A message from our Center Director:
The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) was funded in September 2011 as a NIOSH Total Worker Health Center of Excellence. We are a center that consists of faculty and staff with various backgrounds and expertise ranging from occupational health psychology, industrial organizational psychology, industrial hygiene, physiology, public health, communications, and engineering. Read more about our center directors, research projects, and about our affiliates below.
The mission of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is to integrate programs to improve the health, safety, and well-being of workers through:
- Effectiveness research
- Collaboration with partner organizations
- Dissemination of evidence-based programs
Each research project:
- Integrates health protection (i.e., occupational safety and health) and employee well-being (health promotion)
- Employs a randomized trial design, considered the gold standard for research
- Produces scalable products for adoption within organizations
- Utilizes common measures for cross-project data analysis
Research ProjectsWith the shared goal of designing effective interventions, OHWC's research projects are focused on improving occupational safety, occupational health, and employee well-being. Specifically, our research projects combine proven and novel intervention methods, which are tested with a diverse set of workers across Oregon.
- Our previous studies helped address the needs of home health care workers, public workers (Water Bureau and Department of Transportation, Parks and Recreation), construction workers, corrections officers, young workers, and Latino/non-Latino supervisors.
- Projects in our current cycle tackle the Total Worker Health of call center workers and truck drivers.
- 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
- Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon
- University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
- Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing (transitioned from Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente)