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Partnerships are cornerstone to NIOSH and the Office for Total Worker HealthTM. Together, NIOSH and partners support U.S. economic strength and growth by moving research into practice through concrete and practical solutions, recommendations, and interventions for the building of a safe, healthy, and capable workforce. Our partners represent labor, industry, academia, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and professional organizations both domestic and international. Input from our partners and stakeholders helps in setting research priorities, conducting research, implementing interventions, and translating scientific knowledge.

Our partners include the NIOSH-funded Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce, NIOSH Total Worker Health Affiliates, and collaborators in research, translation, and other activities. While not an exhaustive list, the examples below are provided to help portray the value and variety of these partnerships.

Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce

NIOSH funds four Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce to examine the integration of worker protection, worksite enhancement, and worker health promotion interventions. These Centers include:


NIOSH Total Worker Health Affiliate Program

The mission of the NIOSH Total Worker Health Affiliate Program is to foster integration of worker health protection and health promotion through collaborations with public and not-for-profit organizations.

Current Affiliates:

  • Center for Worker Health and Environment, Colorado School of Public Health: At the University of Colorado School of Public Health, the Center is committed to improving the lives and health of workers and communities throughout Colorado and around the world. The Center for Worker Health and Environment has a robust and growing continuing education program, public-private partnerships, and community-based initiative to integrate worksite health promotion and health protection.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): In 2005, NASA was recognized in an Institute of Medicine report, Integrating Employee Health: A Model Program for NASA, for “being forward-looking in designing programs aimed at improving the health and wellness of its employees.” NASA has proactively taken steps to bring together its diversity of occupational health, environmental health, workers compensation, wellness, and employee assistance programs to integrate occupational safety and health protection with health promotion.
  • Dartmouth–Hitchcock: Dartmouth-Hitchcock's vision is to achieve the healthiest population possible, leading the transformation of health care in the Northeast U.S. region and setting the standard for our nation. In the eyes of Dartmouth-Hitchcock leadership, achieving the healthiest population possible starts with the organization's own workforce. Live Well/Work Well's mission is to improve and maintain the health and well-being of Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees and their families by creating a supportive culture which provides access to resources and services that motivate, encourage and promote healthy lifestyles and foster resilience. Dartmouth-Hitchcock links employee safety with employee health and well-being and fosters an organizational culture in which all employees are responsible for creating a safer and healthier work environment.
  • Kentucky Department for Public Health: The Kentucky Department for Public Health, through the Worksite Wellness Initiative, the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, and the Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network, is developing a partnership that will establish and promote Total Worker Health in Kentucky. This partnership will serve as the catalyst in the formation of a state level steering committee made up of private and public sector organizations who will provide leadership in the development of a whole person safety and health model for employers and a public awareness campaign for TWH in Kentucky.


Other Collaborations

Our collaborators help NIOSH achieve its mission of producing new scientific knowledge and transferring and translating the knowledge into effective prevention practices which are adopted in the workplace. We seek collaborations on a wide variety of activities.


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