What's Work Got To Do With It? Podcast

What's Work got to do with it? Podcast

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is excited to announce the our workplace safety, health and well-being podcast, "What's Work Got to Do With It?" 

Podcast Goals:

  • Inform community on how work can affect safety, health, and well-being
  • Discuss public health significance of occupational health
  • Make science accessible for all through sharing of basic and applied science

There are several ways to listen:

Did you know that we spend 1/3 of our lives at work? It’s no wonder that our work experiences can affect our well-being. But do we know how? How do work hours affect your health? How can your workplace culture help you stay safe on the job? Is your supervisor supportive when you need to take time off to care for a loved one? How can you bring Total Worker Health® into your workplace?

Our podcast will invite you into the conversation as we discuss questions like these. We’ll dig into some of the science behind the biological impact of our environment, how conditions like work hours, occupational stress and workplace safety affect our health, and what we can do to prevent negative consequences and promote well-being. The podcast team, Helen Schuckers, Anjali Rameshbabu and Sam Greenspan will invite guest speakers from the institute, OHSU and the community. We want to hear from you on workplace issues and topics that you would like us to discuss on our podcast. Have questions? Want to be a guest? Email us at schucker@ohsu.edu to join the conversation.

Episode 1: What's Work Got To Do With It?

For our first episode, we invited our Outreach Director, Dede Montgomery to talk about our institute and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. In this episode, you will learn about our research, education and outreach efforts, as well as Total Worker Health®.

Listen to episode 1

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What's Work Got To Do With Changing a Toxic Workplace Culture?

Gian Lozano's talk, "Changing a Toxic Culture at Work" was given at our May 2020 Spring Symposium, where speakers picked up where the Spring 2019 symposium left off and continued with a deeper dive into specific lessons and tips for addressing and preventing workplace aggression in all industries and discussed practices and strategies to prevent, identify and safely mitigate aggressive behavior and violence in the workplace. The goal of the symposium was to discuss job and industry risk factors of workplace aggression and to provide guidance for workplaces.  Gian Lozano is the High Reliability Administrative Director at Veterans Affair (VA) Portland and has had a passion for developing behavioral solutions for organizations spanning over twenty years.

Listen to the Changing a  Toxic Culture at Work podcast 

What's Work Got To Do With Three Decades at the Institute (Part 2)?

On Part 2 of our Three Decades at the Institute series, we highlight stakeholders in our community that have been critical and important in the development of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Oregon Healthy Workforce Center's research directions through the years. These stakeholders include Kathy Nishimoto from State of Oregon’s Management-Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC), Michael Wood, the Administrator of the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA), and Chuck Easterly who previously served as the Director for SAIF's  Safety and Healthy Workplace Center. 

Listen to the part 2 three decades podcast

What's Work Got To Do With Three Decades at the Institute?

We want to celebrate with our listeners three decades of research in occupational health and safety advancements here at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. Our newest podcast episode is part of a three episode series. In our Part 1: Three Decades at the Institute, we dig into our history, how the institute got started and how it has evolved. Our podcast guests include Drs. Peter Spencer, Ph.D, FANA, FRCPathSteve Shea, Ph.D. and Kent Anger, Ph.D. You may even get some insight about the history of the half head statue outside of the Richard Jones Hall building at OHSU.

Listen to the three decades episode  

What's Work Got To Do With Opioids?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is reported “Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is very costly to our Nation, which has led to over $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care.” In addition to its complex and painful effects on the employee and their loved ones, addiction can affect their work experience. In this podcast, we highlight a talk from one of our 2019 Fall Symposia speakers, Dr. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, the director of the Office for Total Worker Health® at the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). Dr. Chosewood gives an update on the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic from CDC/NIOSH.

Listen to the opioids podcast episode 

What's Work Got To Do With Interns?

Have you ever wondered what interning in a research position would be like? How data is analyzed and translated? On this episode, we will hear from OccHealthSci's Summer Intern Program participants. Each summer, undergraduate interns work with faculty mentors in basic and applied research over a three-month paid internship designed to introduce them to different areas of biomedical and occupational health research. 

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What's Work Got To Do With a Positive Workplace Culture?

Have you ever noticed that your mood and stress levels are affected by the words or conversations you have during meetings, with co-workers or your boss at work? How does it affect your work day and productivity? Do you think about those conversations on your commute home or have trouble falling asleep at night? What's work got to do with positive workplace culture and its impact on safety, health and well-being?  Guest, Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia is a physician, thought leader, educator, and the first African-American native Oregonian to become a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist. She brings an approach to solving deep, systemically rooted community issues such as addiction, violence, and healthcare.  Dr. Moreland-Capuia was a guest speaker during our Fall 2017 Symposia on "Navigating Mental Health in the Workplace."

Listen to the positive workplace culture podcast 

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What's Work Got To Do With Toxicology?

Have you ever thought about all the elements that can impact your health when you walk outside or while you're at work? Dr. Fred Berman joins us by phone to talk about Toxicology and the impact of toxic substances on the job, and how reducing risks can help workers live safer and healthier lives at work and at home. For the past 18 years, Dr. Berman served as the Director for the Toxicology and Occupational Health Information Center here at the institute.

Listen to the Toxicology podcast

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What's Work Got To Do With Workplace Aggression?

Have you ever thought about how safe, prepared or how your organization would respond to workplace violence? The National Safety Council reports that each year, millions of American workers report having been victims of workplace violence. This episode highlights our keynote speaker from our 2019 Spring Symposia on Workplace Aggression.  Lynda Enos is an occupational health nurse and certified professional ergonomist with over 27 years of experience in industrial and health care ergonomics. She shares strategies on how to identify the risk factors associated with workplace aggression and available resources to support safer practices.

Listen to the Workplace Aggression podcast

View other 2019 Spring Symposia talks 

What's Work Got To Do With Parental Leave?

It's springtime and you know what that means? Babies! Sorry if that was too personal! But it’s kind of a personal episode. Have you ever had to take time off as a new parent? Or to care for an older family member? Does your workplace have a family or medical leave policy that allows you to take time off to care for a child or family member? Did you use all your time or have to use sick leave? Was there policy for new mothers AND fathers? To dig into these issues and concerns, we’ll be talking to Dr. David HurtadoDr. Julia Goodman and Dr. Dawn Richardson about their recent evaluation of a Parental Leave Policy that was recently implemented for all Multnomah County employees. 

Listen to the Parental Leave podcast

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What's Work Got To Do With the Cascadia Subduction Zone?

Have you ever thought about emergency preparedness at work? What happens if an earthquake hits in the middle of your workday? This podcast episode highlights one of our speakers from the institute's 2018 Fall Symposia on Emergency Preparedness. Steven Eberlein has worked for the American Red Cross for nine years. In 2016, he created Prepare Out Loud, a presentation focused on challenging the Pacific Northwest on creating a culture of preparedness for the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

Listen to the Cascadia Subduction Zone episode

Watch Steven Eberlein's talk at our 2018 Fall Symposia

What's Work Got To Do With Sitting?

Are you in a workplace where you sit a lot? Maybe you're hunched over your computer right now? How often do you get up and move around? We know that getting exercise every day is important, but can we reduce how much we sit on the job? We went to one of our researchers, Dr. Saurabh Thosar for some answers.

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What's Work Got To Do With Sleep?

Have you ever gone to work after a bad night sleep? How productive were you at work that day? Did it make you eat any differently? Drink more coffee, maybe? Do you work the night shift? How does it affect you at work and outside of it? Sure, sleep happens at home but doesn't your work affect it? We went to one of our researchers, Dr. Andrew McHill who studies sleep and circadian misalignment for some answers.

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What's Work Got To Do With Total Worker Health®?

Total Worker Health® is a workplace approach that addresses both occupational safety and health and employee well-being in one holistic integrated effort. Our guest, Dr. Casey Chosewood, M.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Chosewood will talk about the importance of organizational support on worker safety, health and well-being, and how your workplace can take the first step towards Total Worker Health.

Listen to the Total Worker Health® episode

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You’ve probably heard many times that work, diet, sleep and stress can impact your health. But do you know how and why? And...what's work got to do with it? We went to one of our researchers at our institute, Dr. Mitch Turker who studies epigenetics for some answers. 

Listen to the epigenetics episode

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Our podcast team was interviewed on Tuesday, Sept. 18th by OHSU Week in anticipation for the upcoming launch. Listen to the featured episode, "Creating a healthy workforce" to learn more about What's Work Got To Do With It? and to hear from our Director, Steven Shea.