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  • Have a cup of cheer... but consider making it a mocktail

    Have a cup of cheer... but consider making it a mocktail

    December 12, 2022

    For many companies, this December will be the first time since 2019 that employees will come together for an in-person holiday party. More employees may be dealing with alcohol addiction than in years past. Employers should be mindful of employees who are in recovery or trying to cut back on their alcohol consumption.

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  • The Future of Total Worker Health® Training

    The Future of Total Worker Health® Training

    October 26, 2022

    While attending and presenting at the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®, David Shapiro summarizes the future of TWH training programs and the distinctions between each which help serve different trainees and industries.

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  • Enhancing Employer Engagement in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

    Enhancing Employer Engagement in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

    September 28, 2022

    Type 2 diabetes continues to be a leading chronic disease in the United States, affecting 1 in 10 adults and is a serious issue for employers and employees alike. In response to providing employers with the tools to support employees, Health Links™, a program based at the Center for Health, Work & Environment, has developed and hosted trainings and education forums, provided technical assistance through advising sessions, and performed outreach activities over the past three years to address the negative impact of chronic disease in the workplace.

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    Francesca Macaluso is Public Health, Born and Raised

    January 18, 2023

    As a senior professional research assistant and doctorate in public health candidate at the Colorado School of Public Health, Macaluso explores the relationships between issues such as drought and heavy metals exposure in her research projects in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado.

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    Have a cup of cheer... but consider making it a mocktail

    December 13, 2022

    For many companies, this December will be the first time since 2019 that employees will come together for an in-person holiday party. More employees may be dealing with alcohol addiction than in years past. Employers should be mindful of employees who are in recovery or trying to cut back on their alcohol consumption.

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    Climate Impacts and Solutions for Outdoor Workers

    November 16, 2022

    Increasingly hotter temperatures indoors and out can also amplify existing injuries and illnesses for workers with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. While attending and presenting at the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®, David Shapiro summarizes a session on the climate crisis and its impacts on outdoor workers.

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    Preventing Suicide and Protecting Mental Health in the Construction Industry

    November 14, 2022

    There is a mental health epidemic going on in the construction industry. People working in construction are nearly 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than the general population. While attending and presenting at the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®, David Shapiro summarizes a session on suicide in the construction industry.

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    Student Spotlight: Julia Beckel

    November 11, 2022

    One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health. As part of our Student Spotlight series highlighting our trainees, we interviewed Julia Beckel, MS, a Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center trainee earning a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University.

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    Power at Work: Reflections from the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®

    October 27, 2022

    While attending and presenting at the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®, David Shapiro summarizes a session on power at work and its intersection with the TWH approach.

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    Celebrating the Success of the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®

    October 26, 2022

    Our Center recently hosted 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®, in Bethesda, MD at the NIH Campus. The four-day conference hosted students, working professionals, researchers, and academics from diverse backgrounds and workplaces, united in their pursuit of improving health, safety and well-being for the global workforce.

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    The Future of Total Worker Health® Training

    October 26, 2022

    While attending and presenting at the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®, David Shapiro summarizes the future of TWH training programs and the distinctions between each which help serve different trainees and industries.

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    Why We Need to Listen

    October 24, 2022

    While attending and presenting at the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®, Natalie Schwatka, PhD, explored what research, practice and education look like in the field of occupational health and safety. She walked away thinking about not only how important all three are, but how can we integrate them better? The answer to her question was listening.

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    OSH Graduate Students Field Trip to a Nuclear Reactor

    October 7, 2022

    The pride of the MAP ERC is the hands-on, real world experiences we offer students through training and site-visits. Last week, trainees from our Health Physics program had a private tour of the USGS TRIGA Reactor in Lakewood, CO.

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    Enhancing Employer Engagement in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

    September 28, 2022

    Type 2 diabetes continues to be a leading chronic disease in the United States, affecting 1 in 10 adults and is a serious issue for employers and employees alike. In response to providing employers with the tools to support employees, Health Links™, a program based at the Center for Health, Work & Environment, has developed and hosted trainings and education forums, provided technical assistance through advising sessions, and performed outreach activities over the past three years to address the negative impact of chronic disease in the workplace.

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    Alumni Spotlight: Angela Dartt

    September 19, 2022

    In the newest installment of our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated trainees, we interviewed Angie Dartt, director of chemical safety at Washington University in St. Louis. Dartt is a graduate from the MAP ERC's industrial hygiene program who is seriously passionate about occupational safety and health.

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    Leaders in occupational safety and health launch the Society for Total Worker Health

    September 19, 2022

    The Society will serve as a hub and community for sharing new and innovative ideas to expand Total Worker Health (TWH) research, training, education, dissemination, and real-world solutions.

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    Student Spotlight: Emily Sharpe

    August 30, 2022

    Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health. As part of our Student Spotlight series highlighting our trainees, we interviewed Emily Sharpe, a student earning a Certificate in Total Worker Health from the Colorado School of Public Health.

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    Health Links™ 2022 Annual Event: Celebrating Human Connection

    August 30, 2022

    Each year, Health Links celebrates Colorado employers committed to workplace health, safety, and well-being. This year’s in-person event aptly honored the award winners and finalists for their achievements in the workplace while providing attendees the opportunity to network and gain inspiration from other employers.

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    Heavy metal inhalation in cannabis users: New study funded at the Colorado School of Public Health

    August 15, 2022

    The three-year study out of the Center for Health, Work & Environment is the first known human health risk assessment to evaluate the large number of heavy metals that may be present in cannabis flower, concentrates and vape devices.

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    Wrestling Wicked Problems with Distinguished Professor Lee Newman

    August 2, 2022

    A red orange sun glows behind the clouds of smoke rising over the smoldering field. The smell is slightly sweet, but heavy. A cheerful school bus waits beside acres of burnt sugarcane. Dr. Lee Newman sits behind a table of lab samples near the bus. He and his research team are working to determine the causes and factors of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) among Guatemalan sugarcane workers – one of many complex problems that attract him.

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  • Partner Awards

    The Center for Health, Work & Environment recognizes key partners in its third annual recognition event

    July 28, 2022

    On July 21st, the Center for Health, Work & Environment hosted its third annual partner awards ceremony to honor the commitment and achievements of some of its key partners.

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    A Decade of Dedication: Health Links™ Celebrates 10 Years of Impact

    July 26, 2022

    This month Health Links celebrates its 10-year anniversary. As an established program that serves communities throughout Colorado and nationally, Health Links has been a resource employers rely upon for a decade. What started as a group of local consultants training business leaders across Colorado, Health Links is now a nationally trusted advisor for a growing network of organizations committed to keeping their employees healthy, safe and well.

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    Responding to Colorado’s mental health and substance use epidemic

    July 8, 2022

    To address the staggering increase in substance-use, mental health needs, and substance-related deaths, The Center for Health, Work & Environment launched the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative. The project works with partners and employers to create workplaces that support workers struggling with substance use and addiction.

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  • Tap Water

    Do you know what’s in your tap water?

    June 9, 2022

    Public water can have low or undetectable levels of elemental or chemical impurities like metals, pharmaceuticals, household products, disinfectant byproducts, PFAS, and hardness, according to Associate Professor Katherine James.

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    Student Spotlight: Karely Villareal Hernandez

    May 18, 2022

    Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health (OSH). As part of our Student Spotlight series highlighting our trainees, we interviewed Karely Villareal Hernandez, a student earning a Master's in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health.

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    Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Walters

    May 17, 2022

    In the newest installment of our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated trainees, we interviewed Dr. Kevin Walters, an assistant professor of psychology at Fort Lewis College. Walters is a graduate from the MAP ERC's organizational health psychology program and works to empower others to apply psychology to improve their own lives and communities.

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    Expect empathy at Encore Electric

    May 17, 2022

    Encore Electric, a leading electrical contractor in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, checks all the boxes. Its workforce checks all the boxes for what the CDC considers to be the highest risk individuals for suicide and mental health issues. Males working in construction between the ages of 16-64 years old.

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    Mental health matters now

    May 6, 2022

    For many, mental health feels like a private, personal issue. Why bring it up in the workplace? CHWE’s approach to mental health awareness and support is rooted in the understanding that employers have an immense opportunity to impact the mental health of their employees.

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    International research team returns from Guatemala

    April 29, 2022

    Researchers from the Center for Health, Work & Environment have completed their first year of data collection for two research grants with agricultural workers in rural Guatemala. The research grants entail three research projects that will span across the next three to five years.

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    ColoradoSPH professor looks at shared leadership in the workplace, uncovering the factors that create organizational change

    April 26, 2022

    Most of us are familiar with the concept of micro ergonomics – where machines, the environment, software, and work activities interact with humans. But Natalie Schwatka, PhD, prefers to zoom out a bit further. In her research and graduate instruction, she explores macro ergonomics – specifically how leadership impacts the workplace.

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    Return on investment: Celebrating research from future leaders in occupational safety and health

    April 20, 2022

    We don’t often talk about return on investment (or ROI) in academics. We focus on expanding the fields of research, making new discoveries, building capacity, actualizing theories, and engaging communities and individuals in programs. But this past week, the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center and the Environmental and Occupational Health Department of the Colorado School of Public Health, saw a return on the investment it’s made in people – their trainees specifically.

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    Returning to the office and feeling a range of emotions?

    April 18, 2022

    Going back into the office can feel overwhelming. Lili Tenney, assistant professor and associate director for outreach and programs for the Center for Health, Work & Environment, discusses how workers and employers are facing this new normal.

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    Trainees take a trip to Fort Carson Army Base

    March 21, 2022

    Trainees from our Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) recently took an old-school field trip to Fort Carson Army Base. These types of practical, unique learning opportunities are available in abundance to MAP ERC trainees. Each of the center’s six occupational safety and health graduate programs place great importance on interdisciplinary education and first-hand experiences. Our programs prioritize helping students understand and encounter the roles they could have (or work closely with) after graduation.

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    Colorado is reopening again. But, this time, it feels a little more real

    March 16, 2022

    With 90% of Coloradans immune to Omicron and the state transitioning to an endemic response plan, COVID-19 restrictions are more relaxed than ever. Despite this positive news, public health experts recommend remaining adaptable due to the ever changing nature of the pandemic.

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    Burning Bright(ly) vs. Burning Out: Staying Mentally and Physically Healthy in Today’s Work Environment

    March 11, 2022

    The Great Resignation and the pandemic have created historic labor shortages. Everyone is trying to do more with less, in many cases while still working remotely. How can you avoid burnout? Here are some strategies for you and your team.

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    Alumni Spotlight: Silpa Krefft

    March 3, 2022

    Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we strive to protect workers is by educating and training future leaders in occupational health and safety. To kick off our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated trainees, we interviewed Silpa Krefft, a pulmonary and critical care physician and researcher specializing in occupational and environmental lung diseases.

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  • Earl Dotter in the field

    Black History Month through Earl Dotter’s workplace lens

    February 23, 2022

    Occupational photojournalist Earl Dotter walks through his career photographing the faces and working conditions of Americans. We explore its ties to Black History Month and the 2022 theme of Black Health and Well-being.

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  • Miranda Dally

    Miranda Dally gets down with data

    November 11, 2021

    Miranda Dally is neither a doctor nor a lawyer. As a first-generation college graduate, she was raised with the expectation that she would go to college but was not entirely sure what college could offer. She never anticipated that her journey in academics would lead her down the path of becoming a biostatistician, research instructor, and DrPH candidate working in international occupational and environmental health.

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    The impact of Total Worker Health® advising among small-to-medium-sized businesses

    November 11, 2021

    Researchers from the Center for Health, Work & Environment have published a paper in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine studying the impact of 1-on-1 advising on Total Worker Health. The study is one of the first to examine how Total Worker Health framework consultation impacts the way organizations adopt and improve workplace policies and practices for worker health and safety.

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    Health Links™ 2021 Annual Event: Celebrating Total Worker Health®

    November 1, 2021

    Each year, Health Links celebrates Colorado employers committed to workplace health, safety, and well-being. This year’s virtual event aptly honored the award winners and finalists for their achievements in the workplace while providing attendees the opportunity to network and gain inspiration from other employers. With award celebrations sprinkled throughout the day, attendees participated in a variety of workshops ands continuing education sessions held by academic and industry experts.

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    Human Side of Work: A glimpse into the working lives of others

    October 21, 2021

    Through our research, education, and practice, we work hard to represent workers from all backgrounds and in all industries. But who are the people behind the work? Human Side of Work is a project dedicated to capturing the faces, stories, and day-to-day lives of a diverse workforce.

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    Health Links™ honors Children’s Hospital Colorado with the inaugural Continued Excellence Award

    October 15, 2021

    Children’s Hospital Colorado has been part of the Health Links Healthy Workplace Network™ since 2016 and is one of our tenured customers and partners. Over the last seven years, Children’s Colorado has shown unwavering dedication to putting its people first. At our annual event on October 28, Children’s Colorado will be presented with the first-ever Health Links™ Continued Excellence Award.

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    Denver Health physician finds her clinical identity in occupational medicine

    October 7, 2021

    Dr. Alisa Koval, associate program director of the Occupational Medicine Program from the Center for Health, Work & Environment, was on the straight and narrow path as far as medicine is concerned. She ended up finding her clinical identity and passion in helping workers through occupational medicine.

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    Making safe business decisions this fall

    September 28, 2021

    How do we navigate decision-making around COVID-19 as we proceed with work gatherings, events, and travel? Lili Tenney weighs in on what workplace managers and leaders should be doing to protect their employees from the COVID-19 delta variant. Read our article for public health advice you can understand and trust.

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    Center for Health, Work & Environment receives award to continue National Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®

    September 22, 2021

    CHWE first received designation as a CDC/NIOSH Center of Excellence in 2016. With this renewal, it will be one of 10 centers nationwide. The Centers of Excellence represent the extramural portfolio of TWH research to further its mission of protecting and advancing the safety, health, and well-being of the diverse population of workers in our nation.

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    New Colorado program helps employers in fields from construction to education address workers’ mental health

    September 8, 2021

    In an article in the Denver Post, Liliana Tenney, associate director for outreach at the Center for Health, Work & Environment, explains, "there’s science that shows that employers who support mental wellbeing can improve job satisfaction, retention and recruit high talent."

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    Alumni Spotlight: Mwangi Ndonga

    August 23, 2021

    Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we strive to protect workers is by educating and training future leaders in occupational health and safety. To kick off our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated trainees, we interviewed Mwangi Ndonga, an industrial hygiene graduate working as the Senior Health and Safety Hygienist at Ball Corporation in Broomfield, CO.

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    Sugarcane workweek study: Risk factors for daily changes in creatinine

    August 18, 2021

    Researchers from the Center for Health, Work & Environment have published a paper in Kidney International Reports studying the daily changes in creatinine among sugarcane workers in Guatemala. The study examined the effects of repeated kidney stress from the simultaneous strain of work and other factors experienced by workers during a typical workweek.

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    New initiative at University of Colorado connects climate, work, and health

    August 11, 2021

    There is no denying it—climate change is bringing the heat. If you are one of the many workers in the U.S. or around the world who work outdoors, extreme heat is not just uncomfortable; it can pose a significant risk to your health. For researchers at the Center for Health, Work and Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, the connection between climate, work, and health is hitting especially close to home.

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    OSHA regional managers taking workplace mental health seriously

    July 30, 2021

    34 regional managers from Region VIII of the US Department of Labor’s Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) participated in a workplace mental health training. Learn what staff and faculty from the Center for Health, Work & Environment and the Department of Family Medicine at the Colorado School of Medicine had to say to them.

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    Viking helmets and radioactive rhinos. Health Physicist Dr. Tom Johnson keeps things interesting.

    July 22, 2021

    ​There is a box full of hats in the corner of Dr. Tom Johnson's office. There is a shimmering yellow fish, a horned Viking helmet, a foam moose head with antlers, a giant taco, and many more.

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    The Center for Health, Work & Environment recognizes key partners in its second annual recognition event

    July 16, 2021

    On July 2, the Center for Health, Work & Environment hosted its second annual partner awards ceremony to honor the commitment and achievements of some of its key partners.

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    8 trends for the future of work

    July 7, 2021

    The Center for Health, Work & Environment wants to make sure small businesses are not left out of the conversation when it comes to return to work. The Center invited John Dony, senior director of Thought Leadership from the National Safety Council (NSC), to speak to small employers specifically about returning to work after COVID-19.

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