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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.

CPH-NEW Pilot Grant Funding

  • Deadline: September 27, 2019

CPH_NEW is currently Accepting Letters of Intent for Pilot Grants for the 2019 / 2020 period. Please visit the pilot grant page for more application information.

Pathways to Safe Patient Handling in the Modern Hospital Setting

  • September 20, 2019, Burlington, Mass.
  • 8 a.m - 4 p.m

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.

Working on Wellness Presents: The Expert Series Webinar

  • September 24, 2019, 11 a.m. - Noon. EST

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.

Register Online for Ergonoics in the Workplace

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

  • October 9, 2019, 1 p.m. EST

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.

Register Online for Introducing the NEW Healthy Workplace Participatory Program "2.0" Online Toolkit

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Facilitation Skills Demonstration Videos

Are you interested in learning how to lead high energy, high impact meetings? Then check out our new facilitation skills training video series. NEW- Online only.

These videos are a part of the Healthy workplace Participatory Program Toolkit. The skills are applicable when working with any team.

Videos 1-4 demonstrate techniques to use when forming a new team. Videos 5-8 demonstrate techniques that promote positive group dynamics. We welcome your feedback, so please look for the evaluation survey on the video page.

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

Seeking Employer Partners for a Free Assessment of Your Organizational Readiness for Total Worker Health

We are presently seeking employers to field test a new survey to assess organizational readiness for change. The result will indicate what dimensions of readiness to build and how to sustain a Total Worker Health® program. Also, you may qualify for in-person consultation and technical assistance to help you take the next steps.

Questions? Interested in learning more?

Download Organizational Readiness flier (pdf). You can also 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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