Integrating Functional Outcomes with Clinical Measures: NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series

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NIOSH Total Worker Health® Webinar Series.

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Integrating Functional Outcomes with Clinical Measures

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

1:00pm – 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.

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.

We hope you can join us!

Featured Presenters:

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.

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.

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 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.

Agenda (all times in Eastern):

1:00-1:15:            Opening remarks by Dr. L. Casey Chosewood and Dr. Steve Wurzelbacher

1:15-1:40:            Functional Assessment, Medical Care, and Return To Work: What’s the link?

1:40-2:05:            Improved Function for Workers: Practical Guidance & Real World Examples

2:05-2:25             Guided discussion and audience Q&A

2:25-2:30             Wrap-up, closing remarks

Target audiences:

  • Industrial hygienists and occupational safety and health professionals
  • Employers, risk management, and human resources professionals 
  • Health education professionals
  • Doctors and other medical and nursing professionals

Reserve your spot today! To register, visit 

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This webinar series is produced by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Office for Total Worker Health to educate and inform members of the public health community as well as interested members of the general public of program-related research and recommendations. NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. For more information on the NIOSH Total Worker Health program, visit: For more information about NIOSH, visit

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