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Upcoming Events

January 16, 2020

Occupational Health and Safety Research Retreat

Publick House Historic Inn, Sturbridge Mass.

This informal gathering is oriented towards spotlighting work in progress, including student research, ideas and pilot projects to a small, friendly and interested audience. Please RSVP no later than 01/08/2020. Lunch and other refreshments will be provided for those who register in advance.

March 16 - 19, 2020

Applied Ergonomics Conference #APPLIEDERGO2020

Kentucky International Convention Center Louisville, Ky.

Join CPH-NEW researchers Suzanne Nobrega, MS as she delivers 2 half day pre-conference workshops.

  • "Facilitative leadership of ergonomics teams- engaging front line employees to discover root causes and develop complete solutions"
  • "How to craft an ergonomics business case in dollars and "sense""(co-presented with Blake McGowan, MSc, CPE Humantech) 

For more information and registration please visit the Applied Ergonomics Conference website.

May 31 - June 3, 2020

AIHce EXP 2020 Conference, American Industrial Hygiene Association

Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga.

The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce EXP) is the destination for IH/OH professionals to share new ideas and learn the strategies they need to protect worker health.

CPH-NEW investigators Suzanne Nobrega, MS and Jennifer Cavallari, ScD will present on:

  • PDC 403 Professional Development Course (full day): "Building Leadership Skills to Prioritize, Design, and Implement Total Worker Health®" (May 31,2019)
  • F9 Education Session: "Engaging Front-Line Workers in Designing Solutions that Promote Workplace Safety, Health and Well-being" (June 2, 2020)
  • G12 Education Session: "Getting Started with Total Worker health - Practical Takeaways for Industrial Hygienists" (June 2, 2020)
  • J7 Education Session: "Meeting the Health and Safety Needs of a Diverse Workforce" (June 2, 2020) (Co-presented with Joanne Chu, Ph.D.)

For registration and more information please visit AIHce EXP 2020 Conference website

June 23 - 25, 2019

Safety2020 Professional Development Conference and Exposition, American Society of Safety Professionals

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

CPH-NEW Investigator Jennifer Cavallari, ScD presents "Using Total Worker Health to Broaden your Safety Program"

For registration and more information please visit the Safety2020 website.

Past Events

November 20, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • HWPP Facilitator Workshop, Sturbridge, Mass.

Learn how to use a free, evidence-based Total Worker Health® Program toolkit in your organization

The workshop will enable participants to:

  • Describe how the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program supports the key elements of a Total Worker Health® program.
  • Develop group facilitation skills needed to maximize team engagement and impact.
  • Assess your organization's readiness for implementing a participatory Total Worker Health program.
  • Select and recruit front line employees to participate in a "Design Team" for creative problem solving.
  • Learn about the "IDEAS" tool and how its use supports employee safety, health and well-being.

November 6-9, 2019

  • APA/NIOSH Work Stress and Health Conference, Philadelphia, Pa.

CPH-NEW Scientific Presentations:

  • Development of an organizational readiness tool for Total Worker Health® integrated occupational safety, health and well-being programs
  • The Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) " The TWH Dissemination and Implementation Hub"
  • Organizational assessment to engage leaders and increase readiness for a participatory, Total worker Health® program.

To learn more please visit the Work Stress and Health Conference website.

November 2-6, 2019

  • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pa.

CPH-NEW Scientific Presentations:

  • 3314.0 Evaluation of an online continuing education program to prevent patient handling injuries
  • 5142.0 Health and Safety Committee Functioning and Total Worker Health practice
  • 4079.0 Evaluation of the HearWell Hearing Conversation Training Program for Transportation Maintenance Workers
  • 2042.0 Traumatic incidents at work, work-to-family conflict, and depressive symptoms among correctional supervisors
  • 3315.0 Understanding injury incident claims of correctional personnel with inmate custody
  • 3315.0A comparison of protocols use to assess musculoskeletal health among workers

To learn more please visit the American Public Health Association Annual meeting website.

October 9, 2019, 1 p.m. EST

  • CPH-NEW webinar- "Introducing the NEW Healthy Workplace Participatory Program "2.0" Online Toolkit"

Join CPH-NEW Outreach Director, Suzanne Nobrega, as she reviews the many NEW features of the HWPP "2.0" Online Toolkit. Learn how the CPH-NEW Center refined the implementation materials for the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program following field evaluation with end users after disseminating the program in 2014. Ms. Nobrega will share evaluation methods, results of user feedback, and the process used to refine, test, and disseminate the "2.0" Facilitator Manual and online program toolkit.

September 24, 2019

  • Working on Wellness Presents: The Expert Series Webinar

Join CPH-NEW Research Affiliate Jennifer Garza as she talks on Ergonomics in the Workplace. In this webinar, learn about the risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders among office workers and recent ergonomics interventions to help employees perform duties safety. Also, hear from the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health about workers' rights to a safe and healthy workplace under the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

September 20, 2019

  • Pathways to Safe Patient Handling in the Modern Hospital Setting

Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) invites all patient handling personnel for an all-day, hospital based safe patient handling program. Join keynote speaker Guy Fragala, Ph.D., and other healthcare professionals examine the importance of engaging hospital leadership, operational best practices, the skills that practitioners/ staff need to sustain a safe patient handling program, and how to evaluate lessons learned. The program will also provide a forum to foster networking among attendees so that ongoing relationships and learning between hospitals can continue. Visit safe patient handling conference for registration and other event details.

September 2-5, 2019

CPH-NEW researchers Alicia Kurowski, Winnie Chin and Laura Punnett will present scientific papers on musculoskeletal injuries in two public sector workforces, using a mobile app for process evaluation, and work-related psychosocial stressors in musicians.

August 1, 2019

  • The 2019 National Symposium on Corrections Worker Health - The Symposium brought together correctional leaders, industry practitioners, labor, and researchers to discuss solutions and collaboration possibilities to improve correctional worker health and well-being. Boston, Mass. Visit the 2019 National Symposium on Corrections Worker Health for event details.

July 2, 2019

  • NIOSH Webinar "Applying Dissemination and Implementation Science to Total Worker Health Research and Practice: What we Need to Know"
    This episode of NIOSH TWH webinar series featured speakers: Ross Brownson, Tom Cunningham and Pamela Tinc as they focused on the theory and practice of research dissemination and implementation into the workplace. The recordings of the most recent webinar is now available and slides from the presentation can be downloaded from within the recording itself.

June 27, 2019

  • Total Worker Health; Salud Total del Trabajador
    Xavier University (Universidad Javeriana) Bogota, Colombia
    Join Laura Punnett, Sc.D. as she talks on NIOSH Total Worker Health and all that it entails.

June 20, 2019

  • NIOSH Webinar "Understanding Total Worker Health: Where We've Been and Where We're Going"
    This installment of the NIOSH Total Worker Health® (TWH) webinar series, titled Understanding Total Worker Health: Where we've been and where we're going, featured researchers and practitioners Sara Tamers, Capt. Mary O'Connor and Chia-Chia Change as they explored the evolution of TWH concept, current research, and practical examples applying TWH approaches in organization and moving the science and practice of TWH forward.The recordings of the most recent webinar is now available and slides from the presentation can be downloaded from within the recording itself.

June 18, 2019

  • UMass Lowell Women's Leadership Conference- Health and Well-being as a Leadership Value
    Presenters: Suzanne Nobrega, Ms, CPH-NEW Outreach Director and Mari Ryan, MHP President of Advancing Wellness.
    Find information for this event on the UMass Lowell Women's Leadership Conference website.

June 9-11, 2019

  • 2019 Global Carework Summit-"Participatory Ergonomics to Address Burnout among Careworkers in a Mental Health Hospital"- University of Toronto Hart House, Toronto, ON. Presenter: Alicia Kurowski, Sc.D., Research Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Mass. Lowell. For more information please visit the Global Carework Network Online Registration.

May 17, 2019

April 26, 2019

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

April 19, 2019

April 12, 2019

  • 5th Annual Healthy Aging- Living well forum, UMass Lowell "Aging Workforce and addressing the needs of the aging workforce" CPH-NEW Investigator Janet Barnes-Farrell, Ph.D., will give a presentation. For more information visit the UMass Lowell Healthy Aging Forum

November 29-30, 2018

  • NECOEM/MaAOHN Annual Occupational and Environmental Health Conference "The Future is Now: Challenges and Opportunities in Occupational and Environmental Health" - Boston Marriott Newton Hotel, Newton, Mass. To register and for more information, visit the NECOEM website.

November 13-14, 2018

  • American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) 20th Annual New England Area PDC - Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, Southbridge, Mass. Presenter: Alicia Kurowski, Sc.D. and CPH-NEW Investigator.
  • 2018 National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Leadership Conference- "Racial and ethnic disparities in musculoskeletal disorders and functional disabilities of nursing assistants in long-term care facilities" - Northeastern University, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Boston, Mass. Presenter: Yuan Zhang, Ph.D., UMass Lowell Assistant Professor and CPH-NEW Investigator. For more information, visit the NHCGNE website.

October 22, 2018

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society hosts "The Real Reasons You Want Sit/Stand Workstations in Your Office" webinar. Presenter - Carol Stuart-Buttle, Kermit G. Davis, Jack Dennerlein, and moderator Andy Dattel. The webinar is free to anyone who registers to attend.

October 10, 2018

  • Connecticut River Valley AIHA Annual All-Day Conference - "HearWell: A Participatory Total Worker Health Hearing Conservation Program" - Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, Conn.. Presenter: Jennifer Cavillari, Sc.D., Assistant Professor, Community Medicine and Healthcare at UConn Health Center. To register and for more information, visit the Connecticut River Valley AIHA website.

September 26, 2018

  • "Testing a Workplace Mental Health Intervention in an Australian Police Context: Findings From a Mixed Methods Evaluation" - Presenter: Tony LaMontagne, Sc.D., a CPH-NEW Affiliate Researcher and Professor of Work, Health & Wellbeing at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. More information about the talk can be found in this events announcement. The talk will be held at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Email: for further details.

September 20, 2018

  • National COSH "Work Injuries and Opioid Addiction: Getting to the Root of the Problem" Webinar

This webinar will look at current data and research that makes the link between the workplace injury and opioid use and where and how to intervene to prevent addiction and overdose.

Speakers will discuss a worker-justice framework to this problem and, through case studies and current research, innovative solutions including training and peer-led models.

Please read the event announcement for more detailed information about the talk.

Join by computer using GoToMeeting to see slides and audio or call in at (669) 224-3412, passcode: 128431613

You can RSVP to the webinar online.

September 5-7, 2018

  • 13th European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference - University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) in Lisbon, Portugal. Presenter: CPH-NEW Outreach Director Suzanne Nobrega and Investigator Robert Henning. To register and for more information, visit the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology website.

May 8-11, 2018

  • 2nd International Symposium to AdvanceTotal Worker Health® - Natcher Conference Center, National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD. For more information, visit the Eagleson Institute conference website. Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2017.

March 21, 2018

  • NIOSH TWH Webinar Series: "Numbers to Know How: Linking Research to Healthier Workplace Practices. For more information and registration, visit the NIOSH TWH Webinar Series Page.

Past Presentations