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Webinar Series

Recognizing the complex, often interlinked hazards affecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of today’s workforce, NIOSH’s Total Worker Health™ program is excited to present an all-new, free webinar series aimed at providing the latest research and case studies for protecting the health—in every sense of the word—of workers everywhere.

Webinar Series Learning Objectives

  • Describe recent trends in demographics, employment conditions, worker safety, injury, and illness as they relate to the health and well-being of workers.
  • Describe the relationship between at least one health condition and at least one condition of work.
  • Discuss the latest findings supporting rationale for implementing a Total Worker Health™ approach.
  • List one potential opportunity for integration between health protection and policies, programs, and practices that promote health and advance worker safety, health and well-being.
  • Develop workplace programs and interventions that integrate elements of occupational safety and health protection with policies, programs, and practices that promote health and advance worker safety, health and well-being.
  • Identify sources of information on prevention of adverse worker health and safety outcomes and the promotion of Total Worker Health™.

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Upcoming Webinars

More information coming soon!

Past Webinars


Archived presentation now available.

Sedentary Work: Implications and Interventions for Worker Safety and Health

Monday, July 13, 2015
2:30pm-4:00pm EDT

What impacts might sedentary work have on injury risk? What impacts does it have on chronic disease? What are some options for addressing physical inactivity at work, and how might the effectiveness of these options vary? What factors influence how likely someone might be to use interventions for sedentary work? And are there key safety and health considerations for ensuring that the interventions themselves are keeping workers protected? Please join us on July 13 to learn more!

Agenda (all times in Eastern):
2:30-2:40 pm Opening remarks and overview of NIOSH Total Worker Health Program
2:40-2:45 pm Occupational safety and health implications of sedentary work interventions
2:45-2:50 pm Prolonged sitting: Implications for injury risk and functional fitness
2:50-2:55 pm Chronic health conditions and sedentary work
2:55-3:00 pm Psychological and performance outcomes of active workstations
3:00-3:05 pm Barriers and facilitators to usage of active workstations
3:05-3:55 pm Discussion and audience Q&A
3:55-4:00 pm Closing remarks

Featured Presenters:
Jennifer Hess, PhD, MPH, DC
Ergonomist, Chiropractor, Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon

Dinesh John, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

Nathan Fethke, PhD, CPE
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa College of Public Health

Manuel Cifuentes, MD, ScD, MPH
Senior Biostatistician, Research and Evaluation Unit, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Michael T. Sliter, PhD
Senior Consultant, FurstPerson, Inc.


Archived presentation now available.

Preserving Lung Health: At Work and Beyond

Activity ID: WD2335-031215

Thursday, March 12, 2015
12:30pm- 2:00pm EST


CDR Halldin posing in front of flags

Cara Halldin, PhD, is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and an epidemiologist in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Division for Respiratory Disease Studies. Her current work includes identifying workers at risk for developing lung impairment due to occupational exposures and lifestyle factors, with a focus on metal, non-metal, and coal miners.

Dr. Weismann in front of a beige wall

David Weissman, MD, directs the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Division of Respiratory Disease Studies. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology, and Pulmonary Diseases. His career has focused on understanding and preventing work-related respiratory diseases.

Dr. Okechukwu in an outdoor setting

Cassandra Okechukwu, ScD, MSN, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has a strong interest in developing cutting-edge empirical findings that can be translated into promising population-wide interventions. Her current research investigates how work, home and neighborhood environments interact to shape the health and cancer prevention behaviors of vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on working class and immigrant communities.

Following opening remarks by the Office of Total Worker Health, Dr. Cara Halldin will speak about recent research related to longitudinal lung function monitoring of workers and its implications for triggering health interventions. She will also discuss freely available tools that may assist health professionals in identifying workers at risk of experiencing decline in lung function.

Dr. David Weissman will provide an overview of the draft NIOSH document Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury through Workplace Tobacco Policies, which applies a Total Worker Health™ approach of integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion, including smoking cessation programs, to prevent worker injury and illness. Specific topics addressed include: tobacco use among workers; exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces; occupational health and safety concerns relating to tobacco use and secondhand exposure; electronic nicotine delivery systems; and workplace interventions to reduce tobacco product usage and secondhand exposure.

Dr. Okechukwu then will discuss practical considerations for implementing integrated interventions for tobacco cessation, including both common barriers and potential solutions using past and current experiences implementing smoking cessation interventions for construction workers. She will give an update on evidence-based components of smoking cessation interventions and how they can be applied to integrated interventions


L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Director, Total Worker Health™
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Archived presentation now available.

Integrated Safety and Health for Small Businesses

Activity ID: WD2335-111414

Friday, November 14, 2014

Featured presenters

James Merchant, MD, DrPH

James Merchant, MD, DrPH,
Founding Dean, Professor and Director of the Healthier Workforce Center of Excellence, College of Public Health, University of Iowa

Lee Newman MD

Lee Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP
Director of Center for Worker Health and Environment, Colorado School of Public Health
Co-founder of Health Links Colorado

In this third presentation of the NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Webinar Series, the Office for Total Worker Health is pleased to bring you the latest in research from one of the NIOSH-funded Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce, as well as the practice-based insights from a NIOSH Total Worker Health Affiliate that is currently conducting hands-on safety and health work with small to medium sized businesses.

Following opening remarks, Dr. James Merchant will discuss key findings from Iowa on the relationship between individuals' quality of life and health in relation to their employment status, as well as the broader implications of putting in place a Total Worker Health approach for these various employment groups.

Dr. Lee Newman will then talk specifically about Total Worker Health interventions for small businesses, drawing on his experience both working with small-to-medium-sized companies in Colorado and as a small business owner himself. He will discuss barriers to implementation but will also offer concrete strategies for effectively overcoming these challenges.


Anita Schill, PhD, MPH, MA
Senior Science Advisor
Office for Total Worker HealthTM
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Archived presentation now available.

Intervening for Work Stress: Work-life Stress and Total Worker Health Approaches

Activity ID: WD2335-081914

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. EDT

Featured Presenters

Leslie Hammer

Leslie Hammer, PhD
Professor, Portland State University
Associate Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center

Dan Ganster

Senior Associate Dean, College of Business, Colorado State University

In this webinar Dan Ganster and Leslie Hammer will discuss the process of psychosocial stress at work and intervention approaches for alleviating it. Dan will begin with a brief introduction to the psychosocial stress and well-being literature, focusing on key definitions and working conditions implicated in worker mental and physical health. He will then discuss practical intervention approaches that focus on removing or reducing stressors in the workplace. Using several examples of intervention studies, he will discuss key elements to incorporate when designing workplace interventions. He will also outline simple approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of such interventions.

Leslie Hammer will discuss more specifically the concept of work-life stress and its association with health, safety, well-being and organizational outcomes. She will briefly review how comprehensive integrated solutions at both the occupational (health protection) and individual (health promotion) levels may be helpful in mitigating effects of work-life stress and improving health, consistent with the Total Worker Health (TWH™) approach. This presentation will review relationships between work-life stress and health to advance understanding of pathways between occupational and individual risk factors and health and safety outcomes.

Opening Remarks

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Director, Total Worker Health™
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jessica Streit, MS
Research Psychologist and Assistant Coordinator
Work Organization and Stress-Related Disorders Research Program
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Jeannie A.S. Nigam, M.S.
Research Psychologist, Organizational Sciences and Human Factors Branch
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Archived presentation available via the CPH-NEW website.

Making the Case for Total Worker Health: An Overview of Opportunities and Approaches

Activity ID: WD2335-022514

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The first webinar in this series, “Making the Case for Total Worker Health: An Overview of Opportunities and Approaches,” will begin with an overview of Total Worker Health, followed by a discussion of the evidence base for a Total Worker Health approach. The presentation will also feature a discussion of the types of organizational returns that might be expected for efforts to integrate wellness and workplace safety programs. The webinar will close with a question-and-answer session and brief closing remarks. This webinar is sponsored by NIOSH and co-sponsored by The Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workforce (CPH-NEW), a NIOSH-funded Center of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce.


Laura Punnett

Laura Punnett, ScD
Professor, Department of Work Environment
University of Massachusetts Lowell University Professor (2013-16)

Ron Z. Goetzel

Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD
Director of the Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies
Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research, Truven Health Analytics


L. Casey Chosewood, MD
Senior Medical Officer for Total Worker Health™
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Continuing Education Information

Target Audience

Occupational Health and Safety professionals, CHES-certified and other health educators, Licensed practical/vocational nurses, Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Technicians, Program Managers and Administrators, Registered Nurses, Human resources, Risk Managers, and employers

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Format: Enduring material


Hardware and Software Requirements: Flash Player, Browser, Internet Connection, Computer Hardware including Speakers

Prerequisites: Ability to comprehend basic statistics and interpret graphic representations of data; familiarity with laymen’s terms for medical conditions.

Contact Information: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Total Worker HealthTM Program,

Accreditation Statements

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.5 contact hours.

CEU: The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. The CDC is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 ANSI/IACET CEU's for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number GA0082.

Origination Date: 2/25/2014

Expiration Date: 2/25/2016

Disclosure Statement

CDC, our planners, our presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Presentations will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC does not accept commercial support.

Method of Participation

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  • Page last reviewed: April 11, 2014
  • Page last updated: July 22, 2015

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