TOTAL WORKER HEALTH

NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series

Webinar Series

Recognizing the complex, often interlinked hazards affecting the health, safety, and well-being of today’s workforce, the NIOSH Total Worker Health® program is excited to present a free webinar series aimed at providing the latest research and case studies for protecting the safety and health of workers everywhere. All 90-minute webinars are recorded and are available for on-demand viewing.

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 protection and policies, programs, and practices that promote health and advance worker safety, health and well-being.
  • Develop workplace programs and interventions that integrate elements of occupational safety and health protection with policies, programs, and practices that promote health and advance worker safety, health and 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

Effective Interventions to Combat Opioid Misuse: Studies from the Field of Opioid Prescription Management
Thursday, December 10, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST

As the country continues efforts to reduce opioid misuse and overdose, what are some of the lessons learned? What progress have we made?

Join the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program and Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies on December 10th for a 60-minute webinar with Drs. Kuang-chi Chang from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), William Shaw from UConn Health, and Yonatan Ben-Shalom of Mathematica, as they share findings from a recent report on the State of the Field in Opioid Prescription Managementexternal icon. The report is part of a larger study, titled “Workers’ Compensation and the Opioid Epidemic,” funded by the Chief Evaluation Office at DOL. It reviews 134 studies of initiatives and strategies aimed at reducing opioid prescriptions and improving patient outcomes, across different intervention categories, settings, and research designs between 2014 and 2019. The speakers will discuss promising intervention studies with considerable evidence of effectiveness and provide key observations from areas with emerging evidence. The webinar will be moderated by TWH Director, Dr. Casey Chosewood and CWCS Director, Dr. Steve Wurzelbacher.

Featured Speakers:

Kuang-chi Chang, PhD
A senior Evaluation Specialist at the Chief Evaluation Office, the U.S. Department of Labor. Her evaluation portfolio covers issues such as those related to worker protection, employee benefits, worker leave, workers’ compensation, and international labor affairs. She has more than 20 years’ experience and has published in peer-reviewed journals on topics including supplier networks in the global supply chain of the computer manufacturing industry, and working conditions, employment outcomes, and job searching approaches used by migrant workers. She holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Yonatan Ben-Shalom, PhD
A senior researcher at Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policyexternal icon. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University, and his primary research focus has been on programs and policies related to individuals who acquire disability in adulthood—especially workers and veterans. Dr. Ben-Shalom has led numerous studies funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration, and other federal agencies, and has published articles in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, the Social Security Bulletin, and Health Services Research, among others.

Dr. William S. Shaw, Ph.D.
An Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut, and he is affiliated with the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW). His training background is in engineering and clinical psychology, and his primary research focus has been workplace disability and return-to-work post-injury as well as psychosocial and organizational factors affecting outcomes for workers with acute musculoskeletal injuries or chronic health conditions. Dr. Shaw has published more than 150 peer reviewed articles and chapters and serves on the editorial boards of multiple journals, including Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Occupational Health Science.

Moderators

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Director, Office for Total Worker Health®
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Steve Wurzelbacher, PhD, CPE, ARM
Director, Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Past Webinars

Management During Difficult Times: Supporting Workers and Families to Prevent Burnout and Promote Well-Being
Thursday, October 29, 2020
1:00- 2:30 PM ET
Webinar Recording

Coming Soon

For National Work and Family Month, the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program is pleased to host Dr. Gwen Fisher, from Colorado State University, and Corey Berkey of JazzHR in conversation. During the presentation, speakers will cover topics including:

  • juggling work and non-work roles
  • resources for workers to address work stress
  • how companies can support team members virtually
  • recognizing the needs of workers.

If you’re interested in learning more about healthy management styles and addressing work stress, join us October 29th at 1pm ET.

Featured Speakers:

Gwenith Fisher, PhD

Gwenith Fisher, PhD

Dr. Gwen Fisher is an Associate Professor of industrial/organizational psychology at Colorado State University (CSU), Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Colorado School of Public Health, and affiliated with the Center for Health, Work, and Environment, a NIOSH Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health. She is also the President-Elect of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. At CSU, Gwen directs the occupational health psychology training program, funded by the NIOSH Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center. Dr. Fisher’s research examines how work and individual factors relate to worker health, well-being, and retirement. Dr. Fisher has published more than 70 peer reviewed articles and chapters and serves on the editorial board of multiple journals, including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Occupational Health Science.

Corey Berkey, SHRM-SCP

Corey Berkey, SHRM-SCP

Corey is the owner of all things “People” at JazzHR.  He oversees the recruiting efforts that help JazzHR build a world-class team, plus our employee engagement that helps keep that team happy. He holds a SHRM-SCP and has been in the field for 10 years. His experience spans large and small businesses and many different industries, but he’s always had a soft spot for tech and early-stage companies.

Total Worker Health Webinar Series: A Conversation Exploring Leadership in Challenging Times
Thursday, August 27, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 pm Eastern

Join the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program on August 27th for a 60-minute webinar with Jeffrey Pfeffer and Bob Chapman as they share perspectives on business leadership and worker safety and health. This lively conversation, moderated by TWH Director, Dr. Casey Chosewood, will cover 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

Featured Speakers:

Bob Chapman, Chairman & CEO

Bob Chapman, Chairman & CEO

Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a $3B capital equipment firm that he’s led since 1975, applying a unique blend of strategy and culture to build a global organization comprised of more than 100 acquisitions and 12,000+ team members. Over two decades, a series of realizations led Chapman away from traditional management to the concept of Truly Human Leadership, a transformation that inspired his best-seller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of

Caring for Your People Like Family. Named Inc.’s No. 3 CEO, Chapman shares his message about business’s opportunity to become the world’s most positive societal influence to audiences including Conscious Capitalism, Fortune Scale Up Summit, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Danforth’s Seeds of Change, US Congressional Retreat, WorldBlu, and CEO Global Leaders Forum. Inspired by Chapman’s work, the Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute was founded in 2015 to partner with other organizations looking to improve their cultures, develop outstanding leaders, and inspire their people.

 

Jeffrey Pfeffer, PhD

Jeffrey Pfeffer, PhD

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he has taught since 1979.  Prior to joining Stanford, he was on the faculty at the business schools at the University of

California, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois.  Pfeffer is the author or co-author of 15 books on topics including power in organizations, managing people, evidence-based management and The Knowing-Doing Gap.  His latest book, Dying for a Paycheck:  How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance—and What We Can Do About It, was published in March, 2018.  Author of more than 150 articles and book chapters, Pfeffer has won numerous awards for his scholarly research, including an Honorary Doctorate from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

Reopening America: Return to the Workplace Safely with Total Worker Health® Strategies

The NIOSH Total Worker Health Program is pleased to present strategies and recommendations for returning to work safely as organizations meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. NIOSH speakers, Dr. Kevin H. Dunn, Mr. Todd Niemeier, and Dr. L. Casey Chosewood, will discuss the CDC/NIOSH guidance for workplaces responding to COVID-19 as well as the recently released employer checklist from the Resuming Business toolkit. The speakers discuss how businesses in other sectors can apply NIOSH guidance. The webinar also covers Total Worker Health strategies, which are important as workplaces take steps to reopen and resume operations with the health and well-being of their workers and customers as a top priority.

Featured Speakers:

Kevin Dunn

Kevin H. Dunn, Sc.D., CIH
Kevin H. Dunn is a mechanical engineer and a certified industrial hygienist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati. He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Doctor of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Since joining NIOSH in 1997, Dr. Dunn has been investigating ways to control worker exposure to air contaminants across a broad range of industries and applications. He has published research on controlling carbon monoxide exposure from gasoline powered engines, assessing wild land firefighter exposures, and evaluating exposure controls for nanomaterials and advanced manufacturing processes. He is currently working in the COVID-19 Reopening Technical Assistance Branch to help develop and share information on resuming business safely.

Todd Niemeier

R. Todd Niemeier, MS, CIH
Todd Niemeier is a certified industrial hygienist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2004 with an M.S. degree in Industrial and Environmental Hygiene. He spent the first four years of his career in consulting performing both field industrial hygiene and global product stewardship activities. In 2008 he joined the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation program as a field industrial hygienist. In 2013, he moved to the Division of Science Integration, Science Applications Branch (formerly Education and Information Division) where he serves as a document manager to provide authoritative recommendations as part of NIOSH documents. Mr. Niemeier has also been deeply involved with the CDC response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including deployments to the CDC Emergency Operations Center and a quarantine station.

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Casey Chosewood is currently the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. In this role, he promotes the protection & improvement of the safety, health, and well-being of workers around the world. He also co-leads NIOSH’s efforts to assist workers & employers facing the unprecedented crisis related to opioid misuse and opioid-related overdose deaths across the nation. Dr. Chosewood received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia & completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Connecticut. He received an MPH in health policy & management from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in 2014.

Where Exposure Meets Sensor Technologies: A Look at the Opportunities and Complexities
Continuing Education Information

Activity ID: WC4008-112019
(Note: You will need the course access code provided during the live event.)

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For accessing credit from 12/20/2019 until 12/20/2021
Activity ID: WD4008-112019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
1:00-2:30pm Eastern

Please join us for the next installment of the NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) Webinar series, titled Where Exposure Meets Sensor Technologies: A Look at the Opportunities and Complexities. Featured speakers Paul Schulte, PhD, Emanuele Cauda, PhD, and Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP will explore the overlap between Total Worker Health, Total Worker Exposure, and Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies as well as opportunities for considering Total Worker Health approaches with new technology, and the ethical implications.

Our first speaker, Dr. Paul Schulte, will introduce the topic and provide an overview of the NIOSH Total Worker Health program, as well as an overview of Total Worker Exposure and the NIOSH Future of Work Initiative. Dr. Emanuele Cauda will then speak on the topic of Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies and overlap with Total Worker Health approaches. Next, Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, will discuss the complexities of the ethical implications of sensor technologies. Following the presentations, Dr. Schulte will guide attendees through a Q&A discussion with the presenters.

Featured Speakers:

Paul A. Schulte, Ph.D.

Paul A. Schulte, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Schulte is the Director of the Division of Science Integration, and Co-Manager of the Nanotechnology Research Center, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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 entitled, “Molecular Epidemiology: Principles and Practices.” He currently is on the International Advisory Board of the Annals of Occupational Hygiene.

Emanuele Cauda, Ph.D.

Emanuele Cauda, Ph.D.
Dr. Emanuele Cauda is a Senior Research Engineer at the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Cauda completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico of Torino (Italy) in 2005, and he joined NIOSH in 2007. Dr. Cauda’s research focuses on monitoring characterization, and control of aerosols present in occupational environments and specifically dust, silica, and diesel particulate matter. Dr. Cauda is currently the principal investigator of a NIOSH project titled “Advancing exposure monitoring for airborne particulates in mining”. Dr. Cauda is also the co-Director of the NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies (NCDRST). In the frame of the Center he coordinates several activities and he leads the initiative “Right Sensors Used Right”.

Jennifer Sahmel, MPH

Jennifer Sahmel, MPH
Jennifer Sahmel is a Managing Principal Scientist with Insight Exposure and Risk Sciences in Boulder, Colorado, where she works on a wide range of projects related to human health exposure and risk assessment. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional with over 23 years of experience in exposure assessment science and workplace health and safety. Her areas of expertise include exposure assessment and reconstruction, qualitative and quantitative dermal exposure assessment methods, Bayesian decision analysis, and EPA exposure assessment tools. Jennifer earned her MPH degree in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996 and is currently working on her PhD in Environmental Health Science at the University of Minnesota. She is a Research Fellow with the University of Minnesota’s Exposure Science and Sustainability Institute.

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

Activity ID: WC4008-070219
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For accessing credit from 08/02/2019 until 7/02/2021
Activity ID: WD4008-070219

(Note: recording starts a few minutes after the presentation began, for the full transcript, please email twh@cdc.gov and please use the full PowerPoint presentation provided under “File Downloads” within the recording to see the full webinar content)

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
1:00-2:30pm Eastern

Please join us for the next installment of the NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) Webinar series, titled 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. Focused on the theory and practice of research dissemination and implementation in the workplace, featured speakers include Dr. Ross Brownson, Dr. Tom Cunningham, and Dr. Pamela Tinc.

First, Dr. Ross Brownson will provide an overview of dissemination and implementation (D&I) science, including information on strategies for researchers to engage in D&I research and also for practitioners who need to improve their delivery in practice. Next, Dr. Tom Cunningham will discuss the new NIOSH Translation Research Framework, how various contexts influence TWH dissemination strategies, and relevant examples. To conclude, Pam Tinc will share her own experience from the field implementing a National Rollover Protection System (ROPS) Rebate Program, sharing lessons learned and areas for future research.

This webinar will address questions such as:

  • How can we translate evidence into practical interventions within the workplace?
  • How can evidence be built for strong implementation through participatory action in the Total Worker Health field?
  • How can organizational leaders, managers, and practitioners take this material and apply it within their workplace?
  • How are factors in D&I science important for community and systems, beyond the workplace?

Featured Speakers:

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Ross Brownson , PhD
Dr. Ross C. Brownson is the Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies the translation of evidence to public health practice and policy, with a content focus on environmental and policy determinants of chronic diseases. Dr. Brownson is the author of 15 books and over 550 peer-reviewed articles. He has received numerous awards for his work. Among these, he is the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Abraham Lilienfeld Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring (2003) and the APHA Award for Excellence (2016). Dr. Brownson is a former president of the American College of Epidemiology and the   National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

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Thomas Cunningham, PhD
Dr. Thomas Cunningham is a behavioral scientist and the Chief of the NIOSH Training Research and Evaluation Branch.  He also coordinates the NIOSH Small Business Assistance Program and Translation Research Program. His research addresses intervention development and research translation for safety and health applications in construction, health care, and several small business sectors. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech.

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Pam Tinc, ABD

Pam Tinc is a junior research investigator at the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety in Cooperstown, NY. Pam’s research interests are in implementation science, social marketing, behavior change, and behavioral health. Pam holds an MPH from the University at Albany School of Public Health and is a PhD candidate at Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden.

 

 

Moderator
Heidi L. Hudson
Commander, U.S Public Health Service
Office for Total Worker Health
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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

Activity ID: WC4008-062019
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For accessing credit from 7/20/2019 until 6/20/2021
Activity ID: WD4008-062019

Thursday, June 20, 2019
12:00-1:30pm Eastern

Please join us for the next installment of the NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) Webinar series, titled 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 will feature NIOSH researchers and practitioners moving the science and practice of TWH forward. Dr. Sara Tamers, CAPT Mary O’Connor, and Chia-Chia Chang will explore the evolution of the TWH concept, current research, and practical examples applying TWH approaches in organizations.

Dr. Sara Tamers will walk participants through the TWH approach, highlighting specific NIOSH/Office for TWH efforts over the last several years and into the future that are key to understanding the evolution and next steps of TWH. CAPT Mary O’Connor will then explain her experience conducting TWH research at NIOSH. Next, Chia-Chia Chang will present on engagement and collaborations with TWH stakeholders. Lastly, our moderator Jeannie Nigam will guide a Q&A discussion with attendees. Free continuing education for this event is pending.

Featured Speakers:

Sara Tamers, PhD, MPH
Dr. Sara Tamers is a health research scientist and team lead of Research Program Development and Collaboration in the Office for Total Worker Health (TWH), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is also assistant coordinator for the CDC/NIOSH Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Program. In these roles, she oversees and coordinates activities related to the intramural and extramural TWH research base.

CAPT Mary O’Connor, MS

 

CAPT Mary O’Connor, MS
Captain Mary O’Connor manages the Aviation Safety Research Project at the NIOSH Western States Division in Anchorage, Alaska and is a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service. Mary has been with NIOSH since 2009, prior to that she managed environmental health services for an Alaska Native health organization. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and received a Master of Science degree in Environmental and Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Chia-Chia Chang, MPH

 

 

Chia-Chia Chang, MPH

Chia-Chia Chang, MPH, MBA is the Coordinator for Partnership and New Opportunity Development for the Office of TWH at NIOSH in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Besides leading the NIOSH TWH Affiliate program, she coordinates a task with RAND to develop a framework and assessment tool for worker well-being and collaborates with stakeholders to share research and promising practices related to advancing TWH.

 

 

 

Moderator
Jeannie S. Nigam, MS, ABD
Research Psychologist, Work Organization and Stress Research Team
Advisor, Office for Total Worker Health
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Correlates of Opioid Dispensing in Workers’ Compensation

Thursday, April 18, 2019
1:00-2:30pm Eastern

Please join us for the second special presentation on Opioids in the Workplace as part of the Total Worker Health (TWH) Webinar Series, focused on new research at the intersection of work and the nation’s opioid crisis. During the webinar, you will 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 will highlight 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. NIOSH is looking at the full “lifecycle” of opioid use from precursors in the workplace that may trigger first use of opioids, to employment and working conditions that may increase opioid misuse.

Dr. Thumula will provide an overview of latest research from WCRI on opioid dispensing to injured workers and discuss the findings from her recent study, titled Correlates of Opioid Dispensingexternal icon. The study identifies characteristics of injured workers and their employers that are associated with differences in opioid dispensing rates. These characteristics or correlates include worker age and gender, type of injury, industry group and employer’s payroll size, and location (county-level opioid dispensing rate, urban-rural classification, and health insurance coverage rate).

This webinar will address questions such as:

  • In what industries were injured workers more likely to receive opioids when receiving a prescription for pain medication?
  • Does location of the injured worker have an impact on the likelihood of receiving opioids?
  • What role did worker’s age and gender have on opioid dispensing rates?

Featured Speakers:

Vennela Thumula, PhD Headshot

 

Vennela Thumula, PhD
Dr. Vennela Thumula is a policy analyst at WCRI whose research focuses on pharmaceutical use in the workers’ compensation system. She is the author of several studies evaluating prescribing patterns of opioids, drug formularies, and physician dispensing. She is also currently conducting research examining the self-reported outcomes of injured workers, including recovery of health and functioning, speed and sustainability of return to work, and access to care. Dr. Thumula received her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy.

 

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH is currently the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). In this role, he promotes the protection & improvement of the safety, health, and well-being of workers around the world. He also co-leads NIOSH’s efforts to assist workers & employers facing the unprecedented crisis related to opioid misuse and opioid-related overdose deaths across the nation. Dr. Chosewood received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia & completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Connecticut. He received an MPH in health policy & management from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in 2014.

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Steve Wurzelbacher, PhD, CPE, ARM (Moderator)
Steve Wurzelbacher is the Director of the Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). In this role, he coordinates workers’ compensation claim analyses, exposure assessment research, and safety/health intervention effectiveness studies with public and private sector partners. Steve has worked for over 19 years in the safety & health field, as both a researcher at NIOSH and as a risk control practitioner for a workers’ compensation insurer. Steve earned a PhD in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics from the University of Cincinnati, a BS in Chemical Science from Xavier University, is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), and holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation.

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

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
1:00-2:30pm Eastern

Please join us in 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. In this webinar, you will hear 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. The presenters will share their latest insights related to the risks of opioid use, misuse, and overdose in worker populations. This webinar presentation will explore critical insights into potential work-related antecedents and risks factors for opioid misuse, the latest data on opioid overdose by industry and occupation, and primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention methods and interventions. The presentation will also provide an introduction to the NIOSH Response to the Opioid Crisis framework, helping to address the challenges facing our nation’s workers and workplaces related to opioids.

Featured Speakers:

Chris Cain, CIH

Chris Cain, CIH is the director of safety and health for North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), the umbrella organization comprised of 14 national and international unions collectively representing over three million workers. Chris was appointed Chair of the NABTU Opioid Task Force upon its inception in 2018. She is also CPWR’s Executive Director and leads its construction research, training, and service programs. She has been working in construction safety and health on for over 20 years.

Letitia Davis, ScD, EdM

Dr. Letitia Davis is a Senior Scientist in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she has worked for over 35 years to develop and implement state based surveillance systems for work-related illnesses and injuries. A central aspect of her work has been the translation of surveillance to practice to improve the health of working people in Massachusetts. From 1998-1915, Dr. Davis was also a lead consultant in occupational health to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and has played a leadership role nationally in the effort to integrate occupational health into applied public health practice at the state level. Dr. Davis received her doctorate in Occupational Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1983.

Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH

Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH is a supervisory medical epidemiologist in the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies at NIOSH and a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Her duties have included serving as the project officer for occupational health supplements to the 2010 and 2015 administrations of the National Health Interview Survey and a project to develop a workforce musculoskeletal pain surveillance tool.

Overlapping Vulnerabilities in the Aging Workforce
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Live Activity ID: WC4008-103018 (Note: You will need the course access code provided during the live event.)

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Archived Recording Activity ID: WD4008-103018

For accessing credit from December 3, 2018 until December 3, 2020

 

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern

On October 30th, the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series in conjunction with the National Center for Productive Aging and Work presents the next installment in the Productive Aging and Work annual webinar series: Overlapping Vulnerabilities in the Aging Workforce. Social and economic dynamics and structures can shape the experience of aging. Aging does not happen in a vacuum. A comprehensive perspective of productive aging—the support of safe and healthy work environments through integrated strategies that allow workers to be safe, healthy, and productive at all ages— must consider how factors such as class, race, and gender and economic trends (e.g., growth of the temporary workforce) can all contribute to the vulnerability of aging workers to occupational illness and injury. 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 will discuss issues related to gender and age, focusing on older women in the context of occupational safety and health. Second, Dr. Jennifer Swanberg of Providence College will focus on low-wage older workers and health disparities. Finally, Dr. Richard Johnson of the Urban Institute will present on the socioeconomic factors that influence work experiences and transitions into retirement of vulnerable populations. Free continuing education credits for this activity are pending.

Featured Speakers

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Joanne Crawford, PhD

Dr. Joanne Crawford is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors specialist and a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. She has more than 20 years experience working in higher education as a lecturer and senior lecturer in ergonomics and since re-joining IOM in 2007, in research. Her research has included systematic reviews covering topics such as aging and work, mental well-being, firefighter health risks and the health of health professionals. She has also carried out research with groups including remote and mobile workers and telecommunication workers. Her research work has been supported by different sources including IOSH, BOHRF, DH, the European Commission and other industry sources.

 

Jennifer Swanberg, PhD

Jennifer Swanberg, PhD

Dr. Jennifer E. Swanberg is a Professor and Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Providence College. Her research focuses on the development of workplace and public policies that promote worker health and work-life fit. Dr. Swanberg’s expertise includes low-wage work, occupational health disparities, work-life and designing and implementing community and industry-engaged studies utilizing innovative qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches. Dr. Swanberg has worked with diverse employee populations and regularly engages employers and key industry decision makers in the research process. She is dedicated to translating research findings into tools and resources that can be used by employers and policy makers to improve the quality of work-life and well-being for workers and their families.

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Richard Johnson, PhD

Dr. Richard Johnson is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he directs the Program on Retirement Policy. His current research focuses on older Americans’ employment and retirement decisions, long-term services and supports for older adults with disabilities, and state and local pensions. Recent studies have examined job loss at older ages, occupational change after age 50, employment prospects for African Americans and Hispanics over age 50, and the impact of the 2007–09 recession and its aftermath on older workers and future retirement incomes. He has also written extensively about retirement preparedness, including the financial and health risks people face as they approach retirement, economic hardship in the years before Social Security’s early eligibility age, and the adequacy of the disability safety net.

Integrating Functional Outcomes with Clinical Measures
Continuing Education Information
Live Webcast Activity ID: WC4008-072418 (Note: You will need the course access code provided during the live event.)

Archived Recording now availableexternal icon

Activity ID: WD4008-072418

For accessing credit from August 28, 2018 until August 28, 2020

 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

1:00-2:30pm Eastern

Join us for a special NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) and Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS) webinar in which Dr. Kathryn Mueller and Dr. T. Warner Hudson will explore the benefits of integrating functional outcomes with clinical process measures as a basic approach to patient care in the US.

The speakers will also:

  • Discuss the broad challenges to our health care system that make a transition to this new approach imperative
  • Examine the connection between medical care and disability,
  • Review research supporting a functionally based approach to health care, and
  • Describe a basic path that will make possible a shift of the US health care system toward the integration of functional and clinical process measures for patients.

Each year, millions of American workers develop health problems that may temporarily or permanently remove them from the workforce. Although most are able to work again after a brief recovery period, in approximately 10% of cases, workers incur injuries or illnesses severe enough to lead to prolonged or permanent withdrawal from the workforce. For individuals, life disruptions caused by serious illness or injury are compounded by the economic impact of being out of work. Although workers’ compensation and other programs assist injured and ill workers, these programs do not fully cover economic loss and the health care costs brought on by functional impairment, nor can they begin to ameliorate the personal costs and burdens of significant life-disruptions.

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. A preventive approach based in TWH concepts may help mitigate risk factors potentially affecting workers both on the job and at home.

Featured Speakers:

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Kathryn Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Dr. Mueller’s career began as a board certified emergency medicine physician and she served as an EMS medical director in south Chicago and for the state of Colorado. Her specialty shifted when she became board certified in occupational and environmental medicine, which she practiced clinically at the University of Colorado. She has held the positions of President of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine,  and President, and Secretary–Treasurer for the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the nation’s largest association representing occupational and environmental physicians. She is a Professor in the Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine  and the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado and served as Residency Director for the occupational medicine residency at the CU School of Medicine From 2002-2007. An expert in disability management, she also serves as the Medical Director for the Division of Workers Compensation in Colorado, where she has worked since 1992  to develop evidence based treatment  guidelines which are used in this state and several others as a basis for care for work-related injuries.  She was one of the six section editors for the AMA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 6th edition, and has numerous publications relating to interstate variation of practice in workers compensation, use of practice guidelines, and impairment rating.

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T. Warner Hudson, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP

Dr. T. Warner Hudson was Medical Director of Occupational and Employee Health for the UCLA Health System and Campus from early 2010 until two months ago serving some 50,000 employees and thousands of volunteers and students.

Dr. Hudson was previously the director of medical services and lead physician for Cisco Systems Health Center in San Jose, Calif., where he started Cisco’s occupational medicine clinic which provides care to 45,000-plus area employees and dependents. From 1987 to 2008, Dr. Hudson was corporate medical director and director of health, safety, and environment for U.S.C.S. International based in Rancho Cordova, California; later merging with DST Systems.

Dr. Hudson is board-certified in Occupational Medicine as well as Family Practice. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical School and completed his residency in Family Practice in 1979 at UC Davis Medical Center. From 1980 to 1981, he did a one-year fellowship in Family Practice with a focus on Preventive Medicine, also at UC Davis. In 1991, he completed a residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at UC San Francisco. He is a certified Medical Review Officer, and has extensive knowledge of California workers’ compensation laws, occupational health regulations and guidelines and hospital epidemiology.

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Steve Wurzelbacher, PhD, CPE, ARM 

Steve Wurzelbacher is the Director of the Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In this role, he coordinates workers’ compensation claim analyses, exposure assessment research, and safety/health intervention effectiveness studies with public and private sector partners. Steve has worked for over 19 years in the safety and health field, as both a researcher at NIOSH and as a risk control practitioner for a workers’ compensation insurer. Steve earned a PhD in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics from the University of Cincinnati, a BS in Chemical Science from Xavier University, is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), and holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation.

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH is currently the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 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. He has presented extensively on the following topics: occupational safety and health; biological and laboratory safety; international travel medicine; and workplace safety, health, and 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 an MPH in health policy and management from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in 2014.

Numbers to Know How: Linking Research to Healthier Workplace Practices
Continuing Education Information
Live Webcast: WC4008-032118 (You will need the course access code shared during the live event)

Recorded Web on Demand: WD4008-032118 (for accessing credit after May 1st, 2018 until May 1, 2020)

Recording: Archived presentation now availableexternal icon

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern

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

Featured Speakers:

Laura A. Linnan, ScD

Laura A. Linnan, ScD

Laura A. Linnan, ScD is Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Founding Director of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health. Dr. Linnan has more than 25 years of experience as a public health practitioner and researcher who works to eliminate chronic disease disparities with multi-level interventions designed and delivered in collaboration with the intended beneficiaries. She has a special focus on research that supports programming, practices and policies to improve worker and workplace health, especially among low-wage workers and small-medium size workplaces. Dr. Linnan led the development of the Workplace Health in America survey, a nationally representative survey of employers sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and contracted to RTI.

Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH

Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH

Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH is a supervisory medical epidemiologist in the Surveillance Branch/ Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies/ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She received a Medical Degree from the Ohio State University in 2002, and completed a preventive medicine residency with a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Michigan in 2006. Her duties have included serving as the project officer for occupational health supplements to the 2010 and 2015 administrations of the National Health Interview Survey and a project to develop a workforce musculoskeletal pain surveillance tool, serving as co-project officer during development of the Occupational Health Safety Network, and coordinating integration of occupational data into infectious disease surveillance systems.

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH is currently the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 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. He has presented extensively on the following topics: occupational safety and health; biological and laboratory safety; international travel medicine; and workplace safety, health, and 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 an MPH in health policy and management from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in 2014.

Interventions and Promising Practices in the Aging Workplace
Recording:
Recording: Archived presentationexternal icon – Now Available

Thursday, September 28, 2017

1:00-2:30 PM Eastern

On Thursday, September 28, join the NIOSH Office for TWH and the National Center for Productive Aging and Work for 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 is having a profound impact on how we conceptualize and approach occupational safety and health. This webinar installment examines interventions and promising practices for the aging workforce from three different perspectives. Together, these three presentations will provide a complimentary overview of interventions and promising practices for addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging workforce.

Featured Speakers:

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Donald Truxillo, PhD

Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Portland State University. Dr. Truxillo studies issues associated with older workers including job design and age stereotyping. He currently serves as associate editor or Work, Aging and Retirement and on the editorial boards of nine journals, and he has co-edited two books on age issues at work. His current work is supported by NIOSH and NSF, and he recently completed a Fulbright grant at the ISCTE Business School in Lisbon to study workplace aging issues. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

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Alyssa McGonagle, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on worker health, safety, and well-being. She is currently working on developing and evaluating interventions to promote work ability and quality of work life for workers with chronic health conditions. Dr. McGonagle has received funding for her research from the Institute of Coaching, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the SIOP Foundation. She has published her research in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology, among others. She is on the editorial boards of Stress and Health, Occupational Health Science, and the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Ruth Finkelstein, ScD

Ruth Finkelstein, ScD

Associate Director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, leads the translation of interdisciplinary scientific knowledge on aging and its societal implications into policy-focused practice. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Finkelstein was the Senior Vice President for Policy and Planning at The New York Academy of Medicine, where she directed the Age-friendly New York City Initiative, which won the 2013 award for “The Best Existing Age Friendly Initiative in the World” from the International Federation on Ageing, as well as the Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the American Public Health Association. Recently she was named one of Next Avenue’s 2016 Influencers in Aging. In 2012, Ruth was named one of the nation’s “Game Changers” by Metropolis Magazine for her leadership on the Age-friendly NYC initiative.

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

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern

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

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Pana Cryan

Rene Pana-Cryan, PhD

Dr. Pana-Cryan is the Director of the Economic Research and Support Office in the NIOSH Office of the Director, and co-manages the new Healthy Work Design and Well-being Cross-Sector Program. She joined NIOSH in 1996 as a Prevention Effectiveness Fellow. Her current interests include applying standardized methods to assess the broad impact of worker injury and illness to workers and their families, employers, and society and improving the understanding of the impact of economic factors on the incidence and severity of worker injury and illness. Rene received a BS in Plant Science from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, a BS in Accounting and Finance from Deree College, Greece, and an MS and PhD in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida.

Dr. Sherry Baron

Sherry Baron, MD, MPH

Sherry Baron, MD, MPH is an occupational physician and researcher and is a professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the City University of New York, Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment. She was the principal investigator for a collaborating center of the CDC-funded Workplace Health Research Network. Her research focuses on documenting health and safety exposures and developing intervention programs for low-wage and immigrant workers in New York City. Up until 2014, she was the coordinator for the Occupational Health Disparities program at NIOSH and served on the internal NIOSH TWH working group.

Dr. Lisa Brosseau

Lisa Brosseau, ScD, CIH

Dr. Lisa Brosseau holds doctoral and masters degrees in industrial hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she directs the Illinois Education and Research Center and the Center for Healthy Work. Her research interests include respiratory protection with a particular focus in healthcare settings and the design and delivery of workplace health and safety interventions in small businesses. She is an assistant editor for the BOHS Annals of Work Exposures and Health, on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, and past chair of the ACGIH Board of Directors and TLVs for Chemical Substances Committee.

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

September 27, 2016
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern

On September 27, the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series will feature an expert panel of speakers 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.

Featured Speakers:

John Howard

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM serves as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Prior to his appointment as Director of NIOSH, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, from 1991 through 2002. 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 law and policy and serves as a professorial lecturer in environmental and occupational health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

James Grosch

James Grosch, PhD, MBA

James Grosch, PhD, MBA is a research psychologist and Co-Director of NIOSH’s Center for Productive Aging and Work. 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.

Dr. Xiuwen Sue Dong

Dr. Xiuwen Sue Dong

Dr. Xiuwen Sue Dong is Data Center Director for CPWR, the Center for Construction Research and Training. Her research covers occupational safety and health surveillance, costs of occupational injuries and illnesses, aging workforce, and safety and health disparities. She is the principal author of numerous publications, and currently serves as PI of several projects funded by NIOSH.

 

Steven Hecker

Steven Hecker, MSPH

Steven Hecker, MSPH is an emeritus faculty member at the University of Washington School of Public Health and the University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center where he has had a 35-year career as an occupational health researcher, educator, and program manager. His work has spanned many industries and hazards, with a focus on construction, healthcare, and aviation. He has been part of the Designing the Age Friendly Workplace training intervention project at the University of Washington since 2007, developing both classroom based and online curriculum to assist organizations in addressing changing workforce demographics.

Advancing Worker Family Well-Being
Recording:

Activity ID: WD2335-011916

January 19, 2016
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern

On January 19, the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series will feature an expert panel of speakers that will discuss the impact of work-related stress on families, research findings and policy trends related to work-family support for low-income families, and practical employer approaches aimed to improve the safety, health and well-being of workers.

Featured Presenters:

Pamela Winston

Pamela Winston, PhD, MBA is a social science analyst in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Her research has focused on work-family supports for low-income parents and children, as well as family-strengthening programs, child care, welfare policy, and employment supports. Previously, she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, the Urban Institute, and Johns Hopkins University. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University School of Business.

 

Erin L. Kelly

Erin L. Kelly, PhD, MA is Professor of Work and Organization Studies and an affiliate of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT Sloan School of Management. She is one of the principal investigators of a research collaboration funded by NIH, NIOSH, and several foundations called the Work, Family, and Health Network. Kelly’s research has been published in major journals in sociology, psychology, and related fields and she has received the Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research twice.

 

Carol Joyner

Carol Joyner is the Director for the Labor Project for Working Families (LPWF), in partnership with Family Values@Work. The LPWF works to address the policy and programmatic solutions for improving workplace standards. Carol is also the founding Director of the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund and past President of the Child Care Corporation, a labor/management benefit fund negotiated by the 1199 Health and Human Service Employees Union and 400 Health Care Employers in New York State.

Sedentary Work: Implications and Interventions for Worker Safety and Health

Activity ID: WD2335-071315

Recording:

Monday, July 13, 2015
2:30 pm-4:00 pm EDT

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? Please join us on July 13 to learn more!

In this special panel presentation of the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series, five experts discuss a variety of research and perspectives on sedentary work. Questions addressed include: 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?

Featured Presenters:

Featured Presenters:
Jennifer Hess
Jennifer Hess, PhD, MPH, DC
Ergonomist, Chiropractor, Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon
Dinesh John
Dinesh John, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Nathan Fethke Nathan Fethke, PhD, CPE
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa College of Public Health
Manuel Cifuentes
Manuel Cifuentes, MD, ScD, MPH
Senior Biostatistician, Research and Evaluation Unit, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Michael Sliter
Michael T. Sliter, PhD
Senior Consultant, FurstPerson, Inc.
Preserving Lung Health: At Work and Beyond
Registration

Activity ID: WD2335-031215

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Following opening remarks by the Office of Total Worker Health, Dr. Cara Halldin will speak about recent research related to longitudinal lung function monitoring of workers and its implications for triggering health interventions. She will also discuss freely available tools that may assist health professionals in identifying workers at risk of experiencing decline in lung function.

Dr. David Weissman will provide an overview of the draft NIOSH document Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury through Workplace Tobacco Policies, which applies a Total Worker Health® approach of integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion, including smoking cessation programs, to prevent worker injury and illness. Specific topics addressed include: tobacco use among workers; exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces; occupational health and safety concerns relating to tobacco use and secondhand exposure; electronic nicotine delivery systems; and workplace interventions to reduce tobacco product usage and secondhand exposure.

Dr. Okechukwu then will discuss 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. She will give an update on evidence-based components of smoking cessation interventions and how they can be applied to integrated interventions.

Moderator

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Director, Total Worker Health®
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Featured Speakers:

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Cara Halldin, PhD

Cara Halldin, PhD, is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and an epidemiologist in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Division for Respiratory Disease Studies. Her current work includes identifying workers at risk for developing lung impairment due to occupational exposures and lifestyle factors, with a focus on metal, non-metal, and coal miners.

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David Weissman, MD

David Weissman, MD, directs the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Division of Respiratory Disease Studies. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology, and Pulmonary Diseases. His career has focused on understanding and preventing work-related respiratory diseases.

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Cassandra Okechukwu, ScD, MSN, MPH

Cassandra Okechukwu, ScD, MSN, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has a strong interest in developing cutting-edge empirical findings that can be translated into promising population-wide interventions. Her current research investigates how work, home and neighborhood environments interact to shape the health and cancer prevention behaviors of vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on working class and immigrant communities.

Integrated Safety and Health for Small Businesses
Recording:

Activity ID: WD2335-111414

Friday, November 14, 2014

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.

Featured presenters:

Featured Presenters:
James Merchant, MD, DrPH James Merchant, MD, DrPH
Founding Dean, Professor and Director of the Healthier Workforce Center of Excellence, College of Public Health, University of Iowa
Lee Newman MD Lee Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP
Director of Center for Worker Health and Environment, Colorado School of Public Health

Moderator
Anita Schill, PhD, MPH, MA
Senior Science Advisor
Office for Total Worker Health®
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
Recording:

Activity ID: WD2335-081914

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. EDT

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® 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.

Featured Presenters:

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

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

Moderator
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
Recording:

Archived presentationexternal icon available via the CPH-NEW website.

Activity ID: WD2335-022514

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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)external icon, a NIOSH-funded Center of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce.

Presenters:

Featured Presenters:
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

Moderator
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

Contact Information

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

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