International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health

Begun in 2014, the International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health is the only NIOSH-sponsored public conference focused solely on advancing Total Worker Health research, practice, policies, and programs. Bringing together experts from academia, labor, business, and government, the Symposium examines opportunities to make workplaces safer and improve the health and well-being of the workforce across the nation and world. Participants hear compelling keynote addresses, expert presentations, and informal workshops emphasizing the latest strategies aligned with state-of-the-art science and practice on advancing the safety, health, and well-being of all workers. To learn more about the symposium, please visit the official websiteexternal icon.

Previous Symposium Information

2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) hosted the 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®external icon May 8-11, 2018 at the Natcher Conference Center at National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference convened researchers and practitioners from the United States and abroad that are making important contributions to advance Total Worker Health research and practice. We invite you to view the full symposium program onlinepdf iconexternal icon

Symposium Theme and Goals:

The 2018 Symposium theme was Work & Well-Being: How Safer, Healthier Work Can Enhance Well-Being. The goals of the conference were to 1) reaffirm our dedication and commitment to safety and health, 2) redesign the way we lead, supervise, and organize the work environment, and 3) to reveal novel research and strategies to improve worker well-being, establish new links between work and the risks for chronic disease, and advance the Total Worker Health field

Symposium Topics:

Theme-related topics include:

  • Workplace risks & health outcomes
  • Health & the work environment – Optimizing organizational policies & practices
  • Approaches to supervision & employee relations & links to health
  • Changing workforce demographics
  • Work-life continuum & implications for well-being
  • Work design & new technologies
  • Globalization & the international economy: Implications for Total Worker Health
  • Partnerships & collaborations
  • Advancing the state of the science for Total Worker Health: Methods for research & interventions

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education credits offered through CDC are available through June 8th, 2018. Offerings for the 2nd International Symposium to Advance TWH include: CME (Physicians); CNE (Nurses); CEU (Other Professionals); and CECH (Certified Health Education Specialists).

In order to recieve continuing education (CE) for [CM2925]-[Total Worker Health International Symposium] please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before [06/08/2018].

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For questions regarding registration, please contact Ms. Leslie Mackay of the Eagleson Institute at or visit icon For questions regarding symposium content, please contact Dr. Adele Childress via email at You may also email for general questions.

TWH 1st International Symposium

On October 6-8, 2014, the Office for Total Worker Health hosted the first ever International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health on the beautiful campus of the National Institutes for Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard kicked off the conference with a rousing keynote address that likely resonated with the goals of many participants, noting “Ensuring safe work for all workers is what we do. What brings us all here [to this conference] is the desire to do more for the worker than we do now.”

To read Dr. Howard’s speech in its entirety, download:

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PDF of Dr. John Howard’s Keynote Presentation

All in all, more than 100 esteemed presenters from nonprofit, government, private, and academic institutions shared their perspectives on Total Worker Health.

Even if you were unable to attend the Symposium, there are ample opportunities to learn about the proceedings and contribute to the conversation around Total Worker Health.

Select presentations from the 2014 Symposium are available for viewingexternal icon.

More Information

Total Worker Health® in Action! e-Newsletter. Vol 3, No. 4 (December 2014).”Highlights from the 1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health.

NIOSH e-News. Vol 12, No. 7 (November 2014). “From the Director’s Desk: More than the Sum of its parts: 1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker HealthTM Addresses the Integration of Health Protection and Promotion.”

NIOSH Science Blog. (October 28, 2014). “Keeping the Momentum Going for Total Worker Health”

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