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The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center was funded in September, 2011 as a NIOSH Total Worker Health Center of Excellence.

Collaborating organizations include:


The mission of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is to integrate programs to improve the health, safety, and well-being of workers through

  • Dissemination of evidence-based programs
  • Effectiveness research
  • Collaboration with partner organizations

Research Projects:

Through the Center, four research projects and two translational projects are being employed, all with the goals of improving employees’ lifestyle choices, and promoting safer work practices and better psychological and physical health.

The four research projects combine proven and novel projects intervention methods with a diverse set of workers throughout Oregon including corrections officers, home care workers, water bureau construction workers, and workers with a disability, while two translational projects utilize proven intervention methods and make use of training plus social media-supported or behavior tracking intervention packages in young workers and Latino/non-Latino supervisors. 


Each research and translational project: 

  • Integrates health promotion and health protection
  • Employs a randomized controlled trial design
  • Produces scalable products for adoption
  • Utilizes a subset of cross-project measures to foster cross-project comparisons in analysis