Total Worker Health
Here are some of the latest news from our informative and interesting network:
- Asking for your feedback:
- The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) would like to do a needs assessment survey of their members to understand their knowledge and perceptions about Total Worker Health (TWH). The information would be used to help AAOHN design materials to educate members about TWH. If you have done something similar to understand attitudes and comfort of your stakeholders with implementing and advocating for TWH with their employee populations and employers, we would appreciate any insight or instrument that you can share
- The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, is pleased to announce the release of the solicitation Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System. With this solicitation, NIJ aims to promote multidisciplinary research in three distinct purpose areas, including the criminal or juvenile justice system responses to children exposed to violence. The other purpose areas are stress and trauma within law enforcement, corrections, and individual communities; and the impact of parental incarceration on children. The intent of this letter is to alert the research community, particularly those who focus on children and youth, of this new funding opportunity. NIJ anticipates up to $4.5 million will be available in FY 2017 to fund multiple awards across the three categories. The solicitation has been extended another six (6) weeks, and it now closes on May 8, 2017.
- The Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces is hosting a conference on May 4, 2017 on the University of California, Berkeley campus, "How to Build the Best Workplace for Health and Well-Being." Participants will receive a workbook summarizing the information provided in the conference and a decision-process guide integrating this knowledge into a coherent building project strategy.
- A NIOSH researcher will be speaking about sleep at an upcoming webinar by the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, which co-houses one of the six TWH Centers of Excellence. You can see all of the webinars here.
- Fatigue: The National Safety Council’s Safety and Health magazine recently had a great article, “Fatigue and Worker Safety.” It provides data and recommendations for managing fatigue. It also mentions a new NSC fatigue initiative and a November RAND Europe report, “Why sleep matters — the economic costs of insufficient sleep.”
- Opioids: You may wish to check out a National Safety Council survey and a CDC Foundation infographic about the impact of opioids and guidance for employers.
Finally, we are happy to announce that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is now an Affiliate. They are the largest state-fund insurance system in the U.S. and have been partnering for years with the NIOSH Workers’ Compensation Center and Small Business group, so we’re glad to have them join as a NIOSH TWH Affiliate!
As mentioned before, the March issue of the NIOSH eNews featured the TWH Affiliate program. The upcoming TWH newsletter will feature our SAIF affiliate and their new partnership in Oregon with our TWH Center of Excellence and Oregon OSHA.