The five research projects at the heart of the OHWC, are:
- Creating health and safety “Communities of Practice” for Home Care workers (Ryan Olson, PI)
Using a peer-led curriculum to organize home care workers into neighborhood-based WorkLife teams that provide education and social support for improving lifestyle (e.g., diet, exercise) and safety behaviors.
- Safety & Health Improvement Program (Leslie Hammer and Donald Truxillo, PhD, PIs)
Training supervisors to use a team-based approach to support balance in employee’s work-family demands thus reducing stress and improving safety in City of Portland construction workers.
- Health promotion intervention to reduce health risks among Correctional officers (Kerry Kuehl, PI)
Using a team-based peer-led approach to improve lifestyle (e.g., diet) choices and safety and health in corrections workers
- Total Worker Health in Young Workers (Diane S. Rohlman and Diane Elliot, PIs)
NIOSH developed training, Youth at Work, to create an online interactive training curriculum that addresses both health promotion and health protection, and develop a dissemination plan capitalizing on social media specifically designed to interest and be worthwhile to young workers.
- Supervisor training to promote health/safety in construction (Latino+non-Latino) (Kent Anger PI)
Training supervisor skills supported by behavior tracking technology in Latino and non-Latino supervisors in construction to motivate their employees to adopt and safer work practices and make healthier lifestyle choices (based on an employee training program on healthy lifestyles).
- Nursing students' 1st entree into clinical rotations: Initial behaviors addressing shift work, sleep, & lifestyle (Patricia Butterfield, PI)
Measure junior-level students' sleep before, during, and after their first semester of evening clinical rotations, explore associations between students' sleep and safety self-efficacy, and engage senior students in a participatory process to inform future TWH intervention addressing sleep and safe practice.
- Total Worker Health among New Nurses: An Instrument Development Study (Janessa Graves, PI)
Assess recently licensed nurses' understanding of risks associated with their employment, describe occupational injury and illness risks among registered nurses in Washington State, and develop a risk perception tool to measure TWH among recently graduated nurses.
- Be Active, Work Safe: A Novel Program for People with a Disability (Laurel Kincl and Simon Driver, PIs)
Improve the health and safety of workers with a disability through the development, testing and dissemination of a web-based intervention that integrates basic occupational health and safety skills into an evidence-based health promotion model.
Family-Supportive and Safety-Supportive Supervisor Behavior Training in Corrections Personnel (Charlotte Fritz, Ph.D. and Leslie Hammer, PIs)
Conduct a trial of a family-supportive and safety-supportive supervisor behavior training to reduce employee stress, and increase employee work-life balance, well-being, and safety and health behaviors.