Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series

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This webinar series aims to promote the work of innovative and impactful intramural and extramural research partnerships. The 2020 series will feature three webinars on March 11, June 10 and September 2.

Below you will find registration information for upcoming webinars a few weeks before each event. You can also access the webinar recordings for on-demand viewing on this webpage a few weeks after the webinar.

Learning Objectives

The series aims to inform and engage webinar attendees on NIOSH-funded intramural and extramural research to:

  • Increase awareness of the topic areas being addressed by NIOSH-funded research and knowledge of areas where new research partnerships can be developed.
  • Enhance and expand intramural and extramural partnership in occupational safety and health research.

Upcoming Webinar: June 10, 2020

Registration

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, we kick off the second installment of the 2020 Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series, with a special collaboration with the NIOSH Office of Total Worker Health® and the NIOSH Future of Work Initiative. We feature exciting topics on the future of work and implications for aging workers.

A Look at the Intersection of Aging, Worker Well-being and the Future of Work
Presenter: L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health (TWH)

When Aging and Work Collide
Presenter: James Grosch, PhD
NIOSH National Center for Productive Aging and Work

Aging Workers in the Future of Work
Presenter: Martin Cherniack, MD, MPH, and Jennifer Garza, ScD
University of Connecticut Health Center

NOTE: You MUST pre-register to attend these webinars.  Please click on the registration link below and follow the prompts to complete your registration.  You will receive a confirmation email and link to the actual webinar.

Featured Speakers

Presentation Date: June 10, 2020

Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH – NIOSH
Dr. L. Casey Chosewood is currently the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health® at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, he promotes the protection and improvement of the safety, health and well-being of workers around the world. Since 2018, he has also coordinated NIOSH’s work addressing the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic. From 2004 to 2009, he served as the Director of the CDC Office of Health and Safety safeguarding the 15,000 members of the CDC workforce as they faced the new challenges of the modern public health era, including emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism and other global health challenges. His office led numerous CDC workforce protection programs, including all occupational health services, laboratory and biosafety programs, environmental and compliance activities, and workplace well-being and prevention initiatives. He has served as the Medical Director of CDC’s three occupational health clinics. His team has overseen a multi-faceted workplace health program providing more than 200,000 encounters, screenings, and health opportunities annually. He has presented extensively on worker safety and occupational health, biological and laboratory safety, international travel medicine, and workplace well-being.

Dr. Chosewood received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He has been an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine since 1997. He received a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in May 2014. Before coming to CDC, Dr. Chosewood was the Medical Director for the Southeastern Region of Lucent Technologies.

James Grosch, PhD

James Grosch, PhD – NIOSH
Dr. James Grosch is a Senior Research Psychologist and Co-Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Productive Aging and Work. He has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and a Master of Business Administration—both from the University of New Hampshire. His work at NIOSH focuses on better understanding how behavioral and work organization factors affect a worker’s safety and health. Recent projects include: changes in health and cognitive ability that workers experience as they age, characteristics of age-friendly workplaces, job stressors associated with increased risk of heart disease and depression, and the impact of job transitions (e.g., retirement, being laid off) on both physical and mental health outcomes.

 

Martin Cherniak

Martin Cherniack, MD, MPH – University of Connecticut Health Center
Dr. Martin Cherniack is an occupational medicine physician and Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center. He has worked as an academic physician and investigator for the past 34 years. Dr. Cherniack has worked principally on occupational musculoskeletal diseases and concentrated clinically on management of chronic disease in the working population. In more recent years, he has been engaged in translational research, combining biomedical and social sciences with the goal of developing preventive health interventions for general  implementation.

Since 2006, he has been the co-director of the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW)external icon – one of six NIOSH-funded Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health (TWH). Since 2008, he has been the Principal Investigator for the UConn-SAM (University of Connecticut Study on Aging and Musculoskeletal Disease), NIOSH-funded longitudinal study directed to aging and work, He has directed domestic and international studies on hand-arm vibration, the physiology of aging, integrated interventions in manufacturing and public sector work forces, ergonomic tool development, and radiation related health effects at Chernobyl.

Jennifer Garza, ScD

Jennifer Garza, ScD – University of Connecticut Health Center
Dr. Garza is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center. Her research interests include ergonomics, musculoskeletal health, and occupational exposure assessment. She has been the co-Principal Investigator on UConn-SAM (University of Connecticut Study on Aging and Musculoskeletal Disease) since 2017 and is principally working on wearable instrumentation for assessing activity demands in and out of work.

Past Webinars

Future of Work and Implications for Occupational Safety and Health: March 11, 2020
Presentation Materials

Recording: Archived presentationexternal icon– Now Available

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the last several minutes of audio are unavailable. Please note the entire webinar is available in closed captions.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, we kicked off the first installment of the 2020 Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series. We featured exciting topics on the future of work and implications for occupational safety and health.

Future of Work: Risks and Opportunities
Presenter: John Howard, MD
NIOSH Director

Mapping the Future of Work for the Safety and Health of Workers
Presenter: Paul A. Schulte, PhD
NIOSH Director of the Division of Science Integration

Horizon Scanning for Identifying Emerging Issues
Presenter: Andy Hines, PhD
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
University of Houston Graduate Program in Foresight

Featured Speakers

Presentation Date: March 11, 2020

John Howard

John Howard, MD – NIOSH
Dr. John Howard is the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Howard was first appointed NIOSH Director in 2002 during the George W. Bush Administration and served in that position until 2008. In 2009, Dr. Howard worked as a consultant with the US-Afghanistan Health Initiative. In September of 2009, Dr. Howard was again appointed NIOSH Director, and was reappointed for a third six-year term in 2015. Prior to his appointments as NIOSH Director and WTC Health Program Administrator, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the State of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 1991 through 2002.

Dr. Howard earned a Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University of Chicago; a Master of Public Health from the Harvard University School of Public Health; a Doctor of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles; and a Master of Law in Administrative Law and Economic Regulation, and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, both degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health, policy and law.

Paul A. Schulte, PhD

Paul A. Schulte, PhD – NIOSH
Dr. Paul Schulte is the Director of the Division of Science Integration and Co-Manager of the Nanotechnology Research Center at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Schulte has 40 years of experience in conducting research and developing guidance on occupational cancer, nanomaterials, risk communication, workplace well-being, and genetics. He also has examined the convergence of occupational safety and health and green chemistry and sustainability. He is the co-editor of the textbook, Molecular Epidemiology: Principles and Practices. Dr. Schulte has served as guest editor of the Journal of Occupational Medicine and the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and was on the initial editorial board of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.  He is currently on the International Advisory Board of the Annals of Occupational Hygiene. Dr. Schulte has developed various frameworks for addressing the aging workforce, burden of occupational disease and injury, well-being of the workforce, and translation research and synthetic biology and occupational risk.

Andy Hines

Andy Hines, PhD – University of Houston 
Dr. Andy Hines is Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Foresight and is also speaking, workshopping, and consulting through his firm, Hinesight. His 30 years of professional futurist experience includes a decade’s experience working inside first the Kellogg Company and later Dow Chemical, and consulting work with Coates & Jarratt, Inc. and Social Technologies/Innovaro. His books include Thinking about the Future (2nd edition), Teaching about the Future, ConsumerShift: How Changing Values Are Reshaping the Consumer Landscape, 2025: Science and Technology Reshapes US and Global Society, and his dissertation was The Role of an Organizational Futurist in Integrating Foresight into Organizations. He is a member and former Chair of the Association of Professional Futurists.

2019 Expanding Research Partnerships Series

The 2019 Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series featured exciting topics on an expanded focus for occupational safety and health. Three webinars were held on April 10, June 12 and September 18.

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2018 Expanding Research Partnerships Series

The 2018 Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series featured exciting topics on work and health-related factors associated with injury and illness outcomes, new technologies to reduce exposure to health and safety hazards, and health and safety in Construction. Three webinars were held on February 14, May 16 and November 14.

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Page last reviewed: February 3, 2020