The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) was funded in September 2011 as a NIOSH Total Worker Health Center of Excellence.
Collaborating organizations include:
- Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (formerly CROET), a free-standing Institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, is the lead institution for the OHWC.
- Portland State University, Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Program
- Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon
- Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente
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
Through the Center, four research projects are focused on intervention effectiveness, with the goal of improving employees’ lifestyle choices, and promoting safer work practices and better psychological and physical health.
The four research projects and two funded pilot projects combine proven and novel intervention methods with a diverse set of workers across Oregon including home care workers, water bureau and department of transportation construction workers, corrections officers, young workers in parks and recreation, Latino/non-Latino supervisors and employees in construction, and differently-abled workers.
Each research project:
- Integrates health protection and well-being
- Employs a randomized control trial design
- Produces scalable products for adoption within organizations
- Utilizes a subset of common measures to facilitate cross-project data analysis