Six Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health has been funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Two of these new centers are in Colorado and Illinois. There are four existing Centers in Massachusetts. Connecticut, Iowa, and Oregon.
The Total Worker Health (TWH) research aims to boost its mission of protecting and advancing the safety, health, and well-being of the diverse population of workers in the U.S.
“The Center’s regional presence and expertise play an important role in conducting novel research on the important connections between work and health, so vital in a rapidly changing economy,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D.
“New patterns of employment and work restructuring impact the safety and health of workers and we look forward to working to improve safety interventions in construction, small business, and healthcare, among others.”
The TWH is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. It advocates for and includes the control of hazards and exposures, the organization of work, compensation and benefits, work-life integration, and a health-supporting built environment.
The Six Centers of Excellence include:
- The Center for Work, Health, & Well-being in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW)
- The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest
- The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center
- The Rocky Mountain Center for Total Worker Health
- The University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Center for Healthy Work
More information about Total Worker Health is available on http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/TWH.