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The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) conducts research to evaluate the health benefits, obstacles and cost effectiveness of workplace programs that integrate occupational health and safety with other measures to enhance worker well-being. CPH-NEW's own studies examine musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and mental health outcomes; the underlying role of work organization; and the importance of worker involvement in program design and implementation. Pilot projects have addressed a wide range of topics, including the interaction of work and non-work risk factors; opportunities, resources, and obstacles to workplace change; and incorporating occupational health into mainstream public health programs at the state and local levels. The Center offers research-based program tools and guidance to employers, unions, health professionals and policy makers to promote a worker-centered approach to safety and well-being.
CPH-NEW is one of six CDC national Centers for Excellence of the NIOSH Total Worker Health® program.
CPH-NEW is a joint interdisciplinary initiative of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of Connecticut. The key academic units are the Department of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), and the Department of Psychology and Allied Health Science / Health Promotion at University of Connecticut Storrs.
Martin Cherniack (UCHC) and Laura Punnett (UMass Lowell) are the co-directors of CPH-NEW.
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