NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series

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NIOSH is pleased to launch a new webinar series on the future of work. With the participation of NIOSH researchers and external experts, this series aims to inform and engage audiences on fundamental future of work priority topics and sub-topics. We hope that you will join us as we explore subjects and critical questions vital for the safety, health, and well-being of tomorrow’s workforce.

Upcoming Webinars

The Role of Demographics in the Future of Work

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
2-3pm EST

You are invited to join the third webinar in the new NIOSH series on the future of work, covering significant priority topics. This event, presented by the NIOSH Future of Work Initiative, will focus on growing worker diversity in the context of the future of work. The webinar will help occupational safety and health and allied professionals and practitioners identify, examine, and reduce the inequitable distribution of workplace- and work-related risks and benefits due to demographic characteristics, ensuring the well-being of all workers.

Featured speakers will highlight select sub-topics and discuss safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Laura Syron is a researcher in NIOSH’s Western States Division. Within NIOSH’s Program Portfolio, she is an Assistant Program Coordinator for both the Occupational Health Equity Program and the Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies. For the past fifteen years, she has partnered with community-based organizations, advocacy groups, labor, management, and academics to advance public health. Dr. Syron earned a Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health, and an MPH in International Health, from Oregon State University.

Dr. Marie-Anne Rosemberg is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, School of Nursing in the Systems, Populations, and Leadership Department. Her program of research focuses on addressing occupational health disparities among youth and adult working populations at risk for or experiencing one or multiple chronic conditions. Her work also focuses on workers in service industries (including hospitality and nail salons) who face particular challenges given that they are overrepresented by women, ethnic/minorities, and immigrants. In addition to her research, Dr. Rosemberg serves on the CDC/NIOSH Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Cross-Sector Council. Dr. Rosemberg earned a master’s degree in communities and populations health at the University of Washington, Tacoma; a PhD with a specialty focus on occupational and environmental health as a fellow of the CDC/NIOSH; and completed postdoctoral training as a T32 follow of the National Institutes of Health, at the University of Michigan.

Past Webinars

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Work

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The second webinar in the NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series focused on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the future of work. Understanding how AI works can maximize occupational safety and health (OSH) advantages as well as minimize potential setbacks. Although the application of AI in the workplace is still emerging, OSH professionals, practitioners, researchers, employers, and workers can benefit from developing a greater understanding of workplace AI applications.

The featured speakers discussed selected sub-topics and the safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers

Jay Vietas, PhD, MS, CIH, CSP

Chief of the Emerging Technologies Branch, in the Division of Science Integration, at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Houshang Darabi, Ph.D.

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The Role of Organizational Design in the Future of Work

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During the first webinar in the new NIOSH Future of Work Webinar Series, this event focused on the role of organizational design, including the basic, foundational physical and functional infrastructures influencing where, when, and how work is conducted. The organization of work refers to psychosocial and physical aspects of the workplace that greatly impact worker safety and health issues, such as: autonomy, burnout and stress prevention, healthy leadership, job flexibility, leave policies, scheduling, social and corporate responsibility, built environment, workspace, and work-life fit.

The featured speakers discussed various organizational design sub-topics and safety, health, and well-being opportunities and challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce.

Featured Speakers

Jessica MK Streit, PhD, MS, CHES®

Research Psychologist and Deputy Director of the Office of Research Integration at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Leslie B. Hammer, PhD

Professor at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, at Oregon Health & Science University

Co-Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center

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