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The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) conducts research with working people and employers to overcome workplace obstacles to health. The Center also offers research-based program toolkits and education to help employers support a health-promoting workplace and a vital, productive workforce.

CPH-NEW is one of six national Total Worker Health® Centers for Excellence funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Total Worker Health (TWH) is a concept referring to all aspects of work that contribute to worker safety, health, and well-being.

Our research seeks to understand how to help a workplace be health-promoting, what makes an effective TWH program, and the feasibility of delivering a TWH program in different types of settings. We are especially interested in topics such as job stress, musculoskeletal disorders, organization of work, and worker engagement in program design.

We are a multi-disciplinary team of faculty, staff and students from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of Connecticut (Storrs and Health Center campuses).

Find out what's happening with CPH-NEW by visiting our Events webpage.

5th Annual Healthy Aging - Living well forum, UMass Lowell

  • April 12, 2019

"Aging Workforce: Understanding and addressing the needs of the aging workforce." CPH-NEW Investigator Janet Barnes- Farrell, PhD, will give a presentation. For more information and registration visit the UMass Lowell Healthy Aging Forum


  • April 26, 2019

"Using Total Worker Health to Broaden the Lens of your Safety Program"
Baystate Education Center - Holyoke, Mass.
Presenter: Alicia Kurowski, Sc.D.


  • June 9-11, 2019
"Participatory Ergonomics to Address Burnout among Careworkers in a Mental Health Hospital"
University of Toronto Hart House, Toronto, ON.
Presenter: Alicia Kurowski, ScD., research professor, biomedical engineering, University Mass. Lowell.
To register and for more information visit the Global Carework Network Online Registration.


  • August 1, 2019 in Boston, Mass.

The Symposium will bring together correctional leaders, industry practitioners, labor, and researchers to discuss solutions and collaboration possibilities to improve correctional worker health and well-being.

Visit the CPH-NEW Corrections Officer Health Resource page for information about prior national symposia and to get registration information for 2019.

NEW! Online Continuing Education Tool for Nurses Launches

"Ergonomics in Healthcare: A Continuing Education Program for Nurses, Nursing Assistants and Healthcare Managers" launched on September 18 and is now available. Read the press release and get started with the program.

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Thinking about introducing a Total Worker Health® program? Let us help you get ready.

Seeking employers for organizational readiness study

We are presently seeking employers to field test a new survey to assess organizational readiness for change. Your organization will distribute an online survey to employees and the result will indicate how to build readiness to introduce and sustain a Total Worker Health® program.

Keep in mind that...

Organizational change is challenging to achieve and many well-intended efforts fail to succeed because readiness for change was overlooked.

What are the benefits from participating?

  • Your organization will take the first step towards introducing a participatory, Total Worker Health Program.
  • You will learn about your organization and contribute to a scientific study at the same time.
  • You will receive a feedback report telling you what dimensions of readiness need to be strengthened and how to do it.
  • If you achieve strong survey participation you may qualify for in-person consultation and technical assistance from our Center personnel to help you take the next steps.

What's involved?

  • Distribute the Organizational Readiness for Total Worker Health brief online survey to as many eligible employees as possible.
  • Receive a feedback report, and convene a team for action planning.
  • Participate in an evaluation interview.

Questions? Interested in learning more?

Contact us if you would like to participate or have additional questions. Let's discuss how we can help your organization implement Total Worker Health®.

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