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TWH Centers of Excellence

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has funded Centers of Excellence to explore and research the concepts of Total Worker Health. The Centers advance the overall safety, health, and well-being of diverse worker populations through research, planning and evaluation, and outreach and education. The Centers accomplish this by integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion interventions.

The six Centers of Excellence are:

  1. Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and University of Connecticut
  2. Center for Health, Work, & Environment at the University of Colorado
    • Read about theSmall + Safe + Well (SSWell) study that aims to advance TWH by examining whether changes in organizational culture can impact employee health and safety outcomes
  3. Harvard Center for Work Health and Well-being
  4. Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC)
    • See the Safety & Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for an evidence-based workplace training program to increase supervisor support and team effectiveness
    • See the "Health Impacts Safety" meeting guides for brief health education topics in safety team meetings Topics include sleep, heart health, diabetes, sun exposure, and others.
    • See the "Toolbox Talks" guides for brief worker safety training (English and Spanish). The guides are tailored to construction, logging, transportation, and other occupational hazards
    • Visit the "Toolkit Kiosk" for TWH programs for supervisors, young workers, homecare workers, and construction workers
  5. Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest
    • See the Total Worker Health Essentials Video Series - business industry leaders share their experiences with designing, implementing, and evaluating TWH policies, programs, and practices
    • See the Total Worker Health "in-depth" health and safety topic videos (run time 2-7 minutes each). Topics include ergonomics, stress, small business tips, and others
  6. University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Center for Healthy Work