Total Worker Health® Webinar Series

NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series

The NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) program presents a free webinar series to highlight the latest research and case studies for protecting the safety and health of workers. Webinars address the complex, often interlinked hazards affecting the safety, health, and well-being of today’s workforce. Upcoming and recorded webinars are listed below. Continuing education credit is available for select webinars.

Continuing Education

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Past Webinars

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The Total Worker Health Program is excited to present and discuss the NIOSH Worker Well-being Questionnaire (WellBQ), released earlier in 2021. This new tool provides an integrated assessment of worker well-being. The NIOSH WellBQ is intended to help researchers, employers, workers, practitioners, and policymakers understand the well-being of workers and target interventions to improve worker well-being. Featured speakers, Chia-Chia Chang from NIOSH, Dr. Gwenith Fisher from Colorado State University, and Dr. Ramya Chari from the RAND Corporation describe the origin and development of the tool. They also discuss practical applications and next steps.

Workplace Health Disparities: A Total Worker Health Perspective

During this webinar, hosted June 2021, the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar series took a closer look at workplace health disparities. NIOSH speakers Constance Franklin and Michael Flynn were joined by Dr. Kendra Jason from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for an engaging discussion on the relationship between work, health, and inequity. The speakers shared strategies to address workplace health disparities and answered questions from the audience.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

In order to receive CE for WD4008-060321 – NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series – Workplace Health Disparities: A Total Worker Health Perspective – June 3, 2021 (Web on Demand), please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before July 6, 2023.

Effective Interventions to Combat Opioid Misuse: Studies from the Field of Opioid Prescription Management

The December 2020 webinar, hosted by the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program and Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies, featured Drs. Kuang-chi Chang from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), William Shaw from UConn Health, and Yonatan Ben-Shalom of Mathematica. Speakers shared findings from a recent report on the State of the Field in Opioid Prescription Managementexternal icon and discussed promising intervention studies and key observations from areas with emerging evidence.

Management During Difficult Times: Supporting Workers and Families to Prevent Burnout and Promote Well-Being

Summary

For National Work and Family Month, October 2020, the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program was pleased to host Dr. Gwen Fisher, from Colorado State University, and Corey Berkey of JazzHR in conversation. During the presentation, speakers covered topics including juggling work and non-work roles, resources for workers to address work stress, how companies can support team members virtually, and recognizing the needs of workers.

CE Information

Activity ID: WD4008-102920

For accessing credit until 12/1/2022

(Note: You will need the course access code provided during the live event.)

A Conversation Exploring Leadership in Challenging Times

On August 27th, the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program hosted Jeffrey Pfeffer and Bob Chapman as they shared perspectives on business leadership and worker safety and health. This lively conversation, moderated by TWH Director, Dr. Casey Chosewood, covered topics including:

  • How TWH approaches can help employers transition to a participatory, worker-centered culture
  • How changes in leadership affect company performance
  • How corporate culture has changed over time
  • Relevant resources the audience can use to learn more about prioritizing worker safety and health
Reopening America: Return to the Workplace Safely with Total Worker Health® Strategies

The NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) Program presented strategies and recommendations for returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. NIOSH speakers, Dr. Kevin H. Dunn, Mr. Todd Niemeier, and Dr. L. Casey Chosewood, discussed CDC/NIOSH guidance for workplaces responding to COVID-19, including the employer checklist from the Resuming Business toolkit and how to apply TWH strategies. For the latest guidance, please visit the CDC COVID-19 website.

Where Exposure Meets Sensor Technologies: A Look at the Opportunities and Complexities
Webinar Recording

During this installment of the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar series, featured speakers explored the overlap between Total Worker Health, Total Worker Exposure, and Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies. The presenters, Paul Schulte, PhD, Emanuele Cauda, PhD, and Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, also covered opportunities for considering Total Worker Health approaches with new technology, and the ethical implications.

Continuing Education Information

For accessing credit from 12/20/2019 until 12/20/2021

Activity ID: WD4008-112019

(Note: You will need the course access code provided during the live event.)

Applying Dissemination and Implementation Science to Total Worker Health Research and Practice: What We Need to Know

Brought to you by the NIOSH Office for TWH and the NIOSH Centers of Excellence for TWH, this webinar focused on the theory and practice of research dissemination and implementation (D&I) in the workplace, featured speakers include Dr. Ross Brownson, Dr. Tom Cunningham, and Dr. Pamela Tinc. Topics covered include, strategies for researchers to engage in D&I research, the new NIOSH Translation Research Framework, how various contexts influence TWH dissemination strategies, and relevant examples.

Understanding Total Worker Health: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Whether you are looking for a refresher on the basics of TWH principles or hoping to learn about it for the first time, this webinar explores the evolution of the TWH concept, current research, and practical examples of applying TWH approaches. This event features NIOSH researchers and practitioners moving the science and practice of TWH forward: Dr. Sara Tamers, CAPT Mary O’Connor, and Chia-Chia Chang.

Correlates of Opioid Dispensing in Workers’ Compensation

This is the second special presentation on Opioids in the Workplace as part of the Total Worker Health Webinar Series, focused on new research at the intersection of work and the nation’s opioid crisis. During the webinar, we hear from Dr. Vennela Thumula, a policy analyst at the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), and Dr. Casey Chosewood from the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program. Dr. Casey Chosewood highlights the comprehensive steps NIOSH is taking to assist and protect workers, employers, and first responders on the front line facing the opioid misuse and overdose crisis. Dr. Thumula provides an overview of latest research from WCRI on opioid dispensing to injured workers and discusses the findings from her study, titled Correlates of Opioid Dispensingexternal icon.

New Insights into the Opioid Crisis and Work: Important Information for Workers and Employers

This is a special presentation of the NIOSH TWH Webinar Series focused on new research at the important intersection of work and the nation’s opioid crisis. This webinar featured presentations from national experts: Chris Cain, CIH of The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), Letitia Davis, ScD, EdM of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH of the NIOSH Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies. This webinar explored critical insights into potential work-related risks factors for opioid misuse, data on opioid overdose by industry and occupation, and prevention methods and interventions. The presentation also introduces the NIOSH Response to the Opioid Crisis framework.

Overlapping Vulnerabilities in the Aging Workforce
Webinar Recording

On October 30th, NIOSH Total Worker Health and the National Center for Productive Aging and Work presented the next installment in the Productive Aging and Work annual webinar series: Overlapping Vulnerabilities in the Aging Workforce. The objective of this third installment of the Productive Aging and Work webinar is to explore from three complementing views how the social and economic context can influence the occupational safety and health experience of aging workers. First, Dr. Joanne Crawford of the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburg, Scotland discussed issues related to gender and age. Second, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg of Providence College focused on low-wage older workers and health disparities. Finally, Dr. Richard Johnson of the Urban Institute presented on the socioeconomic factors that influence work experiences and transitions into retirement of vulnerable populations.

Integrating Functional Outcomes with Clinical Measures

Please enjoy this special NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) and Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS) webinar in which Dr. Kathryn Mueller and Dr. T. Warner Hudson explore the benefits of integrating functional outcomes with clinical process measures as a basic approach to patient care in the US. The speakers discuss the broad challenges to our health care system that make a transition to this new approach imperative. They also examine the connection between medical care and disability, and review research supporting a functionally based approach to health care. By considering functional outcomes with Total Worker Health approaches in workplaces, organizations and occupational safety and health providers and practitioners may begin to better address the challenges faced by workers experiencing these injuries and illnesses.

Numbers to Know How: Linking Research to Healthier Workplace Practices

In this presentation of the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series, an expert panel of speakers discuss challenges facing today’s workplaces and the importance of health survey data to inform Total Worker Health interventions. Featured speakers Laura A. Linnan, ScD and Sara Luckhaupt MD, MPH, discuss results from the Workplace Health in America Survey, the National Health Interview Survey, and the National Occupational Mortality Surveillance System. The webinar highlights the link between work and health, and the importance of Total Worker Health interventions to protect and promote worker safety, health, and well-being.

Interventions and Promising Practices in the Aging Workplace

On September 28, the NIOSH Office for TWH and the National Center for Productive Aging and Work hosted the second annual installment of the Productive Aging and Work webinar series. The aging of the workforce in the U.S. and many other countries has a profound impact on how we conceptualize and approach occupational safety and health. This webinar installment examined interventions and promising practices for the aging workforce from three different perspectives. Together, the three presentations shared a complimentary overview of interventions and promising practices for addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging workforce. Featured speakers included, Dr. Donald Trujillo, Dr. Alyssa McGonagle, and Dr. Ruth Finkelstein.

A New Look at the Way We Work: Nonstandard Work Arrangements and Their Impacts on Worker Safety and Health

In this presentation of the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series, an expert panel of speakers including Dr. Rene Pana-Cryan, Dr. Sherry Baron, and Dr. Lisa Brosseau discussed challenges facing workplaces and the importance of health survey data to inform Total Worker Health interventions. Featured speakers reviewed results from the Workplace Health in America Survey, the National Health.

Productive Aging and Work: Theory, Health Data, Practical Solutions

On September 27, the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series featured an expert panel of speakers, including Dr. John Howard, Dr. James Grosch, and Dr. Xiuwen Sue Dong, discussing the concept of productive aging, designing aging-friendly workplaces, and hands-on methods organizations can take to meet workplace health and safety needs of workers of all ages.

Advancing Worker Family Well-Being

On January 19, the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series hosted an expert panel of speakers to discuss the impact of work-related stress on families, research findings, and policy trends related to work-family support for low-income families. Speakers Dr. Pamela Winston, Dr. Erin L. Kelly, and Carol Joyner also covered practical approaches to improve the safety, health, and well-being of workers.

Sedentary Work: Implications and Interventions for Worker Safety and Health

Updated Summary for “Sedentary Work: Implications and Interventions for Worker Safety and Health”

In this special panel presentation of the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series, we hosted five experts to discuss a variety of research and perspectives on sedentary work. Drs Jennifer Hess, Dinesh John, Nathan Fethke, Manuel Cifuentes, and Michael T. Sliter addressed questions, including: 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?

Preserving Lung Health: At Work and Beyond

During this webinar, Drs. Cara Halldin, David Weissman, and Cassandra Okechukwu discussed different elements of lung function monitoring, workplace tobacco policies, and 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.

Integrated Safety and Health for Small Businesses

In this third presentation of the NIOSH Total Worker Health® Webinar Series, the Office for Total Worker Health presented 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. Dr. James Merchant discussed 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 then presented 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.

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

In this webinar, Drs. Dan Ganster and Leslie Hammer discussed the process of psychosocial stress at work and intervention approaches for alleviating it. The presentation included 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. This webinar reviewed relationships between work-life stress and health to advance understanding of pathways between occupational and individual risk factors and health and safety outcomes.

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

Archived presentationexternal icon 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,” began with an overview of Total Worker Health, followed by a discussion of the evidence base for a Total Worker Health approach. The presentation also featured a discussion of the types of organizational returns that might be expected for efforts to integrate wellness and workplace safety programs. The webinar closed 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)external icon, a NIOSH-funded Center of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the TWH Webinar Series, you can email our office at twh@cdc.gov.

Continuing Education Information