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NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Webinar Series

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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 promotion and health protection programs.
  • Develop workplace programs and interventions that integrate elements of health protection and health promotion to prevent injuries and illnesses and advance worker 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

Preserving Lung Health: At Work and Beyond

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

Cara Halldin, PhD
David Weissman, MD, FCCP
Cassandra Okechukwu, MSN, ScD

SAVE THE DATE! More information to follow.

Past Webinars

Integrated Safety and Health for Small Businesses

Friday, November 14, 2014

12:00p.m.- 1:30 p.m. EST

Featured presenters:

James Merchant MDJames Merchant, MD, DrPH, professor of occupational and environmental health and medicine and founding dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is a nationally known expert on occupational and environmental health, rural health, and public health policy. Currently, he directs the University of Iowa Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence. Among Dr. Merchant's honors are a commendation medal from the U.S. Public Health Service, a Health Policy Fellowship with the U.S. Senate and membership in the Institute of Medicine.

Lee Newman MD Lee Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP is a physician, professor, and small business owner who has focused his career on improving the health, safety, and wellbeing of workers. He is the director of the Center for Worker Health and Environment within the Colorado School of Public Health and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Health Links Colorado. In addition, he currently is a professor at the Colorado School of Public Health and School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver, and the director of the CDC/NIOSH Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center.


Archived presentation now available.

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 Coordination and Research Support
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. EDT

Activity ID: WD2335-081914

Featured Presenters:

Leslie Hammer

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

Dan Ganster

Dan Ganster, PhD
Senior Associate Dean , College of Business, Colorado State University


Archived presentation now available.

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

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

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Activity ID: WD2335-022514


Archived presentation available via the CPH-NEW website.

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


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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

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

You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.

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