
- Define terms and concepts essential to TWH
- Identify the five defining elements of TWH
- Discuss how organizations can effectively implement TWH
- Develop “next steps” applicable to participant’s organization
- Total Worker Health Awareness: What Should OSH Professionals Know? This one hour virtual or live session introduces occupational health professionals, occupational health nurses, human resource professionals, wellness professionals and others interested to Total Worker Health.
- Total Worker Health Workplace Solutions. This half-day module includes the following course objectives:
- Identify evidence-based Total Worker Health Worksite solutions, case studies, and tools
- Describe strategies for workplace engagement and evaluation of solutions and interventions
- Develop "next steps" related to these solutions, as applicable to participant's organization
Additional modules:TWH and Sleep; TWH - Getting Management Support; others under development.
Oregon TWH Alliance courses have been taught or scheduled for the following conferences and events:
- 2018 Western Pulp, Paper and Forest Products Safety and Health Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 2018.
- 2019 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference (GOSH), Portland, Oregon, March 2019.
- University of Washington Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Continuing Education Programs, Seattle, Washington, April 2019.
- Oregon SHARP Alliance, Salem, Oregon, September 12, 2019.
- Oregon SHARP Alliance, Portland, Oregon, October 8, 2019
- Northwest Occupational Health Conference (TWH and Industrial Hygiene), Bend, Oregon, October 24, 2019
- Oregon Worker Compensation Educational Conference, Jantzen Beach, Oregon, October 18, 2019
- 2019 Western Pulp, Paper and Forest Products Safety and Health Conference (TWH 101, TWH and Sleep), Jantzen Beach, Oregon, December 2019.
- 2020 Cascade Safety and Health Conference, Eugene, Oregon, March 2020.
- Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Summer Institute, virtual, July 2020.
- PNS-AIHA Northwest Occupational Health Conference, virtual, October 2020.
- Safety FOCUS 2020, American Society of Safety Professionals (tentative), virtual, November 2020.
- AIHce 2020, Full-day PDC, American Industrial Hygiene Association, virtual, June 2021.
- Various chapters of ASSP, AIHA, AOHP, virtual, 2020-2021.
Are you interested in learning more about the Oregon Total Worker Health Alliance training and curriculum? Contact us.
In the News
American Industrial Hygiene Association Synergist, The Journey to "Be Well: Implementing Total Worker Health in Eugene, Oregon, October 2019
American Society of Safety Professionals Professional Safety, Oregon's Total Worker Health Alliance, November 2019
Total Worker Health® Case Studies
The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center and Oregon Total Worker Health Alliance appreciate our partners committed to the concept of Total Worker Health and for sharing their experiences and stories. The following case studies have been developed using information provided and approved by the organization listed, and are intended to be used in education and training about Total Worker Health.
- TWH Case Study #1: Bend, OR Police Department (updated 8/21/2020)
- TWH Case Study #2: City of Eugene, OR (updated 8/21/2020)
- TWH Case Study #3: City of Portland Water Bureau and Portland Bureau of Transportation (updated 12/14/20)